The Environmental Studies program is a learning community made up of faculty, students, staff, administrators, campus groups, community partners, and more. Our vision is the cultivation of a dynamic program at the nexus of ecology and society that enables students to address pressing environmental challenges through a combination of critical thinking and constructive engagement.


Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., Teaching Professor; Faculty Coordinator, Core Pathways Initiative (Profile)

Martha Weiss, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Environmental Biology (Profile)

Steering Committee

Vishal Agrawal, Ph.D., Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor, McDonough School of Business (Profile)

Laura Anderko, Ph.D., Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care, School of Nursing & Health Studies (Profile) (courses: ENST 260)

Dagomar Degroot, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, History (Profile)

Nathan Hensley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English (Profile)

Rebecca Katz, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, Center for Global Health Science and Security (Profile)

Joanna Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (Profile)

Audrey Stewart, MCRP, Director, Office of Sustainability (Profile)

Sarah Stoll, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemistry (Profile)

Timothy Warren, Ph.D., Vorisek Professor, Chemistry (Profile)


Tad Howard, Ed.D., Associate Dean, Georgetown College (Profile)

Elena Silva, Ph.D., Professor, Biology; Vice Dean for Faculty, Georgetown College (Profile)

Adjunct and Supporting Faculty

Sean Babington, MA, Senior Professional Staff at United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (Profile (new window)) (course: Forests, People, & Climate Change)

Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; Adjunct Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) and Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Programs (Profile) (courses: Population, Gender, & Environment; Gender & Sustainability)

Wesley Della Volla, BA, Founder, Meridian Treehouse (Profile (new window)) (courses: Climate Storytelling; Climate Action: Stories that Create Change)

Victoria Herrmann, Ph.D., President and Managing Director, The Arctic Institute (Profile (new window)) (course: Environmental Communication)

Peter Mecca, Ph.D., FCCPS; Virginia Conservation Education Teacher of the Year; Virginia Master Naturalist (Profile (new window)) (course: Issues in Environmental Science)

James Olsen, Ph.D., Assistant Program Director at CNDLS and Adjunct Professor in Philosophy (Profile) (course: Environment and Society)

Karen Shaup, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor, Dept. of English (Profile) (course: Representations of Extinction)

David Shiffman, Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Marine Conservation Biologist (Profile (new window)) (course: Topics in Marine Conservation)

Angela van Doorn, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor, Dept. of Biology (Profile) (course: Issues in Environmental Science)