The Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment offers a variety of support for summer student research projects, from financial support in the form of student and faculty stipends to logistical support, and expertise through collaboration from our staff.  In keeping with the Center's mission to enable transdisciplinary scholarship related to the environment and to sustainability, 2014 summer student research included topics from humanities, social science, natural science, engineering, and management.  Thirty-three undergraduates represented 17 different majors, from Theatre and English to Managing for Sustainability and three kinds of engineering programs of study.

Here is a summary, including primary funding sources:

Global Sustainabilities Program (Peter Wilshusen)

Alanna Fitzpatrick '15 (Environmental Studies and Spanish) - a project exploring food justice and access in Bridgeport, CT. (Ekedahl Endowment)

Alexa Preucil '15 (Environmental Studies) - "Measuring Urban Sustainability: A Comparison between Sydney Australia and New York, New York." (Emerging Scholars grant)

Theresa Schaffner '15 (Managing for Sustainability) - a project to explore how the World Business Council for Sustainable Development interfaces with the "Green Economy."  (Ekedahl Endowment)

Annie Dempsey '15 (Economics and Environmental Science) - a project to explore factory farming in the Central Susquehanna Valley. (Ekedahl Endowment)


Place Studies Program (Brandn Green)

Three students worked with Carl Milofsky and Brandn Green on a project to assess inequality in rural health access in central PA.:

Dejda Collins '16 (Sociology) - Worked with Carl Milofsky and Brandn Green on a project to assess inequality in rural health access in central PA. (American Sociological Association)

Catherine Bianco '16 (Biology) - Worked with Carl Milofsky and Brandn Green on a project to assess inequality in rural health access in central PA. (Place Studies - BCSE)

Anya Shaunessy '15 (Psychology) - Worked with Carl Milofsky and Brandn Green on a project to assess inequality in rural health access in central PA. (Place Studies - BCSE)

Four students worked with Alf Siewers on a video documentary of the Stories of the Susquehanna Valley:

 Laura Lujan '17 (Undeclared) (Place Studies - BCSE)

 Annmarie Mullen '17 (Biomedical Engineering) (Place Studies - BCSE)

 Bronwyn Barnwell '15 (Theatre and English) (Community Foundation)

 Michelle Gallagher (English graduate student) (Community Foundation)

Three students worked on projects to evaluate the Central Susquehanna Affordable Care Project (which was a collaborative effort between Bucknell students and faculty, students and faculty at Bloomsburg University, and Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine), or to explore other topics that grew out of the experience of the ACA Project:

Will Rappaport '16 (International Relations) - Worked with Carl Milofsky and Brandn Green on a project to evaluate the Central Susquehanna Affordable Care Act Project. (Field Research & Teaching Lab)

Collin Greene '15 (Economics and Political Science) - Worked with Carl Milofsky and Brandn Green on a project to evaluate the Central Susquehanna Affordable Care Act Project. (BIPP)

Adam Bishop '17 (undeclared) - Worked with Carl Milofsky and Brandn Green on exploring area residents' political value change from experiencing the Medicaid Gap. (Society for Community Research and Action)

Three students worked on a large, on-going digital humanities project:

Alexa Gorski '16 (Environmental Studies) - Worked with Katie Faull on a digital humanities project to map pre-European contact data for the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and update archaeological data. (AW Mellon)

Henry Stann '17 (Biomedical Engineering) - Worked with Katie Faull on a digital humanities project to map pre-European contact data for the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and update archaeological data. (Place Studies - BCSE and AW Mellon)

Thet Hein Tun '14 (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Comparative Humanities) - Worked with Katie Faull on a digital humanities project to map pre-European contact data for the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and update archaeological data. (Place Studies - BCSE)

Two students worked on a "Sustainable Small Town" project:

Zach Moon '16 (Interdisciplinary Studies: Economics and Mathematics) - Worked with Ben Marsh and Brandn Green on "Sustainable Small Towns: Alternative Quantitative Measures. (AW Mellon)

Buck Doyle '15 (Managing for Sustainability) - Worked with Ben Marsh and Brandn Green on "Sustainable Small Towns: Evaluating the Indicators." (Place Studies - BCSE)

Two students worked on a "Community Platform" project:

Sam Jacobson '17 (Geology) - Worked with Brandn Green on a collaboration with the Urban Institute to develop a Community Platform and also to assess conservation values in the region.  (Field Research & Teaching Lab)

Yash Bhutwala '17 (Computer Science and Engineering) - Worked with Brandn Green on a collaboration with the Urban Institute to develop a Community Platform and also to assess conservation values in the region.  (Place Studies - BCSE)

One student worked on a video project related to Shamokin.

Jennifer Bush '15 (Sociology) - Worked with Carl Milofsky and Brandn Green to produce a community study of Shamokin, PA through the medium of video. (Place Studies - BCSE)


Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program (Ben Hayes)

Four students worked with Matt McTammany to study changes in the community structure of benthic macroinvertebrates, the small animals living among the sediments and stones on the bottom of the river, such as mayflies and caddis flies, in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.  The study has been going on for several years.

Robert Schlitt '16 (Biology) - Worked with Matt McTammany on interannual variability in the benthic macroinvertebrate community structure of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.  (Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies - Degenstein Foundation)

Jordan Barton (Biology graduate student) - Worked with Matt McTammany on interannual variability in the benthic macroinvertebrate community structure of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. (Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies - Degenstein Foundation)

Claire Rapp '15 (Biology) - Worked with Matt McTammany on interannual variability in the benthic macroinvertebrate community structure of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. (McKenna Environmental Internship)

Nicole King (Biology graduate student) - Worked with Matt McTammany on interannual variability in the benthic macroinvertebrate community structure of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

Two students worked with Don Duke of Florida Gulf Coast University to study local flood control policies:

Seamus McLaughlin '15 (Environmental Studies) - Worked with L. Donald Duke (from Florida Gulf Coast University) on a review of the flood control strategies used by small municipalities in the Susquehanna River watershed. (Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies - Degenstein Foundation)

Stephanie Merenbach '15 (Civil Engineering) - Worked with L. Donald Duke (from Florida Gulf Coast University) on a review of the flood control strategies used by small municipalities in the Susquehanna River watershed. (Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies - Degenstein Foundation)

Two students worked on a new way to monitor the watershed:

Gilbert Kim '16 (Computer Science and Engineering) - Worked with Alan Marchiori on a project to develop a watershed monitoring network using wireless microcontrollers and sensor nodes organized in a mesh topology. (Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies - Degenstein Foundation)

Keyi Zhang'17 (Computer Science and Engineering) - Worked with Alan Marchiori on a project to develop a watershed monitoring network using wireless microcontrollers and sensor nodes organized in a mesh topology.

Two students worked on Susquehanna River projects:

Tucker Cottrell '16 (Civil Engineering) - Worked with Jessica Newlin on a project to map sediment size variations and patchiness on the Susquehanna River bed (PUR).

Erin Cox '15 (Civil Engineering) - Worked with Jessica Newlin to install a network of water temperature loggers to measure variability in Susquehanna River temperatures longitudinally from Muncy to Sunbury (PUR).

One student worked on the continuing campus Miller Run Restoration Project:

Madeline Dulac '15 (Geology) - Worked with Craig Kochel and Ben Hayes on Miller Run Restoration Project field research and literature review. (Ekedahl Endowment)

One student worked on a project using environmental DNA (eDNA), an emerging method for detecting the presence of certain species in an area. eDNA is nuclear or mitochondrial DNA that is released from an organism into the environment. Sources include secreted feces, mucous, and gametes; shed skin and hair; and carcasses. eDNA can be detected in cellular or extracellular (dissolved DNA) form:

Mayu Uemura '15 (Biology) - Worked with Mizuki Takahashi on a project to detect the presence of eastern hellbenders in the Susquehanna River basin using eDNA. (Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies - Degenstein Foundation)


Marcellus Shale Initiative (Carl Kirby)

One student worked with Carl Kirby and Sean Reese on a study of whether the constituents of fracking fluid are detectable in the soft tissue of freshwater mussels.

Xiaoying Pu, '17 (Computer Science and Engineering) - Worked with Carl Kirby and Sean Reese (BCSE Aquatic Biologist) on "Feasibility of Using Freshwater Mussels to Monitor Ba and Sr Pollution due to Shale Gas Flowback Water In Pennsylvania Streams (McKenna)


Sustainable Design Program (Dina El-Mogazi)

Two students worked on research related to Bucknell University's voluntary reporting through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a framework for colleges and universities to use to measure their sustainability performance that is offered through The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Maureen Sullivan '16 (Environmental Studies) - AASHE STARS research (Ekedahl Endowment)

Morgan Manchester '15 (Environmental Studies) - AASHE STARS research (Ekedahl Endowment)

Two students worked on projects related to the demonstration model gardens at the BCSE.

Elaine Lac '16 (Comparative Humanities and Environmental Science) - Rain Garden research and assessment (Sustainable Design Program - BCSE)

Audrey Love '16 (International Relations) - Garden intern (native plants and organic food - planting and maintenance)  (Sustainable Design Program - BCSE)

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