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 as part of the specialization degree.

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 by the end of Fall Quarter. IFER periodically collaborates with faculty to select various speakers with whom to host informal conversations that will provide insight, critical feedback, and constructive comments regarding these ongoing projects.


January 7 – 2:30  Meeting with faculty – Madeville Coffee Cart
January 14  – 11:00 a.m. Speaker Luca Brito – The Loft (some reading material in advance)
January 21  – 4:00 IFER student discussion meeting – Hops and Salt
February 3 –   Casuloquia on Legacy Data (student research updates) -POSTPONED to 1st meeting of Spring Quarter – Speakers Joe Riley, Brandon Gay, Julia Chavarry.
February 28 –  3:00 Field trip to Kendall Frost with Dick Norris
March 3 –  3:00 – Round Table Policy Discussion – Location TBD

IFER Schedule – Planning Document for Winter and Spring Quarters

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

Coordinator in Training for 2020-2021
Jordan Dinardo (SIO)
Julia Chavarry (SIO)

Coordinator in Training for 2021-2022
Danielle McHaskell (SIO)
Joe Riley (Visual Arts)

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/