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 (SIO296 Interdisciplinary Forum) with a rotating faculty lead.

Winter 2017 schedule – all meeting from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

January 31 : Surfside  – Professor Dick Norris – How to be an effective researcher and advocate.

February 7 : US Mex – Deutz Room – Science Outside the Box w/ Alfredo Giron, Clifford Kapono, and Radley Angelo (CEO/President of Spark Aerial)

February 21: Surfside – Sustainability, the economy, and market behavior
Dr. Mark Jacobsen (UCSD Economics): Clean Cars: Batteries, Fuel Cells, or Fuel Economy?
Kevin Ray (UCSD Economics): A Market Analysis of Sustainably Pole & Line Caught Tuna
Lynn Sun (UCSD Economics): Tax Incentives for Greener Products: Evidence from the Automobile Market in China

March 7 : COLEF

IFER – Facebook

Forum Coordinators 2016-2017
Rishi Sugla(SIO)
Lynn Sun (Economics)
Cliff Kapono(Chemistry)
Kaitlin Lowder (SIO)

Coordinators in training for 2017-2018

  • Chirag Barai (Philosophy)
  • Tom Holm (Anthropology)
  • Kayla Blincow (SIO)
  • Cailin Sugan (SIO)
  • Summer Web (SIO)

Thanks to Forum Coordinators 2014-2016
Jennifer Le (SIO)
Isla Globus-Harris (Economics)
Kyle Haines (Political Science)
Ben Van Overmeire (Literature)

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