Research

Research experience is highly recommended, for science track students in particular.  Research opportunities are available to interested ESS students, at Drew during the summer or academic year or elsewhere through, for example, the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.  Many ESS students participate each summer in Drew University’s DSSI (Drew Summer Science Institute) program, collaborating with Drew professors.  Recent research topics include:

  • Fish advisories & environmental justice in Alaska
  • Asthma in Newark, NJ, an environmental justice community
  • Diesel exhaust measurement and analysis in Newark NJ
  • Photochemical oxidation of asphaltenes
  • Photochemical reactions of atmospheric pollutants with humic substances
  • Photochemistry of humic acid with nitrogen dioxide
  • Chemistry of biomass combustion products adsorbed on atmospheric aerosols
  • Ozonolysis of catechol vs. methylcatechols: theory & experiment
  • Dynamics and demography of invasive Norway maple tree populations
  • Impacts of deer and invasive vines on forest structure and dynamics
  • Mammalian wildlife research: effects of deer on other animal populations
  • Interspecies communication in primates of Peru
  • Development of a bioassay for PCBs
  • GIS (computer mapping and spatial analysis) of air pollution sources in Newark, NJ [This project helped stop a planned incinerator facility in an environmental justice community already experiencing high rates of child asthma]
  • GIS  and spatial analysis of invasive marine species
  • Environmental sources and impacts of theater scene shop materials
  • Sustainability and the land in Ecuador:  reforestation, sustainable agriculture, archaeology

Students should speak with professors whose work interests them to explore research possibilities.  Prior coursework in the field of investigation is expected.

Study Abroad

Unique to Drew University are Drew International Seminars, month-long study abroad opportunities led by Drew professors who also teach pre-departure courses on each topic. Past seminars with environmental components have taken place in the Galapagos Islands, Egypt & the Red Sea, Eritrea, Ecuador, and Peru. Coming up in 2009 are environment-related seminars in Peru and in Russia.

Environmental studies students are encouraged to study abroad for a summer or semester; course credit toward environmental studies can often be arranged. The International and Off-Campus Programs Office at Drew can help you search for opportunities that are right for you. Past students have participated in the following programs with high relevance to environmental studies and sustainability:

  • Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica and other locations
  • School for International Training, Tanzania, Botswana, and other locations
  • School for Field Studies: Australia, Kenya, Costa Rica, and other locations