Ryan Vroegindewey, CSUS PhD Student, Receives Environmental Documentary Film Making Grant

Ryan Vroegindewey, CSUS PhD Student, Receives Environmental Documentary Film Making Grant

February 6, 2017

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Ryan Vroegindewey, a doctoral student in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University was selected as recipient of an environmental documentary film making grant from the MSU Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. The title of the project is “Resilience of the Niger River System,” and the project will involve an online audio/video-photo essay that examines the implications of climate change, pollution, overfishing, and large irrigation practices on the ecosystems of the Niger River, and the livelihoods of communities that are dependent upon the sustainability of these ecosystems. The project will also involve a documentary film that summarizes the findings through extended video footage, images, and narration. Ryan is the student investigator on the project, and he will be collaborating with Dr. Robert Richardson and Dr. Jennifer Hodbod of the Department of Community Sustainability, along with Mr. Amadou Keita, a professional photographer based in Bamako, Mali. Production of the documentary film will occur between Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.