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
– Maestra África K. Arreola Herrera and Tecnico Q. Amb. Antonio Medina Juan Antonio Sibayama on ‘Tijuana Verde: Acciones para una mejor ciudad’
– Eddy Alonso Gomez on ‘Commercial Aviation and Global Climate Change: Challenges or Obstacles?’
– Lilia Cristina Millán on ‘Transporte Público o Mi Automovíl?’
– Juan Hiram Gonzalez on ‘Gestión Hídrica en un Entorno Urbano’

IFER – Facebook

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

Coordinators in training for 2017-2018

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


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