Environmental Studies Faculty
Gina 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. Her 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 SU'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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Jill 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, em>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.
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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. He has a B.A. In English from Georgetown University, a 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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Shane Hall studies the intersections of climate change, militarization, and environmental justice in U.S. literature and popular culture. He earned his PhD from the University of Oregon’s Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy Program in June 2017. His Dissertation, “War by Other Means: Environmental Violence in the 21st Century” investigates how natural environments are weaponized against people of color and migrants in modern armed conflict, and how contemporary fiction illuminates and protests these often-hidden forms of violence.
He is the co-editor of an anthology: Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities (Routledge 2017) with Stephen Siperstein and Stephanie LeMenager, and his work on teaching climate change through creative writing has been published in Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. Shane teaches a variety of courses at Salisbury, including ENVR 205: Art, Nature, Culture, ENVR 305: Imagining Environmental Futures, and ENVR 305: War and Environmental Conflict. If you can’t find Shane in his office, you’ll likely find him fly-fishing from a kayak.
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James 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.
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Tom 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 U.S., 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 the 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."
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Dr. Sonja Kolstoe
Dr. Sonja Kolstoe is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Salisbury University in the Department of Economics and Finance in the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business with a joint appointment in the Environmental Studies Department in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts. She did her undergraduate work at the Washington State University where she earned a B.S in Biology, with a minor in Economics.
In college, she realized that she cared about the policy relevance of research and that caused her to switch tracks and pursue economics. She went on to pursue 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. She then went on to earn an M.S. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy at the University of Oregon. She 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 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. To date, she has focused on recreational demand models, a natural interest for her given that she loves the outdoors, largely because of the recreational opportunities it affords outdoor enthusiasts such as herself.
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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. His 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 U.S. 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. He has also published articles on pedagogy in both Environmental History and the Journal of Urban History.
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Joan Maloof is an Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology. She is a writer, ecologist, and conservationist with a unique voice in today’s times. Maloof founded and directs an organization with the goal of creating a network of protected forests across the US. That organization, the Old-Growth Forest Network, now has thousands of supporters. Maloof travels widely to educate others regarding the extent and condition of our forests, and to encourage their preservation.
Maloof has studied and worked with plants her entire life; her formal education includes a B.S. in Plant Science, a M.S. in Environmental Science, and a Ph.D. in Ecology. She has four published books: The Living Forest (2017); Nature’s Temples (2016); Among the Ancients (2011) and Teaching the Trees (2005). Maloof has also published in numerous journals such as Ecology and The American Journal of Botany. For more on Joan's current activities, visit The Old Growth Forest Network.
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Fulbert Namwamba is a professor of Environmental Studies, Hydrology and Geology at Salisbury University. He serves in both the Environmental Studies and Geography and Geosciences departments. He has a background in water resources, geographic information systems (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: urban and community forest watershed management, non-point source pollution, and riparian forest restoration. His technical consultancy consists of contractual work for the U.S. 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 African Journal of Information Systems, and is on the editorial board advisory committee for the International Journal for Disaster Management and Restoration.
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Tami 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, and birds in community outreach work in order to introduce the public or school groups to conservation and environmental issues.
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David Scheid is a lecturer in Environmental Studies, focusing on sustainable landscape design. A native of Lima, Ohio, David graduated with a B.S. in 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, Del., overseeing the opening of the Nemours estate 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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Sarah Surak, assistant professor, holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Environmental Studies. She received her B.A. in Political Science (2003) and a Masters of Public Administration (2006) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Ph.D. 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, and politics of Germany. She is particularly interested in the politics of waste 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 administration.
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