Restoration Ecology Program

Undergrads, working in partnership with Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Kate Ballantine—are digging in, designing experiments, answering questions, monitoring progress, and taking the lead in reversing ecosystem degradation and damage.

The Mount Holyoke College Restoration Ecology Program, founded in 2012, offers a one-of-a-kind experience for undergraduate women to engage with the growing field of restoration ecology. We are uniting students, faculty, staff, and community members to take the lead in reversing ecosystem degradation by advancing the science, practice, and social dimensions of restoration. Please see the Restoration Ecology website for more details.

Restoring the world. Here.

Restoring the world. Here.

Millions of hectares are restored every year in countless ecosystem types around the globe. But restoration practitioners are often limited by lack of time, funding, resources, and expertise, so most restoration projects are carried out without the desired level of scientific study or long-term monitoring.

Could each unstudied restoration site be an opportunity to learn about ecosystem development and how to improve future restoration projects? Could we link researchers, students, and practitioners to answer real questions that will inform both ecosystem science and restoration practice?

Could we train bright future leaders in the science, practice, and social dimensions of restoration so that they might go on to contribute to this important and growing field?

I believe the answer to these questions is a resounding yes, and MHC is the perfect destination for students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to put their liberal arts training to work on real-world projects with real-world consequences.

We are Mount Holyoke’s Restoration Ecology Program, and we are restoring the world. Here.

Kate Ballantine
Founder & Director, MHC REP 

Professor helping restore local cranberry bog

Kate Ballantine’s research on environmental revival and ecosystems at a former cranberry bog in Plymouth investigates the effects of climate change.
Kate Ballantine , with a group of students examining a soil sample on the Project Stream site.

Experiencing the living classroom

More than 100 high school students spent the day at Mount Holyoke’s restoration ecology site, learning about the environment from the ground up.
Restoration Ecology Classes

The era of restoration ecology is here.

See how undergrads are digging in, designing experiments, answering questions, monitoring progress, and taking the lead in reversing ecosystem degradation
This is a photograph of the Project River boardwalk, with bright fall foliage in the background.

Ballantine wins Clean Water Action award

Assistant Professor Kate Ballantine was recognized as an “Environmental Ground-Breaker” for her ecological restoration work.
Students get to work restoring the site.

A living classroom: restoring wetlands.

An ambitious wetland restoration project comes to life on the Mount Holyoke College campus.