Faculty


David Silver

Program Director
(415) 422-2304

David Silver is associate professor and director of the Environmental Studies program at the University of San Francisco. He teaches classes on urban...

Education:

PhD, American Studies, University of Maryland | BA, English, University of California, Los Angeles

Courses:

Comm Garden Outreach, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Comm Garden Outreach, Env Studies Cornerstone Sem, Special Topics, Capstone Practicum in Environmental Studies, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Introduction to Media Studies, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Expedition USF

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...

Education:

PhD, Louisiana State University, 1994

Expertise:

Wetland restoration, Wetland plant ecology and sediment dynamics

Courses:

Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Research Methods, Directed Study, Master's Project, Ecology-Human Impact w/Lab

Novella Carpenter

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5141

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...

Education:

UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism

Courses:

Urban Ag: Fall, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Writing Workshop IV

Gretchen Coffman

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4712

Dr. Coffman's current research focuses on scientific questions with high relevance to management problems, mainly related to riparian plant ecology,...

Courses:

Tropical Restoration Ecology, California Ecosystems, Wetland Delineation I, Wetland Delineation II, Special Topics, Directed Study, Master's Project, Understanding our Environment w/lab, Laboratory, Laboratory, California Ecosystems w/Lab, Laboratory, UG Special Topics w/Lab, Laboratory

Marilyn DeLaure

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2289

Marilyn (Bordwell) DeLaure teaches courses in rhetoric, criticism, and social movements. Her research investigates how people effect social change,...

Education:

PhD/MA, Communication Studies, University of Iowa | BA, Speech Communication, Drake University

Courses:

Rhetoric and Consumer Culture, Special Topics, Directed Study, Critical and Rhetorical Methods, Rhetoric of Social Movements, Environmental Communication, Directed Project, Communication Studies Internship, Expedition USF

Brian Dowd-Uribe

Assistant Professor

Professor Dowd-Uribe’s research explores the social, agro-ecological and economic dimensions of food, agriculture and water policy, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America.

Education:

PhD, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Courses:

The Global Economy, Special Topics, Honors Thesis Seminar, Nature Immersion, Env Studies Cornerstone Sem, History and Politics of Global Issues, Development & the Environment, Environment & Development, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Politics of International Aid and Development

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4486

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer is a design professor, artist and writer, whose work integrates technology, craft, and design. Her current focus is on...

Education:

MFA, University of California San Diego | BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

Courses:

Sustainable Systems Design Seminar, Design Activism, Special Topics, Directed Study/Research, Senior Design Project

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...

Courses:

Environment and Society, Environmental Law, Special Topics, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Law, Environmental Law II, Understanding our Environment w/lab

Stephen Friesen

Adjunct Professor

Courses:

Environmental Justice, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Great Philosophical Questions, Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Environmental Ethics

Heather Hoag

Professor
(415) 422-5412

Heather Hoag, PhD, specializes in African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, and development planning....

Education:

PhD, History, Boston University, 2003

Expertise:

African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, technology, and development planning

Courses:

First-Year Seminar-Top in Hist, Global Environmental History, History of South Africa, Directed Study

Adrienne Johnson

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-5954

Adrienne Johnson is a human geographer who earned her PhD from Clark University in 2015. Her dissertation looked at the political ecology and...

Education:

PhD, Geography, Clark University | MA, Geography, York University | BA (Hons), International Development Studies, York University

Courses:

Environment and Society, Methods in Environ Studies, Environmental Justice

Gerard Kuperus

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6969

Gerard Kuperus is specialized in philosophy of nature and environmental philosophy as well as Continental philosophy. He teaches in the philosophy ...

Education:

MA, University of Amsterdam | PhD, DePaul University

Courses:

Methods in Environ Studies, Special Topics, Davies Seminar, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Social & Political Philosophy, Existentialism, Modern Philosophy, Special Topics in Philosophy, Dir Reading & Research

Rachel Lee

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5152

Rachel Brand Lee is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at USF, where she teaches the course Community Garden Outreach. Rachel is...

Courses:

Comm Garden Outreach, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Comm Garden Outreach

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...

Education:

PhD, University of Michigan

Courses:

Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Laboratory, Laboratory, FYS: First Year Seminar, FYS: First Year Seminar, Air and Water w/Lab, Laboratory, UG Special Topics, Methods of Environmental Monitoring w/Lab, Laboratory, Advanced Undergraduate Research

Lois Lorentzen

Professor
(415) 422-2413

Professor Lorentzen's research and teaching interests include: immigration, environmental ethics, gender and religion. She has conducted research in El Salvador and Mexico.

Education:

PhD, Social Ethics, University of Southern California

Courses:

Erasmus Community, Erasmus Community, Erasmus Overseas Program, Directed Study, Research Seminar I, Research Seminar II, Migratory Mobility, Special Topics, Directed Reading

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...

Education:

PhD, Stanford University

Courses:

Quant Skills for Env Studies, Environmental Engineering I, Env Eng II: Contam Trans Water, Hazardous Waste Engineering, Master's Project, Introduction to Environmental Science w/Lab, Environmental Data Analysis, Environmental Engineering

Sam Mickey

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Sam Mickey is an adjunct professor in the Theology and Religious Studies department at the University of San Francisco. He has also taught at...

Education:

PhD, Integral Ecology Track in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness, California Institute of Integral Studies

Courses:

Religion and the Environment, Environmental Ethics

Melissa Morris

Adjunct Professor

Melissa Morris is passionate about addressing food justice issues through activism and education. She studied ecological horticulture at the UC Santa...

Courses:

Research for Advanced Undergraduates

Vijaya Nagarajan

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5837

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.

Education:

PhD, South Asian Language and Literatures, UC Berkeley | MA, South Asian Studies, UC Berkeley | BS Political Economy of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Courses:

Commons: Land, Water and Air, Environmental Studies Internship, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Religion and the Environment, Hinduism, Community Internships, Directed Reading, Directed Study

Jeffrey Paris

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5116

Jeffrey Paris joined the USF faculty in 2001, teaching courses in topics ranging from existential and postmodern philosophy, to imprisonment, to...

Education:

PhD, Purdue University,1998 | BA, Humboldt State University, 1992

Courses:

Directed Study, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Ethics, Philosophy Symposium, Cont. Ethical Problems, Dir Reading & Research, St Ignatius Institute Symposium, Expedition USF

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,...

Expertise:

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

Courses:

Accelerated Intermediate GIS, Special Topics, Directed Study, Methods of Environmental Monitoring w/Lab, Laboratory, Advanced Undergraduate Research, Special Topics in Analytics

Calla Schmidt

Assistant 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...

Education:

PhD, Earth Science, University of California, Santa Cruz

Courses:

Special Topics, Laboratory, Introduction to Environmental Science w/Lab, Laboratory, Hydrology, Hydrology Lab, UG Special Topics w/Lab, Laboratory, UG Seminar in Env. Science

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...

Education:

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

Courses:

Environmental Policy: Design and Implementation, Special Topics, Research Methods, Directed Study, Master's Project, Climate Change: Science and Policy, Environmental Policy

Melinda Stone

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5755

Melinda Stone, PhD is an award winning filmmaker who has produced over twenty films and numerous outdoor cinematic extravaganzas.

Courses:

Comm Garden Outreach, Nature Immersion, Env Studies Cornerstone Sem, Special Topics, Capstone Practicum in Environmental Studies, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Media Workshop

Pradip Swarnakar

Visiting Scholar
(510) 646-7610

Pradip Swarnakar is an associate professor of sociology at the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior and a Fulbright...

Education:

PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

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...

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

Courses:

Renewable Energy Economics, Energy Ind. Strategy & Policy, Energy Internship, Quantitative Methods, Environmental Economics I, Natural Resource Economics, Research Methods, Directed Study, Master's Project

Dana Zartner

Associate Professor, International Studies Department; Adjunct Professor, USF School of Law
(415) 422-6193

Dana Zartner specializes in international and comparative law, with a focus on environmental protections and human rights. Her primary interest lies...

Education:

PhD, Political Science, University of California, Davis | JD, Concentration in International Law, Boston University | BA, International Relations, Hamline University

Courses:

Intro to Int'l Politics, Global Environmental Politics, Human Rights, Int'l Law & Organizations, Special Topics, Directed Study, Honors Thesis Seminar, Erasmus Overseas Program, Glob Serv-Learn Sust Dev Semin, Glob Serv-Learn Sus Dev Intern, Glob Serv-Learn Res/Refl Semin, Econ of the Developing World, Human Rights and International Law, Special Topics, Directed Reading, Special Topics, Directed Reading, International Law and Organizations, Human Rights/Global Change, Writing Requirement, Comparative Law

Stephen Zavestoski

Professor
(415) 422-5485

Stephen Zavestoski received his BA from the University of Notre Dame, and his MA and PhD from Washington State University. He teaches courses in the...

Education:

PhD, Washington State University | MA, Washington State University | BA, University of Notre Dame

Courses:

Environment and Society, Nature Immersion, Env Studies Cornerstone Sem, Health and Environment, Methods in Environ Studies, Special Topics, Davies Seminar, Directed Study