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Ph. D. in Environmental Studies Students
Ezra Markowtiz
PhD/ENVS 2012
Most recent work:
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to joining the UMass faculty, I was an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.
Shangrila Joshi Wynn
PhD/ENVS 2011
Most recent work:
Member of the Faculty, The Evergreen State College

I am a member of the core faculty in the Graduate Program on the Environment at The Evergreen State College. I emphasize a critical geography / political ecology perspective in my teaching. At Evergreen, such teaching and learning typically takes place in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment where quarter-long programs are team-taught, and occasionally through specialized electives. My elective course offerings include Climate Justice (Spring 2015) - a version of which I taught at the UO as a doctoral candidate during Summer 2011 - and Political Ecology (Spring 2016).

In addition to publishing chapters of my dissertation in peer-reviewed journals, I have contributed book chapters to the Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics (2013, Ed. Paul Harris) and, by invitation, the International Handbook of Political Ecology (Forthcoming, Ed. Raymond Bryant).

I am currently engaged in various stages of research and writing in three areas: examination of climate mitigation policy initiatives, specifically the Clean Development Mechanism, in South Asia; exploration of environmental justice discourses in anti-fracking activism (with research assistant Vincci Cheng, Colgate University graduate); and collaborative research on the experiences of geographers of color with racial micro-aggressions in the academy (with Dr. Priscilla McCutcheon, University of Connecticut, and Dr. Elizabeth Sweet, Temple University).

Before returning to the Pacific Northwest, I taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Temple University (2013-14), Colgate University (2012-13) and Denison University (2011-12). Courses taught include: Environmental Justice, Global Environmental Justice, Environment and Development, Sustainable Development and Natural Resources, and International Environmental Policy.
Janet Fiskio
PhD/ENVS 2009
MA/ENVS 2003
Most recent work:
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Oberlin College

Janet teaches Environmental Studies at Oberlin College with a particular focus in the humanities.  Her regular courses include environmental justice literature; sustainable agriculture; and ethics, equity, and narratives in climate change.  Pedagogically, she is focused on developing community-based learning and collaborative research projects with her students.  Her current research is a study of agriculture and ethics in American literature, film, and urban farming movements.
Sarah Jaquette Ray
PhD/ENVS 2009
Most recent work:
Program Leader and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Humboldt State University

Sarah Jaquette Ray teaches environmental studies, geography, and humanities undergraduate classes.  Her book, which was based on her dissertation, The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture, was published in 2013 by University of Arizona Press. She is also program leader of HSU\'s Environmental Studies Program. She continues to write and publish on environmental justice and the cultural politics of nature.
Michael  Hughes
PhD/ENVS 2008
Most recent work:
Fluvial Geomorphologist, Klamath Tribes

My research examines the effects of hydrogeomorphic processes on aquatic and riparian habitat quality.  I am currently working to develop a better understanding of the relative roles of human and non-human influences in shaping channel-floodplain dynamics of the Umatilla and Sprague Rivers in Oregon.  I am applying research results to the development and implementation of science-based collaborative river management and restoration programs.  Funded projects include studies focused on the effects of floods on habitat complexity (Umatilla, doctoral research), processes and patterns of erosion and deposition (Sprague), interactions between channel processes and riparian vegetation communities (Sprague), hydrogeomorphology of spawning areas for endangered suckers (Sprague), effectiveness monitoring of stream restoration projects (Sprague), and thermal patterns and variability of channel-floodplain systems (Upper Klamath Basin).   I am active in the organization of scientific information to bridge basic and applied environmental geoscience.  Examples of recent efforts include chairing sessions at the 2009 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (a three-part session entitled The Science, Management, and Restoration of Aquatic Systems in Arid and Semi-Arid Basins), the 2010 Klamath Basin Science Conference (Watershed Processes Plenary Session), and the upcoming 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Tribal Rivers as Confluences of Environmental and Cultural Restoration).  I maintain an interest in environmental science education in Oregon by hosting student internships at the Klamath Tribes Research Station and serving as a member of the Advisory Board of the Environmental Sciences Program at the Oregon Institute of Technology.  
Chaone Mallory
PhD/ENVS 2006
Most recent work:
Assistant Professor of Environmental Philosophy, Villanova University

I have been Assistant Professor of Environmental Philosophy at Villanova University since finishing my ESSP degree in 2006. I specialize in environmental ethics and philosophy, green political theory, ecofeminism, environmental justice, and related areas that link liberatory studies to the environment. My work has more recently begun to branch as well into science and technology studies and climate ethics. My recent publications  have engaged and extended the work of contemporary ecopolitical theorists concerned to develop a notion of a more participatory and inclusive polis and green public sphere. My writings and research all work to articulate the emerging  field of “ecofeminist political philosophy.” I am also involved in setting up a research program at the Center for Field Philosophy at Parque Etnobotánico Omora and Center for Biocultural Conservation and Environmental Ethics, in Cape Horn, Chile.
Patrick Hurley
PhD/ENVS 2004
MS/ENVS 2001
Most recent work:
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Ursinus College

Dr. Hurley’s research investigates the implications that land-use change associated with urbanization and resultant politics have for natural resource-based livelihoods and practices, conservation practice, and ecological governance. His research employs ethnography and GIS to explore this intersection. Current projects include research that: assesses the consequences of urbanization for sweetgrass basket-makers in greater Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina (with Cari Goetcheus, Clemson); examines the role of amenity migrants in conservation efforts in western Turkey (with Dr. Yılmaz Arı, Balikesir University); explores suburban gathering in the Philadelphia metropolitan area; and examines ecological governance in conservation developments in South Carolina, California, and Oregon. I am also currently working on a book manuscript that examines land-use politics in Oregon (with Dr. Peter Walker, Oregon).
Tony Leiserowitz
PhD/ENVS 2003
MS/ENVS 1998
Most recent work:
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Research Scientist, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Dr. Leiserowitz's research examines the role of underlying psychological, socio-cultural, and geographic factors in risk perception, decision-making and behavior. Recent projects include a series of survey and experimental studies at the state, national, and global scales on public risk perceptions and responses to global climate change; an examination of global values, attitudes and behaviors regarding sustainable development; and the theoretical development and empirical demonstration of distinct "interpretive communities of risk" among the American public.
Master's in Environmental Studies Students
Melanie Knapp
MS/ENVS 2014
Most recent work:
Program Associate, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Udall Foundation

I assist with environmental collaboration and conflict resolution projects involving federal agencies nationwide. Currently I support ongoing projects in the Missouri River basin, including the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee collaborative and the Missouri River Interagency Roundtable.  The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, a project of the Udall Foundation, provides services including assessments, facilitated collaboration, capacity building, conflict resolution, training, and program assessments.  In a day to day sense, my work involves coordinating logistics, communicating with parties before and after meetings, attending meetings and phone calls, reviewing contracts and preparing budgets, and otherwise assisting senior facilitators and mediators with projects.
Ali Abbors
MS/ENVS 2013
Most recent work:
Learning Gardens Program Coordinator, Oregon Food Bank

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