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December 1, 2017

Welcome New Student Fellows to GLOBES 

GLOBES is pleased to welcome four new students to its Graduate Certificate in Environment and Society program. The certificate program now serves 28 graduate students with home departments in the College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, and Law School. The students are:

Jude Galbraith, PhD student in History and Philosophy of Science. Major Advisor Don Howard

Lara Grotz, PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. Major Advisor Rob Nerenberg

Richard (Drew) Marcantonio, Dual PhD student in Anthropology and Peace Studies. Major Advisor Catherine Bolten

Joyce Rivera-Gonzalez, PhD student in Anthropology. Major Advisor Agustín Fuentes

July 2017

Congratulations to Katherine O'Reilly who was selected to receive a NOAA Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Katherine was nominated by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program and then evaluated and selected at the national level to be a 2018 fellowship finalist. In November, Katherine was placed in the National Sea Grant office as a Science Communications Specialist. Beginning in February 2018, Katherine will be working 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.

April 11, 2017

GLOBES Student Salvatore Curasi Receives Two Prestigious Fellowships

GLOBES fellow Salvatore Curasi, a second year biology graduate student, has received both a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Research Award and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) award. Sal studies the impact of climate change on vegetation and carbon storage in Arctic tundra. He is advised by Dr. Adrian Rocha of Biological Sciences. Read full article here

November 17, 2016

GLOBES Grad Matt Cooper at White House 2

GLOBES Graduate Matt Cooper presents Great Lakes research at Obama White House

GLOBES graduate Matt Cooper PhD '14 gave a presentation on Great Lakes coastal wetlands research at the Obama White House in November 2016. Matt is a research scientist at the Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Read more herePhoto courtesy of Northland College.

May 12, 2016

GLOBES Certificate Program Welcomes Two New Student Fellows

Katherine O'Reilly and Lainey Bristow, graduate students in the Biological Sciences, are the two newest additions to the GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society program. Katherine, a PhD student in the Lamberti Lab, studies linkages between near shore habitats and sport fish sustainability in Lake Michigan. Her research interests primarily focus on understanding anthropogenic effects on Great Lakes coastal ecosystems, as well as integrating research with citizen science and outreach programs. Lainey, an MS student (J Hellmann advisor), studies climate change adaptation and endangered butterfly species while collaborating with the U.S.Geological Survey at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and National Park as a member of the Karner Blue Butterfly National Recovery Team.

April 1, 2016

GLOBES-IGERT Fellow Sheri Sanders (Cohort 5, Advisor Mike Pfrender) successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled "Conservation transcriptomics of Ambystomatid salamanders and their polyploid hybrids." Sheri studies Great Lakes salamanders and their response to disease using environmental DNA methodology. Her expertise in bioinformatics aided the assembly and analysis of the first genomic resource in this local system that will be useful to conservation managers throughout the Midwest. UND Director of Bioinformatics Scott Emrich served as Sheri's interdisciplinary advisor and characterized the interdisciplinary nature of her work as "integrating elements of environmental DNA/barcoding, de novo transcriptome assembly, annotation, and evaluation/workflow development into nearly every chapter of her thesis on disease resistance in salamanders. Her system is very difficult and she has had to be innovative." In addition, Sheri has worked at the interface of genomics and conservation, especially in her involvement with the Michigan Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and as science advisor to the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend. She has accepted a Bioinformatics Analyst position with the National Center for Genome Analysis and Support (NCGAS), Research Technologies division of University Information and Technology Services at Indiana University, Bloomington.

December 4, 2015

Welcome New Student Fellows to the GLOBES Certificate in Environment & Society

Graduate students across campus have responded with enthusiasm to the newly adopted guidelines and call for applications for the GLOBES Certificate in Environment & Society program. Since the announcement of new guidelines and the 'GLOBES on the Road' fall social activities to raise awareness and build relationships across colleges, twelve graduate students from several disciplines have applied and been accepted to GLOBES. 

"We've retained the primary focus of GLOBES to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and enhance cross disciplinary training, while making participation in the Certificate program more accessible and flexible for students," said GLOBES Director Gary Lamberti.


A listing of new students and their home departments follows:

Teresa Baumer, Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Ka'Sha Bernard, J.D. student
Whitney Conard, Biological Sciences
Salvatore Curasi, Biological Sciences
Mauna Dasari, Biological Sciences
Raven Forrest Fruscalzo, Biological Sciences
Erik-John Fuhrer, English
Daniel Howard, Applied & Computational Mathematics & Statistics
Hillary Krill, J.D. student
Robert Lee, J.D. student
Rachel Oidtman, Biological Sciences
Luke Sadergaski,  Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

GLOBES students are pictured here at the January 2016 social and "speed friending" activity to get to know one another and learn about each other's research interests. For a complete listing of current GLOBES students and their research interests see the GLOBES Students webpage.

New applications are accepted on a rolling basis by the GLOBES Executive Committee. For more detailed information on how to apply, go here

November 24, 2015

R Gentile & J McLachlan defense

GLOBES Fellow Rachel Hesselink Gentile (Cohort 5, Advisor Jason McLachlan) had a successful defense of her PhD dissertation, "Eco-evolutionary dynamics in a coastal marsh sedge resurrected from a century-long seed bank." Rachel's experience as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in Washington DC, working at the intersection of science and policy for Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), fulfilled the GLOBES interdisciplinary project requirement. During the Knauss fellowship, she directed the activities of the bi-partisan Safe Climate Caucus and worked on a range of marine and coastal science policy issues. Rachel has accepted a position as senior legislative aide to Congressman Lowenthal and continues the work of the Safe Climate Caucus while assuming duties involving legislation, amendments, Congressional letters, and briefings. "One of the major things I've come to understand is that if, as a scientist, I want my work to make a difference in the decision-making process, I will need to go beyond simply publishing a paper in order to disseminate the findings," said Rachel.

August 21, 2015

Sean Ryan Defense 2015

GLOBES Fellow Sean Ryan (GLOBES-ND 2011, Advisor Jessica Hellmann) had a successful defense of his PhD dissertation entitled "An evaluation of spatio-temporal changes in the population genomics of a butterfly hybrid zone over a thirty-year period of climatic change." His GLOBES interdisciplinary chapter was the product of a working group convened by the Ecological Society of America and the US Forestry Service to synthesize the use of citizen science in natural resource management and policy. The work culminated in a paper that has been accepted to the journal, Issues in Ecology. Sean's contributions to the working group were endorsed by Dr. Duncan McKinley of the USDA Forest Service and Dr. Abe Miller-Rushing of the US Geological Survey. In addition, Sean, along with Notre Dame graduate student colleagues, undertook an internationally successful citizen science project called The Pieris Project. Within a year of the project's launch, hundreds of participants from 30 US states and 20 different countries captured and sent in more than 1,200 cabbage white butterflies for genetic analysis. This invasive butterfly has spread and adapted to many new and different habitats making it an ideal case study to show how organisms respond to changes in their environment.

June 23, 2015

GLOBES Quirine ten Bosch workshop

GLOBES Fellow Quirine ten Bosch attends international modeling clinic in South Africa

GLOBES fellow Quirine ten Bosch (Certificate 2014, Advisor: Alex Perkins) is one of eight participants from North America attending a two-week clinic ‘Meaningful Modeling of Epidemiological Data’ (MMED) at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Muizenberg, South Africa. The MMED clinic, run by the University of Florida and the South African Center for Epidemiological Modeling and Analysis, targets junior researchers from the US and Africa and provides them with the opportunity to develop a skill set to conduct integrative research on infectious disease epidemiology and communicate their findings and methods across disciplines. The MMED clinic is particularly focused on bringing together statisticians, mathematicians, computer scientists and infectious disease epidemiologists to foster improved collaboration and communication across these disciplines. Quirine's focus is on extending her statistical skill set, in particular to enhance her understanding of probability theory. Further, the need for solutions to epidemiological challenges that are applicable to policy is emphasized. The program is rooted in an effort to increase collaborations between African and North American researchers.

June 9, 2015

GLOBES Graduates Demonstrate Novel Interdisciplinary Research Approaches
Since January 2015, six GLOBES students have earned doctoral degrees in their home departments while finishing up certificate requirements associated with GLOBES-IGERT fellowships. GLOBES students integrate an interdisciplinary research component into their dissertation thesis under the mentorship of an advisor from a discipine outside of their primary field.

GLOBES students share a common desire to broaden their graduate education by acquiring additional knowledge and skill sets from a secondary field of study. That common goal is manifested in a number of ways. For example, Cameron Turner, a PhD graduate in Biological Sciences under faculty advisor David Lodge, focused on science innovation and entrepreneurship. Cameron developed a business plan for a start-up genetic monitoring business under the mentorship of accomplished scientist and pharmaceutical executive Michael Flavin PhD, who teaches a scientific entrepreneurship course for the College of Science.

Courtney Wiersema, a PhD graduate in History under faculty advisor Jon Coleman, wove interdisciplinary methods in cultural geography, anthropology, and material culture studies into her dissertation on urban environmental history in nineteenth-century America. In addition, she and GLOBES colleague Craig Kinnear conducted a real world practicum that delved into the history and ecology of Muskegon Lake located off the western shore of Lake Michigan. This study served as an ancillary chapter to Courtney’s dissertation, further exploring the theme of nineteenth-century industrialization and its impact on Midwestern communities and environments (See GLOBES RWP: Kinnear & Wiersema Report). 

April 4, 2015

GLOBES Certificate Fellow Mae Kilker Awarded Fulbright Fellowship 
Mae Kilker, a fourth year Medieval Studies PhD candidate and GLOBES Certificate fellow, received a Fulbright Fellowship to continue her dissertation research in Sweden this summer, collaborating with scholars at the innovative Eco-Humanities Hub (ECOHUM) at Mid Sweden University. Her Fulbright proposal is entitled “Environmental Memory, Material Ecocriticism, and the Wetlands of Early Medieval Europe.” Additionally, Mae will be a citizen ambassador by volunteering at the Nature School (Naturskolan Kom Ut) and sharing her passion for the environment. The Nature School conducts experiential programs that bring children and adults out into nature and provides educational activities year round. "Once I return to the United States, I can continue to help other environmentalists and my own students to travel abroad to see the global import of our actions and participate in global dialogue about how to solve the environmental challenges that affect us all," said Mae.

March 4, 2015

Two new GLOBES Certificate students, Michelle Ngai and Diana LaTorre, are science participants in the Mendoza College MBA course, Business on the Front Lines (BOTFL) for Spring 2015. They are members of interdisciplinary teams of business, law, peace studies, and science graduate students who tackle challenge projects in a study country that has undergone recent political or economic upheaval. The student and faculty teams undertake an immersion trip to the study country, interview stakeholders, compile data, and contribute expertise toward a final team project report. Diana is a member of Team Lesotho working with the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation, and Michelle is a member of Team CE-3Uganda. Learn more about their BOTFL experience on the BOTFL team blog website.

February 5, 2015


Former GLOBES student Justin Farrell (PhD 2014, Sociology) has a forthcoming book, The Battle for Yellowstone: Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict, that was called “THE most original political book of early 2015,” in an article from the January 3, 2015 print edition of The Economist. The article, "What the ceaseless rows over Yellowstone National Park reveal about America," describes the moral conflicts and tangled controveries between environmentalists and landowners over wildlife management issues and recreational access in and around one of America's most celebrated national parks. Justin Farrell is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. 

January 13, 2015

George Kennedy (PhD 2015, Biological Sciences, Advisor Patricia Champion) successfully defended his dissertation, "Identification and characterization of novel loci required for ESX-1 secretion in Mycobacterium marinum.” George fulfilled the GLOBES interdisciplinary chapter requirement by incorporating a case study developed as part of the Business on the Front Lines MBA course and practicum he undertook in Spring 2014. The title of the chapter is “Economic Sustainability Recommendations for a Non-Governmental Organization Operating in Mokhotlong, Lesotho: A Case Study." Over a sixteen-week period in Spring 2014, George worked with a team of Notre Dame students and faculty to research and develop a multi-year economic sustainability plan for the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation (TTLF). TTLF supports children and families suffering from disease in rural Lesotho which has the 4th highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the world. 

October 2, 2014

GLOBES Welcomes Three New Certificate Students

We'd like to introduce you to three students whose applications to the new GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society were recently approved by the GLOBES Executive Committee:

GLOBES Fellow Joseph Cruz

Joseph Cruz
Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture
Advisor: Austin Collins

I am a research-driven interdisciplinary artist interested in the production/reception of information. Particularly, I look at how systems of data collection funnel through research and subsequently get disseminated into the larger culture.  What role do technology, economics, ideology, media rhetoric, and other socio-political systems have on Science’s influence in American Society and abroad? I am currently investigating how software is taking a larger role as an “objective” lens in such a system, specifically that of Satellite Technology.

As an Artist, I am also interested in supporting Scientists in truly novel and qualitative research endeavors and promoting discourse of such findings outside of their own specialized fields.  

GLOBES Fellow Mae Kilker

Mae Kilker​
PhD candidate, Medieval Institute
Advisor: Christopher Abram

My research interests are in Anglo-Saxon literature, what we can reconstruct about the Anglo-Saxon lived experience, and how Anglo-Saxon authors conceptualized the landscape. In particular, my dissertation explores the relationships between the East Anglian fens, Anglo-Saxon artifacts, and Old English and Anglo-Latin literature. My project includes literary criticism, material ecocriticism, visual analysis, sources of environmental history, archaeological evidence, zooarchaeological perspectives, and landscape mapping. Through continued work in the environmental humanities, I intend to explore the human and non-human relationship in response to the current ecological crisis especially wetland restoration debates.

GLOBES Fellow Quirine ten Bosch

Quirine ten Bosch
PhD candidate, Biological Sciences
Advisor: Frank Collins

Dengue fever is a mosquito borne, viral disease that has spread globally in an unprecedented way. Given the absence of effective drugs and vaccines, its control depends primarily on controlling the mosquito that transmits the disease; a costly and cumbersome endeavor with varying effectiveness. My research focusses on the optimization of these control efforts. I use data-driven statistical and mathematical models to gain a larger understanding of dengue transmission and translate these new insights into pragmatic tools for public health authorities. 

August 25, 2014

Economics student Nolan Noble defends dissertation on "Long-Run Consequences of Short-Term Health Shocks."

Nolan Noble (Cohort 4, Advisor William Evans) passed his dissertation defense on August 25. Nolan incorporated biology, epidemiology, geographic information sciences, and policy implications into various aspects of  three dissertation chapters. His research projects in health economics address how malaria affects household well-being in Indonesia and the impact of influenza on childhood health and education in the U.S. Nolan has been working as a Research Analyst for the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA Corporation) for the past four months in Alexandria, VA. "The projects I'm working on are utilizing different sets of skills," says Nolan. "I think the interdisciplinary exposure and media/policy training have been most useful so far."

August 6, 2014

Matt Cooper has a successful dissertation defense on the coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes

GLOBES Fellow Matt Cooper defends

Matthew Cooper (Cohort 4, Advisor Gary Lamberti) defended his dissertation thesis, "Structure and function of Great Lakes coastal wetlands," on August 6 in the Galvin Auditorium. Matt fulfilled the real world practicum requirement of the GLOBES-IGERT fellowship by serving as project co-manager for the Great Lakes coastal wetland monitoring program, a five-year, $10 million project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, involving 23 Co-Principal Investigators. In addition, Matt was a lead contributor to the Economic Driver Synthesis, an interdisciplinary component of the Great Lakes Futures Project. Matt's role in the project was to conduct a thorough economic history of the Great Lakes (1963-2013) and use this analysis to predict potential future economic conditions in the region. This work informs the interdisciplinary chapter of his dissertation and is the basis of a manuscript accepted for publication by the Journal of Great Lakes Research. Matt has accepted a position as Research Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University, Department of Biology and Institute for Great Lakes Research.

June 5, 2014

GLOBES Fellow Rachel Gentile

GLOBES Fellow Rachel Hesselink Gentile awarded Sea Grant John A Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for 2015
Rachel Hesselink Gentile (Cohort 5, Advisor Jason McLachlan) has been selected for a Sea Grant John D. Knauss Fellowship placement for 2015. Rachel said "my experiences through the GLOBES program definitely helped me secure this position. The combination of communications and policy training, international experience, and a diversity of courses was mentioned in the reviews." Knauss fellowships match highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. Knauss fellows have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

June 3, 2014

Mikels-Carrasco, Jessica GLOBES Fellow

GLOBES Fellow Jessica Miikels-Carrasco (Cohort 1, Advisor Jessica Collett, Department of Sociology) had a successful defense of her dissertation entitled "Closer to the Ground: Environmental Sociology of Children." Her interdisciplinary chapter is a collaboration with Professor David Ostergren, Sustainable and Environmental Education Department at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. Jessica's research in environmental sociology is applied to the improvement of environmental education, using a child-centered, constructivist approach. 

Jessica has also accepted the position of Acting Assistant Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future at Indiana University at South Bend. Congratulations from all your friends at GLOBES!

May 16, 2014

Particle Size Matters for eDNA Monitoring
GLOBES Fellow, Cameron Turner (Cohort 4, Advisor David Lodge), is lead author of a newly published study in Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

University of Notre Dame scientists have now published the first detailed investigation of just how small (or big) environmental DNA, or eDNA, particles really are, and their results provide important guidance for all eDNA monitoring programs.

The new study from the lab of David Lodge, the Ludmilla F. and Stephen J. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences, and freely available online in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, compared performance across centrifugation and filter pore sizes from 0.2 to 180 micrometers. It also provides a simple equation for calculating combinations of filter pore size and water volume to capture equivalent amounts of eDNA. The scientists used a highly specific quantitative PCR test to measure carp eDNA, but they also quantified total eDNA — the DNA from any species — and found it was most concentrated in particles smaller than 1 micrometer. Because abundant total eDNA can interfere with the detection of eDNA from a rare species, this result further recommends the use of filter pore sizes greater than 1 micrometer.

“Finding eDNA from rare species can be like looking for a needle in a haystack,” said postdoctoral researcher Matthew Barnes. “Our research describes the needle so we know what we’re looking for.” The paper can be found here

 –William C. Gilroy (see the complete story in the College of Science News)

January 31, 2014

GLOBES Fellow James Clancy successfully defends PhD dissertation

GLOBES Fellow James Clancy in lab

GLOBES Fellow James Clancy (Cohort 2, Advisor Crislyn D'Souza Schorey) defended his dissertation, "ARF6 Regulated Tumor Progress," on January 31, 2014. James also earned the GLOBES Fellowship Certificate for completing all requirements associated with the NSF-IGERT interdisciplinary training program. Under the mentorship of interdisciplinary advisor Prof. Paul Bohn, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, James developed an interdisciplinary chapter that employs biochemical and functional analysis of microvesicles isolated from female patients with ovarian cancer, research that aims to bring about effective new treatments for several forms of cancer. James' desire and demonstrated ability to work across disciplines and clinical settings qualified him for the GLOBES fellowship program. As a graduate student he was the recipient of several external awards and honors. He co-authored seven research publications and is in the process of wrapping up several more while continuing to be affiliated with the D'Souza-Schorey lab. More on James' research can be found in this story on the College of Science website.

November 26, 2013

GLOBES Fellow Patrick Shirey and advisor Gary Lamberti

GLOBES Fellow Patrick Shirey successfully defends PhD dissertation

GLOBES Fellow Patrick Shirey (Cohort 2, Advisor Gary Lamberti) wove interdisciplinary threads of history and law into a multifaceted dissertation on ecological restoration and environmental policy studies. His dissertation was entitled "An interdisciplinary approach to inform ecological restoration and environmental policy: Merging ecology, history, and law." His interdisciplinary chapter, "Assisted colonization under the U.S. Endangered Species Act," was published in Conservation Letters in 2010. Patrick had two interdisciplinary advisors serve on his advisory committee: John Nagle, Professor of Law, and Chris Hamlin, Professor of History.

November 7, 2013

GLOBES students join interdisciplinary, problem-solving teams as part of Business on the Frontlines course


GLOBES students Kerri Citterbart Martin and George Kennedy have accepted nominations to participate in the team-based Business on the Frontlines (BOTFL) MBA course offered through the Mendoza College of Business. The course provides students in the Mendoza MBA program, The Notre Dame Law School, and The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies with the opportunity to learn and serve in post-conflict societies. Working in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), BOTFL identifies projects and countries with problems ranging from agriculture to micro-finance. The course recently was selected by as one of the “Ten Most Innovative Business School Classes.”

Viva Bartkus, an associate professor of management with the Mendoza College of Business, approached GLOBES to put forward students from its graduate training program in Environment and Society in order to enhance and broaden the team perspective of the Spring Semester 2014 course. More than specific skill sets, BOTFL looks for students who are creative, hard-working, empathetic, passionate about serving and learning in foreign cultures, and have the flexibility to handle difficult and changing circumstances.

For its part, GLOBES looks to bring a science perspective to the team approach by incorporating principles of environmental sustainability and global health. GLOBES students Kerri Citterbart Martin and George Kennedy also see an opportunity to put into action the mindset and thinking that are at the heart of GLOBES interdisciplinary training. “I hope that by participating in the Business on the Frontlines class I will gain practical experience in being an effective member of a problem-solving interdisciplinary team so that I can lead similar teams in the future,” said Citterbart Martin, a fourth year PhD student in Biological Sciences. Kennedy, a fifth year PhD student in Biological Sciences, also expressed his enthusiasm to be working with such a diverse group of students and faculty members and making a meaningful contribution to the team.

Assistant Professor of Management Emily Block is instructor for the Spring 2014 course and organizes the teams of students and project assignments. In past years, teams have visited Rwanda, the Philippines, Egypt, Guatemala, Bosnia, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya to work on various sets of problems. The goals are two-fold: to provide the students of the class with the opportunity to learn about business in a post conflict country and to provide Catholic Relief Services with research and recommendations on the problem at hand. Read more on BOTFL.

October 31, 2013

GLOBES_Levi, Peter

GLOBES Alumnus Peter Levi awarded CILER postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Center for Limnology 

Peter Levi (PhD 2012), a member of the first GLOBES cohort of students, was recently awarded a postdoctoral fellowship  with the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) affiliated with the new University of Michigan Water Center. Peter's proposal working with Dr. Peter McIntyre at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was selected for funding and addresses the ecological and economic impact of certain restorations in headwater streams versus the mainstem of rivers. The fellowship follows an 18-month postdoctoral research position with Aarhus University, Denmark, and the Danish National Environmental Research Institute.

September 26, 2013

GLOBES Fellow Amy Klegarth posts on National Geographic News Watch  

Amy Klegarth (Cohort 5, Advisors Hope Hollocher and Agustin Fuentes) authored the post "Macaques in the City" for the National Geographic News Watch. Amy, a Fulbright fellowship award winner, talks about her research experiences studying human-macaque dynamics in the densely populated island nation of Singapore.

September 25, 2013

Notre Dame biologists and brook trout restoration research are featured on St. Croix 360

Patrick Shirey, (Cohort 2, Advisor Gary Lamberti) and fellow biologists from the Lamberti Lab appear in a St. Croix 360 website news story about brook trout restoration and monitoring on the Namekagon River in northern Wisconsin. Read more about their efforts to save the "brookies."              

September 25, 2013

TEDTalking! Series continues on Mon, Sept. 30

TEDTalking! is a weekly get together of graduate students to watch and discuss TED Talks on the broad theme of "science and society." Organized by GLOBES graduate students Nick Bonneau (History) and Sheri Sanders (Biological Sciences), the Monday afternoon gatherings are meant to stimulate an exchange of ideas and perspectives across disciplines, in the spirit of the TEDTalks: ideas "meant to be shared with other curious minds." The next TEDTalking! showing is Mon, Sept 30 at 4 p.m. in Rm 400 of Geddes Hall. It features historian and philosopher Laura Snyder who tells the intriguing story of "The Philosophical Breakfast Club." > See more

August 30, 2013

Two successful PhD defenses by GLOBES students

Sheina Sim (Cohort 2, Advisor Jeffrey Feder) defended her dissertation on “The frontier of ecological speciation: Investigating western populations of Rhagoletis pomonella.” Sheina’s interdisciplinary chapter addressed her real world practicum work with, the website and blog that introduces an innovative tactic for controlling invasive species: eating them!

Ashley Baldridge (Cohort 2, Advisor David Lodge) defended her dissertation, "Invasive rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus): community impacts and potential for recovery.” Ashley’s interdisciplinary chapter employed a bioeconomic framework to help natural resource managers incorporate costs of control, restoration, and lost revenue in determining a plan for invasive species management using rusty crayfish as a case study.

August 9, 2013

GLOBES Moves to the Reilly Center

GLOBES is now part of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values and maintains an office in Rm 434 Geddes Hall. GLOBES Co-Directors Jeff Feder and Jessica Hellmann announced the new administrative home for the interdisciplinary graduate training program in Environment and Society.The move to the Reilly Center is part of a larger transition and repositioning of GLOBES after completion of the $3.14M National Science Foundation training grant that launched GLOBES as an academic program at Notre Dame.

June 20, 2013

Patrick Shirey, GLOBES Cohort 2, gives radio interview on the Namekagon River research project

WOJB 88.9 of Hayward, Wisconsin, interviewed GLOBES Fellow Patrick Shirey (Cohort 2, Advisor Gary Lamberti) on efforts to restore native brook trout in the Namekagon River watershed with the support of the National Park Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The twenty-minute interview with host Karl Habeck was the result of a public outreach "river paddle" to discuss "Where are the brookies?" Visit the Shirey website to hear the interview and see the video describing the brook trout research and restoration project.

June 3, 2013

Research shows unintended effects of salmon introductions to Midwest lakes and streams

Peter Levi '12 PhD (Cohort 1, Advisor Jennifer Tank) is first author of a recent paper published online in the journal, JGR Biogeosciences that studies the effects of nonnative Pacific salmon in five tributaries to the Great Lakes in Michigan and Ontario. The paper, coauthored with Professor Jennifer Tank, sparked the interest of two additional publications that ran news stories on the breaking research. See the American Geophysical Union's highlight and the online story from Fondriest Environmental.

May 10, 2013

Amy Klegarth, GLOBES Cohort 5, receives Fulbright Scholarship award

Amy Klegarth, a third year GLOBES fellow, will be conducting research abroad in Singapore for nine months during the coming academic year, thanks to the support of a Fulbright Scholarship Award. The work continues her study and GPS collaring of macaque monkeys for the purpose of understanding the population genetic structure of macaque groups in an urban landscape. Under the mentorship of Rudolf Meier, biologist with the National University of Singapore, Amy will also collect saliva samples to track the genetic flow of macaque populations. Amy is advised by Hope Hollocher, Biological Sciences, and Agustin Fuentes, Anthropology.

April 12, 2013

Andy Deines defends dissertation thesis on invasive tilapia

GLOBES Fellow Andy Deines (Cohort 1, Advisor David Lodge) successfully defended his dissertation thesis on Friday, April 12. In a comprehensive literature review of tilapia introductions worldwide, Andy cited hundreds of papers, the first being published in the 1930's. His study of invasive tilapia was furthered by frequent field excursions to the Kafue Watershed in Zambia, as well as by collaborations with the WorldFish Center, the University of Zambia, and the Zambian Dept. of Fisheries. He worked closedly with Dr. Cyprian Katongo of the University of Zambia who also served as an advisor on his thesis committee. In collaboration with GLOBES Fellow Adam Bee, (PhD 2011, Cohort 1, Economics), Andy co-authored a paper published earlier this year in Freshwater Biology on the economic tradeoffs between artisanal fisheries production and hydroelectricity power generation on the Kafue River. This paper fulfilled the interdisciplinary chapter requirement for the GLOBES program. For more information on Andy's research on the ecological impact of aquaculture introductions, follow this link.

April 8, 2013

GLOBES REU student co-authors paper on invasive crayfish in Crustaceana

Joshua Morse, a GLOBES REU summer researcher in 2010, is lead author of a paper that appears in the April 2013 edition of the journal Crustaceana. Coauthored by GLOBES fellows Ashley Baldridge and Lindsey Sargent (Advisor: David Lodge), the paper compares the predator behavior of invasive crayfish with native crayfish and the effects on fish reproduction in lakes.

January 22, 2013 featured in the Earth Journal of the MinnPost online news agency

Writer Ron Meador calls the website and blog devoted to recipes and news about invasive plants and animals as "the coolest new word, idea and website all wrapped into one." The website is the brainchild of three GLOBES fellows who've assembled an impressive collection of recipes, anecdotes, and science data. >Read the MinnPost article. >Go to

January 3, 2013

GLOBES Fellow Matt Cooper selected to serve on Advisory Board

Matt Cooper (Cohort 4, Advisor Gary Lamberti) has agreed to serve on the advisory board and recently travelled to Washington DC to participate in a board leadership and strategy workshop. Matt joined six other IGERT program trainees in sharing their thoughts on ways to improve in the year ahead. Each of the seven trainees won an award in last year’s online video and poster competition. They have also agreed to serve as mentors to new trainees who will be competing this year.

The IGERT Resource Center ( provides comprehensive information about the NSF flagship interdisciplinary training program and each of its actively funded projects. The Resource Center provides an e-community for current IGERT students and faculty to share resources, research, presentations, challenges and best practices. >Read More