ESSYI 2014 Kicks Off

This week, Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute (ESSYI) welcomed talented high school students from all over the world to campus for two weeks of immersive education in environmental studies. Led by HWS faculty, students took core samples from Seneca Lake aboard the William Scandling, studied one of the largest active landfills in the country at Seneca M...  More >>

Knopka ‘14 Protecting Endangered Birds

Spending his summer on the beaches of Cape Cod, Sam Knopka '14 was thrilled to recently be hired by the Trustees of Reservations as a shorebird technician. He is working to help protect the dwindling population of Piping Plovers, an endangered bird species that nests on the shores of Cape Cod, Mass. The Trustees of Reservations is a non-profit organization that owns land throughout Massachusetts ...  More >>

Weather and Wine

When Daniel Budmen'15 studied environmental meteorology with Associate Professor of Geoscience Neil Laird, he had no idea that setting up a weather station at a vineyard would lead him to want to pursue a career in grape growing - nor that by his last summer at HWS he'd be working in seven vineyards in Napa Valley, Calif. Currently an intern with Constellation Brands, Budmen is based out of the R...  More >>

Williams '15 Explores Climate Change

Samuel Williams '15 is currently conducting research at the Tree Ring Laboratory in the Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y., working on the Blue Intensity Measurements Project with the Director of the Laboratory Edward R. Cook. The opportunity came about through contacts he made while abroad last summer as a recipient of the Salisbury Summer International Inter...  More >>

Summer Sees Farm Development

This summer, students are taking part in many of the activities surrounding the recently-acquired Fribolin Farm. Members of the HWS community are helping to plant several different crops for the Colleges' use. In addition to maintaining portions of the farm, faculty, staff and students are working to collaborate and brainstorm ideas for utilizing the property in the future. Finger Lakes Institute...  More >>