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Jamie Faselt

CSCG Fellow / 2014 FUTURE Mentor

I care deeply about environmental and ecological issues. I became a CSCG Fellow because these issues are just as scientific as they are social. I believe it is paramount that future leaders in any field learn how to approach problems in an integrative way.  I hope to become a researching professor of ecology or environmental studies. As a Summer Fellow 2013 and a FUTURE Mentor 2014, I researched alternative pest management strategies. Being a CSCG Fellow and a FUTURE mentor provided me with experiences in and out of the classroom that allowed me to bridge my scientific and ethical interests. 

My Major / Minor / Campus Organizations

Major in Biology / Minor in Environmental Studies and Applied Ethics / Bonner Leader, Resident Advisor

My Favorite CSCG Events

  • Peter Salk
  • Tyrone Hayes
  • Pandemic Preparedness Conference 

My Research 

In Dr. Cory Straub’s lab, with lab mates and Pheonixia Rene, my FUTURE student partner, I studied alternative pest management strategies. We studied effects that intercropping (planting multiple crops) and host-plant resistance has on increasing predator-pest interactions and subsequently reducing pests in agricultural fields. I have presented at the Entomological Society of America’s Annual Meeting, Austin 2013, and Portland 2014. I conducted honors research on a secondary pest in the system.

My CSCG Courses

Science and the Common Good (POL399); Environmental Justice (ENV220); Philosophy of Race (PHIL230); Science Writing (IDS110); Conserving Biological Diversity (ENV360); Ethics (PHIL240); Environmental Sociology (SOC285) 

My CSCG Civic Internship

I worked as an intern at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, an intentional, life sharing community for people with varying disabilities. I predominantly worked on the organic, biodynamic farm, and as a care taker. 

Life After Ursinus

I was granted the Watson Fellowship and will travel for two years conducting environmental research. I hope to obtain a PhD in and continue to advocate/practice using integrative approaches to combat our environmental and social problems.