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Environmental Studies Faculty

Jill Caviglia-HarrisJill Caviglia-Harris is a Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies. From 2012-2014, she held a Wilson H. Elkins professorship from the University System of Maryland. Her areas of expertise include environmental and natural resource economics. She was awarded Salisbury University’s Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in teaching and research in 2004, as well as the 2010 Maryland Board of Regent’s Award for excellence in teaching, the SU 2010 Outstanding Mentor Award, and the 2010 Southern Economic Association Kenneth G. Elzinga Teaching Award. Caviglia-Harris’s research is focused on understanding the nexus between land use change and welfare in the Brazilian Amazon. Her approach includes the collection and analysis of survey, geographical information systems (GIS), and remote sensing data at the household level to create a spatial panel used to investigate multiple issues as they relate to welfare and deforestation trajectories over time. She has published in Environment and Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Agricultural Economics, Ecological Economics, and the Review of Regional Studies, among others. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and other organizations for the past 15 years. A second dimension of her research includes the investigation of best practices for teaching economics and program assessment.

For more information, visit http://facultyfp.salisbury.edu/jlcaviglia-harris

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Charles Ewers is a Lecturer in Environmental Studies.  He is a Professor Emeritus and former chair of English at Frostburg State University and has been a teacher, farmer, carpenter, fishing boat crewman, and journalist, among other things. Charlie Ewers He has a B.A. In English from Georgetown University, an M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University, and a Ph.D. in English with a specialty in Rhetoric from Catholic University. His academic specialties are Environmental Rhetoric and Environmental Literature, and his non-academic interests include photography, gardening, kayaking, and wooden boat building.

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jim hJames Hatley is a Professor of Environmental Studies. His areas of expertise include 20th century continental philosophy, environmental philosophy, and philosophy of the arts. He was awarded Salisbury University’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 1998 and has won numerous awards for his sculpture and photography artwork. Hatley is the author of more than twenty articles and a monograph, Suffering Witness: the Quandary of Responsibility after the Irreparable (SUNY Press, 2000). He also edited Interrogating Ethics: Embodying the Good in Merleau-Ponty (Duquesne University Press, 2006) and Faces of Nature: Levinas and Environmental Thought (Duquesne University Press, 2012). He guest edited The Journal of Environmental Philosophy in the fall of 2008, with a special issue entitled: “Species of Thought—In the Approach of a more-than-human World.” He is on the executive committee of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy and hosted their 2010 conference here at SU. Hatley has team taught with almost all environmental studies faculty at SU and published on interdisciplinary environmental studies pedagogy; he took a group of students on a study abroad program to Japan in January 2011 and January 2013, studying environmental spirituality while walking a sacred pilgrimage route through the mountains.

For more of Jim's thoughts, visit: http://geoaesthetics.blogspot.com

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Tom Horton kayakingTom Horton is a Professor of Practice in Environmental Studies. His areas of expertise include Chesapeake Bay politics, cultures, science, nature writing, journalism and experiential education. Horton is one of the most respected nature writers in the US, winner of the John Burroughs Award for the best book of nature writing in 1988, as well as the David Brower award from the Sierra Club, and other awards from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Audubon Society. He is the author of eight books about Chesapeake Bay and covered the environment for the Baltimore Sun for 35 years. 
In addition to teaching courses about Chesapeake Bay and nature writing at SU, Horton is a freelance nature writer, working for National Geographic, Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, Chesapeake Bay Magazine and others. He recently paddled his kayak 550 miles around the Delmarva Peninsula and co-teaches a summer kayaking/camping course, "Exploring Delmarva: A Water's-Eye View."

Email: swanfall@gmail.com

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Sonja Kolstoe is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies. Prior to her arrival at SU, Sonja completed an M.S.in Economics and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy at the University of Oregon.Sonja Kolstoe She did her undergraduate work at the Washington State University where she earned a B.S with honors in Biology. She then pursued an M.A in Economics at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where her thesis research concerned risk preferences and probability weighting among extreme sports participants. Her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon is an interdisciplinary degree with Economics as the focal department. Sonja completed the full complement of Economics Ph.D. coursework as well as additional graduate coursework in Ecology and Public Policy (including population biology, ecosystem ecology and geographic information systems). Her current research portfolio includes using the tools of non-market valuation to estimate the value to bird watchers of biodiversity by studying the influence of spatial and temporal variations in bird populations on bird watchers’ behavior. Her research interests span a wide variety of topics in environmental economics with an emphasis on the non-market valuation of environmental goods, public economics and applied econometrics.

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Michael Lewis is the Department Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies. From 2012-2014 he held a Wilson H. Elkins professorship from the University System of Maryland. Mike Lewis skiffHis areas of expertise include global and US environmental history in the 20th century and environmental studies. He was awarded SU’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 2005, the Fulton School Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2010, the Student Government Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in 2011, and the Fulton School Award for Outstanding Chair in 2015. His work on the global spread of conservation science and conservation politics in India and the US has resulted in a monograph, Inventing Global Ecology (2004), an edited collection, American Wilderness (2007), and a number of articles in scholarly and popular journals and books both in India and in the US. The director of the ENVR program since its start in 2004, he served as the Program Chair for the 2009 American Society for Environmental History annual meeting and he was on founding Editorial Board for the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. He has led four student study-abroad trips to India, with the next trip planned for January of 2018. He has also published articles on pedagogy in both Environmental History and the Journal of Urban History.

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Joan MaloofJoan Maloof, frequent ENVR guest lecturer, is an Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology, and is the founder and Executive Director of the Old Growth Forest Network. Her areas of expertise include botany, environmental studies, and native plant identification. Joan has published research articles about pollination biology in journals such as Ecology and The American Journal of Botany and is the editor of Maryland Naturalist. Since 2002 she has focused on forest ecology; her first book, Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest (2005), won an Honorable Mention from the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, and has led to presentations as varied as local garden clubs, philosophy conferences, and university freshmen reader programs. Joan’s second book, Among the Ancients, about old growth forests in the eastern United States, was published in May 2011. She has garnered widespread praise for her ability to write poetically about the role of trees in the relationships between the natural world and humanity. She has also published extensively on pedagogy. For more on Joan's current activities, go to: http://www.oldgrowthforest.net.

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Fulbert NamwambaFulbert Namwamba is a Professor of Environmental Studies, Hydrology and Geology at Salisbury University.  He serves in both the Geography and Geosciences, as well as Environmental Studies departments. He has a background in Water Resources, GIS, Remote Sensing, and Geology.  He conducts interdisciplinary research that utilizes GIS and Remote Sensing in application to environmental issues.  He has expanded his research areas to social, economic and demographic analysis. His major research areas include: (1) Urban and Community-Forest Watershed Management; (2) Non-point source pollution (3) Riparian Forest Restoration.  His technical consultancy consists of contractual work for the US Army Corps of Engineers.  He was the Director of Southern University’s GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratory, providing a resource by which students and faculty in Agriculture, Engineering and Public Policy increased participation in utilization of spatial technologies to address the problems and concerns of the community.  He manages a project that is restoring Kakamega /South Nandi Forest ecology at farmlands in Nandi District, Kenya.  He has published extensively and done more than 60 presentations at professional workshops and academic conferences.  He serves as an Editor at the "The African Journal of Information Systems," and is in the Editorial Board Advisory Committee for the International Journal for Disaster Management and Restoration.

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Bill NelsonBill Nelson is the Environmental Studies outreach and community coordinator, program specialist, and Green Floor Leader.  His areas of expertise include environmental science, environmental studies, and experiential education.  His responsibilities at Salisbury University include supervising the ENVR internship program, coordinating and facilitating the involvement of ENVR students in the larger community (through activism, volunteerism, recreation, and job and internship placement), teaching the Introduction to Sustainability course, and leading the Green Floor Living-Learning Community for Freshmen (the second oldest LLC at Salisbury University).  Prior to his work at SU Nelson taught middle and high school environmental science and biology in Japan and the US.  In addition to his teaching experience, Nelson has through-hiked the Appalachian Trail, most of the Pacific Crest Trail, bicycled across the US four times (once beginning in Alaska), as well as enjoying several other long distance trails and bike trips in Europe, Australia, Canada, and Japan.  He co-teaches our summer kayaking and camping course, “Exploring Delmarva: A Water’s-Eye View.”

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Tami RansomTami Ransom is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies. Her areas of expertise and interest include ecology, conservation biology, restoration ecology, management of fragile ecosystems and endangered species, and ecotourism.  A Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, Ransom also spent many years as a field biologist, surveying for and studying a wide array of organisms, from Spotted Salamanders to Northern Spotted Owls.  More recently she has explored the roles of both native and invasive earthworms in the forests of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in the southern Appalachian Mountains, and in Indiana.  Her research has been published in Ecology, Population Ecology, Oecologia, and Biological Invasions, among other journals.  She teaches courses such as Wildlife Management and Research Techniques, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Introduction to Sustainability, as well as leading a study abroad field course on conservation biology in Trinidad every other summer. Ransom regularly utilizes demonstrations with earthworms, amphibians, or birds in community outreach work in order to introduce the public or school groups to conservation and environmental issues.

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Sarah SurakSarah Surak (assistant professor) holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Salisbury University. She received her BA in political science (2003) and a Masters of Public Administration (2006) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Ph.D. is in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia Tech (2012). Before returning to school to complete her Ph.D., she worked for five years coordinating campus greening activities at the University of Tennessee--first as a recycling coordinator and then as the sustainability manager. Her teaching and research interests include environmental policy, public policy, environmental political theory, United States policy process, comparative politics, public administration, modern political and social theory, politics of Germany. She is particularly interested in the politics of waste/ing and political and economic governance of garbage.  Dr. Surak is currently working on the book Governing waste: Politics, process, and public administration assessing the practice of sustainability and waste management in public administrative. Dr. Surak’s office is in Fulton Hall 280F, phone number is 410-677-3879. Email: smsurak@salisbury.edu Website: http://faculty.salisbury.edu/~smsurak/

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Gina BloodworthGina Bloodworth is an associate Professor with dual affiliation in both Environmental Studies and Geography.  With a Ph.D in Geography from Penn. State and M.S. in Environmental Science and B.S. in Mathematics, she is widely trained across multiple disciplines.  Her areas of expertise are water resource management, law and policy.  Her research interests center on trans-boundary Rivers, dams and dam removal, and water issues in developing nations. Teaching interests include these topics and conservation, resource management and qualitative methods.  Dr. Bloodworth consistently seeks opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, experiential education, international travel, as well as a wide range of civic and community interaction related to resources.  She has collaborated with and done research funded by a wide array of different stakeholders at several scales that includes: the Canadian Consulate, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, International Canadian Studies Institute, NASA, Washington State Museum of History, Cascadia Hazards Institute, Wicomico Environmental Trust, Wild Horse Wind Farm, and the City of Salisbury.  In 2015, she spent one month in Ghana as part of S.U.s first Fulbright-Hayes Initiative centered on learning the lifeways, political, educational and cultural traditions of Ghana. Dr. Bloodworth has publications in the Journal of Geography, the Pacific Coast Geographer’s Yearbook, the Canadian Journal of American Studies, and has published curriculum for use in K-12 environmental and geography course content.  She has also done field classes in the Geography of the Pacific Northwest, Field Studies in Hell’s Canyon National Wilderness, Algonquin, Ontario Freshman Experience Wilderness course, as well as the Exploring the Chesapeake Bay by Kayak offered during summer session.

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Dave ScheidDave Scheid is a Lecturer in Environmental Studies, focusing on Sustainable Landscape Design.  A native of Lima, Ohio, David graduated with a B.S. Horticulture/Floriculture from Ohio State University.  He attended graduate school at Cornell University and after a stint in the U.S. Army, graduated with a M.S. in Horticulture/Botanic Garden Management from the Longwood Program at the University of Delaware.

He then went to work for the Nemours Foundation in Wilmington, Delaware, overseeing the opening of the estate "Nemours," of the Late Mr. & Mrs. Alfred I. DuPont as a public garden and museum.  Following that he became the Vice President for Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY; and then became Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.

Since 1992 he has served as Program Head for the Horticulture/Landscape Design Program at the Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, which is the second largest multi-campus community college in the United States.

He started gardening at age 6 and now spends weekends restoring his Victorian home in Salisbury, MD on the eastern shore.  He has written numerous articles and has worked with the garden club community and their educational programs as well as Master Gardener programs for the better part of 20 years.  He considers his specialty to be that he is a generalist in the world of plants and gardens.

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