Environmental Studies

The Senior Program

The Senior Program is an integrating, culminating experience that draws on the knowledge and research skills you have developed in the first three years. At its heart is the senior project. The project is a detailed exploration of an environmental topic that culminates in a research paper and oral presentation. The Senior Project should demonstrate competent application of methods and concepts from within the student's selected discipline but may also incorporate methods and concepts of other academic fields reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues. Majors plan and pursue this independent project under the close supervision of a faculty member and the program's advisory committee.

Recent projects in environmental studies include:

  • Deandra Aversa, Food Justice: The Prevalence of Food Deserts in Urban Communities of Color
  • Restoration Debate as Applied to Garlic Mustard Invasion in Hamilton College Forests
  • Suburban Sprawl in New Jersey: Planning, Preservation, and Regionalism
  • The Current State of Wind Energy in Central New York
  • The Lionfish Invasion in the Western Atlantic Ocean: Assessing Effects and Evaluating Response Plans in the Caribbean
  • The Effects and Implications of Garlic Mustard on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi found in the Hamilton College Forests
  • The Re-Creation of Place and Identity in Utica's Refugee and Immigrant Kitchens
  • Green Marketing: A Case Study of Electric Vehicles
  • Cultivating Environmental Stewardship in Children: A Comparative Analysis of the Effectiveness of Two Different Environmental Education Programs in New York
  • Isotopic Analysis of Fish Creek Methane Using Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy
  • Geochemical changes effect the global environment: quantification of methane from Fish Creek
  • The New Environmental Justice: Asthma in New York City
  • Methane Ebullition in Fluvial Environments at Fish Creek
  • The Trouble with Wilderness in the Adirondacks
  • The Spacial Distribution of Possible Methane Ebullition Sites within Oneida Lake
  • Herbal Medicine as a Feminist, Green Critique of Mainstream Science
  • Can Spinoza Help Us? Cultivating a New Ecological Consciousness Through Spinoza's Philosophy and Deep Ecology
  • Making Mountains Out of Mountains and Molehills Out of Molehills: Language and its Implications in Environmental Perception
  • The Distribution of Invasive Plants in Relation to Historic Land Use and Management in Hamilton College Forests
  • The Effects of Invasive Species on Forest Regeneration and the Ethics of Restoration
  • Garlic Mustard, Honeysuckle, Earthworms and Leaf Litter Dynamics in the Hamilton College Forests
  • For Peat's Sake! Finding the path to effective wetlands regulation in the United States
  • The Politics of Pa-hay-okee: How Concepts of Place Shape Florida's Everglades
  • Know Thyself, Know Thy Waste: Understanding and Evaluating the Social Implications of Waste Management Strategies at Hamilton College
  • Methane in Domestic Wells in Otsego County, New York
  • The Smart Grid and Dynamic Pricing: Promoting a Sustainable Future
  • Distributive Justice and Global Climate Change Treaties
  • The High Line: An Evaluation of Authenticity
  • Drinking Local: How Hops and Craft Beer Factor into Relocalization in Central New York
  • Alternative Enegy: A Viable Solution to the Problems Associated with a Reliance on Fossil Fuels in the United States