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An Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Environment and Society

Welcome to the GLOBES program at the Reilly Center. We offer graduate students the opportunity to be part of an engaged community of scholars who seek new and innovative ways to address environmental challenges facing humankind and the planet. Our mission is to:

  • Enhance interdisciplinary graduate education and research across departments, research initiatives, and colleges so that novel solutions to vexing problems can be understood, invented, tested, and implemented.
  • Train today’s graduate students so that they can address tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities in environment and society and compete in an interdisciplinary, professional marketplace.

We promote camaraderie and exchange of knowledge between graduate students and research groups at the intersection of the environment and society. We seek to develop a community that extends beyond the doors of the laboratory and the constraints of disciplines and departments. We assist students in becoming more effective at communicating their research to multiple audiences and in broadening their fluency across department and college domains. We further interdisciplinary collaborations, encourage novel research approaches, and facilitate knowledge-sharing. In other words, we advance Scholarship Serving Nature and Society.

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GLOBES students work toward the GLOBES Certificate in Environment & Society. The application process is very simple. Go to the Globes Certificate Application Form. The certificate program arises directly from the successful training model developed under the National Science Foundation grant award that launched the GLOBES program in 2005. Go to GLOBES History.

Send an email to the GLOBES Office to be added to the GLOBES student list serve and learn about upcoming training activities and special events.

Recent News

GLOBES Seminar with Dr. Bill Mitsch Addresses the Role of Wetlands in the Environment

Globes Seminar Bill Mitsch

GLOBES presents William Mitsch, eminent scholar and winner of the Stockhom Water Prize, at a seminar on Thursday, Nov.8 at 4 p.m., in Rm 190, Galvin Life Sciences Center. The Director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park of Florida Gulf Coast University will speak on "The Role of Wetlands in Mitigating Pollutants in our Landscape and Globe." A casual reception follows.


Congratulations to Katherine O'Reilly, Winner of Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Award

Sea Grant Finalists 2018

Congratulations to GLOBES fellow Katherine O'Reilly who was awarded a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Katherine was nominated by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program and then evaluated at the national level and selected as a finalist. In November, Katherine was placed in the National Sea Grant office as a Science Communications Specialist. Beginning in February 2018, Katherine will undertake a year-long paid fellowship to communicate the research being done by Sea Grant's 33 programs across the country to a variety of audiences including policymakers and the lay public. A wetland ecologist by training, Katherine is advised by Prof. Gary Lamberti. Read the National Sea Grant news article on the 2018 class. Read the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant announcement.

Welcome New Student Fellows to GLOBES 

GLOBES is pleased to welcome the following new students to its Graduate Certificate in Environment and Society program. The certificate program now serves 26 graduate students with home departments in the College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, and Law School. They are:

Meenu Garg, MS student in Environmental Engineering, Major Advisor: Rob Nerenberg

Benjamin Gombash, PhD student in Biological Sciences, Major Advisor Hope Hollocher

Drew Guinness, PhD student in Biological Sciences, Major Advisor Joe O'Tousa

Amy Kryston, PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Major Advisor Marc Muller

Mallika Sarma, PhD student in Anthropology, Major Advisor Agustin Fuentes

Cristal Sicard, MS student in Global Health, Major Advisor Katherine Taylor

Robert Stanley, PhD student in Biological Sciences, Major Advisor Jeanne Romero Severson

See a complete listing of GLOBES Fellows here.

GLOBES Newsletter: See our most recent newsletter here: Winter 2018 


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Upcoming Events

Thurs, Sept 13
GLOBES Fall Kickoff and Welcome Event 
 Current GLOBES Fellows and graduate students interested in learning more about the GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society are welcome at a gathering from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Rm 190, Galvin Life Sciences.

Mon, Sept 24
Policy vs. Science: The Politics of Climate Change
 Lecture by Professor Pat Regan, associate director of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative. Sponsored by ND Energy and co-sponsored by the Environmental Change Initiative, Hesburgh Program in Public Service, and Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development. 7 p.m. in Rm 140, DeBartolo Hall.

Thurs, Nov 8
GLOBES Seminar featuring Dr. Bill Mitsch, Director of Everglades Wetland Research Park speaking on ""The Role of Wetlands in Mitigating Pollutants in Our Landscape and Globe," 4 p.m. in Rm 190, Galvin Life Sciences Center. Casual reception follows.

Sat, Feb 23
Sharing Science Workshop 
hosted by the Science Policy Initiative at Notre Dame in partnership with the American Geophysical Union. The all-day, free communications workshop is made possible with funding from the National Science Policy Network and the Reilly Center. For a draft agenda go here. Open to GLOBES Fellows, ND graduate students and post docs. Express interest in attending by submitting this form.

For additional campus events of interest, visit the Minor in Sustainability News and Events and the Environmental Change Initiative.