Faculty

Environmental Studies Program Faculty

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Jonathan Schmitkons

Biogeochemistry, Research Assistant Professor

First-year Research Immersion Program

Research Interests

  • Urban watersheds: transport and storage of traffic derived pollutants, pollutant cycling through constructed wetlands
  • Biogeochemical cycling in meromictic lakes: whiting events, sulfur oxidizing bacteria, microbialite
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Timothy de Smet

Environmental Visualization, Research Assistant Professor; Director, Geophysics and Remote Sensing Laboratory

First-year Research Immersion Program; Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Near-surface Applied Geophysics
  • UAV-based Remote Sensing
  • Geoarchaeology
  • GIS Statistical and Physics Modeling

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Geophysics
  • Geospatial Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Visualization
  • Geographic Information Systems
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Joseph R. Graney

Professor

Environmental Studies Program; Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Environmental Hydrogeology

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Hydrology
  • Environmental Measurements
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Robert A. Holahan

Associate Professor

Environmental Studies Program

Research Interests

  • Environmental Policy
  • Political Science and Sustainability

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Policy Analysis
  • Sustainability and Urban Policy
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • American Public Policy
  • Global Environmental Politics
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Louisa Holmes

Assistant Professor

Environmental Studies Program; Geography

Research Interests

  • health geography
  • social determinants/health disparities
  • biodemography
  • survey research

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Health/Hazards
  • Health Geography
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George Homsy

Associate Professor

CCPA Public Administration

Research Interests

  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable communities and regions
  • Heritage and neighborhood sustainability
  • Community planning across generations
  • Land use and economic development planning
  • Citizen participation in local government policymaking
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Peter L. Knuepfer

Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Program; Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Geomorphology
  • Glacial Geology
  • Neotectonics

Teaching Interests

  • Surface Processes
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Thomas Kulp

Associate Professor

Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Geomicrobiology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Chemistry of Toxic Metals

Teaching Interests

  • Geomicrobiology
  • Paleobiology
  • Environmental Geology
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Carl P. Lipo

Professor; Professor/Director of Environmental Studies; Associate Dean for Research and Programs

Anthropology; Environmental Studies Program; Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Evolution of Past Human Populations
  • Models of Cultural Transmission
  • Methods in Remote Sensing, Geophysics
  • North American Prehistory, Prehistory of the Pacific

Teaching Interests

  • The Dynamic Earth
  • Environmental Studies Introductory Course
  • Environmental Planning
  • Various Upper-Division/Graduate Classes in Anthropology/Archaeology
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Pamela Mischen

Associate Professor; Faculty Advisor to the President

CCPA Public Administration; President, Office of the

Research Interests

  • Knowledge management and inter-organizational networks
  • Local government capacity to create sustainable communities
  • Sustainability metrics for communities
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David W. Mixter

Research Assistant Professor

Environmental Studies Program; Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Archaeology of the Ancient Maya
  • Comparative Studies of Societal Collapse and Recovery
  • Frontiers and Early Complexity
  • Social Dynamics of Urban Landscapes
  • Collective Memory
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis
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Molly Patterson

Assistant Professor

Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Cyclostratigraphy
  • Paleoceanography
  • Paleoclimatology

Teaching Interests

  • Climate and Paleoclimate
  • Global Change: A Geological Perspective
  • Oceanography
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