Faculty and Staff

Program Chair

  • Maggie Winslow, (415) 422-5987, Harney Science Center, Room 510C  mwinslow@usfca.edu


  • Debbie Chavarria, Program Assistant (415) 422-6553


Tel:(415) 422-5445

Tracy Benning

Associate Professor

Dr. Benning's research interests include landscape ecology, biogeochemistry, urban ecology, and resource conservation and management. Her recent research focuses on the application of remote sensing GIS technologies in the study of tropical rainforests in Hawaii and riparian corridors in African savanna.

Tel:(415) 422-5702

John Callaway


Dr. Callaway's research focuses on wetland plant and soil ecology, restoration ecology, exotic species invasions, sediment processes, and potential impacts of sea-level rise. His recent work has focused on wetland restoration in San Francisco Bay and the Tijuana Estuary on the border of Mexico and California.

Tel:(415) 422-5141

Novella Carpenter

Adjunct Professor

Novella Carpenter is the author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer and The Essential Urban Farmer. She attended UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied with Michael Pollan. She lives in Oakland where she runs GhostTown Farm, a 1/10 of an acre homestead with an orchard, honey bees, chickens, and lots of vegetables. 

Tel:(415) 422-2289

Marilyn DeLaure

Associate Professor and Advertising Program Director

Marilyn (Bordwell) DeLaure teaches courses in rhetoric, criticism, and social movements. Her research investigates how people effect social change, focusing especially on embodied performance. She has published essays on dance, civil rights rhetoric, and environmental activism.


Aaron Frank

Adjunct Professor

Aaron Frank's areas of interest include Environmental Law, Environmental Ethics, and Wildlife Policy.  He is the Founder and President of the California Wildlife Center and sits on the Board of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. In 2013, Aaron won a USF Distinguished Teaching Award.  

Tel:(415) 422-5412

Heather Hoag

Associate Professor

Heather Hoag, Ph.D., Associate Professor (History, Boston University, 2003) specializes in African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, technology, and development planning. Her teaching interests include African history (with a specialization in the colonial period), history of South Africa, environmental history, and food history.

Tel:(415) 422-6969

Gerard Kuperus

Assistant Professor

Gerard Kuperus main research interests are philosophy of nature and environmental philosophy as well as the history of philosophy, in particular Kant and Nineteenth Century philosophy. He is one of the co-founders of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition (PACT).

Tel:(415) 422-5152

Rachel Lee

Adjunct Professor

Rachel Brand Lee is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at USF, where she teaches the course Community Garden Outreach.  Rachel is particularly interested in social justice issues related to food and agriculture, and garden based learning.

Tel:(415) 422-5730

John Lendvay

Associate Professor

John M. Lendvay received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. Dr. Lendvay's research interests focus primarily on community assessment of regional water quality.

Tel:(415) 422-2413

Lois Lorentzen


Lois Lorentzen is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her areas of specialization include religion and immigration, environmental ethics, and gender and violence. Additionally, Lois has published or edited numerous books including, Religion on the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Faith, Politics and Identity in New Migrant Communities and the forthcoming three volume series Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration. She has served as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Center for Latino/a Studies in the Americas, and Chair of the Department of Theology/Religious Studies. Professor Lorentzen received a Ph.D. from the School of Religion at the University of Southern California and came to USF in 1991.

Tel:(415) 422-5837

Vijaya Nagarajan

Associate Professor

Professor Vijaya Nagarajan teaches courses on Hinduism, Religion and Environment, Spiritual Autobiography, and Community Internships. Her scholarship has centered on the multivalent meanings in the kolam, a women's ritual art in southern India. She is currently working on her book, Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Art in southern India---The Kolam (Oxford University Press). Her other research projects include: On the Languages of the Commons; Tree Temples, Mangroves and Temple Forests; and Twins and Hinduism in the California Diaspora. She has been active in the American Academy of Religion and in the environmental movement in India and the United States.

Tel:(415) 422-5986

Stephanie Ohshita

Associate Professor

Professor Ohshita works on energy-based solutions to multiple environmental problems-from local air pollution to global climate change-and combines engineering with tools from political economy and organizational analysis.  With a geographic focus on China, Japan, and the US, her research and teaching examine energy and carbon saving strategies; policy design and implementation; international cooperation; the diffusion of clean and efficient technology; emissions inventories; and risk management.

Tel:(415) 422-2304

David Silver

Associate Professor

 David Silver is an associate professor of media studies and environmental studies and coordinator of the urban agriculture minor. David teaches classes on media history, social media production, and food and media, and is currently working on a multimedia history of the farm at Black Mountain College. Fall 2015 office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Tel:(415) 422-5755

Melinda Stone

Associate Professor

Melinda Stone, Ph.D. is an award winning filmmaker who has produced over twenty films and numerous outdoor cinematic extravaganzas.  Fall 2015 office hours are Mondays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Maggie Winslow

Assistant Professor

Dr. Winslow specializes in ecological economics, macroeconomics, and managerial economics.  Her past research examined the relationship between economics growth, democracy and environmental quality. Her current research focuses on valuing ecosystem services and alternative economics.

Tel:(415) 422-6193

Dana Zartner

Associate Professor and Chair, International Studies Department; Adjunct Professor, USF School of Law

Dana Zartner is an Associate Professor and Chair of  the International Studies Department, as well as an Adjunct Professor at USF’s School of Law. Professor Zartner specializes in international and comparative law, and her research specifically looks at the role of legal culture and different legal traditions in shaping legal processes, as well as the relationship between domestic and international law in the areas of human rights and the environment. Her book Courts, Codes, and Custom: Legal Tradition and State Policy Toward International Human Rights and Environmental Law was published by Oxford University Press (2014). 

Tel:(415) 422-5485

Stephen Zavestoski


Stephen Zavestoski received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington State University. He teaches courses in the area of Environmental Sociology. Dr. Zavestoski's research areas include environmental sociology, social movements, sociology of health and illness, and urban sustainability. He has published more than 40 articles and book chapters and co-edited Social Movements in Health (2005, Blackwell) and Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science, and Health Social Movements (2012, UC Press).