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Faculty in the Environmental Science Policy & Engineering program are dedicated to teaching, learning, and exploring issues related to the environment. All faculty are in different academic departments, but they share the common goal of providing students with an excellent classroom expereince. Note that a distinctive attribute of the Union faculty is that a significant fraction of the active faculty are Engineers, so students learn about not only science and policy, but also engineering solutions to environmental problems. This makes the ESPE program distinctive for a liberal arts college.


J. DOUGLASS KLEIN (University of Wisconsin) Industrial Organization. Energy economics, efficiency measurement, economics of auctions. Courses in public policies toward industry, microeconomics, energy efficiency.


DONALD T. RODBELL, Chair of Geology (University of Colorado), Geology of Climate change. Geologic record of Climate change, glacial records of climate change, climate change in the tropical Andes. Courses in Landscape evolution, Lakes and Environmental Change, Environmental Geology.

JOHN I. GARVER, (University of Washington) Geology. Research on the evolution of Mountains, geologic hazards, and the effects of hazards on society including flooding on the Mohawk River and evolution of the Mohawk watershed. Courses on the history of the Earth, Natural disasters, Carbonate sedimentology, Sedimentology and stratigraphy.

JEFF CORBIN, (University of North Carolina) Ecology. Research on interactions between plant composition and ecosystem dynamics, particularly as it relates to the invasion of non-native species and habitat restoration. Courses in Heredity, Evolution and Ecology (Bio 102), Intro to Environmental Studies (ENS 100), Plant Ecology (Bio 324)

LAURA MACMANUS-SPENCER, (University of Minnesota) Environmental Chemistry. Research on the fate and transport of organic contaminants in natural waters and soils. Courses in Environmental Chemistry.Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical Instrumentation.

HOLLI M. FREY (University of Michigan), Volcanic Hazards. Research interests include the eruptive history of volcanic fields, and the geochemical, geochronological, and physical aspects of continental magmatic systems. Active research aimed at evaluating the hazards associated with volcanoes in Mexico.

DAVID P. GILLIKIN (Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)), Biogeochemistry. Research interests include using bivalve (clams & oysters) shell geochemistry to reconstruct climate and environmental change as well as estuarine and freshwater aquatic biogeochemistry. Courses in Stable Isotopes in Environmental Science, Oceanography and Biogeochemistry

KURT T. HOLLOCHER (University of Massachusetts), Chemical Transport, Chemistry of Natural Systems. Geochemistry of water and rock. Transport in geochemical systems including surface and ground water. Analytical techniques including ICPMS, Ion Chromatograph, and Scanning Electron Microscope.

MICHAEL HAGERMAN (Northwestern University) Inorganic chemistry Research Current research involves the synthesis and extensive characterization of organic monomers and polymers on the surface of and intercalated within inorganic host assemblies including clays, zeolites, and mesoporous materials. Courses in Introductory Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry.

STEVE RICE (Duke University), Ecology and Conservation Biology. Research interests in the ecology and physiology of mosses; conservation biology, and the Ecology of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Courses in Physiology of Cells and Organisms; Conservation biology; Introduction to Bioengineering; Plant Biology, and Forests of the Northeast.

KATHLEEN LoGIUDICE (Rutgers University), Ecology and Wildlife conservation. Research Interests: Disease Ecology and wildlife conservation; the relationship between diversity and Lyme disease risk; small mammal community dynamics; Allegheny woodrat conservation. Courses in Heredity, Evolution and Ecology, and Ecology.

JENNIFER T. BISHOP (North Carolina State University), Ecology. Research interests include fecundity and conservation of Neotropical migrants in the Albany Pine Bush and Bahama Yellowthroats in the Bahamas archipelago. Courses in Ornithology, Intro. to Environmental Studies, and Heredity, Evolution, & Ecology.


JANET GRIGSBY, (Yale University) Sociology. Interests include sexuality, reproductive issues & women's health;demography; sociology of disaster; communities and the environment; social policy & social problems.

JAMES M. KENNEY (Stanford University) Economics. Energy Economics; Economic Impact Analysis; Forensic Economics. Courses on Enviornmental Economics.

ILENE M KAPLAN, (Princeton University) Sociology. Marine policy, co-management and socio-economic trends in the fishing communities of New England. Courses on environmental policy, and marine policy.

KATHERINE LYNES, (Rutgers University) English. Interests in Poetry and poetics, African-American literature, ethnic literatures of the United States, modernism, environmental writing and ecoliterature, and stylistics/grammar.

ANDREW MORRIS (University of Virginia), History. Research interests include political history, history of public policy, and environmental history. Current research focuses on history of public and private disaster relief in the US during the twentieth century.


ASHRAF GHALY (Concordia University), Soil Mechanics. Research on Soil Mechanics Foundation Engineering Soil-Structure Interaction Geosynthetics and Applications in Environmental Geotechnology. Waste mangement and recycling. Courses in GIS For Humanity (GEO-204), Construction For Humanity (HST-192), Soil Mechanics, and Environmental Geotechniques, Waste Mangement and recycling.

Mohammad Mafi, PhD, PE, LEED-AP (Penn State), Structural Engineering. Specializing in Environmentally Friendly Buildings (Green Buildings); Analysis and Design of Steel and Concrete Structures; Analysis, Design, and Inspection of Bridges; Structural Inspection and Forensic Investigation of Building and Bridge Failures; Engineering Mechanics; Biomechanics .

RICHARD D. WILK (Drexell University), Energy and the Atmosphere. Research on combustion, energy conversion and utilization, and alternative and advanced energy systems, especially solar energy, and fuel cells. Courses in thermodynamics, heat transfer, solar energy, and environmental science and other courses in combustion, compressible flow, and transport phenomena.

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