Sustainability at Reed

Environmental Studies

The environmental studies (ES) program is the primary academic connection to sustainability at Reed. One of the largest standing interdisciplinary majors on campus with an explicit mission to bridge the natural sciences, social sciences, and history, the ES program prepares students for the multidimensional challenges inherent in environmental issues. The ES program has five concentrations reflective of the core faculty: biology, chemistry, economics, history, and political science.

In addition to teaching courses that address environmental issues from a disciplinary perspective, ES faculty are engaged in research to address national, state, local, and campus issues. Their research projects often include students who are studying both within the major and in other fields of inquiry.

Environmental studies has a broad reach at Reed. Students from across the academic program take ES courses to fulfill their own academic interests in the environment, and the majority of students taking ES courses are not ES majors.

For more information on research opportunities within ES, suggested coursework, links to projects completed within the junior seminar, and other information, visit Reed’s environmental studies site.


Julie Fry, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Studies
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Josh Howe, Associate Professor of History & Environmental Studies, ES Committee Chair
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Chris Koski, Associate Professor of Political Science & Environmental Studies, ES Chair
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Noelwah Netusil, Stanley H. Cohn Professor of Economics
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Aaron Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Biology
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Reed’s Environmental Studies Summer Experience Fellowship provides Reed students with funding to pursue summer internships and field research focused on the environment.

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