IFER – Interdisciplinary Forum on Environmental Research

IFER provides a dedicated space for consistent interaction to integrate different disciplinary vocabularies and cultures to accelerate cross-disciplinary research to address common problems related to environmental degradation.  The student led forum fosters a sense of community to develop interdisciplinary collaboration and communication across campus.  The Forum is a collaboration between CMBC and the UCSD Center for Humanities Critical Ecologies Group and COLEF (El Colegio de la Frontera Norte) and meets every other week at a different location.
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 as part of the specialization degree.

Faculty leaders for 2017-2018
Fall 2017 – Lisa Levin (SIO)
Winter 2018 – Geoff Braswell (Anthropology)
Spring 2018 – Mark Jacobsen (Economics)

Coordinators 2017-2018

October 10  An introduction to PIER/IFER to build cross-campus collaboration.
Dugout Conference Room (RIMAXAnnex) 4-6 pm
Key Note: Dr. Lisa Levin: Opportunity or Obituary? Deep Oceans at a Societal Crossroad

October 24  – COLEF, Tijuana
November 7  –  UC MEXUS, UCSD: Speaker -Justin de Leon
November 21 Surfside, SIO: Tarik Benmarihna & Sasha Gershunov on drought, disease, and how to navigate interdisciplinary collaborations
December 5 – Wrap up meeting PIER students only

Coordinators in training

  • Brandon Gay (Anthropology)
  • Clint Edwards (SIO)
  • Wesley Howden (Economics)

Faculty leaders for 2018-2019
Joel Watson (Economics)
Jon Shurin (Biology)
Ayelet Gneezy  (Rady)

Thanks to Forum Coordinators 2016-2017
Rishi Sugla(SIO)
Cliff Kapono(Chemistry)
Kaitlin Lowder (SIO)
Kyle Haines (Political Science)

Thanks to Forum Coordinators 2014-2016
Jennifer Le (SIO)
Natalya Gallo (SIO)
Isla Globus-Harris (Economics)
Lauren Linsmayer (SIO)
Kyle Haines (Political Science)
Ben Van Overmeire (Literature)
Lyn Sun (Economics)
Yassir Eddebbar (SIO)


photos fromthe COLEF meeting of May 23 are posted on the on the IFER Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/367015083436543/

Topics in the 2014 – 2016 Forum included:

  • Indigenous knowledge and modern science
  • Scientific and Human Dimension of Climate Geoengineering
  • Impressions from the UN Climate Negotiations in Lima Peru (COP20)
  • The Fin Art of Ray Troll the ichthyo-artist
  • On the Nature of Borders