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We believe that all communities should have access to drinkable water, breathable air, and fertile soil. Our research engages communities in collaborative environmental monitoring and scientific studies, in support of environmental justice. We work to make local monitoring data accessible, providing science as a resource to meet community needs. Climate change will amplify these needs. In response, we study land, air, and water to explore how crucial data can be used to help build community resilience and adaptation.

Our Tools

The Community Sciences Lab has the ability to measure a wide range of parameters, conditions, and contaminants in water, air, and soil. We are building additional capacity, through the monitoring equipment and instrumentation of our core lab facility, in order to provide environmental testing in support of community concerns, particularly as related to public health and climate change. Our initial efforts are focused on addressing the impacts of climate change on carbon storage, nutrient-mediating microbes, and waterborne pathogens that cause human disease. The data we generate will help to address pressing issues including: harmful algal blooms in drinking water reservoirs, raw sewage in public waterways, and the degradation of aquatic ecosystems globally. 

Our Approach

Community Sciences involves scientists and communities doing science collaboratively to address local priorities, in a way that leads to change. This process has the potential to address inequity by building community capacity while focusing on problems of global importance. Community or local expertise is considered equally (if not more) important to scientific expertise in the practice of community science.

Become a Community Sciences Lab Intern

Jump in. Reach out. Have fun.

This internship is ideal for students interested in engaging with both the Bard and outside community. At the lab, you’ll support our monitoring programs, attend community meetings, and take part in community outreach. As an intern, you’ll work closely with community members and Bard faculty, staff, and students. Interpersonal skills and an interest in bettering communication skills are a must.

As a Community Sciences Lab Intern, you’ll have certain jobs that are required, mostly on a monthly basis. These include assisting with the monthly monitoring program, prepping for community meetings, and updating the website.

  • Organize and participate in community environmental monitoring programs and be comfortable taking a leadership role.
  • Collaborate with other students and community members on projects and presentations.
  • Assist in general lab tasks and analyses.
  • Fulfill additional administrative duties as needed, such as social media support, website updates, newsletter articles, and data entry and management.
  • Evening and weekend hours are required.

  • Bard Driver
  • Detail oriented
  • Comfortable working in the laboratory and in the field (i.e., outdoors)

Community Environmental Concern

If you are witnessing or experiencing an instance of environmental harm to any of your community’s shared resources (land, air, water) and wish to characterize the issue, collect data, or develop an action plan, please get in touch with us. The form below allows us to review the details of the issue you are facing and come up with a strategy to best serve you and your community.