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Faculty & Staff

Environmental Studies Program

With core strengths across the social sciences and in the humanities, Departmental faculty members support graduate and undergraduate programs in Environmental Studies, the Division of General Education, and ESF's Writing Program. We participate in a variety of college-wide programs, including the Graduate Program in Environmental Science, the Environmental and Natural Resource Policy doctoral program, the Minor in Urban Environmental Science, the Minor in Environmental Writing and Rhetoric, ESF's First Year Student Experience, and the ESF in the High School program.

Faculty and Staff Contact
Cousins, Joshua, Assistant Professor
PhD, University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2016; environmental policy and governance, social and political dimensions of water, political ecology, political economy of water, green infrastructure, science and technology studies, political ecology, urban sustainability
221 Baker Laboratory
Dann, Shari, Associate Professor
PhD, Michigan State University, 1993; MS, Cornell University, 1985; BS, Cornell University, 1983; Environmental education and interpretation; Place Based Education; conservation and natural resource education; science learning for K-12, non-formal, and adult programs; education for participatory natural resource stewardship and civic engagement; community engagement for conservation and land/watershed stewardship
215 Baker Laboratory
Hart, Rebecca
Administrative Assistant 1
212 Baker Laboratory
Hirsch, Paul, Associate Professor
PhD, Georgia Institute Of Technology, 2008; MS, University Of Georgia, 2003; BS, Cornell University, 1994; integrative thinking and problem-solving, water planning, biodiversity conservation, science-policy interface, environmental thought and ethics, policy analysis, public participation and decision-making, environmental valuation, complexity, participant-observation and survey methods, discourse analysis, environmental policy, climate governance, policy science divide
214 Baker Laboratory
Kohl, Patrice, Assistant Professor
science and environmental communication; journalism; scientists and public engagement; public perceptions, attitudes and behavioural intentions. Primarily use quantitative, survey and experimental research methods. Study public perceptions and communication in relation to subjects such as climate change, invasive species, use of advanced genetic engineering tools in conservation, space junk
221 Baker Laboratory
Limpert, Christina, Assistant Professor
PhD, Syracuse University, 2013; Assistant Professor, PhD, Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University Gender, schooling, and popular culture, urban community engagement and advocacy, youth climate activism, ethnographic and participatory action research, environmental cinema studies, environmental dimensions of violence and militarization, social media and public perceptions of environmental threats and ecosystem health.
213 Baker Laboratory
Luzadis, Valerie, Interim Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
PhD, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry And Forestry, 1997; MS, Cornell University, 1990; BS, Cornell University, 1983; ecological economics, ecosystem services, policy, social and recreational dimensions, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, natural resources policy and values, sustainable development, renewable energy, participatory decision-making
227 Bray Hall
Moran, Sharon, Associate Professor
PhD, Clark University, 2000; MS, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, 1989; BA, Boston University, 1981; environmental policy, human dimensions of water/wastewater issues, political ecology, environment-society relations, green and innovative technologies, environmental issues in post-communist countries, qualitative research methods, gender and nature, sustainability indicators, emergent technologies, environmental justice, ethical frameworks in public policy
217 Baker Laboratory
Feldpausch-Parker, Andrea M., Associate Professor
PhD, Texas A&M University, 2010; MS, Texas A&M University, 2006; BS, Michigan State University, 2003; environmental communication; science and technology communication; wildlife conservation and policy; climate change mitigation and adaptation discourse and decision-making; environmental advocacy; environmental and natural resources conflict management; qualitative and critical methods; program evaluation methods; conflict; public participation; energy;wildlife management
216 Baker Laboratory
Selfa, Theresa, Professor and Chair
PhD, Cornell University, 2001; MCP, University Of California-Berkeley, 1992; BA, Whitman College, 1984; Environmental Governance; Politics of Agri-Food and Energy Systems; Livelihood Impacts of Land Use Change; International Development and Social Change; Environmental Certification and Labelling; Latin America and US
211 Baker Laboratory
Sonnenfeld, David, Emeritus
PhD, University Of California, Santa Cruz, 1996; MA, University Of California, Santa Cruz, 1991; BA, University Of Oregon, 1973; environmental sociology; comparative environmental politics; sustainable transitions; water governance; East and Southeast Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean; field, historical and mixed research methods
214 Baker Laboratory
Teron, Lemir, Assistant Professor
PhD, University Of Delaware, 2015; My thinking deliberates on problems related to inequality, conflict and empowerment. The implications are often times, though not exclusively, environmental. My intellectual playgrounds include urban spaces, coastal communities and sites of resilience.
213 Baker Laboratory
Weiss, Jill, Assistant Professor
PhD, Antioch New England Graduate School, 2016; BS, New York University, 2003; Socio-ecological systems, co-adaptive management, collaboration and trust, knowledge transfer, communities of practice and social networks, communication theories, landscape ecology, recreation governance and ethics, environmental education, conservation behaviors and psychologies, organizational management, strategic planning, and assessment. Subjects: stewardship, large contiguous bioregions, alpine zone, trail systems, public open space, bikes, urban forestry. Methods: Surveys, interviews, mixed method approaches, case studies, grounded theory, participatory action research.
224 Baker Laboratory
Whitmore, Benette, Assistant Professor
PhD, Syracuse University, 2011; MA, Syracuse University, 1980; BA, Queen's University, 1977; digital storytelling, filmmaking, screenwriting, creative responses to the environment, public relations management, science education
220 Baker Laboratory

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty members engage in research, participate in graduate committees, teach, supervise student internships, and more.

Visiting Faculty

  • Ryan Hackett, Visiting Instructor

Emeriti Professors

  • John Felleman
    Environmental information policy; visualizing environmental processes; environmental decision making.
  • Myrna Hall
    • Integrating simulation modeling and GIS for studying the interaction of humans and their environment
    • Natural resources management
    • Issues of sustainable development
    • Graphic information visualization
    • Foreign language communication
  • Patrick Lawler
    Environmental Studies; Graduate Program in Environmental Science
  • Jack Manno
  • Richard Smardon
  • Susan Senecah