Environmental Leadership

Explore the impact of water policy on our planet.  Field research 2018

Water Wars: Politics, Power, and Policy (Assessing Solutions to South Florida’s Water Crisis)

Led by Howard Ernst, Seiden-Levi Fellow, this program provides a select group of Gettysburg College students with a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of marine policy issues, to apply social science research methods, and to develop their leadership skills. These objectives are achieved through guided discussion sessions, readings, and the completion of an original research project in which participants work as a research team to plan and implement a rigorous field study. The project culminates with the research team presenting their key findings and policy suggestions in the form of a white paper that is presented at a public symposium at Gettysburg College and shared with policy makers. Throughout the program, students are provided meaningful opportunities to interact with environmental policy leaders and to learn from leading scholars in the field. Each student will lead a major aspect of the research project and will help plan and implement the spring field study.

Please note that the program is designed from a social science perspective and is not intended for students who desire to conduct natural science research. The program focuses on the competing values and economic pressures that drive anthropogenic environmental problems, as well as the politics of environmental policy implementation.

The program is divided into three complementary parts: structured discussions that provide students with the conceptual grounding necessary to understand the annual theme; field experiences that enable students to research the annual theme; and a white paper formulation and student-run symposium in which seminar participants present the key lessons from their research. Read more about the learning objectives.

The Environmental Leadership program is open to all students who have an interest in marine related policy issues, who want to gain research experience, and who desire to refine their leadership skills. Hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, camping, and swimming are common elements of the field experience, and students should be prepared to engage in these outdoor activities. The program is for the full 2019-2020 academic year and participation is required at all sessions. Students who are interested in the program should apply only if they are able to attend all components of the program.

2019-2020 Program Schedule