During the course of their studies, students in the GEP and NRSD programs conduct research into myriad topics — from international institutions to development solutions to specific conservation problems. Some of these research projects unfold in individual courses; others form a master's capstone project: a thesis or a significant research paper (SRP).
Recently, the School of International Service, has also started offering semester-long special team projects that are overwhelming student-driven. In these practica, a small group of students essentially acts as a consultant team for a particular client organization. They combine efforts to produce a wide range of outputs, from original research papers to policy analyses to filmed documentaries.
Individual and team research takes GEP/NRSD students across the U.S. and the globe. Recent projects by our students have ranged from studying local D.C. neighborhoods to fishers in India to protected area management in Ecuador.
Many of our students also travel to present the findings of their research at regional, national and international conferences; others ultimately have their research published by NGOs, governments and respected academic journals.
Recent research projects completed by GEP and NRSD students
Tararan, Samuel (2005), Agroforestry and Payment for Environmental Services
Yadrick, Michael (2006), Peacemaking through Forest Conservation: Conflict Transformation in The Maya Biosphere Reserve, Petén, Guatemala
Zamgochian, Ani (2010), Supporting the Conservation of Indigenous Territories in the Brazilian Amazon: Analysis of the Suruí Community's Road to REDD
Zoll Deidre (2008), FSC and the Global Timber Trade: Solution or Stop-loss
Falk, Elizabeth (2006), Edible Roof Gardens and Rainwater Capture: A Proposal to Enhance Justice of the School of International Service
Joldersma, Bretton (2005), Green Roofs: A Sustainable Development Tool for the United States
Cunningham, Leda (2006), Fish for the Future: The Quota System as a Model for Managing the Global Fishing Commons
Edwards, Alyssa (2005), Integrating Population Dynamics into Coastal Management
Ferguson, Rob and Padilla, Glenis (2010), A Longitudinal Assessment of the Socioeconomic Impacts of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve on the Coastal Communities of Southern Belize, Central America (1999-2009)
Lee, Tina (2012), Illegal (IUU) Fishing
McConnell, Michael (2012), International Tuna Fisheries
Marks, Jacqueline (2007), Sustainable Seafood: The role of Eco-certification in Marine Fisheries Management
Marrs, Alicia (2007), Environmental Protection Mechanisms of the International Maritime Organization (IMO): Can International Shipping Really Help Protect the World's Oceans?
McKinney, Vanessa (2007), Epistemic Communities – Their Composition, Research and Policy Role
Mumbauer, Kyra (2005), Beyond Consultations and Regulations: Meaningful Engagement of Small-Scale Fishers in Marine and Fishery Management
Jiang, Lian (2006), The Promise of Solar Energy: Exploring Policy Innovation in Technology Dissemination in China
Kaiser, Paul (2005), Wind Power and California's Energy Future
Lee, Jacqueline (2005), Comparative Wind Energy Policy in Denmark and California
Linnett, Tobias (2005), A Case for Renewable Energy in the United States
Madeira, Lindsay (2006), From the Poorest to the Globe: Harvesting the Sun for a Just, Green, and Sustainable Future
Morey, Jessie (2006), Clean Power in Costa Rica: Strategies for a Fossil Fuel Free Power Sector in 2020