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Research Opportunities

The University is committed to providing hands-on learning experiences that bring classroom content to life. Multiple “living lab” projects - which involve faculty, staff, and students in a collaborative venture that helps solve a problem, answer a question, or meet a University sustainability goal – happen every year. Research into best practices in electronic waste management, audits on recycling rates, and analysis of our campus food system have all led to ideas to improve campus practices.

Beyond research conducted through courses, students interested in conducting sustainability research can apply for academic year and summer research funding.

Boatwright Library’s Sustainability LibGuide features recommended readings as well as specific books and articles, and is a great resource for anyone working on sustainability research.


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Campus as a Living Lab

Over the past year alone, many courses used campus to conduct research as real-world applications of what students are learning in the classroom.

Management professor Andy Litteral gave a business statistics course information on energy production from our on-campus solar array, helping students learn to work with real data.

This past summer, some of biology professor Peter Smallwood's students caught, collected data on, and released 70 turtles in Westhampton Lake. 

In June 2017, two honeybee hives were installed on campus. Through the Biology Department, students will have the chance to research hive behavior, environmental conditions that affect the species, and the interconnected role of honeybees in the local ecosystem. 

Faculty Involved in Sustainability Research

Faculty from 20 different departments have been involved in sustainability research. These faculty members include:

Jeremy Drummond (Art)
Erling Sjovold (Art)
Emily Boone (Biology)
Jory Brinkerhoff (Biology)
Kristine Grayson (Biology)
Rafael de Sa (Biology)
April Hill (Biology)
Malcolm Hill (Biology)
Roni Kingsley (Biology)
Peter Smallwood (Biology)
Amy Treonis (Biology)
Carrie Wu (Biology)
Christopher Stevenson (Chemistry)
Barry Lawson (Computer Science)
Erik Craft (Economics)
Tim Hamilton (Economics)
Andrew Yates (Economics)
Jonathan Wight (Economics)
Patricia Stohr-Hunt (Education)
Julietta Singh (English)
Mary Finley-Brook (Geography)
Todd Lookingbill (Geography)
David Salisbury (Geography)

  

   

Kimberley Britt Klinker (Geography)
Nicole Sackley (History)
Sydney Watts (History)
Stephen Nash (Journalism)
W. Wade Berryhill (Law)
Carol N. Brown (Law)
Joel Eisen (Law)
Wendy Collins Purdue (Law)
Noah Sachs (Law)
Don Forsyth (Leadership)
Christopher von Rueden (Leadership)
Neil Ashworth (Management)
Robert Phillips (Management)
Andy Litteral (Management)
Judith Schrempf-Stirling (Management)
Ellen M. Walk (Management)
Ladelle McWhorter (Philosophy)
B. Rick Mayes (Political Science)
Gerard Gilfoyle (Physics)
Yvonne Howell (Russian)
Elizabeth P. Ransom (Sociology)
Maja E. White (Theatre and Dance)
David Kitchen (SPCS)
Porcher L. Taylor (SPCS)

If you or if you know of someone conducting research in sustainability not on this list, please contact sustainability@richmond.edu.