Brown’s Environmental Change Initiative is primarily a research initiative that builds, supports, and promotes interdisciplinary research on the co-evolution of Earth's environment and societies. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates use an interdisciplinary team approach to understand the process of environmental change. Core topics include climate change and climate adaptation, changing nutrient cycles, land use and land surface change, and multidisciplinary conservation science. Using the tools of ecology, geology, chemistry, systems biology, economics, sociology, and cultural history, researchers build a picture of the conditions that mold and maintain a given system, allowing them to predict more accurately how related systems might respond to changing environmental stresses.
- The Environmental Change Initiative was founded in 2005 as part of President Simmons' Plan for Academic Enrichment.
- Faculty and students from any discipline may affiliate with ECI. Contact Associate Director Marty Downs to learn more.
- ECI supports interdisciplinary scholarship through:
Inspiration: Seminars, symposia, retreats, travel and workshops
Increasing capacity: Funding and support for interdisciplinary working groups, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate research skills and capacity
Infrastructure: Office, meeting, and social space; Proposal and grants management; core facilities; developing strategies for impact