IFER – Interdisciplinary Forum on Environmental Research

This is a 2 unit course (SIOB269 Interdisciplinary Forum) with a rotating faculty lead. All PIER students are required to take this course for credit three times as part of the specialization degree. PIER students are encouraged to participate when available for every quarter during the first 3 years of their academic career. 

IFER is a student-run forum to facilitate collaboration between students from different disciplines sharing a common interest in contemporary and historical environmental issues and how they intersect with social/economic/political networks. IFER students will set the goal for each academic year. Students collaborate with faculty to select various speakers with whom to host informal conversations that will provide insight, critical feedback, and constructive comments on the discussion topic.

ALL MEETING WILL BE VIA ZOOM on Thursdays at 11:00 am
Please contact Coordinator for access.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of our body of participants, we will approach the disruptions that Coronavirus has taken in terms of economy, emissions, ethics and governance, and and other angles from which we can examine it. Over the course of our meetings, we will go from sharing our personal experiences to develop a short presentation from a given perspective. We would like to produce an infographic at the end of the Quarter that diagrams these different impacts and that could be used to prepare for potential disruptions from a future outbreak of a similar disease.

April 2 – 11:00   Meeting with faculty  – Student introductions & planning for the quarter
April 16  11:00  Current state of Covid19 – Impacts and topics of discussion
April 30  11:00  Covid 19 – discussion items #1 & #2 (Economy & research or as determined at meeting on 4/16)
May 21  11:00  Covid 19 – discussion items #3 & #4  (Ethics & Governance)
May 28  11:00  Infographic summary of the quarter

IFER Schedule – Planning Document for Winter and Spring Quarters

Coordinators for 2019-2020
Luke Stroth (Anthropology)
Kendall Chancellor (SIO)
Natalia Erazo (SIO)

Coordinators for 2020-2021
Jordan Dinardo (SIO)
Julia Chavarry (SIO)
Danielle McHaskell (SIO)

Coordinator in Training for 2021-2022
Joe Riley (Visual Arts)
Olivia Pereira
Dante Capone

Faculty leaders for 2019-2020
Fall – 2019  – Geoff Braswell (Anthropology)
Winter -2020 – Joel Watson (Economics)
Spring 2020 – Jon Shurin (Biology)

Faculty leaders for 2020-2021
Fall -2020 – David Petersen (Anthropology)
Winter 2021- Erik Garzke ( Political Science)
Spring 2021 – Jeff Bowman (SIO)

IFER Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/367015083436543/