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The Early Campus: Farms & Forestry

The Early Campus: Farms & Forestry
Strong connections exist between Notre Dame's founding and early life and today's University. While this is especially true of its roots in the Catholic intellectual tradition, it’s also observed in some lesser-known moments in history that show how Notre Dame has carried out its mission as a residential campus where scholars...

Two bald eaglets born at ND-LEEF in St. Patrick’s County Park

Two bald eaglets born at ND-LEEF in St. Patrick’s County Park
For the first time since claiming a former red-tailed hawk nest in 2015, the bald eagles residing at the University of Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) in St. Patrick’s County Park have fledged two eaglets.   While this is the third season the eagle pair has called ND-LEEF...

Climate Adaptability and Collaboration at ND-LEEF

Climate Adaptability and Collaboration at ND-LEEF
Zach Hanson, a civil engineering graduate student, likes the days when he leaves the lab at Notre Dame, laces up his boots and drives ten minutes north to St. Patrick’s County Park to collect his newest batch of data on groundwater recharge from his 13 well array. “It’s so nice...

ND-LEEF & St. Joseph County Parks receive program award

ND-LEEF & St. Joseph County Parks receive program award
The Notre Dame Environmental Change and St. Joseph County Parks received the Great Lakes Park, Facility, and Recreation Program Award from the Great Lakes Park Training Institute (GLPTI) last Tuesday. The award recognizes the University's collaboration with St. Patrick's County Park, which is home to the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility…

Author: Alex Gumm

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative Announces New Associate Director

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative Announces New Associate Director
Professor Diogo Bolster has been appointed as an Associate Director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI), and will direct ND-ECI’s Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF). In this new role, Bolster will lead academic scholarship around ND-LEEF by growing faculty engagement with the facility, identifying funding opportunities to enhance...

Author: Alex Gumm

Improving Snow Measurement - Utilizing ND-LEEF

Improving Snow Measurement - Utilizing ND-LEEF
Although it may seem simple to calculate, snowfall cannot be well measured by simply placing a yardstick in the ground. In actuality, snow measurement is much more complicated and oftentimes the most accurate snow measurement devices are costly. However, two Notre Dame graduate students are working to improve the snow...

Figuring Out How Microplastics Move From Mussels To Fish

Figuring Out How Microplastics Move From Mussels To Fish
Microscopic beads and fabrics float in our waterways, get ingested by fish and other creatures, and impact the environment in lots of negative ways. But despite that knowledge, there is little we know about how these microplastics first enter aquatic food webs. In a pilot study, researchers at the University...

Fish and fleece fuzz? ND-LEEF Science Sunday helps make the connection

Fish and fleece fuzz? ND-LEEF Science Sunday helps make the connection
If living creatures are what they eat, then many fish, birds and other creatures may well be part plastic. That’s one of many surprising lessons visitors took away from Science Sunday, held at the Notre Dame Linked Ecosystem Experimental Facility (ND-LEEF) in St. Patrick's County Park…

ND-LEEF Science Sunday to take place on Sept. 25

ND-LEEF Science Sunday to take place on Sept. 25
The Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF), a unique environmental research collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and St. Patrick’s County Park, will host its fourth annual Science Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016.  At the event, the public can learn about a variety of innovative environmental research...

Author: Alex Gumm

Morrison Family Education & Outreach Pavilion Dedication at ND-LEEF

Morrison Family Education & Outreach Pavilion Dedication at ND-LEEF
On Friday, June 10, the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initative welcomed the ND-ECI community to the dedication of the Morrison Family Education & Outreach Pavilion at Notre Dame’s Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility. Serving as the centerpiece of ND-LEEF, the Morrison Family Pavilion offers a year-round outdoor classroom and outreach destination located five miles from campus at St. Patrick’s...

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative names new Managing Director

Tom Springer has been named the new Managing Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), starting June 1, 2016. Springer brings significant management and communication expertise to Notre Dame, including strategic planning, grant development, program design and evaluation, group facilitation, and program promotion.

Google Trekker shooting photos in South Bend, St. Joseph County parks

It looks like a Martian robot with a big green eye. City Parks Director Aaron Perri heaved it — all 48 pounds — onto his back and started walking the riverside trails. Strangers stared, waved at it or yelled, “What is it?” “Hey, this is for Google,” he'd reply. “There...

Eagles at St. Pat’s Park? Enjoy breakfast with them Sunday

Watch WNDU broadcast story HERE.  St. Joseph County, Ind. -- Did you know that there are eagles at St. Patrick’s County Park? If you didn’t, an event happening there this weekend may spark your interest. It is called Breakfast with the Eagles. From 10 a.m. to 11 on Sunday you can enjoy...

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative names new Director

Professor Jennifer Tank has been named the new Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI), starting January 1, 2016. Since its inception, Tank has been actively involved at ND-ECI, serving as the Research Lead for the Land Use Program, the Director of the Notre Dame Linked...

Author: Alex Gumm

ND-LEEF pavilion receives award from Indiana AIA

The Morrison Family Education and Outreach Pavilion, the inaugural building at the University of Notre Dame’s Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) at St. Patrick’s County Park, received a 2015 Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Indiana. Constructed in October 2014, the pavilion is the first University structure to receive...

Author: Alex Gumm

ND-LEEF Science Sunday event to take place Sept. 20

The Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF), a unique environmental research collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and St. Patrick’s County Park, will host its third annual public Science Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 20).

Eaglet hatches at St. Patrick's County Park

 A pair of bald eagles have hatched a baby eaglet at a highly visited park in St. Joseph County for the second time this spring — this time at St. Patrick’s County Park.  It’s a joyous announcement for park officials. But frustrating, too. Since winter, county parks Director Evie Kirkwood...

Research for a sustainable future

Sustainability is often thought about strictly as an environmental issue: recycling, limiting emissions or protecting wildlife. But sustainability is more than just planting trees and driving hybrid cars. More than 140 faculty members in 36 University departments are currently conducting sustainability research on topics ranging from corporate social responsibility to...

JINA Art 2 Science Camp Highlights

Check out the highlights of the 2014 Art 2 Science Camp sponsered by  the Joing Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics.    During the JINA Art to Science camp from July 14-18, 2014 in the Jordan Hall of Science, over 175 children learned about the wonders of the physical universe and used...

ND-LEEF Featured on WNIT Outdoor Elements

  The Teachers as Scholars program hosted a two-part series with ND-LEEF faculty and staff in October 2013. The seminar focus was The Effects of Environmental Change on Freshwater and presented by Dr. Jennifer Tank and Brett Peters. WNIT's Outdoor Elements, with host Evie Kirkwood, featured this program in their latest episode.