About the Faculty

  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies

ENS Program Faculty
Dr. Betsy Beymer-Farris, Director: Commodity chains and networks, gender and the environment, environmental conservation, East Africa, tropical ecology.

Dr. Bob Sandmeyer, Director of Undergraduate Studies: Environmental philosophy.

Lori Tyndall, Department Manager

Shane Tedder, Sustainability Coordinator: Sustainable transportation systems.

Professor David Atwood: Speciation and biological activity, aqueous contaminants.

Professor Lisa Cliggett: Household political economy, sub-saharan Africa, aging and life course, migration and new land settlement, political economy, kinship-family and social organization.

“At the core, the environment is everything. All of our livelihood – our ability to exist as humans – depends on the environment. Understanding how social, economic and political systems AS WELL AS biophysical processes, intersect with ecosystems is central to our survival as humans, and the earth’s future. Discovering paths for resilience and adaptation requires cross-disciplinary training – in social and natural sciences.  An ENS major gives students the broad training, perspectives and skills necessary to help build a resilient future for all of us.” - Professor Lisa Cliggett

Dr. Alan Fryar: Hydrogeology, low temperature geochemistry.

"ENS addresses questions that are critical for the future of human existence: 'How do we balance the needs of the environment and society? What are our responsibilities to future generations?' Few programs provide an interdisciplinary, liberal-arts perspective on the environment and sustainability. ENS does so while offering a flexible curriculum that allows students to focus on their areas of interest." - Dr. Alan Fryar

Professor Jim Krupa: Ecology, evolutionary biology, mammology.

Professor Tad Mutersbaugh: Biodiversity, product certification, agrarian studies, marxist cultural and social theory, latin america.

Professor Erik Reece: Environmental journalism, creative writing.

Professor Ted Schatzki: Theory of social life, philosophy of social science.

"ENS allows students to learn and address perhaps the greatest challenge to face humanity in the 21st-century: climate change.  The importance of this issue is only magnified by its relations with other critical challenges such as poverty, migration, energy, and political conflict.  The flexibility of the major enables students to chart a personalized path through the disciplines and courses relevant to meeting these issues and, thus, to help shape his/her education." - Professor Schatzki

Dr. Alice Turkington: Weathering, errosion, stone decay, geomorphology.

Professor Ernest Yanarella: Appalachian studies, peace studies, political science.

“The ENS major offers multidisciplinary perspectives on a field that will prove vital to the 21st century challenges the United States and—indeed the entire world—are facing.  However skeptical parts of the national political scene may appear toward environmentalism and sustainability, professionals in this field will lead the way toward shaping critical policy changes to solve growing threats to our Ecosystem.”                         - Professor Yanarell

Maryann Bandy, Student Representative: ENS Senior

Julianna Dantzer, Student Representative: ENS Junior

 

ENS Affiliate Faculty:

Dr. Mary Anglin: Medical anthropology, political economy, Latin America, HIV/ AIDS.

Dr. Lauren Cagle: Environmental Rhetoric, climate change communication, disability studies.

Dr. Carolyn Finney: Identity, representation, natural resource management, climate change and privilege.

Professor Ann Kingslover: Appalachian studies, social justice, latin america.

Professor Rebecca Glasscock: Food systems, agricultural geography.

Dr. Hsain Ilahiane: small-scale farming, international migration, resource management, globalization.

Professor Richard Jefferies: Rituals behaviors, cultural ecology, prehistoric economic systems, subsistence systems.

Dr. Sarah Lyon: Gender and women, political economy, ethical consumption, latin america, labor.

Dr. Carmen Martinez Novo: Latin American studies, social theory, race and ethnicity, international political economy.

Dr. Kathryn Newfont: Environmental history, Appalachian history.

Dr. Shannon Plank: Native american studies.

Dr. Randall Roorda: Literary theory, composition and rhetoric, gender and the environment.

Dr. Tony Stallins: Boundaries, science-technology, atmospheric sciences, climate change.

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