Log Lunch

Dean of Dean’s Beans Coffee on Endangered Species in Sumatra

Dean Cyron ’75 is the founder and CEO of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company, a certified 100% organic, fair trade, and kosher coffee roasting operation in Orange, MA. You may recognize those familiar beans in dining halls around campus–the College has used Dean’s Beans as its main coffee supplier for over 30 years. Dean gave

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America’s Vanishing Coastline: Climate Adaptation and Decision-Making in Southern Louisiana

At the first Log Lunch of the spring semester, Katy Hall, associate professor at Williams-Mystic, and Natalie DiNenno ’18 presented “America’s Vanishing Coastline: Climate Adaptation and Decision-Making in Southern Louisiana.” The presentation was adapted from research DiNenno conducted for Hall’s marine policy class when she attended Williams-Mystic in spring 2017. In the talk, Hall and

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David McGowan on the Role of Land Conservation in the Age of Changing Lands

David McGowan, director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, gave a Log Lunch talk about how he got into land conservation and why it’s important that lands continue to be conserved. The Michigan native talked about some of his favorite, most beautiful places in Massachusetts, including Race Point Beach in Provincetown, where one can see

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Log Lunch: “Berkshire Rattlesnakes: The Most Endangered Vertebrates in New England”

The last Log Lunch of Winter Study featured Tom Tyning— Professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College—who discussed New England’s most endangered vertebrate: the Timber Rattlesnake. This rare reptile is found in the eastern portion of North America, though it has now been extirpated completely from many states due to deforestation and subsequent habitat

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Ann Weeks on Hope in Environmental Law and Technology

Ann Weeks, the legal director of the Clean Air Task Force, and the mother of Eleanor Lustig, a current senior and staff member of the Log Lunch food prep crew, spoke about the possibility of hope in the fields of environmental law and technology in Trump’s America. She gave a brief history of the substantial

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Prof. José Constantine on Dams and the Fate of the Amazon’s Rivers

Geosciences professor José Constantine gave a talk at the last Log Lunch about how dams are changing the course of the Amazon — literally. “America used to be the best at dams. Damn, we were good,” said a punny Professor Constantine. Now, we see dams introducing a ton of problems to the human and nonhuman

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Environmental Planning Group Presents: Williamstown Pollinators

Recently, Williamstown became a pollinator-friendly community. Professor Sarah Gardner’s Environmental Planning class did a project on the measures Williamstown can take to protect pollinators: not just bees, but all insects, which have an effect on pollination. But the two main culprits for the decline in pollinators’ populations are chemical usage and habitat destruction. This has

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Andrea Colnes: Funding a More Sustainable Future

Andi Colnes, ’80, gave a log lunch talk addressing the financial aspect of achieving Paris climate goals. She is the international director of the Coalition for Green Capital, leading development of their Green Bank Network (GBN) and creating a structure for making Green Banks in emerging markets across the globe. 

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Melissa Kemp on Islands in the Anthroposcene

Melissa Kemp ’10, an evolutionary biologist, gave a log lunch talk on her research, which takes place on the richest biodiversity hotspots across the globe: islands. She talked about trends in species extinction and colonization, stressing the consequences of various effects of climate change on species’ well-being, including sea level changes and temperature fluctuations. Melissa

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Kene Odenigbo ’19 and Trevor Murphy Visualize Hopkins Forest Owl & Wind Data

At the most recent Log Lunch, Kene Odenigbo ’19 and Trevor Murphy, one of OIT’s Instructional Technology Specialists, gave a talk on the research they collaborated on this past summer at Hopkins Forest. Kene, a biology major, explained the process of using D3, a tool for data visualization. In other words, it “turns all the

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