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Colgate professor Jessica Graybill wins prestigious Fulbright award

By Matt Hames on May 26, 2014
Vladivostok, Russia, site of Jessica Graybill's base for her Fulbright research

Vladivostok, Russia, will serve as the base for Jessica Graybill’s  Fulbright research.

Jessica Graybill, associate professor of geography, is heading to Russia. The winner of a Science and Innovation Fulbright award, Graybill will spend a year studying the social and cultural geographies of climate change in Vladivostok. The biggest city in Russia’s Far East, Vladivostok is the center for fishing and shipping and home to the Russian Navy.

Graybill studies sustainability and its impact on the Arctic.

“Even though Vladivostok isn’t in the Arctic, as the main shipping port, it plays an important role in how Russia confronts climate change,” she explained.

During her year in Russia, Graybill seeks to understand how the citizens — from different social and ethnic groups, professional orientations (business, science, government), and leadership levels — approach the problem of climate change in this coastal city.

“In Russia, acknowledgement of climate change is very recent,” says Graybill.

Last year, Graybill was on a team that was awarded a five-year grant for sustainability science research in the Arctic. The team is charged with cataloguing the changing ecosystem in the arctic, and logging it.

One of the desired outcomes of the sustainability research project is convincing more students to study climate change in the Arctic, and the Russian Arctic specifically.

Graybill, who is the outgoing chair of the Sustainability Council at Colgate, will have an opportunity to talk to students about that goal when she leads them on an extended course-related trip to Russia.


  • John Pumilio said:

    Great work, Jessica. You are helping to provide valuable information the world needs and your impacts are great both on- and off-campus. Can’t wait to follow your journey and learn from it in person when you return!

  • Dick Leland said:

    Safe travels and God bless
    Dick Leland – Class of 1960