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EUS Senior Projects

EUS Senior Projects

"Viewed by the College as the capstone of the student’s education in the liberal arts and sciences, the Senior Project is an original, individual, focused project growing out of the student’s cumulative academic experiences." - Student Handbook. 

Students are allowed flexibility in choosing a topic for their senior project. Preparation for the senior project begins in junior year with meetings with advisors, course work, tutorials and seminars all directed towards developing a deeper understanding of the student's interests within EUS.  During the senior year, one course each semester is devoted to completing the senior project. Below are examples of senior projects written by recently graduated EUS majors.

If you are viewing this page with internet access on campus, you may also be able to view PDF versions of hyperlinked projects. 

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Michele Dominy
Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies
Director of Environmental and Urban Studies

Bard College
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Email: mdominy@bard.edu
Phone: 845-758-7870

EUS Senior Projects

EUS Senior Projects have addressed questions pertaining to a wide variety of topics, including: Environment and population growth; sustainable development; environmental impacts of globalization; international efforts to protect the environment; land ownership and the distribution of wealth; the environment and human health; the measurement of environmental quality; distributive impacts of environmental policy; environmental racism; alternative energy; urban sprawl; land-use planning; land and tax policy; wilderness protection; watershed protection; deforestation; habitat loss; agricultural subsidies; organic farming; animal welfare; pollution control policy; fisheries; species extinction; transportation policy; ecotourism; the viability of small communities; and environmental politics, art, and education.

EUS Senior Projects are also being archived here at the Bard Digital Commons.
A bibliography of Bard student projects and theses dedicated specifically to food/agriculture can be found here

Recent Senior Projects in Environmental and Urban Studies

2016
The Impacts of Oil Exploitation on the Human and Natural Ecology of the Ecuadorean Amazon
Alonso-Glaser, Luna
Advisor: Kris Feder

Development and Application of Otolith Microstructure Analysis of glass-phase American eels (Anguilla rostrata) in the Saw Kill​
Chisholm, Isaiah
Advisor: Elias Dueker

Sonic Urbanities: Undoing the Soundscape and Aural History in Kingston, NY
Graf, Alex
Advisor: Myra Armstead

River Beneath the Street
Guevara, Melissa
Advisor: Elias Dueker

No Crime by Design? Crime Deterrence and Urban Design Reform in the USA after World War II
Hall, Cason
Advisor: Olga Touloumi

A Food Desert in a 'Foodie Town': The Makings of Hudson's Insecurity
Johnson, Cori
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

An Exploration on the Image of the Jungle: Experiential Perspective in the Imagined Spaces of Heart of Darkness and The Emperor Jones
Keynishian, Noah
Advisor: Olga Touloumi

Buchanan and Red Hook: Examining National Perspectives of Environmental Though, Nuclear Opposition, and Its Interaction with Local Communities
Korins, Jessica
Advisor: Cynthia Koch

2015
"Damming Development: Egypt’s Aswan High Dam and the Environmental Repercussions of Hydroelectric Power"
Gokhale, Maia
Advisor: Cynthia Koch

"Regenerating Local Soil: Applied Ecology in the Bard Community Garden"
Bartley, Michael
Advisor: Jennifer Phillips

"Corporate Swine: How the Pork Industry is Destroying North Carolina's Environment"
Bennett, Isabel
Advisor: Mark Lytle

"Pediatric Obesity and Tactics of Resistance: Educating Consumers on the Dangers of Industrially Processed Foods"
Cuomo, Natalie
Advisor: Kris Feder

"White-tailed Deer in the Hudson Valley: Our Role in Overpopulation and Forest Damage"
Danz, Thomson
Advisor: Susan Rogers

"Sparks of Green Fire: Moments of Environmental Connection in Experiential Learning"
Darnell, Elisabeth
Advisor: Mark Lytle

"Outside the Frame: Mapping and Urban Space in the United States, c. 1920-2014"
Diliberto, Grace
Advisor: Olga Touloumi

"Park With a View: A Study of New York City's Washington Square Park Through a Social and Political Perspective"
Eschenbach-Smith, Olivia
Advisor: Kris Feder

"The Nature of Art The Landscape Architecture of Roberto Burle Marx"
Shaw-Faber, Levi
Advisor: Olga Touloumi

"Revitalization for Whom? A discussion about inequality in Midtown, Kingston, NY"
Kasperzyk, Zoe
Advisor: Alice Stroup

"Aiding Gays: How the Gaying of AIDS Affected Response, Treatment, and Research During the Early Years of the Epidemic in San Francisco"
Margolis, Abigail
Advisor: Mark Lytle

"The Living Laboratory: Theory, Practice, and Musings on the Attainability of Sustainability in a New Hudson Valley Community"
Marshall, Natalie
Advisor: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

"Beyond the Meadowlands: A Sense of Place"
McKeigue, Anna
Advisor: Mark Lytle

"Back to the Oven: Cultural Imaginations of Bread and Community in the Hudson Valley"
Perez, Antonia
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

"Landscapes of Control: River Infrastructure in the Mississippi Delta"
Rollings, John
Advisor: Susan Rogers

"Hobo-Nature Guy as Peak Bagger or Thru-Hiker: Identities of Outdoorism and the Construction of Nature in South African Ecotourism Companies"
Rose, Katherine
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

"Building a "Good School": Architecture, Interior Design, and Effective Learning"
Soucy, Marina
Advisor: Robert Culp

"On Environmental Education"
Spreuwenberg-Stewart, James
Advisor: Mark Lytle

"Lifeguarding the Hudson: Microbial Agents of Concern in Puddles, Tide Pools, and the River"
Winig, Elizabeth
Advisor: Elias Dueker

2014
"Can Red-Backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) Reduce the Abundance of Blacklegged Ticks (Ixodes scapulars)?"
Gillen, Jennifer
Advisor: Felicia Keesing

"Reimagining the Urban Landscape After Destruction: Narratives of Rebuilding in Atlanta and New Orleans"
Hanusik, Virginia
Advisor: Myra Armstead

"Not My Backyard: An Alternative Look at Property Justice and Anarchist Resistance to Gentrification"
Hollarsmith, Logan
Advisor: Daniel Berthold

"Beyond the Blue Line: Exploring Watershed Cartography in the Catskills"
Johnston, Laura
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

"Resonator of Memory: The Cultural Politics and Aesthetics of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum"
Kemmett, Catherine
Advisor: Mark Lytle

"Duck and Cover: The Effects of American Federal Civil Defense Materials During the Cold War"
Lambert, Jessica
Advisor: Mark Lytle

"Synthesis and Characterization of the Antimicrobial Bisindole Alkaloid Violacein and Analogs"
Norman, Matthew
Advisor: Emily McLaughlin

"A Contrast of Acupuncture, Cranial Osteopathy, and Rolfing Structural Integration"
Reiman, Steven
Advisor: William Maple

"(Dis)Solution of Homogeny: An Architectural Exploration"
Rucewicz, Sean
Advisor: Jeff Katz

"An Evaluation of Invasive Species Management in the Galapagos Islands"
Salinas-Ivanenk, Anna Sofia
Advisor: William Maple

"Navigating Yerevan's Kond: Democratizing Urban Planning"
Soorenian, Lia
Advisor: Myra Armstead

"Clay Licks as a Keystone Resource and Their Potential in Conservation in the Las Piedras Watershed"
Varanashi, Gowri
Advisor: William Maple

"Gallo en un Corral Ajeno: A Critique of the Permaculture Presence in Subsistence Central America"
Scheibert, Rachael
Advisor: Miles Rodriguez

2013
"Shooting for the STARS: The Sustainability Movement in Higher Education"
Avid Burton Gookin
Advisor: Mark Lytle

"(Re)inventing the User," a historical discourse on the dialogue between he computer interface and its user
Adrienne Flora Kirk
Advisor: Noah Chasin

"Lunch Trays and Power Plays/The Squarest Meal of Them All: School Lunch and the Search for Harmony and Health in America," an examination of the history of American school lunch policy.
Myan Norann Melendez
Advisor: Mark Lytle

"The REDD+ Balloon: An Analysis of the California-Chiapas Agreement around REDD+ as a Snapshot of the Expanding Regime Complex for Climate Change"
Hannah Rachel Mitchell
Monique Segarra

"Contested Publics: Business Improvement Districts and the Limits of Privitization"
Felix Kliros Walworth
Advisor: Noah Chasin

"Through the Eyes of a Coyote: The Changing Nature of Urban Predators"
Sarah Y. Yates
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

2012
"The Role of Supermarket History and Design: Immediate Influence and Long-Term Effects on Customers"
Sherif Essam Ahmed
Advisor: Mark Lytle

"In the Company of Bees: Gleanings from the Hive"
Rachel Liesel Hyman
Advisor: Susan Rogers

"Articulating the Home: Retreat, Activism, and Intimacy in Contemporary American Homesteading”
Elizabeth Mae Castle (EUS and anthropology double-major)
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

"Carving Out an Agricultural Landscape: Meat Production and Geographies of Resistance in the Hudson Valley"
Cyrina Shannon King
Advisor: Jennifer Derr

"The Stone Wall and the Town Common: Dwelling and Mythmaking in the New England Landscape"
Honora Connell Montano
Advisor: Noah Chasin

"Landscape of Conflict: The Political Ecology of Settlements Surrounding Deonar Garbage Dump in Mumbai, India," an inquiry into the cycle of demolition and rebuilding of several slums on the outskirts of Mumbai
Elias Menifee Moose
Advisor: Noah Chasin

"New York City Birds: The Creation of a Multispecies Metropolis"
Lily Consuelo Saporta-Gagiuri
Advisor: Noah Chasin

2011
"I Eat, Therefore I Am," a historical analysis of why our food has gotten weaker and how it influences human and environmental health
Bridget Elizabeth Hallowell
Advisor: Alice Stroup

"Time for a Team-Beam: Captain Planet and the Planeteers and Education," a qualitative analysis of the television show, its value as an educative tool, and the lessons imparted upon its viewers
Michael Ross Kauffman
Advisor: Mark Lytle

"The Impact of Dams on the Quantity and Quality of Suspended Organic Material in Four Dutchess County Streams (New York)”
Mélanie Massardier Kenney
Advisor: Catherine O'Reilly

2010
"'Where the sea is reborn'; A Framework for Marine Protected-Area Creation in Tropical Ecosystems”
Tina Marie Doran
Advisor: Mark Lindeman

“A Greenhouse Gas Inventory of a Concentrated Solar-Power Trough System"
Christopher Jun Harada
Advisor: Gidon Eshel

"Diabetes and Northern Arapaho Subsistence”
Roberta Marie Harper-McIntosh
Advisor: Mario J. A. Bick

"Native Plants and Arresting Demifauna: A study of Native and Exotic Plant Species in the Suburban Yard and their Respective Relationships with Arthropods"
Chantal Abigail Zupka Ludder
Advisor: William T. Maple

"Saving the Sound: A History of the Threats Facing the Long Island Sound”
Thomas Victor Serino
Advisor: Mark Lindeman