Research

Luther offers many opportunities for students to engage in research with faculty in Environmental Studies. From history to ecology—to climate science and policy—Luther students gain firsthand experience researching pressing environmental issues. Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Lancey Foundation, dozens of Luther students have spent a summer doing intensive research. For more information on applying for summer research, contact the program director.

Luther faculty who research topics related to environmental studies:
Anita Carrasco (Anthropology)
Eric Baack (Biology)
Jodi Enos-Berlage (Biology)
Kirk Larsen (Biology)
Beth Lynch (Biology)
Molly McNicoll (Biology)
Dawn Reding (Biology)
Brad Chamberlain (Chemistry)
Laura Peterson (Chemistry and Environmental Studies)
Steve Holland (Economics and Business)
David Faldet (English)
Andrew Hageman (English)
Richard Bernatz (Mathematics)
Jon Jensen (Philosophy and Environmental Studies)
Rachel Brummel (Political Science and Environmental Studies)
James Martin-Schramm (Religion)


Crater confirmed underneath Decorah

Decorah CraterA crater has been discovered under Decorah. Aerial surveys conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with the Iowa and Minnesota Geological Surveys provided evidence of an ancient meteorite impact, said to have occurred 470 million years ago.  The initial research that led to the discovery of this crater was conducted by Luther College staff including the late Jean Young, Luther College geology curator.

Watch the KWWL news report.

Read the full release from the U.S. Geological Survey. 


Luther student Chris Schaupp spent the summer working with Dr. Laura Peterson and collaborators at Lafayette College on climate change research. Photo courtesy of Chuck Zovko from Lafayette College