BAR HARBOR, MAINE — Last week, The Weight of Food Recovery — an awareness campaign started by COA alumni Tomas Carolsfeld ‘14, and Lally Owen ’14 — provided an opportunity to learn about food insecurity and recovery, as well as local initiatives that make use of food that would otherwise go to waste. Each morning, […]

Rita Gross

Author, theologian Rita Gross to speak on campus, bridging Buddhism and feminism BAR HARBOR, MAINE — A common Buddhist premise claims the “enlightened mind is beyond gender, neither male nor female.” Nevertheless, Buddhist institutions have traditionally been male dominated, and Buddhism has oppressed women as much as any other religion. How can both these facts […]


Originally posted on COA Déjà Vu:
The 20th Society for Human Ecology conference began last night on the College of the Atlantic campus.  The conference is named “Ecological Responsibility and Human Imagination.” These were my remarks. Good evening everyone, my name is Darron Collins.  I am the president and an alumnus of the College of…

Richard J. Borden, 2014 Face of Human Ecology

Key College of the Atlantic faculty also helped grow Society for Human Ecology BAR HARBOR, MAINE —  Richard J. Borden — one of the longest serving College of the Atlantic faculty and a founding member of the Society for Human Ecology — was named the 2014 Face of a Human Ecologist during the society’s 20th […]

Chris Phillips poses in the Spooky Slot Canyon at Grand Staircase National Monument, Utah.

The following is a journal entry from Chris Phillips ’15, of Leominster, Mass., during his participation in the ongoing Great West course at College of the Atlantic. By Chris Phillips Grand Staircase-Escalante is the first National Monument to be created out of Bureau of Land Management lands. The stigma that the BLM is only in […]


YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA — College of the Atlantic Professor of Botany Nishanta Rajakaruna is teaching seminars this week at the Institute of Natural Sciences of the Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia. Rajakaruna will address “Serpentine Soils: A Model Habitat for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies,” “Phytoremediation and Phytomining: Emerging Green Technologies,” and “Plant Ecology and Evolution in […]


A lot can be learned about people from what they discard. That idea was the basis of the work Lisa Bjerke ’13 did as a Watson Fellow last year, and what led her to return to COA — to discover what she could about the college’s waste stream. Bjerke, who is from Bunkeflostrand, Sweden, investigated […]