This semester, we will be researching the impact of high volume hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale, which is a formation stretching as far north as upstate New York, as far south as West Virginia, and as far west as Ohio (NPR: StateImpact). We will specifically be focusing on water-related impacts, analyzing the effects of hydraulic fracturing on both water pollution and water supplies. Additionally, we will examine the economic negotiations behind fracking as well as the various stakeholders and their respective relationships with both fracking and the policy-making process.
Neesha Basnyat is a sophomore Environmental Studies and Biology major from Minnesota. She is involved in STRIDE, Environmental Action Coalition, and Davidson Outdoors. Her interests include food access, ocean conservation and running Davidson’s composting program.
Carlisle Dockery is a senior anthropology major from Charleston, South Carolina. At Davidson, she is involved in Rusk Eating House, Shades of Brown Step Team, Club Soccer, and Bhangra. Outside of these activities, Carlisle is interested in urban sustainability, specifically relating to food justice, public space, and city planning
Ben Scarafoni is a senior biology and Hispanic studies major at Davidson College. From Boston, Massachusetts, his interests on campus include avian behavioral ecology research, teaching Spanish to other students, and rugby.
Shannon Doherty is a junior Biology major at Davidson College. She is originally from Buffalo, New York but spent five years in London, England. Her interests range from soccer to fruit fly research to food access.