Environmental Studies Program Faculty

Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines natural science and social science and examines local, regional, national and international environmental problems in a holistic manner.

There are two tracks to the major: the science sequence and the social science sequence.

Social Science Track Advisers
Jane Dawson, William Frasure, Manuel Lizarralde; Peter Siver, director

Science Track Advisers
Robert Askins, Pamela Hine, Chad Jones, Peter Siver, Doug Thompson, Marc Zimmer

Siri Colom, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Studies Siri Colom, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Studies

Siri Colom, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Studies
Urban governance and politics • Racial institutions of domination • Political economy • Environmental change • Social change amidst socio-natural and economic disasters • Development and globalization

Andrew Davis, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Andrew Davis, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Andrew Davis, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Environmental studies • Environmental law and policy • Marine pollution

Jane Dawson, Virginia Eason Weinmann '51 Professor of Government and Environmental Studies, Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment Jane Dawson, Virginia Eason Weinmann '51 Professor of Government and Environmental Studies, Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment

Jane Dawson, Virginia Eason Weinmann '51 Professor of Government and Environmental Studies, Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment  (On sabbatical Spring 2015)
International environmental justice • International environmental politics • Comparative environmental activism and politics

Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English

Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English
American literature to 1900 • Animal studies • Ecocriticism • Food studies • African-American and Native American literatures • Women's literature • Literary and political theory

Associated Faculty

Robert A. Askins, Katharine Blunt Professor of Biology

Robert A. Askins, Katharine Blunt Professor of Biology
Ecology, ornithology • Impact of forest fragmentation on natural communities • Ecology of early successional birds • Conservation biology

MaryAnne Borrelli, Professor of Government

MaryAnne Borrelli, Professor of Government  (On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year)
United States politics and government • Gender and United States politics • The Presidency • Congress

Beverly A. Chomiak, Senior Lecturer in Geology, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies

Beverly A. Chomiak, Senior Lecturer in Geology, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies
Economic geology and geochemistry • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

James T. Downs, Associate Professor of History

James T. Downs, Associate Professor of History
Nineteenth-century United States history • African-American Studies • History of medicine and public health

Glenn Dreyer, Charles and Sarah P. Becker '27 Director of the Arboretum, Adjunct Associate Professor of Botany

Glenn Dreyer, Charles and Sarah P. Becker '27 Director of the Arboretum, Adjunct Associate Professor of Botany
Vegetation management • Ecology and horticulture of native plants • Invasive exotic woody plants • Large and historic trees

William Frasure, Professor of Government and International Relations

William Frasure, Professor of Government and International Relations
United States Politics • Environmental Policy and Law • Law and Public Policy

Anthony Graesch, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Department Chair, Fall 2014

Anthony Graesch, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Department Chair, Fall 2014
Archaeological anthropology • Household archaeology • Archaeological method • Urban ethnoarchaeology • Experimental archaeology • Pacific Northwest Coast • California

Pamela Hine, Senior Lecturer

Pamela Hine, Senior Lecturer
Environmental education • Plant ecology • Tidal marsh ecology • Pollination ecology

Chad Jones, Associate Professor of Botany

Chad Jones, Associate Professor of Botany
Plant ecology • Plant succession • Invasive species • GIS and ecological modeling

David Patton, Professor of Government and International Relations

David Patton, Professor of Government and International Relations
Comparative politics • European politics • European Union • Federal Republic of Germany

Douglas M. Thompson, Professor of Geology, Physics, Geophysics, Astronomy Department Chair 2014-2015

Douglas M. Thompson, Professor of Geology, Physics, Geophysics, Astronomy Department Chair 2014-2015
Geomorphology • Hydrology • Hazards • Geology • Geography • Civil engineering

Derek Turner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair of the Philosophy Department

Derek Turner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair of the Philosophy Department
Philosophy of science • Philosophy of biology • Environmental philosophy

Wei Zhang, Assistant Professor of Economics

Wei Zhang, Assistant Professor of Economics
Environmental economics and policy • Agricultural economics and policy • Applied econometrics

Retired Faculty

Siri Colom, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Studies

Siri Colom, C3 Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Studies
Urban governance and politics • Racial institutions of domination • Political economy • Environmental change • Social change amidst socio-natural and economic disasters • Development and globalization

Andrew Davis, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Andrew Davis, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Environmental studies • Environmental law and policy • Marine pollution

Jane Dawson, Virginia Eason Weinmann '51 Professor of Government and Environmental Studies, Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment

Jane Dawson, Virginia Eason Weinmann '51 Professor of Government and Environmental Studies, Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment  (On sabbatical Spring 2015)
International environmental justice • International environmental politics • Comparative environmental activism and politics

Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English

Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English
American literature to 1900 • Animal studies • Ecocriticism • Food studies • African-American and Native American literatures • Women's literature • Literary and political theory

Contact Information:

Phone:
860-439-5021

Fax:
860-439-2519

Email etsmi@conncoll.edu

Environmental Studies Program
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320-4196
Liz Smith, Academic Dept. Assistant