News and Developments


Wheaton College welcomes new Director of Environmental Studies

Dr. Chris Keil joined Wheaton College in Fall 2012 and brings expertise in envrionmental pollution assessment. To read more about Dr. Keil, visit his faculty bio page

Rachel Lamb Accepted to University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Rachel LambRachel Lamb (Grand Rapids, Michigan), a 2012 graduate from Wheaton’s Environmental Studies Program, has been accepted to the prestigious dual-degree program of The University of Maryland College of Life Sciences and the Maryland School of Public Policy. Considered of the world’s premier graduate programs in its field, the program leads to dual Master's Degrees in Public Policy and Conservation Biology Program (MPP/MS), with the courses presented in an integrated format that enables graduates to understand and develop conservation policy informed by the best conservation science.

Elsemarie deVries to Study Lake Food Web Ecology in Iceland

Elsemarie DeVriesElsemarie deVries (Somerset, Pennsylvania) has been selected by the US National Science Foundation to participate in their Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Program. Elsemarie will travel to Lake Myvatn in Iceland where she will be working with scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in an ongoing study of the ecology of lake food webs. Congratulations, Elsemarie, on winning this very competitive position in this exciting and important study!

Kellan Warner Chosen for Position with Allied Whale

Kellan WarnerKellan Warner (Ranchos Palos, California), a 2012 graduate from Wheaton’s Environmental Studies Program, has been selected to participate in the College of the Atlantic’s Allied Whale Research and Education Program for the summer of 2012. Kellan will participate and receiving training in a wide range of marine mammal research activities, including behavioral ecology and distributions of humpback and fin whales, research on maintaining the North Atlantic humpback whale populations, development of fin whale photo ID catalogs, and working with the local whale watch company as an on-board naturalist, deckhand, and researcher. The Wheaton Environmental Studies Program congratulates Kellan on being chosen for this exciting position!

Curtis Witek Selected as Calvin B. DeWitt Leadership Fellow

Curtis WitekThe Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies (Mancelona, Michigan) has named Curtis Witek (Cary, Illinois) as the recipient of its 2012 Calvin B. DeWitt Leadership Fellowship. The DeWitt Fellowship is awarded to only one student each year, selected from applicants from up to 63 colleges in the United States and Canada participating in the Au Sable Institute program. Curtis was selected on the basis of his exemplary record of effectiveness in environmental leadership, including his work in leading A Rocha –Wheaton (Wheaton College’s student conservation organization), his work in developing climate change mitigation strategies for ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago through Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, and his work on the Student Advisory Council of Renewal, a national Christian environmental organization. The Environmental Studies Program of Wheaton College commends Curtis for his designation as the 2012 DeWitt Leadership Fellow.

Ian Yue to Serve with the United Nations University in Bonn

Ian Yue2011 ES graduate Ian Yue (Edina, Minnesota) will be spending the summer of 2012 in Bonn, Germany, where he will be serving and studying at the United Nations University. Ian will be working as an intern with UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development, a water policy development agency dedicated to finding ways to relieve water shortages in water stressed countries worldwide. Ian is currently enrolled at the University of Connecticut in a specialized Resource Economics M.S. program focusing on Integrated Watershed Management and Policy. Congratulations, Ian, on this great opportunity for learning and service!

Rachel Lamb Selected as 2012 Chase Award Winner

Rachel LambWheaton College has chosen ES major Rachel Lamb (Grand Rapids, Michigan) as its 2012 J. Richard Chase Award recipient. The Chase Award is given to the individual considered the outstanding student in the Wheaton College undergraduate student body. Rachel was cited for her outstanding academic record as a dual major in Environmental Studies and Political Science-International Relations, her recognition by the US Environmental Protection Agency for her work on climate change mitigation strategies with native American tribal groups, and her work on resolving environmental compliance and regulation issues with the Texas Commission on :Environmental Quality as a past participant in the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program. Congratulations Rachel, on winning Wheaton’s highest undergraduate award!


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