Faculty and Staff

2010 Committee

The Environmental Studies Program Committee 2010-2011

From left: John Smedley, Jane Costlow, Sonja Pieck, Camille Parrish, Holly Ewing, Lynne Lewis, and Rebecca Sommer

Jane Costlow is a Professor of Environmental studies and is interested in how different cultures express their relationship with the natural world, in artistic works ranging from poetry and novels to film and advertising images.
Holly Ewing is appointed as a scientist within the Environmental Studies Program.  She teaches field classes in soils, water, ecosystem ecology, and general environmental science.
Sonja Pieck is the social science faculty member in Environmental Studies. She teaches the Environment and Society core and a number of electives, including courses 
on social movements, NGOs, and indigenous politics.
Camille Parrish is a Learning Associate/Lecturer in Environmental Studies specializing in hydrogeology. She teaches a course in geographic information systems (GIS) and directs the Environmental Studies internship program.
Lynne Lewis is a Professor of Economics. A natural resource economist with a focus on water resources, her primary interests are in trans- boundary water resource issues including allocation and pollution control problems.
A published poet, Jonathan Skinner writes ecocriticism on contemporary poetry and poetics --essays exploring the role of aesthetics in intersections between nature and culture, and the role of language in our perceptions of the natural world. Professor Skinner is on leave 2010-2011.
John Smedley, in addition to introductory and advanced physics courses, teaches musical acoustics and the physics of electronic sound for non science majors. He also teaches in Environmental Studies with a particular interest in energy policy and atmospheric processes.
Rebecca Sommer, Associate Professor of Biology, is a developmental toxicologist who studies the molecular mechanisms by which environmental pollutants disrupt normal cardiovascular system and reproductive tract structure and function. She is currently Chair of the Environmental Studies Program.
Tom Wenzel, Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry, teaches Environmental Chemistry and Anaytical Chemistry.  Professor Wenzel is on leave 2010-2011.

Many other faculty contribute to the program through their courses and advising of student projects.

William Ambrose, Professor of Biology, is a marine ecologist and biological oceanographer whose research focuses on the structure and function of communities on the ocean floor. Recently, he has been studying carbon cycling in the arctic and the impact of commercial fishing on bottom communities in Maine.
414 Carnegie Science Hall
207-786-6114
wambrose@bates.edu

J. Dykstra Eusden, Professor of Geology, is interested in the tectonic, structural, and metamorphic history of the Northern Appalachians. He is now mapping the geology of coastal islands in the Muscongus and Penobscot bays in Maine.
213 Carnegie Science Hall.
207-786-6152
deusden@bates.edu

Joseph M. Hall, Jr., Associate Professor of History
113 Pettengill Hall
207-786-6462
jhall2@bates.edu

Beverly Johnson, Associate Professor of Geology, has research interests involving the analysis of organic matter preserved in the geologic record for reconstructing paleoenvironments and paleoclimates through key periods of modern human expansion around the globe. She is currently focused on the analysis of organic compounds derived from specific sources (i.e., biomarkers) to study paleovegetation and paleoenvironments in Australia before and after the arrival of the first human immigrants nearly 60,000 years ago. She is also doing paleoclimatological research on lake sediments in NE Siberia.
214 Carnegie Science Hall
207-786-6062
bjohnso3@bates.edu

Sharon Kinsman, Associate Professor of Biology, has research interests in plant ecology and conservation including forest stand history (with students) and mechanisms of population and community change with invasive species.
411 Carnegie Science Hall
207-786-6115
skinsman@bates.edu

Mike Retelle, Professor of Geology, is a Quaternary Geologist interested in glacial and post-glacial environments in Maine, the Canadian arctic, and Shetland. His research involvesstudies of glaciation, sea level changes, and climate change of the last millenia and is most interested in glacial and lacustrine deposition systems.
223 Carnegie Science Hall
207-786-6155
mretelle@bates.edu

Sarah Strong, Professor, Japanese Language and Literature
201 Hathorn Hall
207-786-6287
sstrong@bates.edu