About

 

Teaching on a warm day in November 2016.

Teaching on a warm day in November 2016. (Photo credit: Daniel Kirchner)

The Basics. I am an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. My teaching and research spans many disciplinary approaches to environmental studies, including ecology, policy, history, ethics, and rhetoric. Topically speaking, my interests include rivers, wetlands, local food and sustainable food systems, and climate change.

In July 2016, I went to France to study recreational rivers. Here I am kayaking on the Orb River near Roquebrun.

In July 2016, I went to France to study recreational rivers. Here I am kayaking on the Orb River near Roquebrun.

Asia & the Environment at Centre College. I work with Daniel Kirchner (Philosophy and ENS), Matthew Klooster (Biology and ENS), and Kyle Anderson (Asian Studies) on developing Asian Environmental Studies on campus. In fall 2016 and spring 2015, we team-taught a course on Asia & the Environment, investigating environmental issues in China, Malaysian Borneo, and Thailand after traveling there for research and service learning. The following website describes our January 2017 trip to Thailand.

In fall 2016 as part of the Asia & the Environment lab, students toured Alltech headquarters in Nicholasville, KY.

In fall 2016 as part of the Asia & the Environment lab, students toured Alltech headquarters in Nicholasville, KY. (left to right: Brandon Schweder, Moses Ngong, Matthew Klooster, Jimmy Robinson, Brendan Holly, Brett Werner, Matthew Wilson, Emma Riely, Olivia Murrell, Mackenzie Weiland, Daniel Kirchner, Eliza Hudson, Shannon Torrance, Kyle Anderson, Beka Bruner)

Student learning focus. A number of student research and internships I have advised from the last few years include aquaponics, land management and water quality monitoring, biodiversity monitoring, and education policy. I have worked with Preston Miles and the President’s Committee on Climate Change on projects related to campus sustainability, including some projects that stemmed from the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar class: artivism (art activism) and a local food guide. Four of our class of 2016 graduating seniors were profiled in 2015-16 news stories, including Jeri Howell, Dustin Bruner, Christopher Brittain and Lucas Do.

Environmental Studies graduates and faculty at 2016 commencement. (front row from left: Endre Nyerges, Christopher Brittain, Brett Werner, Dustin Bruner, Jeri Howell; back row: Matthew Klooster, Anne Lubbers, Sarah Lashley)

Environmental Studies graduates and faculty at 2016 commencement. (front row from left: Endre Nyerges, Christopher Brittain, Brett Werner, Dustin Bruner, Jeri Howell; back row: Matthew Klooster, Anne Lubbers, Sarah Lashley)

As a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, I worked with Daniel Philippon, doing research in the environmental social sciences and humanities. In my forest and wetland ecology research, my primary mentor was Carter Johnson of South Dakota State University.