The Joy and Edward Frieman Environmental Science Center

Mission of the Center

The Joy and Edward Frieman Environmental Science Center – named for Edward Frieman, a former AUP trustee, eminent plasma physicist and pioneering spokesperson for global warming research, and his wife, Joy – takes as its mission cutting-edge research in the environmental sciences, lab- and field-based science pedagogies, and public outreach on current environmental issues. Its faculty members conduct research in the fields of evolutionary biology, animal behavior, marine biodiversity and climate change and collaborate on interdisciplinary projects using state-of-the-art climate chambers. The Center offers opportunities for students to engage in mentored undergraduate research, leading to peer-reviewed publications

The Work of the Center

The Center hosts high-level research symposia, fosters exchanges with the international scientific community, and provides regular opportunities to raise awareness about human-induced climate change and environmental sustainability within the AUP and broader Paris communities. The Center’s research, directed by Professor Elena Berg, includes projects in the fields of evolutionary biology, animal behavior, systematics, and climate change and provides opportunities for student–faculty research collaborations. The Center also collaborates with AUP’s Advisory Board on Environmental Sustainability (ABES). Composed of undergraduate and graduate students as well as staff members and faculty, ABES meets regularly to help organize and support campus projects and events related to environmental sustainability. For more information on ABES, please visit its AUP Engage page.

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