Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

GLOBES Graduate Student Certificate Program


Announcing a new interdisciplinary seminar offered by the GLOBES Graduate Certificate in Environment and Society: Resilience of Coupled Human and Natural Systems

The GLOBES Interdisciplinary Seminar (BIOS 60581-02 CRN 21119) will tackle concepts of resilience in coupled human and natural systems. Led by Prof. Mike Lemmon, Department of Electrical Engineering, the seminar looks at the capabilities of human and natural systems under changing conditions and their ability to deliver essential goods and services to society. This seminar explores the most current thinking on ways to understand and solve the complex nature of challenges to the environment and to human well-being.

The GLOBES seminar targets science and engineering students and is about building a shared, interdisciplinary experience through in-depth exploration of the topic of resilience in linked human and environmental systems. Graduate students from any department are welcome who meet the math pre-requisite. Contact Prof. Mike Lemmon regarding questions on eligibility or permission to enroll.

From the seminar syllabus:


“Many coupled human-natural systems (CHNS) provide essential goods and services to society. We rely on these systems to always provide a predictable level of service and any service disruptions have the potential to catastrophically impact public health and welfare. Such systems are said to be resilient when they have the resources to recover from events that trigger such shifts in system function. This seminar adopts a dynamical system's approach to study the resilience of coupled human-natural systems. This study will be organized about Holling's adaptive renewal cycle (ARC) using concrete examples drawn from conservation ecology, fishery management, natural disaster response, and disease transmission to illustrate the various ARC phases. Guest lecturers and assigned readings will be used to guide in-class discussions with the goal of teasing out the strengths and weaknesses of this systems approach in measuring and managing the resilience of coupled human-natural systems.”

The course (BIOS 60581-02 CRN 21119) fulfills the Dept. of Biological Sciences seminar requirement and the GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society seminar requirement.

More information can be found at the seminar webpage:  (Password to the vault is “friend”.) Guest faculty from various departments will join some of the weekly discussions. The class meets on Fridays at 2 p.m. in Jordan Hall, Rm 310.

If you are interested in learning more, email GLOBES Coordinator Ginna Anderson to receive future updates.

The GLOBES Certificate is now open to ND Energy graduate students!

The GLOBES Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Environment and Society and the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) are pleased to form a new partnership to advance interdisciplinary graduate education in energy studies. This partnership promotes the pursuit of the GLOBES certificate by graduate students affiliated with ND Energy, as well as the growth of a campus-wide community of scholars across multiple disciplines and prepared to discover better environmental and energy research solutions.

"GLOBES is working hard to bring together scholars in the sciences, engineering, and humanities to tackle the grand challenges facing our planet,” said Jessica Hellmann, former GLOBES Director and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. “The GLOBES Certificate in Environment & Society trains students to become effective communicators and engage with the media, with policy-makers and the public. GLOBES students learn to take their science to the front lines.”

Interdisciplinary scholarship is another component of GLOBES training. Students take coursework and seek out a faculty advisor from outside their primary discipline. The program facilitates faculty connections and provides mini-grant funding to support interdisciplinary research by certificate students.

Peter Burns, ND Energy Director and the Henry J. Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, added that GLOBES offers student researchers a unique opportunity to broaden a PhD program of study. “More science and engineering students today are showing interest in policy-related positions. The GLOBES training exposes them to important skill sets and experiences that open up a number of career options in and outside of academia.”

The GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society program is housed in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. The program is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of faculty members from the College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, the College of Science, and the Law School. Student applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit the website at or contact GLOBES Administrative Coordinator, Ginna Anderson, at You may also with to view the Certificate Requirements and Guidelines.