Theses/Dissertations from 2023


Biochar has positive but distinct impacts on root, shoot, and fruit production in beans, tomatoes, and willows, Sunniva Bratli Sheffield, Taylor Hoefer, and John E. Petersen

Events from 2022

Fuzzy-logic Cognitive Mapping as a tool for measuring and increasing systems thinking: A test of MentalModeler, Julia Blotner, Cindy Frantz, and John Petersen

Prospection: Can Thinking About the Future Change Attitudes About Climate Change in the Present?, Larisa Bushkin

Biochar has distinct effects on root, shoot and fruit production in beans, tomatoes, and willows, Taylor Hoefer, Sunniva Sheffield, and John Petersen

Grasping at the Roots: A Study of Sustainable Food Justice and Racial Healing Through Black Agrarian Histories, Vera Grace Menafee

Theses/Dissertations from 2021


Assessing Barriers and Benefits to a Food Waste Composting Pilot Program in Oberlin, Ohio, Julia Halm

Events from 2020

The Story of Mongolian Cheesemakers and Globalization, Pearse Anderson

Epistemological and Environmental Justice in the American South, Nathan Carpenter

Imagining Apocalypse: Prospection Increases Systems Thinking, James Cato


The Politicization of Water: Transboundary Water-Conflict in the Indian Subcontinent, Ananya Gupta

Northeast Ohio's Agriculture Climate: An Online Literary and Visual Storytelling Exhibition, Ora Hammel


“Don't frack with us!” An Analysis of Two Anti-Pipeline Movements, Rachael Lucille Hood

Tools for Reading the Environment: Literary Field Guides & Poetic Inventories as Place-Making Literature, Lily Jones

Swimming Across the Divide: Environmental Peacebuilding in the Jordan River Valley, Antonia Offen

Theses/Dissertations from 2019


Oberlin's Experimental Hazelnut Orchard: Exploring Woody Agriculture's Potential for Climate Change Mitigation and Food System Resilience, Naomi Fireman

Oberlin's Experimental Hazelnut Orchard: Exploring Woody Agriculture’s Potential for Climate Mitigation & Food System Resilience, Naomi Fireman

Project Hózhó : Youth, Arts and Environment in the Navajo Nation, Brian James, Kieran Minor, and Rashad Saleh

Legal Weapons: The Supreme Court and the Decline of Tribal Sovereignty, Lior Krancer


Public Art in Outdoor Space: How Environmental Art Can Influence Notions of Place, Elsa Mark-Ng

The Enigmatic Abundance of Rare Earth Elements: The Political Economy of Green Technology, Rex Simmons

Call it Nature, Call it Instinct, Call it Education; A Curriculum for Urban Eco-Poetics, Otto Vock

Reading the Oberlin Landscape-A Place Based Natural History Exco, Will Wickham

Events from 2018

Purifying the Sacred: How Hindu Nationalism Reshapes Environmentalism in Contemporary India, Owen Ellerkamp

Effects of Emerald Ash Borer on Ant Diversity at Chance Creek Nature Preserve, Stephanie Gunter

An Environmental and Cost Comparison between Petroleum-Based Plastic Drinking Straws and a "Greener" Alternative, Madeline Moran


An Environmental and Cost Comparison Between Polypropylene Plastic Drinking Straws and a "Greener" Alternative: An Oberlin Case Study, Madeline Elyse Moran

The Courage You're Looking For: Linking Academics to Community Based Arts Programs in Oberlin, Naomi Roswell

Theses/Dissertations from 2017


Interrogating The "And": A Study of Environmentalism and Disability, Melissa Cabat

"Interrogating the And": A Study of Environmentalism and Disability, Melissa Cabat


Rethinking Redevelopment: Neoliberalism, New Urbanism and Sustainable Urban Design in Cleveland, Ohio, Julian Geltman

Rethinking Redevelopment: New Urbanism, Neoliberalism, and Sustainable Urban Design Initiatives in Cleveland, Ohio, Julian Geltman

The Endangerment Turn: Tracking the Transition of Vegetarian Discourse in Contemporary China, Brendan Nuse

Community-Based Social Marketing Research: Sustainable Behavior Change in Oberlin, Lauren Rhodes and Abigail Carlstad

Lessons in Resilience: From Biological Systems to Human Food Systems, Liv Scott

Theses/Dissertations from 2016


Seeking Redemption in a World of Waste: A Comparative Analysis of Bottle Deposit Systems and Campaigns and a Consideration of Their Comprehensive Sustainability, Zoe Bluffstone


Life-cycle Cost Analysis of Nutrient Reduction Technologies Employed in Municipal Wastewater Treatment, Colin Barrett Brown

Entomopathic Nematodes Found in a Population of Emerald Ash Borers from Connecticut, Alexandra Kahn

Theses/Dissertations from 2015


Performance and Resilience: Performance, Storytelling, and Resilience Building in Post-Katrina New Orleans, Sophia Colette Becker

German-Persian Connections: Goethe and Hafez in Dialogue in West-östlicher Divan, Caroline de Vries

The Importance of Water Availability for Plant Community Structure in Restored Prairies, Laura Messman

Northern Goshawk Diversity and Connectivity Among the Forests of the Northern Great Basin, Stephanie Szarmach

Theses/Dissertations from 2014


CELEBRATING EXTINCTION? The Disconnect Between Reality and Media Representation of Bluefin Tuna in Japan, Gene Fukui

Self-Made Spines: Healing, Politicization, and Education through Zines, Joelle Eliza Lingat

Effects of Providing Real-Time Feedback About Electricity and Water Consumption, Evan Tincknell

Events from 2013

Manhattan Transference: Reader Itineraries in Modernist New York, Sophia Bamert


Relating Plant Spatial Pattern, Plant Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Function to Management Practices in Experimental Restored Wetlands, Erika C. Brandt


A Study of Renewable Portfolio Standards and Renewable Energy Certificate Prices in Five Northeastern States, Yazhou Li


Activating Community to Enable Residential Energy Efficiency, David Roswell

Events from 2012

Water Privatization in Latin America, Kelsey Atkinson


An Analysis of Ohio's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, Joshua A. Laufer


Rustbelt Theater: Children's Environmental Justice Narratives from South Elyria, OH, Lissette Lorenz

Theses/Dissertations from 2011


Community Perceptions of the Barriers and Benefits to Local Food Access in Northeast Ohio, Gabriela Rosalie Baker


Community Engagement in Sustainable Design: A Case Study of the Oberlin Project, Amanda L. Goldstein


An Evaluation of Surface Water Sources Using Spatial and Temporal Variations in Stream Chemistry in a Headwater Catchment, Margaret Ann Zimmer

Theses/Dissertations from 2009


A Baseline Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Oberlin: Stepping Up to the Challenge of Climate Neutrality, Nathaniel Flaschner Meyer

Theses/Dissertations from 2008


Connectedness to Nature and Electricity Consumption: An Interdisciplinary Study of Behavior and Emotional Response to Nature in the Union Street Housing Complex, Jenna Trostle


Learning to Eat Appreciatively and Thoughtfully (EAT): Connecting with Food through School Gardens, Lina A. Yamashita

Theses/Dissertations from 1991


Gardening the Desert, Deserting the Garden: Culture, Agriculture and Ecology on the Northern Plains, 1830-1930, Ben Larson

Theses/Dissertations from 1985


Energy Sustainability: The Case of Photovoltaics, Abram Walden Kaplan