Senior Thesis

The Senior Research Seminar, offered jointly with Barnard College, can be taken in the Spring/Fall or Fall/Spring sequence and includes guided, independent, in-depth research as well as discussions about scientific presentations and posters, data analysis, library research methods, and scientific writing culminating in the senior thesis. Each student is responsible for oral research presentations and an extended written report on a related subject of his or her choice. Completing a senior thesis with an A- or better in both seminar courses is required for departmental honors. As of spring 2018, over 40 students have completed a thesis with the sustainable development program.

A list of past SDEV senior theses are below.



Modeling Forest Carbon Sequestration to Estimate the Albedo-Sequestration Tradeoff Boundary for Boreal Afforestation: An exploration of structural and environmental factors
Maxwell Goodman, GS 2020

How Social Networks Impact the Use of Preventive Practices Against Ticks and Lyme Disease on Staten Island
Cyrus Hadavi, CC 2020

The New York City Watershed: A Budget of Demand, Supply and the Sustainability of the Big Apple's Water System
Juan Martinez, GS 2020

Gender Roles in Bollywood Film (1950-2018)
Priya Mishra, CC 2020

Comparing New York City Park User Perceptions with Urban  Sustainability Planning Discourse
Carla Singson, CC 2020

Feasibility of Introducing Synthetic Methane to the Natural Gas Grid through Power-to-Gas Plants in New York State
Chelsea Jean-Michel, CC 2019

Mapping Food Justice in Paterson, New Jersey
Mary Bannister, GS 2019

Climate Change Policy and the 2018 Midterm Elections: Are Candidates Who Take Stronger Positions on Climate Change More Likely to Win?
Alexander Loznak, CC 2019

Weathering Sandy: The Flood Risk Perceptions of the Coastal Elderly
Elise Gout, CC 2019

Fragmentation and Lack of Transparency: Challenges in Adapting a Carbon-Market Approach to China's Political System
Xinyi Gu, GS 2019

Barriers to Electricity Access in Nicaragua
Jesse Thorson, CC 2018

Targeted Climate Change Tactics Based on State-Level Data
Abigail Sharkey, CC 2018

Internet.org’s “Free Basics”: Can Free Internet Initiatives Improve the Lives of Kenya’s Rural Poor?
Chisom Onyea, CC 2018

“We call them polimigra”: Crimmigration, Disciplinary Power, and New York State Farmworkers
Sam Goldberg, CC 2018

Citizenship Rights and Sustainability for Tibetan Refugees in India
Abhinav Seetharaman, CC 2018

COFFEE DREAMSCAPES: Reimagining Geographies of the Global Coffee Supply Chain in an Age of Climate Change
MJ Engel, CC 2017

Before and After Sandy: The Role of Social Capital in Disaster Recovery
Elana Sulakshana, CC 2017

The Efficacy of Low-Cost Air Monitors in Measuring Particulate Matter Concentrations on New York City Streets
Jonathan Young, CC 2017