Learn about current GLOBES students, alumni, and interdisciplinary training at the University of Notre Dame.
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in
Environment and Society

at the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values


Coffee and Chat with GLOBES:
An Information Session for Faculty & DGS on the NEW GLOBES Certificate in Environment & Society

Join the GLOBES Leadership Team on Thursday, February 27 at 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Geddes Coffee House for coffee and information on the new form of GLOBES, an Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Environment and Society. Learn how GLOBES and the Reilly Center can help recruit prospective students with innovative training programs in communications, leadership, and engagement. Director Jessica Hellmann will share new directions for GLOBES and provide resources to help DGS and faculty advisors further explain the certificate program to current and prospective students.
RSVP here


GLOBES Student Profile: Patrick D. Shirey PhD 2014
(Cohort 2, Major Advisor Gary Lamberti, Advisory Committee: David Lodge and Ron Hellenthal, Biological Sciences; John Nagle, Law School; and Chris Hamlin, Dept of History)


GLOBES Fellow Patrick Shirey grew up in Pittsburgh, a great American city known for its steel mills and love for Steelers football. So you might say the mold was cast in a home where the importance of education and a strong work ethic were highly valued as the foundation of a good life. Four advanced degrees later, Patrick's steel-working grandfather would be very proud.

Patrick successfully defended his PhD dissertation this past November, thereby adding a doctoral degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame to a law degree from The Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University (2007), a Master of Science in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University (2004), and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Pennyslvania State University (2001).

Patrick wove interdisciplinary threads of history and law into a multifaceted dissertation on ecological restoration and environmental policy. His field work took him to the Namekagon River in northern Wisconsin, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, where, with funding from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a George Melendez Wright Climate Change fellowship from the National Park Service, he studied fish habitat history to determine the cause of decline in brook trout in the wild and scenic river system. In 2013, Patrick helped the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway secure funds ($302K) from the National Park Service (NPS) for brook trout habitat restoration on the Namekagon River as a co-PI on the grant with Jill Medland, NPS, as lead PI.

In addition to his scholarly work, Patrick mastered the science communications skills taught at GLOBES training modules and brought these to bear in his work with conservation groups in northern Wisconsin, news stories and broadcasts (including a 2011 National Public Radio interview), and many academic presentations. The art of crafting a message is one that he is now passing on to undergraduate students in Marine Biology - a class he's teaching as an adjunct professor for the Department of Biological Sciences.

What’s next for Patrick is to embark on a career that will utilize his many research and scholarly achievements. To be sure, this next step will very likely align with his core interest in the human dimensions of natural resource management, but who knows—Patrick has a wealth of experiences to draw on, along with a stellar CV and a great radio voice to boot! Learn more about Patrick by visiting his website.


News from GLOBES Students and Graduates

GLOBES fellows James Clancy and Patrick Shirey, Cohort 2, Department of Biological Sciences, had successful PhD dissertation defenses in January and November respectively. They also earned the GLOBES Fellowship Certificate for completing all requirements associated with the NSF-IGERT interdisciplinary training program. James' major advisor is Prof. Crislyn D'Souza-Schorey and his interdisciplinary advisor is Prof. Paul Bohn, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His interdisciplinary chapter employs biochemical and functional analysis of microvesicles isolated from female patients with ovarian cancer, research that aims to bring about effective new treatments for several forms of cancer. James' ability to work across disciplines and clinical settings produced exemplary interdisciplinary scholarship in cancer research. As a graduate student he was the recipient of several external awards and honors. He co-authored seven research publications and is in the process of wrapping up a couple more. Congratulations to our new GLOBES alumni, James and Patrick!

Dan Castillo (PhD candidate in Theology, Major Advisor Matt Ashley) has accepted a tenure track position at Loyola Maryland University in Baltimore where he will teach "World Christianity," "Liberation Theology," and "Environmental Ethics." This summer Dan will finish a five-chapter dissertation entitled "An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Gustavo Gutierrez, Salvation History, and Human Ecology." Advised by Associate Professor of Sociology Omar Lizardo, Dan will engage various discourses within the field of sociology of the environment as his interdisciplinary chapter.

Andy Deines (PhD 2013, Advisor David Lodge) is an active contributor to, the website and blog he co-founded and dedicated to culinary recipes using invasive species and to raising public awareness concerning their spread and impact. Andy recently gave an interview for CBC/Radio Canada with science columnist Torah Kachurco. The show explored some of the answers to the "Future of Food" -- from vertical farms to meat gardens to eating invasive species. Now a post doctoral researcher for the U.S. Geological Survey and Michigan State University, Andy is also scheduled to give a plenary talk about invasivore at the Indiana Chapter of The Wildlife Society/American Fisheries Society meeting in Muncie, IN in late February.
Kerri Citterbart-Martin (Cohort 5, Advisor Gary Belovsky) and George Kennedy (Cohort 4, Advisor Patricia Champion) have joined teams of MBA, peace studies, and law students for the Mendoza College Business on the Frontlines Spring 2014 immersive course. In partnership with Catholic Relief Services and the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation, the course provides students with opportunities to learn about business in post-conflict countries. Kerri, a member of Team Guatemala, and George, a member of Team Lesotho, will bring a science perspective on environmental and global health issues and contribute to project proposals that recommend solutions for problems occurring in their countries of study. 

Amy Klegarth (Cohort 5, Advisors Hope Hollocher and Agustin Fuentes) has a new posting to the National Geographic NewsWatch blog about her research on human-macaque interactions in Singapore and other sites in Southeast Asia. A Fulbright scholar, Amy also gave a talk at the January conference of Asia For Animals entitled "Humans and Other Animals in the Anthropocene: Conflict, Complexity, and Sustainability" and led a human-wildlife conflict seminar on the challenging dynamics of wildlife in urban settings.



GLOBES is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program at the University of Notre Dame that prepares graduate students to develop and implement comprehensive strategies for addressing challenges at the intersection of the environment and society. GLOBES is housed at the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. GLOBES website:    Follow on Facebook 

Upcoming Events

February 25 and March 25
Scientific Integrity Training Module led by Melinda Gormley, Assistant Director of Research for the Reilly Center, and GLOBES Director Jessica Hellmann. The first two sessions promote integrity among academic scholars when communicating scientific and technical ideas to the public, policymakers, and other thought leaders. 5-7 p.m., Rm 400 Geddes Hall. Interested students may join in the seminar discussions by sending an email to g,

February 27
Coffee and Chat with GLOBES for Faculty & DGS,
Geddes Coffee House, 8:30 am - 9:30 am. RSVP here

March 7
ECI Beers and Big Ideas Off the Beaten Path: Nontraditional Strategies and Sources for Research Funding with talks by Kathie Olsen, founder of Science Works, and Rick Billo, ND Associate Vice President for Research. Converse and connect with faculty, post docs, and graduate students affiliated with the Environmental Change Institute. 3-5 pm at Innovation Park. RSVP here.
April 1
Reilly Forum: Life Amongst the ‘Tar Sands’ Oil Pipelines: Impacts on Rural Communities and the Environment
A panel of Notre Dame and regional experts address the impact of the construction of the Enbridge pipeline in Michiana. Open to the public, Eck Visitors Center, 6 p.m.  

April 22
GLOBES Student Research Showcase
 (More on this to come in the next newsletter issue)


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