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The purpose of this research was to learn how students in an introductory high school biology class responded to active learning rather than lecture. Active learning is a form of instruction that emphasizes interactions with peers and instructors and involves a cycle of activity and feedback where students are given consistent opportunities to apply their learning in the classroom. By doing this it allows the students to engage in real world experiences, gain constructive knowledge, and use the world around them as a learning environment.

Environment Program’s First Senior Capstone Celebration.                           

Explore the photo gallery showing our Environment Program seniors explaining their research projects through poster presentations on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in Monroe Hall. 

NEW ORLEANS — The Center for Progressive Reform, Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law Environmental Law Center, and Oxfam America will present a one-day forum on April 15, 2016 on risk reduction strategies for the Louisiana coast.

WHERE: Loyola University New Orleans Broadway Activities Center 526 Pine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2016 | 9:30am — 3:30pm

Loyola Environment Program students attended the South Central Geological Society of America conference 2016 in Baton Rouge. The students presented a poster describing a class project, which explored a relationship between impervious land cover and subsidence. They spent the day listening to scientific presentations, presenting their poster, and observing other posters. 

Pavement’s Impact on Subsidence in a New Orleans Neighborhood

Dr. David White professor in the Environment Program and Biology department co-authored with Dr. Jenneke Visser from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette published a ground breaking study on the "Water quality change in the Mississippi River, including a warming river, explains decades of wetland plant biomass change within its Balize delta." Aquatic Botany 132 (2016) 5-11.

Studying abroad in Belize and Guatemala with Loyola’s Tropical Ecology and Tropical Communications courses reinvigorated Environmental Science graduate Jenny Simon’s (BS ’14) love for adventure and international travel.  After graduation, Jenny moved to Key Largo, Florida and became a scuba diving instructor, dive master, and underwater naturalist. Jenny and some friends then spent five months traveling through Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala in order to learn more about the cultures and natural landscapes of Central America.

Environmental Science graduate Jake Gibson is currently working on the Coast-wide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) project. This project is funded through the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and consists of a network of about 400 monitoring sites that are used to evaluate how coastal wetlands are affected by erosion, sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, and invasive species such as nutria and feral pigs.

Dr. Christopher Schaberg’s new book The End of Airports was substantially cited in the New Yorker magazine.

Air Head
How aviation made the modern mind.
By Nathan Heller
February 2016

Loyola Environment faculty play key roles in this year’s Environmental Law and Policy Summit.

Dr. Bob Thomas and Professor Robert Verchick are both moderating at the Environmental Law & Policy Summit.

Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World

A leading expert on modern-day slavery, Kevin Bales has traveled to some of the world's most dangerous places, documenting and battling human trafficking. In the course of his reporting, Bales began to notice a pattern emerging: Where slavery existed, so did massive, unchecked environmental destruction.


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