Huxley Faculty Research

Graduate Faculty

Troy D. Abel

Associate Professor. BS (public health), Indiana University; MPA (public policy analysis) and PhD (public policy and science and technology policy), George Mason University

  • Courses in environmental history and policy, environmental law and policy, environmental policy analysis, and science in the policy process.
  • Research interests focus on the dynamic tensions of environmental science and democratic politics in a variety of arenas including community-based environmental protection, environmental justice, and climate risk governance.

John D. All

Research Professor. AB (history and environmental science), Duke University; JD (international and environmental law, environmental ethics and sustainability), University of Georgia; PhD (geography and regional development, global change, applied anthropology), University of Arizona

  • Courses include Introduction to Mountain Research and Field Courses in the Cascades, Peru, and Nepal.
  • Research interests include coupled human-natural systems in mountain regions and other extreme environments – especially as impacted by climate change – using remote sensing, GIS, and policy analysis.

Andrew J. Bach

Professor. BS and MA (geography), University of California/Davis; PhD (geography), Arizona State University

  • Courses in physical geography, climate, soils, and water resources.
  • Research interests include glacial geomorphology, environmental change on Mt. Baker, Channeled Scablands, Elwha River Dam removal, soil genesis, and geoarcheology.

Charles A. Barnhart

Assistant Professor. BS (Physics) and BS (Astronomy), University of Washington; PhD (Planetary Geophysics) University of California/Santa Cruz

  • Courses in Energy and Society, Energy and the Environment, Energy Technologies, and Life Cycle Assessment
  • Research interests focus on the interaction of Earth systems and societal energy use. I employ net energy analysis, life cycle assessment and GIS to explore the energy and environmental impacts of energy resources and technologies.

Jenise Bauman

Assistant Professor. BS (horticulture), Eastern Kentucky University, MS (plant pathology), West Virginia University, and PhD (botany), Miami University

  • Courses in Ecological Restoration, Ecosystem Management, Biostatistics, Wetland and Forest Ecology
  • Research Interests include the development of protocols for large-scale plant establishment after industrial and natural disturbances. Foci include: 1) the influence of planting methods on beneficial microbial interactions during plant establishment 2) the interference of plant and microbial growth by invasive species and 3) the ecology and disease susceptibility of native trees used in habitat restoration.

Gigi Berardi

Professor. BA (biology), University of California/San Diego; MS (natural resources conservation) and PhD (natural resources, policy and planning), Cornell University

  • Courses in human geography, research and writing; graduate course on the history and philosophy of geography.
  • Research interests include environment and society, the study of natural resource-dependent communities and persistent rural poverty in the U.S., native Alaskan populations at risk.

Brian L. Bingham

Professor. BS and MS (zoology), Brigham Young University; PhD (biology), Florida State University

  • Courses include invertebrate biology and experimental design.
  • Research interests include the ecology of marine invertebrates with an emphasis on cnidarian-algal symbiosis. Current work in my lab focuses on the common intertidal anemones Anthopleura elegantissima and A. xanthogrammica and the fitness consequences of hosting different symbionts.

Leo R. Bodensteiner

Professor. BA (biology), Moorhead (MN) State University; MA and PhD (zoology), Southern Illinois University

  • Courses in ecology, including fundamentals, liminology, stream habitat assessment, and fisheries management, as well as the Huxley core course and environmental impact assessment.
  • Research interests are fisheries management, fish ecology, and aquatic habitat assessment and restoration.

Patrick H. Buckley

Professor. BS (civil engineering and geology), University of Notre Dame; MA (economic geography and South Asian studies) University of Washington; PhD (economic geography), Boston University

  • Courses include; East Asia – society and environment, US-Canada borderland resource management, pacific rim environment, sustainability in Hawaii, environmental issues along the Pacific Rim, global economy. GIS, and spatial analysis.
  • Research interests focus on: Sustainability in Hawaii – applying multi-regional modeling including input-output and cge techniques. Trans-Border Resource Management & Environmental Issues, US-Canada; Alternative Transportation – including k-12 walk/bike to school and electric school buses; Margaret McKenny early WA State environmentalist and Saving the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge; Learning Cities and Quality of life using Delphi Modeling and non-linear regression techniques.

Andrew G. Bunn

Professor. BS, The Evergreen State College; MEM (resource ecology), Duke University; PhD (environmental science), Montana State University

  • Courses in climate change, paleoecology, and energy.
  • Research interests focus on impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems - especially forests. Recent studies include monitoring of alpine treeline for effects of climate change and work on boreal forest growth in relation to the global carbon budget.

Rebecca A. Bunn

Associate Professor. BS (civil engineering), Michigan Tech University; MS (environmental engineering), University of Colorado; PhD (environmental science), Montana State University

  • Courses in contaminant fate and transport, biostatistics, and plant-soil interactions.
  • Research interests focus on plant and soil ecology and statistical methods for quantitative data synthesis. Recent work includes meta-analyses and experiments examining the effects of soil biota on plant-plant interactions in natural and invaded systems.

Kate J. Darby

Assistant Professor. BS (chemical engineering ), Penn State; MS (environmental studies and certificate in not-for-profit management), University of Oregon and PhD (anthropology, with emphasis on interdisciplinary environmental social sciences), Arizona State University

  • Courses in environmental justice, human ecology and ethics, and food systems
  • Research interests focus on social and environmental justice, environmental justice pedagogy in higher education, sustainable food systems and urban socio-ecological systems

Aquila Flower

Associate Professor. BA (geography), Humboldt State University; MS (geography), University of Victoria; PhD (geography), University of Oregon

  • Courses in Biogeography, Climatology, and Geographic Information Science (GIS)
  • Research interests focus on using dendrochronology, geospatial analysis, and quantitative techniques to explore the long-term roles of climatic variability, human land use patterns, and natural disturbances in shaping forest, alpine, and coastal ecosystem dynamics

Marco Hatch

Assistant Professor. AS Whatcom Community College, BS (fisheries) University of Washington, PhD (biological oceanography) Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California/San Diego

  • Courses include water quality, marine ecology, and Indigenous marine management
  • Research focuses on the nexus of Indigenous people and marine ecology, with a particular focus on clam gardens see clamgardens.com. I am also involved in a collaborate project to maintain an oceanographic buoy in Bellingham Bay. Additional I am working a number of initiatives to increase the number of Native Americans in marine ecology.

Nini Visaya Hayes

Assistant Professor. BA (Environmental Education), WWU; MiT (Masters in Teaching & Licensure), Seattle University; EdS (Social Justice Education) UMass Amherst; and EdD (Teacher Education and School Improvement) UMass Amherst

  • Courses in environmental education, education foundations, teacher education, and social justice education
  • Research interests focus on equity centered teaching and learning, social justice education, the work of teacher educators of color, critical race theory, and critical environmental justice studies

James M. Helfield

Associate Professor. BA (English literature), Duke University; MES (environmental studies) York University; MSc (physical geography) University of Toronto; PhD (forest ecology) University of Washington

  • Research interests include ecology of rivers and riparian forests; linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; fish habitat and ecology; watershed management and ecological restoration.

Steven Hollenhorst

Dean - Huxley College of the Environment, BS (Recreation and Park Management), University of Oregon; MS (Recreation and Park Management), University of Oregon; PhD (Recreation and Park Management), The Ohio State University

  • Research focusing on social dimensions of natural resources, particularly in the areas of wilderness and protected area planning and management, risk recreation, recreation specialization, aesthetics, rural community development and environmental policy.

Nabil Kamel

Associate Professor. BS (Architectural Engineering), Cairo University; MA (urban planning), Texas A&M; Ph.D. (urban planning), UCLA

  • Courses in Urban Planning, Planning Theory, Political Economy of Urbanization, Urban Design, Urban Geography, Regional and International Development.
  • Research interests include uneven urban development, social and environmental justice, urban informality, post-disaster recovery. Current research examines long-term post-disaster recovery in China and the US, informal urbanization patterns, and the long-term effects of the housing foreclosure crisis.

Wayne G. Landis

Professor and Director, Institute of Environmental Toxicology. BA (biology), Wake Forest University; MA (biology) and PhD (zoology), Indiana University

  • Courses in environmental toxicology and risk assessment.
  • Research is in developing new methods in toxicology, evaluating multispecies toxicity tests, and describing how ecosystems respond to stressors.

Tamara (Tammi) Laninga

Assistant Professor. BS (Environmental Policy), Western Washington University; MA (Geography; Graduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Environmental Policy), University of Colorado, Boulder; PhD (Planning and Design), University of Colorado, Denver

  • Courses in environmental policy, planning, and sustainability
  • Research interests focus on federal land use policy and planning, collaborative planning, community economic development, and the social components of bioenergy development

Brooke Love

Associate Professor, BS (Engineering Geology), Stanford University; MS and PhD (Chemical Oceanography), University of Washington

  • Courses include oceanography, marine chemistry, marine conservation and water quality.
  • Research interests focus on ocean acidification, and its effects on food webs, and the role of marine vegetated areas in marine chemistry.

Robin A. Matthews

(NOTE: Dr Matthews is retiring in 2019 and not accepting new students) Professor and Director, Institute for Watershed Studies. BS (biology), University of California/Riverside; MS (environmental studies), Indiana University; PhD (botany/ aquatic ecology), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Courses in freshwater algae, stream ecology, environmental pollution, aquatic and environmental toxicology, limnology and statistical ecology.
  • Research interests in freshwater ecology and aquatic toxicology.

Erika E. McPhee-Shaw

Professor. BA (physics), Dartmouth; Ph.D. (oceanography), University of Washington, 2000.

  • Courses: Oceanography, Previous Courses in Data Analysis Techniques, Coastal Processes, Quantitative Analysis, Mixing, Estuaries, and Sediment Transport, “Seafarers: Graduate Seminar on Maritime Exploration and Oceanographic Field Campaigns,” Graduate Seminar on Large Marine Ecosystems, Physiology and Fluid Mechanics
  • Research Interests: Physical oceanography of coastal environments and continental margins. Mechanics of internal waves and surface waves, turbulence, boundary layers, and nutrient transport in coastal and freshwater systems.

John McLaughlin

Associate Professor. BA (biological sciences), BA (Biochemistry) and BA (Integrated Science), Northwestern University; MS (Biological Sciences) and PhD (Biological Science Population Biology), Stanford University

  • Courses in ecology, natural history, population biology, conservation biology, biostatistics, and wildlife ecology.
  • Research interests include carnivore-habitat relationships, dynamics of animal populations, predator-prey interactions, and wildlife conservation.

Michael J. Medler

Associate Professor. BS (philosophy) and MS (environmental studies), University of Oregon; PhD (geography), University of Arizona

  • Courses in GIS, natural resources, biogeography and wild land fire.
  • Research interests center on developing techniques that simplify the mapping and understanding of complex biophysical processes such as forest fire, fire hazard, or habitat.

Jean O. Melious

Professor. BA (government and environmental studies), St. Lawrence University; MPhil (urban design and regional planning), University of Edinburgh; JD, Harvard Law School

  • Courses in land use and environmental law, environmental dispute resolution, environmental impact assessment, and international environmental policy.
  • Research interests include environmental and land use law. Prospective Master's students should consider Environmental Law, Environmental Dispute Resolution, and Environmental Impact Assessment.

O. Eugene Myers, Jr.

Professor. BS (environmental studies), Western Washington University; MA and PhD (psychology and human development), University of Chicago

  • Courses in environmental education, environmental history and ethics, and conservation psychology.
  • Research and creative interests include social sciences and conservation; life-span psychological development of relationships to animals and nature; culture and environmental ethical formation; children's environmental design and empowerment; positive psychology and environment; environmental education evaluation.

Mark Neff

Associate Professor. BA (German Language and Literature), Whitman College; MS (Environmental Studies, certificate in Not-for-Profit Management), University of Oregon; PhD (Life Sciences, with focus on science policy and science/technology studies), Arizona State University.

  • Courses in environmental politics and policy, science-policy interactions, and environmental governance
  • Research interests include understanding and improving the policies governing science to better serve the public interest, the use and uptake of scientific information in formal and informal environmental decision making, and cultural self-sorting into disciplines and programs at universities.

Rebekah A. Paci-Green

Associate Professor. BS (civil and environmental engineering), University of Washington; PhD (structural engineering and cultural anthropology), Cornell University

  • Courses Taught: Natural Hazards Planning, Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Risk Reduction Planning Studio, Human Ecology and Sustainability, Risk Perception, The Planet magazine
  • Research interests focus on how communities understand and adapt to natural hazards, community-based risk communication, and community-based development in hazard-prone location, comprehensive school safety for natural hazards

David A. Rossiter

Associate Professor. BA Hons. (geography), University of British Columbia; MA (geography) and PhD (geography), York University

  • Courses in human geography: cultural, historical, political, regional.
  • Research interests: Indigenous geographies and environmental politics, historical geographies of nature and recreation, Canada.

John M. Rybczyk

Professor. BS (wildlife biology), Michigan State University; MS (ecosystem biology), Eastern Michigan University; PhD (oceanography and coastal science), Louisiana State University

  • Courses in wetlands and estuarine ecology, and general ecology
  • Research interests are ecological modeling, coastal system response to climate change, estuarine ecology, carbon cycling in wetland systems.

Imran Sheikh

Assistant Professor. BS (Biomedical Engineering), University of Wisconsin; MS and PhD (Energy and Resources) University of California/Berkeley

  • Courses in Energy and the Environment, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, and Electric Power Systems.
  • Research interests focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings sector, with a focus on electrification of residential space and water heating.

David H. Shull

Professor. BS (oceanography), University of Washington; MS (oceanography), University of Connecticut; PhD (environmental sciences), University of Massachusetts

  • Courses in oceanography, marine ecology, oceanography of Puget Sound and of marine sediments.
  • Research focuses on the structure and function of marine soft-bottom benthic communities and how they influence biological, chemical, and physical processes at the seafloor.

Ruth M. Sofield

Professor. BA (biology), West Virginia University; MS (environmental science) McNeese State University; MS (environmental science and engineering) and PhD (environmental science and engineering), Colorado School of Mines

  • Courses in environmental toxicology and environmental chemistry.
  • Research interests include the effects of water chemistry on bioavailability of dissolved metals and metals-based nanoparticles, and anthropogenic impacts to water quality in high alpine ecosystems.

Nick R.G. Stanger

Assistant Professor. BSc (Natural Resources Conservation), University of British Columbia; MA (Environmental Education and Communication), Royal Roads University, and PhD (Curriculum Studies in Environmental Education), University of Victoria

  • Courses in Curriculum in Environmental Education, Environmental Education Foundations, Professional Writing and Presentation, Community-Based Education for Sustainability, Naturual History for Environmental Education, Leadership for a Sustainable Future
  • Research interests focus on sense of place, indigenious education, environmental refugees, curricular studies, complexity theory, resiliency, eco-critical thought, post-structuralism, and existentialism

Paul Stangl

Associate Professor. BS (liberal arts), Kansas State University; MCRP (city and regional planning), Rutgers University; PhD (geography), University of Texas, Austin

  • Courses in the history and politics of planning, processes and methods in planning, planning for sustainable communities, planning studio and campus planning studio.
  • Research interests include pedestrian planning, new urbanism, urban landscapes, memory and meaning, and Europe and Berlin.

Joel N. Swisher

Research Professor. BS (civil engineering), MS (mechanical engineering), and PhD (civil engineering: energy and environmental planning), Stanford University.

  • Courses in energy efficiency and carbon-neutral design.
  • Research interests include the analytics of electric utility resource planning; integration of variable renewable sources and plug-in vehicles with the power grid; new business models for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas management in organizations.

Laurie Trautman

Associate Director of the Border Policy Research Institute. BA (environmental economics), Western Washington University; MS (Earth Sciences), Montana State University and PhD (geography), University of Oregon

  • Research interests are cross-border environmental, social, and political issues with a focus on labor migration in the North American context. Specific involvement in applied, policy relevant research on the U.S. – Canada border.

David O. Wallin

Chair and Professor. BS (biology), Juniata College; MA (biology), The College of William and Mary; PhD (environmental science), University of Virginia

  • Courses in fundamentals of ecology, terrestrial ecology, landscape ecology, and use of remote sensing in ecology.
  • Research interests focus on conservation biology, remote sensing, and the regional-scale study of land-use effects on the structure and function of forest ecosystems. Recent work has focused on wildlife conservation and the structure and function of riparian forests.

Grace A. Wang

Professor. BS (political economy of natural resources), UC Berkeley; MS (forestry) and PhD (forestry), University of Minnesota

  • Courses include environmental studies and sustainability, natural resource and public land policy (Forest Service, National Parks, BLM)
  • Research interests include non-timber forest products, cultural resources, recreational visitor impacts, land manager decision making, and sustainability

Nicholas C. Zaferatos

Professor. BS (geography), State University of New York; MS (environmental planning), Western Washington University; PhD (urban planning), Universityof Washington.

  • Courses include urban planning, sustainable community development, planning theory, planning studios, American Indian reservation planning.
  • Research interests include growth management, community development, American Indian reservation development and intergovernmental relations, federal Indian policy, and Mediterranean sustainable community development.