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Research

Photo for Luther's Environmental Research page.

Luther offers many opportunities for students to engage in research with faculty in Environmental Studies. From history to ecology—to chemistry and policy—Luther students gain firsthand experience researching pressing environmental issues. Supported by grants from 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 sciences:
Eric Baack (Biology)
Jodi Enos-Berlage (Biology)
Kirk Larsen (Biology)
Beth Lynch (Biology)
Molly McNicoll (Biology)
Brad Chamberlain (Chemistry)
Laura Peterson (Chemistry and Environmental Studies)
Steve Holland (Economics and Business)
David Faldet (English)
Jon Jensen (Philosophy 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.