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Any Cornell College faculty member planning an off-campus course that contains a substantive environmental studies component may request financial support from the Cargill Fund of the Environmental Studies Program.


Core Faculty

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    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. Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.S., University of New Mexico; B.A., Hamilton College.

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Affiliated Faculty

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    Craig Allin

    Professor of Politics

    Teaches Wilderness Politics at the Wilderness Field Station in northern Minnesota. Author of “The Politics of Wilderness Protection.” He also serves as an advisor to environmental studies students. Ph.D. and M.A., Princeton University; B.A., Grinnell College.

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    Marty Condon

    Professor of Biology

    Collaborates with professional and student researchers around the world to study the evolution and ecology of plant-animal relationships in the tropics. Ph.D., University of Texas; B.S. University of Michigan.

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    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. Ph.D. and M.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.A., Ohio State University; B.A., Denison University.

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    Glenn Freeman

    Associate Professor of English

    Teaches American Nature Writers at the Wilderness Field Station in northern Minnesota. Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville; M.F.A., Vermont College; B.A., Goddard College.

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    Alice Ganzel

    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Teaches Environmental Psychology and Fundamentals of Psychological Science and Research Methods; Child, Adolescence, and Lifespan. Ph.D. and M.A. in developmental psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; B.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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    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. Ph.D. and M.S., University of Cincinnati; B.A., University of Rochester.

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    Leslie Kathleen Hankins

    Professor of English

    Teaches Modern American Literature: Encountering the Wilderness in Literature and the Visual Arts. Ph.D. and M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A., Duke University. Serves as president of the Virginia Woolf Society.

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    Hans Hassell

    Assistant Professor of Politics

    Teaches courses in American Politics. Ph.D., University of California, San Diego; B.A., Pomona College.

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    Christina Johnson

    Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

    Teaches "Topics: Kinesiology in the Wild." Research interests involve older adults' life history narratives of family farms, gardens, and engaged, outdoor recreation. Ph.D., M.A., B.S., and B.A., University of Iowa."

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    Andy McCollum

    Professor of Biology

    His research focuses on conservation of ornate box turtles in Iowa and tropical ecology in Costa Rica. Ph.D., Duke University; B.S. North Carolina State University.

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    Tammy Mildenstein

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Teaches Environmental Biology, Wildlife and People, Endangered Species Conservation, Ecology, Pollination Ecology, Grassland Ecology and Humans, and off-campus field courses on international wildlife conservation biology. Conducts conservation-focused population ecological research on threatened species including flying foxes in tropical forests of SE Asia and on Pacific islands and monarch butterflies in Iowa tallgrass prairies. M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology, University of Montana; B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University.

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    Brian Nowak-Thompson

    Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry

    Teaches Environmental Chemistry. Ph.D. and M.S., Oregon State University; B.S., Northland College.

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    Mary Olson

    Professor of Sociology

    Conducts research on fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest. Ph.D. and M.S., University of Wisconsin; B.A., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

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    Craig Teague

    Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches Environmental Chemistry. Teaches courses in physical chemistry, Chemical Principles I & II, and other courses. In partnership with the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee, his research with students explores methods of separating and capturing carbon dioxide, particularly using room temperature ionic liquids. Ph.D. in chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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    Emily Walsh

    Associate Professor of Geology

    Teaches linked geology-sociology courses focused on use of natural resources. Conducts research on the processes involved in mountain building. Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara; B.A., Middlebury College.

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    Jim White

    Professor of Philosophy

    Teaches Environmental Ethics and Ethics and Climate Change; His research involves climate ethics, and evolution and philosophy. Ph.D. and B.A., University of Virginia.

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