- GRADUATE STUDIES
- STUDENT LIFE
Climate change, species extinction, depletion of water supplies, habitat destruction...there is no end to the number of environmental issues challenging our planet and our society. But the solutions are just as abundant! At Franklin Pierce we provide many opportunities - both within classes and in clubs, internships and volunteer work - to learn how to make a difference. The ECO Club has a long history of action on issues such as acid rain, habitat protection, environmental education, sustainable agriculture and ecological restoration. Through our Sustainability Center, led by the Sustainability Coordinator, students have worked on a wide variety of projects, such as ongoing inventories of the University's greenhouse gas emissions, establishing a campus garden, recycling of used furniture, and promoting green living in the dorms.
We also provide opportunities for students to address issues of sustainability and climate change through our membership with the Association of Sustainability in Higher Education and our agreement with the American College and University President's Commitment to Climate Neutrality. As a result of these affiliations, our students have attended national conferences and helped the University move towards climate neutrality.
Students can get hands-on experience by getting involved in environmental research through grant-funded research assistantships, working alongside our faculty. Past projects include collecting and analyzing data about the impacts of sedimentation on wetlands, invasive species in New England forests, farming history of Rindge, disease-bearing mosquito species, and impacts of land use change on bats.
Internships are important preparation for your job search after graduation. At Franklin Pierce we work very hard to help students identify, apply for and obtain useful internships. Many of these internships have helped students gain critical professional skills and contacts, and have led to successful jobs in the environmental field.
Examples of Internships held by Franklin Pierce students:
• Env. Protection Agency, Boston
• Ashuelot Valley Env. Observatory, NH
• BGH Groundwater Consultants, RI
• Blue Ocean Society, NH
• Monadnock State Park, NH
• NH Dept. of Fish and Game, NH
• Mass. DEC – Air Quality Branch, MA
• ENSR Env. Consulting, MA
• Mass. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
• VHB Env. Consulting, NH
• Save the Bay, CT
• Vermont Dept. of Conservation
James (Jed) E. Donelan
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Humanities
B.A., Boston College
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook