Faculty

Program Manager:

Sindy Vela

Full-Time Faculty


Allison Luengen

Program Director
(415) 422-4332

Allison Luengen received her MS in Marine Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). She then completed her PhD in Environmental Toxicology, also at UCSC. Following her PhD, she moved to the East Coast for postdoctoral research with Dr. Nicholas Fisher in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. As a postdoc, Professor Luengen worked with radioisotopes to look at how methylmercury bioavailability to phytoplankton was affected by dissolved...

Education:

PhD, Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Santa Cruz, MS, Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

Tracy Benning

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5445

Professor Benning received her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology. Her research interests include landscape ecology, urban ecology and resource conservation and management. Her most recent research focuses on remote sensing and GIS technologies in the study of tropical rainforest dynamics in Hawaii and riparian corridors in southern African savannas.

Education:

PhD, University of Colorado

John Callaway

Professor
(415) 422-5702

John Callaway received his PhD in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University in 1994. Prior to his position at USF, John was the Associate Director of the Pacific Estuarine Research Laboratory (PERL) at San Diego State University. At USF, Professor teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory environmental science, applied ecology, wetlands, and restoration ecology. His research expertise is in wetland restoration, specifically wetland plant ecology and...

Education:

PhD, Louisiana State University, 1994

Expertise:

Wetland restoration, Wetland plant ecology and sediment dynamics

Gretchen Coffman

Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Coffman is a restoration ecologist and Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) who has worked on wetland and riparian restoration projects throughout the U.S. and internationally for more than 28 years. Since 1991, she has conducted jurisdictional wetland delineations throughout California, the east coast, the southeast, Midwest, and Puerto Rico. In addition, she has applied ecological experience in vegetation and invasive plant species mapping, watershed assessment...

Education:

PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA, , MA, Ecology and Systematic Biology, SFSU, BA, Biology, Colgate University

Deneb Karentz

Professor
(415) 422-2831

Dr. Karentz's research focuses on the ultraviolet photobiology of marine organisms: identifying strategies for protection from UV exposure and understanding mechanisms for repair of UV–induced damage. Her work has focused on investigating the ecological implications of Antarctic ozone depletion.

Education:

PhD, University of Rhode Island, MS, Oregon State University

William Karney

Professor
(415) 422-5842

William Karney received his BA from Haverford College and his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to his position at USF he did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. At USF, William teaches organic chemistry and environmental chemistry. His research, performed in collaboration with Professor Claire Castro (Chemistry), involves the use of computational chemistry to understand the structures,...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Amalia Kokkinaki

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4117

An assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science since 2016, Dr. Amalia Kokkinaki holds a PhD degree from the University of Toronto in Canada and joined USF after completing her postdoctoral research at Stanford University. She is an environmental engineer with expertise in groundwater flow, fate and transport of contaminants, and biological treatment of organic pollutants. Her research is in the nexus of mathematical and statistical modeling of the physical, chemical and...

Education:

PhD, University of Toronto, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2013, MA Sc, University of Toronto, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2007, BS & MSc, Technical University of Crete, Environmental Engineering, 2005

Expertise:

Groundwater Modeling, Mathematical and Statistical Modeling, Computer Programming

John Lendvay

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5730

John M. (Jack) Lendvay received his MSE and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a licensed Civil Engineer with the State of California. His undergraduate studies were completed at Hiram College where he learned the value of a liberal arts education and received his BA in Chemistry. Dr. Lendvay's research interests focus primarily on the relationships between land use and water quality in coastal streams. He is currently working with colleagues and...

Education:

PhD, University of Michigan

Thomas MacDonald

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5895

Tom MacDonald received his PhD from Stanford University. Professor MacDonald's research focuses on designing computer simulations of problems of pollution migration and using the results to engineer systems to contain pollutants and prevent further spreading. He has also published his research on the neural network application for bioremediation. Recently he has co-authored papers dealing with environmental risk and the precautionary principle.

Education:

PhD, Stanford University

AJ Purdy

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6553

A.J. Purdy’s research leverages satellite observations, models, and geospatial analyses to study hydrology, water resources, ecosystems, and the environment from watershed to global scales. Dr. Purdy received his MS and PhD in earth system science from UC Irvine. His dissertation research focused on the advancement and application of remotely sensed evapotranspiration. He also completed an MS in coastal watershed science and policy from CSU Monterey Bay, where he gained valuable experience...

Education:

PhD, Earth System Science, UC Irvine, MS, Watershed Science and Policy, CSU Monterey Bay, BS, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of San Diego

April Randle

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6619

April M. Randle’s research is broadly focused on how ecological factors shape the behavioral and morphological traits of species and influence species' distributions and interactions. She has conducted research on a range of taxa including: tropical trees (forest restoration), primates (foraging behavior), temperate flora (plant ecology, mating system evolution, plant-pollinator interactions), marine mammals (population size estimation of large cetaceans), tropical freshwater fish (adaptations...

Education:

B.S. The Evergreen State College, 1994, MSc. University of Florida, 2001, PhD. University of Pittsburgh, 2009

Diane Roberts

Professor
(415) 422-6380

Diane Roberts, Professor of Accounting, is motivated by a deep concern for unethical financial reporting and non-transparent corporate accounting, considering the potential for catastrophic effects on the environment, community trust, and the global economy. Having long been interested in environmental issues and professional accounting, Roberts engages her students in discussions that address both honorable and unlawful corporate practices, as well as historical cases that will naturally...

Education:

PhD, Accounting from the University of California, Irvine, MS, Accounting from California State University, Sacramento, BA, Economics, University of California, Davis

David Saah

Associate Professor and Director of Geospatial Analysis Lab
(415) 422-4316

Dr. Saah has been broadly trained as an environmental scientist with expertise in a number of areas including: landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, ecosystem modeling, natural hazard modeling, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis. He has used these skills to conduct research primarily at the landscape level in a variety of systems. Dr. Saah has participated in research projects throughout the United States and Internationally....

Expertise:

Ecosystem ecology, Landscape ecology, Hydrology, Geomorphology, Ecosystem modeling, Natural hazard modeling, Remote sensing, Geographic information systems (GIS) , Geospatial analysis

Tanu Sankalia

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5790

Tanu Sankalia is Associate Professor and Program Director of the interdisciplinary program in Urban Studies at the University of San Francisco where he teaches courses in urban planning and design, architectural and urban history, and architectural design. He was trained in urban design at UC Berkeley, and in architecture at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, from where he graduated with a gold medal for the best diploma thesis. Professor Sankalia's research interests cover areas of...

Education:

Master of Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Architecture, School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

Calla Schmidt

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4460

Calla Schmidt received a PhD in Earth Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research spans physical hydrology and biogeochemistry and aims to understand the connection between hydrology and the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients. She has done research on nutrient cycling during groundwater recharge, nitrogen pollution in highway runoff and presently she is working on a project investigating the transfer of nutrients discharged by wastewater treatment plants into the base...

Education:

PhD, Earth Science, University of California, Santa Cruz

Stephanie Siehr

Professor
(415) 422-5986

Professor Siehr works on energy–based solutions to multiple environmental problems–from local air pollution to global climate change–combining engineering with tools from political economy and organizational analysis. With a geographical focus on China, Japan, and the US, her research and teaching examine energy and carbon saving strategies; emissions inventories; city climate action; environmental and energy policy analysis; urban sustainability, international cooperation; and environmental...

Education:

PhD, MS, Environmental Engineering and Policy, Stanford University SB, Chemical Engineering, MIT

Maggie Winslow

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5987

Professor Maggie Winslow is the Director of the Master of Science in Energy Systems Management. She received her PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley and Master of Science from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan. She spent nine years at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, a sustainability focused MBA and MPA program, teaching managerial economics and macroeconomics and serving as MBA program chair and academic dean...

Education:

PhD, Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley, MS, Natural Resources, University of Michigan, BA, Political Science, Williams College

Expertise:

Ecological Economics , Energy Management, Democracy and Environmental Quality, Valuing Ecosystem Services

Part-Time Faculty


Stephen Fowler

Adjunct Professor

Stephen Fowler has been teaching at USF as an adjunct professor since 2006. During this time he has taught courses in business ethics at the business school and sustainable business at the college of arts and sciences. His research areas have included sustainable business practices, sustainable business indices and corporate responsibility. He has many years of experience in business as a corporate executive, entrepreneur and investor in startup companies and green building. He has degrees from...

Education:

MBA, London Business School, Masters in Sustainable Business, Cambridge University

Aaron Frank J.D.

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.

Susan Hopp

Adjunct Professor

Susan Hopp is a strategist, educator, and practitioner of sustainable and regenerative management. Since 2007, she has applied her years of experience with technology companies, both startups and multinationals, to building sustainability momentum in business. She spotlights the business case for sustainability as a key integrated strategy informing culture and organizational practices and has worked with organizations across industries to help them formalize their sustainability strategy and...

Education:

MBA, Presidio Graduate School of Sustainable Management, BA, Michigan State University

Expertise:

Sustainability Strategy, Sustainability Planning, Stakeholder Engagement, Regenerative Practices, Facilitation

Kathleen Jennings

Adjunct Professor

Professor Jennings' background is in water quality, human and ecological risk assessment, and wildlife ecology. She is trained in emergency response for hazardous materials releases and natural resource assessments for shoreline and biological injury.

Sam Jensen Augustine

Adjunct Professor

Sam has worked on humanitarian, research and design projects in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia. Sam's undergraduate degree is in Environmental and Industrial Microbiology. His interests lie at the intersection of technology, environment and social aspects of building design and performance. He has a Master of Architecture and a Certificate of Technical Teaching in Environmental Controls Systems from the University of Oregon Sam where he received a grant to study a combined water...

Education:

MS, Architecture, University of Oregon, BS, Environmental and Industrial Microbiology

Gordon Johnson

Adjunct Professor

Gordon Johnson is an Environmental Engineer for the Shell Oil Refinery. He has extensive experience in energy resources management including renewable energy program development, as well as drinking water and industrial wastewater treatment, groundwater and soil remediation, air pollution compliance and hazardous waste compliance.

Aviva Rossi

Adjunct Professor

Aviva Rossi is an ecologist, with a focus on wildlife field studies. She has 18 years of experience working with natural resources. Ms. Rossi has worked with research institutions, non-profit organizations, and consulting firms focusing on regulated species (sensitive or invasive) and habitats in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She has experience running successful field programs through vegetation and wildlife field surveys, habitat restoration, monitoring projects, and regulatory...

Education:

MS, Environmental Management, University of San Francisco

Ken Schwarz

Adjunct Faculty

Ken conducts hydrologic and geomorphic analyses and produces watershed and stream management plans, hydrologic reports, stream assessments, sediment and erosion control evaluations, water rights petitions, restoration designs, conservation plans, and CEQA documents. Ken is an expert in environmental regulations and specializes in using his technical background to develop successful permit applications for the USACE, SWRCB, RWQCBs, CDFG, USFWS, and NMFS, as well as local county and municipal...

Laura Seidman

Adjunct Professor

Laura Seidman is an independent energy efficiency consultant for building construction, retrofit and retro-commissioning. Her focus is on applying building science to identify energy-saving and money-saving opportunities for building owners and occupants. She is certified as a BPI Building Analyst and Bau-biology practitioner, which enables her to integrate IEQ (indoor environmental quality) into her building assessments. She currently runs her own energy and design consulting company and...

Education:

MEd, The College of New Jersey, Mallorca, Spain , MA, Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, U.K.