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Mellon Initiative

Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Studies Program is pleased to announce a three-year, $600,000 award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation commencing June 1, 2011 to support its innovated curricular approach featuring interdisciplinary situated research in a variety of settings spanning the Portland area to international sites. The initiative follows up on successful completion of a prior Mellon award for $300,000 to lay the groundwork via faculty and student development, and a national scale Mellon scholars program.

The primary beneficiaries of this Mellon-funded initiative are our students at Lewis & Clark—the next generation of environmental leaders in academic and policy settings. Here is a story on the initiative, and one featuring student perspectives. Opportunities for students include:

Our Situating the Global Environment initiative is more fully explained, and Mellon-funded projects documented, on a new interactive research website we have created; go to for full details. 



Recent Research Posts from

  • April 21, 2014 at 4:56pm

    Last week in Latin America was Semana Santa, or Holy Week. A week of many festivities leading up to Easter Sunday. While my work week did not change much, the overall atmosphere definitely changed here in Xela to one of celebration. In honor of this, I think it




  • April 19, 2014 at 6:47am

    With my study abroad program over and my fellow students heading their separate ways, I’m setting off to dig into my research. My first stop is the town of Geraldton, Western Australia where I’ll be living and working on a sheep station. I expect this farm to be


  • April 19, 2014 at 6:24am

    During my study abroad program on the East coast of Australia, I spent one week working on an independent study project as a course requirement. I decided to design that project to compliment my larger independent study. My one week of research included farmstay on a New South

    The landscape of inland New South Wales

  • April 14, 2014 at 9:25am

    Up until this point I’ve hinted at what the social network maps I will make will look like and what information they will contain, but today I will take some time to explain the maps, and the process of making them more thoroughly. This week I completed


  • April 7, 2014 at 2:40pm

    The Superfund cleanup process is incredibly complex, as it must be considering that many sites were exposed to decades of unmitigated toxic pollution. When a site is discovered to be toxic, it undergoes a preliminary assessment so the site can be inspected to determine what sort of response