TIE supports the Tufts community by administering environmental education programs and by contributing core funding to a variety of interdisciplinary projects, initiatives, and enterprises which allow students and faculty to engage with environmental issues and conversations that are occurring around the globe.
Anthony's project examines the potential of lithium metal batteries as an energy storage alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Investigating the stability of the lithium metal battery, he hopes to contribute to the further advancement of this energy source in the interest of a replacement for the dominant energy container.
Rebecca's project focused on the carbon footprint of U.S. households and their food emissions. Assessing the nutritional quality of U.S. household diets, her project contributes to growing work around the links between nutrition and carbon emissions.
Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
With the assistance of the TIE Travel Grant, Jory was able to present his project "Incorporating the Uncertainty of Excessive Flow Alteration into Hydropower-Ecosystem Tradeoffs" and its findings to the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress (American Society of Civil Engineers-Environmental and Water Resources Institute) conference in May 2017. Jory's larger research goals include international development and water resources engineering, and the hydrologic and ecologic effects of reservoirs.
FOOD and HEALTH
Master of Science in Conservation Medicine Candidate
Tatyana's project focuses on lead toxicity and the impacts it has on animals and humans through soil and water sources. Her project aims to identify the areas that pose the most risk for lead exposure and contamination in the Somerville area through geospatial assessment.
Master of Science in Nutrition Science and Policy; Agriculture, Food & Environment; Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
John's project explores food and water systems in Guatemala in light of the recent effects of El Niño and the discrepancies between small and large landholders. Through the development of food system and water use models, John’s project will assist with advocacy for more sustainable and just agriculture systems.
Master of Science in Agriculture, Food & Environment; Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Candidate
Tessa's project investigates the intersections between human labor and environmental resources within the U.S. food system. Investigating the intersections of labor and environmental policy, Tessa hopes to illustrate the relevance of labor in environmental research and policy making, especially as it relates to issues regarding sustainable agriculture.
CONSERVATION and ECOLOGY
Master of Public Health; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Candidate
Abby's project examines the ramifications of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through the study of Pacific Harbor seals. With this study, she plans to compare the trends observed between Pacific and Atlantic Harbor seals to establish current AMR prevalence and determine associated risks in the extended marine environment.
With the assistance of the TIE Travel Grant, Rachael was able to present her project "Honey bee fever and thermal imagining" and its findings to the Social Insects in the Northeast Region (SINNERS) conference in December 2016. Rachael's larger research goals include exploration of honey bee nutrition and diet and how these vital factors contribute to on-going research on honey bee diseases and bee immune response.
Master of Science in Conservation Medicine; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Candidate
Anne's project focuses on the endangered Atlantic Sturgeon and identifying the parasite load that currently impacts the sturgeon population in the Hudson River. By identifying the variations of parasite loading, her project will illustrate the stress levels experienced during the fish's spawning season and contribute to greater success in population management efforts in future.
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy; Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Candidate
Stefan's project explores and initiates feasible improvements that can be made in clean stove design to combat the impacts of biomass cookstoves in India. Through this project, he hopes to contribute to the adoption of cleaner energy sources in the region to combat contributions to global climate change.
Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; Master of Science in Agriculture, Food & Environment Candidate
Caitlin's project focused on the multifaceted challenges associated with increasing agriculture production and food security while improving sustainability, climate resilience, and food sovereignty in Bolivia. Examining the rural Department of La Paz, Caitlin hopes to study the emerging potential for regional self-reliance in Bolivia by using this region as a model for improved food security and climate resilience.
With the assistance of the TIE Travel Grant, Rishi was able to conduct research in Indonesia in July 2017 to further the scope of his dissertation. Rishi's project focuses on Climate Change Trust Funds that nations are establishing as a result of commitment to the Paris agreement and how the design of these trusts will impact their ability to meet their pledges.
Jessica's project examines the interactions between humans and birds in crucial migration sites in the Caribbean. Examining Trinidad and Tabago, Jessica works to establish the vulnerability of wetlands in the region and identify points of mutual benefit for gains in human-wetland-bird networks.
Ph.D. Candidate in Chemical and Biological Engineering
Ilin's project focuses on heavy metal contaminants in industrial wastewater. By fabricating novel membranes, she aims to expand the current membrane filtration system to better combat environmental pollution and its resulting impact on living organisms and their health.
Isabel's project examines how contemporary art can foster interdisciplinary relationships and conversations surrounding environmental issues. Focusing on community knowledge of water conservation, Isabel fuses scientific and artistic research practices to better cultivate community awareness in Bozeman and Southwestern Montana.