Environmental Leadership

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

Troubled Waters: From the Bay to the Ocean, Assessing Coastal Policy in the U.S. (with Fieldwork in South Florida)

Led by Howard Ernst, Seiden-Levi Fellow, this program provides a select group of Gettysburg 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 plan and implement a rigorous field study. 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 environmental policy research project and will help plan and implement the spring field study.

The program concludes with student presentations during the annual research symposium.

Please note that the program is taught from a social science perspective and is not intended for students who desire to conduct natural science research.

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, biking, and swimming are elements of the program, and students should be prepared to engage in these activities. The program is for the full 2018-2019 academic year and participation is required at all sessions.

The program is divided into three complementary parts: A) structured discussions that provide students with the conceptual grounding necessary to understand the annual theme; B) field experiences that enable students to research the annual theme; and C) a student run symposium in which seminar participants present the key lessons from their research.

Learning Objectives

2018-2019 Program Schedule