Welcome to my website! I am an assistant professor and chair of Environmental Studies at Centre College in Danville, KY, having previously lived in Illinois, Minnesota, and South Dakota.
As a teacher, I work to integrate a variety of disciplines of Environmental Studies and Sustainability. I have taught in History, Rhetoric, Politics/Political Science, Philosophy, and Natural Resource Management departments, but my real home is interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. During Fall 2016, my courses include Introduction to Environmental Studies, Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies, and Asia & the Environment. Along with my colleague Kyle Anderson, we will be taking ~20 students to Thailand in January 2017 to study Thailand and the Environment. In Spring 2017, I’ll be teaching Rivers and Adaptive Ecosystem Management and Introduction to Environmental Studies. Other courses I have taught the last three years include Environmental Ethics, Human Dimensions of Climate Change, Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Food and Campus Sustainability, American Environmental History, Literature and the Environment, (and assisting with Landscape Ecology while a post-doctoral fellow).
My primary research involves simulation modeling of prairie pothole wetlands of North America, specifically the impact of climate variability and change on these wetlands and their dependent organisms. Recently, we have adapted our research to investigate the impacts of agricultural tile drainage in surrounding uplands on wetland dynamics.
I have also done some ecological research related to floodplain forests of the Upper Missouri River basin, and on prairie restoration.
Paralleling my research in ecology, I did graduate research in the interdisciplinary environmental humanities, investigating the relationships between American Pragmatist thought and environmental rhetoric (political, historical, and literary). This research links my research interests in ecology with my research interests in environmental policymaking and analysis.
Finally, my interests in sustainability are more than academic, having spent significant time working in sustainable food systems, helping my family start a local produce garden in central South Dakota’s food desert. Muddy Pumpkin Farms sold produce at farmers markets, CSAs, grocery stores and co-ops, and restaurants in South Dakota. For pictures and updates, check out the farm’s Facebook page.