Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative

The Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative will transform Wellesley’s campus into a “living laboratory.”

The Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative inspires and prepares Wellesley women across disciplines to value sense of place and connection to nature in order to enrich their academic experience, personal well-being, and community, so that they make a positive difference in their local and global communities.

Suzanne Langridge, Director

Suzanne brings to the Paulson Initiative an interdisciplinary background and a passion for connecting people to their natural environment. Prior to joining the Paulson Initiative, Suzanne led a cross-disciplinary project with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment developing innovative nature-based approaches to climate adaptation planning. She has served as a Lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz where she taught interdisciplinary courses on restoration and conservation, using place-based and experiential learning approaches. Suzanne also collaborated on conservation and restoration projects across the globe, providing her an opportunity to learn from a diverse range of ecosystems, people, and relationships to nature. Suzanne is always excited to engage with the full diversity of perspectives on campus. She enjoys walking the outdoor labyrinth and finding new special places on Wellesley’s campus. Suzanne received her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and her B.A. in Biology from Smith College.