GNCE Class of 2021
From left to right: Naveen Gooneratne, Catherine Fortin, Tess, Beardell, Morgan Maccione, Ella Rumpf, and Grace Neale

Seniors in the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment certificate program return from their internships and share their experiences and with other certificate students in their third year of the Certificate Seminar ES 495. They continue active participation in Center-sponsored activities and complete any outstanding certificate requirements. Now the students integrate their experiences gained from their majors, additional course work, internships and research into their senior integrative projects.

During the year they present their progress to students and faculty in the Certificate Seminar. They present their final senior integrative project as either an individual study or an honors thesis at an annual public event, and prepare posters and abstracts of their work. Finally, the seniors attend a ceremony in their honor where they receive their Certificates in Environmental Studies.


GNCE Class of 2021

Theresa (Tess) Beardell
Environmental Studies major
Senior Integrative Project: Human Reliance and Impacts Upon Soil Microbes and Health
SIP Advisor: Eric Vukicevich

Adelaide (Addie) Daly
Environmental Studies major, Hispanic Studies minor
Senior Integrative Project: EU Policies and Laws Relating to Sustainable Agriculture
SIP Advisor: Jane Dawson and Eric Vukicevich

Cleora (Cleo) Dolde
Botany major
Senior Integrative Project: Effective Ways to Reforest and Conserve the Amazon Rainforest
SIP Advisor: Pam Hine

Catherine (Caty) Fortin
Government major, Environmental Studies and American Studies minors
Senior Integrative Project: Impact of Copper Mining on Indigenous & Poor Communities in Peru
SIP Advisor: Jane Dawson 

Naveen Gooneratne
Biology major, Statistics minor
Senior Integrative Project: Observational Bird and Window Collision Study on Connecticut College Campus
SIP Advisor: Derek Turner

Morgan Maccione
Anthropology and Environmental Studies majors
Senior Integrative Project: Anthropological Study of Human Waste Habits by Examining Chicken Consumption Patterns Across Cultures
SIP Advisor: Anthony Graesch

Grace Neal
Behavioral Neuroscience major, Anthropology minor
Senior Integrative Project: Environmental Toxins and Their Effects on Childhood Development and Anxiety
SIP Advisor: Joseph Schroeder

Joanna Rucker
Economics major, Finance minor
Senior Integrative Project: An Environmental and Ecological Analysis of the Ecotourism Industry in Botswana
SIP Advisor: Maria Cruz-Saco 

Ella Rumpf
Environmental Studies major
Senior Integrative Project: The Philosophy and Ethics of Single-Use Items and the Responsibility of Producers in Their Disposal
SIP Advisor: Derek Turner 

Julia Whelan
Behavioral Neuroscience major
Senior Integrative Project: How Primate Social and Cognitive Makeup Relates to how Humans Should Approach Conservation
SIP Advisor: Joe Schroeder 

Shefka (Sheffy) Williams
Botany and Mathematics majors
Senior Integrative Project: Urban Agriculture, Community Gardens, and Soil Pollution in Post-Industrial Cities
SIP Advisor: Eric Vukicevich