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
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.
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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