Environmental Studies Faculty Bios & Courses Program Advisor: Environmental Studies combines a core of environment-centered courses in biology, economics, philosophy, chemistry, politics, geology, and literature with a concentration of the student’s own design. S 600 FIRST STREET SW | MOUNT VERNON, IOWA 52314 | CORNELLCOLLEGE.EDU olving complex environmental problems requires knowledge and expertise from the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Cornell College’s emphasis on the liberal arts and our highly individualized educational approach are ideally suited to preparation for advanced study and careers in the environmental field. Our goal is to provide a broad understanding of the interconnectedness of environmental issues and an understanding of the complexities of individual issues. Students amplify their coursework with capstone experiences that allow them to put into practice the knowledge and skills they gain in the classroom. Recent examples include studying endangered species, gender roles associated with agriculture in developing nations, recent and prehistoric changes to tropical climate, and environmental politics. BENEFITS OF ONE COURSE AT A TIME Cornell’s One Course At A Time curriculum makes it easier for courses to be taught in parallel, meaning that students gain exposure to the issues presented in a partner course covering similar issues from a different perspective. The courses share field trips, readings, and sometimes projects. One Course is also ideal for extensive off-campus learning. Programs at two remote sites allow faculty to offer several environmental studies courses during the same block. The Wilderness Field Station in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota hosts courses including Ecology, Wilderness Politics, Environmental Ethics, Entomology, American Nature Writers, and Plant Morphology. The Bahamas Term on the island of San Salvador includes Modern and Ancient Carbonate Systems of the Bahamas, Applied Anthropology, and courses in literature and history, as well as a class in biological research. Other off-campus courses are held in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and New Zealand. CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS CAPSTONE Students are allowed the flexibility to create an environmental studies concentration of their own design, using courses from any department or combination of departments. A capstone experience gives each major the opportunity to pursue an in-depth project to complement and complete his or her concentration. These capstone projects can include student-faculty research, an internship, or a fellowship. Senior capstones utilize real world experiences in solving environmental problems, such as investigating nitrogen levels in local streams, measuring food waste in the Hilltop Café, reconstructing past changes in Australian monsoon rainfall, and examining women’s roles in farming across rural India. INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING Environmental Perspectives (ENV 101) introduces students to the breadth of environmental issues and represents a novel classroom model. The course is co-taught by two faculty members, one from the natural sciences and one cont. > Rhawn Denniston Professor of Geology Teaches Climate Change, Climates of the Ice Age, Environmental Geology, Earth Surface Systems, and co-teaches Environmental Perspectives. Conducts research with students on stalagmites and ancient corals to understand prehistoric climate conditions around the world including Portugal, the Australian (sub)tropics, and the Dominican Republic. Affiliated Faculty: Craig Allin Professor of Politics Teaches Wilderness Politics at the Wilderness Field Station in northern Minnesota. Author of “The Politics of Wilderness Protection.” Marty Condon Professor of Biology Collaborates with professional and student researchers around the world to study the evolution and ecology of plantanimal relationships in the tropics. A’amer Farooqi Professor of Economics and Business Co-teaches Environmental Perspectives. Research interests include environmental issues as they relate to economic growth in developing countries. Glenn Freeman Associate Professor of English Teaches American Nature Writers at the Wilderness Field Station in northern Minnesota. Ben Greenstein Professor of Geology Teaches Modern and Ancient Carbonate Systems of the Bahamas. Researches modern and ice age reef coral community compositions in coastal Western Australia and the Caribbean. cornellcollege.edu /academics social scientist or humanist. The class hosts guest speakers, field trips, readings, and regular discussions. Other innovative class linkages in environmental studies involve courses taught in parallel, where two classes share field trips and/or readings, as is done with Ornithology and American Nature Writers. Alternatively, students may participate in sequenced classes, in which the same students move from one class to the next as a group, and which include contributions from both professors in each class. Sequenced environmental studies courses include Introduction to Sociology and Physical Geology. Linking courses allows students to develop a more holistic perspective on the causes of and solutions to environmental problems. M.A., communication, culture, and technology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (Class of 2006) M.S., environmental science, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida (Class of 2006) Ph.D., paleontology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (Class of 2006) ALUMNI CAREERS Lab manager/field technician, Clear Air Engineering, Spring, Texas (Class of 2011) Well-site geologist, Columbine Logging, Inc., Boulder, Colorado (Class of 2011) Staff environmental scientist, LT Environmental, Arvada, Colorado (Class of 2008) Alice Ganzel Associate Professor of Psychology Teaches Fundamentals of Psychological Science and Research Methods. Leslie Kathleen Hankins Professor of English Teaches Modern American Literature: Encountering the Wilderness in Literature and the Visual Arts. Hans Hassell Assistant Professor of Politics Teaches courses in American Politics. Grant research consultant, Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Lahaina, Hawaii (Class of 2006) Andy McCollum Professor of Biology Cornell offers Combined Degree Programs, leading to the master’s degree in several environmental fields, in cooperation with Duke University and the University of Michigan. Senior environmental coordinator, MidAmerican Energy Company, Urbandale, Iowa (Class of 2005) Co-teaches Environmental Perspectives. Studies endangered turtle species in Iowa and the tropics. RESEARCH Deputy associate director for energy and climate change, Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, D.C. (Class of 2000) COMBINED PROGRAMS Cornell faculty members sponsor a number of ongoing research projects, allowing students to work collaboratively and build on results over time. These projects include studies of species diversity and plant-animal interactions in tropical rain forests, the ecology and conservation of the threatened ornate box turtles in eastern Iowa, prehistoric climate conditions based on stalagmites and ancient corals from the Australian tropics, and the ecology and evolution of fire corals in the Bahamas. Support for student capstone research is available from a number of sources, including an endowed fund overseen by the Environmental Studies program, and through external grants from the Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation. AFTER CORNELL GRADUATE SCHOOLS ATTENDED M.S., environmental sciences, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge (Class of 2012) Ph.D., paleontology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (Class of 2009) Ph.D., ecology, University of Connecticut, Mansfield, Connecticut (Class of 2007) Environmental consultant, Alliant Energy, Muscatine, Iowa (Class of 2000) Environmental specialist, Fehr-Graham & Associates, Freeport, Illinois (Class of 2000) Natural resource management extension agent, Peace Corps, Mali (Class of 1999) Environmental public health specialist, Jefferson County Health Department, Arnold, Missouri (Class of 1996) Director of polar expeditions, The Northwest Passage, Wilmette, Illinois (Class of 1992) Research associate, the U.S. Geological Survey, Lawrence, Kansas (Class of 1992) Environmental scientist, URS Corporation, Denver, Colorado (Class of 1988) Engineering geologist/environmental consulting, Fox Engineering Associates, Inc., Ames, Iowa (Class of 1987) Integrated waste management specialist, California Environmental Protection Agency, Sacramento, California (Class of 1980) Brian Nowak-Thompson Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry Teaches Environmental Chemistry. Mary Olson Professor of Sociology Conducts research on fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest. Craig Teague Associate Professor of Chemistry Teaches Environmental Chemistry. Conducts research with students to better understand the behavior of polyoxometalates, a class of materials that shows potential for mitigating heavy metals and nuclear waste in the environment. Emily Walsh Associate Professor of Geology Teaches linked geologysociology courses focused on use of natural resources. Conducts research on the mechanisms involved in subduction zones. Jim White Professor of Philosophy Teaches Evolution and Philosophy.