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)

Executive Committee

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

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

Yuki Kato, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology (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)

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

Advisory Committee

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


Tad Howard, Ed.D., Chief of Staff and Associate Dean, Georgetown University College of Arts & Sciences (Profile)

Elena Silva, Ph.D., Professor, Biology; Vice Dean for Faculty, Georgetown University College of Arts & Sciences (Profile)

Adjunct and Supporting Faculty

Laura Anderko, Ph.D., RN, Co-director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (Profile) (course: Saving the Planet, Saving Lives)

Sean Babington, MA, Senior Professional Staff at United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (Profile) (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)

Leah Buchman, Ph.D., ESA Science Policy Fellow (Profile) (course: Agriculture & Sustainability)

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

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

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

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

Anneliese Palmer, MS, National Geographic Research Professor of Science Communication, GWU (Profile) (courses: Environmental Communication; Environment & Society)

Monica Sanders, J.D., LL.M., Adjunct Professor of Law (Profile) (course: Environmental Justice)

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

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

Angela van Doorn, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor, Dept. of Biology (Profile) (courses: Issues in Environmental Science; Environmental Science for a Changing World; Biodiversity & Climate Change)