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Hampshire College art installation made of plastic water bottles.

ESSP Projects

What do Hampshire students "do" in Environmental Studies? Here are some Divisional projects students have completed:

Division I, Independent Studies, and Student Projects

  • Acorn Kitchen Internship-Local Sustainable Food Production
  • Algal Biofuels: the promising renewable fuel
  • Analysis of Ten Years of Measured Water Temperature in an Arctic Lake
  • Causes of Colony Collapse Disorder and Potential Solutions
  • Energy savings using LED lights for the Dance studio: Proposal to the Hampshire College Sustainable Revolving Fund
  • Environmental Education: Integrating Environmental Studies in Public School throughout the United States
  • Let it all Hang Out: A campaign to encourage air drying of clothes
  • Reconstructing wildlife meadows from manicured lawns on the Hampshire College campus
  • What if Superstorm Sandy Struck Boston?

Division II

  • A Complete Study of Geological, Meteorological, and Environmental Processes of the Earth and Alternate Energy
  • Alternative living through writing
  • Animal Behavior and Physiology
  • Anthropology of Food
  • Biology and Equine Psychology
  • Ecological and Educational Systems: Integration and Application
  • Ecological Sustainability
  • Ecology and Geology with Conservation Application
  • Ecology, Biology, and Birds
  • Energy Resource Politics
  • Environment, Energy, Economics; An interconnected web
  • Environmental Engineering and Geology with a concentration on Sustainability
  • Environmental Science and Resource Politics
  • Experiential Education and Climate Change
  • Field, Forest, Farm and Food
  • Forest Ecology
  • Healing Our Environment: The Intersections Between Food, Justice and Health
  • Landscape Design and Resource Management
  • Microbiology, Plant Biology, Chemistry, Toxicology, Remediation Science
  • Ornithology, Ecology and Physiology
  • Perceptions of Wilderness and Issues of Accessibility in the Field of Outdoor Education: Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Our Place in Community and Nature
  • Precursor to a Sustainable Working Waterfront
  • Studies in Animal Sciences
  • Studies in Resource Use, Community Resiliency, and Relocalization
  • Sustainability and Water Resource Management
  • Sustainable Aquaponics
  • Sustainable Engineering: A focus in energy and sustainable design
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Water Resource/Agricultural Systems Design
  • Sustainable Product Design
  • Sustainable Resources and Asian Studies
  • Systems of Environment and Community
  • Water Crises: The cultural, political, and ecological consequences of human water use
  • Water, Ecology, and the Role of Economic Policy

Division III (Senior Thesis 2013/2014)

  • A Comparative Economic Analysis of Energy Production
  • Agricultural Systems Thinking: Re-designing urban farming systems that are radically inclusive of marginalized communities
  • Arctic Climate Change
  • Bird Feathers as Bioindicators: Spatial Heavy Metal Analysis of Indian House Crow Feathers using LA-ICP-MS
  • Change and Use, Bones and Growth (Evolution of skeletal adaptations in mammals)
  • Connections Between Hampshire College's Storm Water Drainage System and Stream Temperatures and Water Quality
  • Degree Day Analysis, Energy Use for Heating and Cooling
  • Denitrification in streams and riparian zones along an urban to exurban gradient
  • (M)eat: Innocent until Proven Guilty (A comparison of grass and grain-fed beef)
  • Effects of Physical Stream Characteristics on Riverine Fish Assemblages
  • Environmental Education and Climate Change
  • Experimental Domestication: Selection for Tameness in M. ochrogaster
  • Facing the Future of Food: A spatial and economic analysis of local food systems in Massachusetts
  • Farm to Camp: Creating Lasting Effects for a Healthier Life
  • Fate and Transport of Lead Arsenate Pesticides on a Western Massachusetts Pear Orchard
  • Feather Corticosterone, Latitude and Breeding Biology of Tachycineta Swallows
  • From Alberta to Texas: A Critical Examination of the Keystone XL pipeline and its Opposition
  • Green Building: An Investigation of Products and Materials That Satisfy the Living Building Standard
  • Hampshire College Stormwater Drainage Monitoring: Temperatures and Contaminants
  • Human Health, Social Justice, and Natural Science Perspectives of Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale
  • Imagine the Earth: Illustrating Environmental Science and Philosophy
  • Influence of Land Cover on Stream Temperature: Implications for Modeling and Waterway RestorationSustainability in Action: Moving toward an agricultural ethos
  • Invasive Biotic Interactions With Native Bryophyte Species in Alaskan Boreal Forests
  • La Via Campesina: Preserving Biodiversity through Transnational Organizing
  • Land of Fish and Rice: Agriculture, Eutrophication, and Phytoremediation in China's Chao Lake
  • Landscaping In Hadley: The History and Ecology of Change and Development
  • Lyme Disease in Horses
  • Management for Birds in a Pitch Pine-Scrub Oak Barren
  • Microbial Community Analysis of Deep Springs Lake, CA: Exploring the Role of Aerobic Biofilms in Biogenic Dolomite Precipitation
  • No Pictures, Please: Placing Ag-Gag and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act within the Green Scare
  • Profit vs. People: A Case Study in the Environmental and Social Impact of Big Oil
  • Remediation techniques for groundwater perchlorate contamination
  • Rendering the River: An analysis of the Atlantic Salmon Restoration Effort on the Connecticut River
  • Searching for Identity in the Outdoors, A Collection of Writing
  • Searching for the Sublime: Stepping foot into the American Wilderness
  • Slow Food USA: A Cultural Exploration of Slow Food in the "Fast Food Nation"
  • Stress in Cows and Effects on Dairy Products
  • Sustainable Aquaponics: The Future of Institutional Food
  • Sustainable Design and Development
  • Temporally produced nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from differently managed agricultural soils: relative contributions from bacteria and fungi
  • The Effect of Land Management Strategy on Dickcissel (Spiza americana) Territory Size in the Flint Hills Ecoregion
  • The Effects of Visual Stimuli on Pre-Conditioned Aggression Response in Fighting Cocks
  • The Hampshire College Forest Stewardry Program
  • The red drum fishery: a case study of a protected game fish
  • The Role of Silviculture in Forest Fungal Ecology
  • The Solar Purlieu; Reflective Seating
  • Three Scientific Inquiries: How and Why Do We Modify General Relativity? How Do We Design a System to Measure the Snow Water Equivalent of the Snowpack? and, How Does Yeast Flocculation Affect the Final Bitterness of Beer?
  • Trace Metal Contamination in Sri Lankan Rice: LA-ICP-MS and HPLC Procedures to Determine Etiology of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Transport and Fate of Lead Arsenate pesticides at an Amherst, Massachusetts Pear Orchard
  • Vocal Correlates of Physiological Stress in Sheep


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