Through a very generous gift from Trustee Sandy Buck ’78 and Sissy Buck, Colby College established the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment in 2017. Through a series of grant programs, the Buck Lab supports broad initiatives at Colby focused on climate change and other environmental issues, including student and faculty research, experiential learning opportunities, student internships with collaborative partners doing environmental work, community engagement, professional skills development, and career networking.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to intern at an organization like Population Reference Bureau (Washington, DC) this summer. I recognize that not many people are privileged enough to have access to these kinds of internships and experiences that allow them to figure out what it is they are passionate about… I genuinely think this experience has made me more interested in the gender, family planning/reproductive health, and development sphere.”
-Anjalee Rutah ’21
Ann Mariam Thomas ’21 and Professor Ben Neal, Environmental Studies Program, along with other Colby students, built an electric bike during Spring 2019. Says Neal, “The bike has been quite visible around campus, spurring conversations about both energy efficiency as well as how to further engage students in hands-on learning projects that investigate aspects of our built environment.”
“We dig and dig and dig in the snow: a pit to put the base of the weather station in, pits to bury the station’s anchors, pits to sample snow and ice and to study stratigraphy and drill a firn core.”
-Meg Yoder ’19
“This [wildlife] corridor between the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Makgadikgadi National Park could help reconnect one of the largest wildlife migrations in southern Africa.”
-Henry Dodge ’18