Forest Notes Features AUNE student and Grad Work

AUNE and Keene High School students climb Mount Monadnock for a MERE field trip.

ANE and Keene High School students
climb Mount Monadnock for a MERE field trip.

Two of three features in the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forest’s summer magazine, Forest Notes, were written by Antioch University New England alumni.

Laura Alexander, an Antioch University New England environmental studies masters and doctoral graduate, wrote The Meaning of Place. The article summarizes her recent 2008 doctoral dissertation and describes how New Hampshire’s North Country landscape shapes the ecological identity of the region’s residents.

Laura has served on the faculty of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire since 2001 in the environmental studies department. In May Laura was presented with the college’s highest teaching honor, The Jack Jenson Award. As the award winner, Laura presented the Colby-Sawyer May 2009 commencement address.

Meg Fairchild will be a November 2009 environmental studies, environmental education program graduate. She wrote Tracking the Impacts of Climate Protection on Mount Monadnock. Meg was the project coordinator for Antioch New England’s Monadnock Ecological Research and Education (MERE) Project while at AUNE. Her article describes the history and research initiatives now underway on the mountain thanks to the MERE project.

Meg recently assisted AUNE grads Amanda Costello and Deb Habib (along with faculty member Libby McCann) with the Grow Food Everywhere community forum, which drew more than sixty plus participants in Keene, New hampshire. Her master’s project, which she is working on now, is helping to highlight and enhance food-related initiatives happening in the Monadnock region.

Read Meg’s and Laura’s articles here.