1/22/2014 Peter Durantine

Dawson Named PA Environmental Resource Consortium President

  • http-blogs-fandm-edu-wp-content-blogs-dir-29-files-2012-04-animalresearch-jpg In January, the Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment launched the Urban Wildlife Research Program to study Eastern coyotes, honeybees, red foxes and red-tailed hawks. Under the guidance of Sarah Dawson, director of the Wohlsen Center (center), Ari Whiteman ’13 (far left) and Heather Letzkus ’13 (second from left) are studying Eastern coyote behavior and the species’ attitudes toward humans. Meanwhile, Assistant Professor of Biology Dan Ardia (far right) and Nicholas Tucciarone ’12 (second from right) are exploring the local red fox population.  

Sarah Dawson, director of Franklin & Marshall College's Wohlsen Center for Sustainable Environment, was named president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium for 2015.

F&M has a long relationship with PERC. Dawson was PERC's president in 2013 and is interim president this year. A consortium of Pennsylvania colleges and universities, PERC's mission is to advance sustainability education.

"We basically figure out ways higher education institutions in Pennsylvania can collaborate on things, like wind power or solar energy," Dawson said. "We also have an education project on composting with municipalities."  

In addition to being the Wohlsen Center's director, Dawson is an adjunct professor who teaches courses in biological foundations of behavior, the environment and public policy.

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