Faculty and Staff

Eric Baack

Associate Professor of Biology

Education: Ph.D., Population Biology, UC Davis; M.A., Secondary Science Education, Lewis and Clark College; B.A., Philosophy, Carleton College

Environmental Studies course taught:  BIO 140, BIO 151, BIO 240, BIO 256, BIO 354

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Richard Bernatz

Professor of Mathematics

Education:  Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, University of Iowa; M.S., Meteorology, University of Iowa; B.A., Mathematics and Physics, Luther College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  SCI 123

Colin Betts

Professor of Anthropology

Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Illinois; A.M., Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.A., Anthropology and History, Luther College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  ANTH 102, ANTH 104, ANTH 302

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Rachel Brummel

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Education: Ph.D., Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota; B.A., Biology, Grinnell College

Environmental Studies courses taught: ENVS 130, ENVS 185, ENVS 485, POLS 255

Anita Carrasco

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Education: Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona; M.A., Cultural Applied Anthropology, University of Arizona; B.A., Anthropology, Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano

Environmental Studies courses taught:  ANTH 101, ANTH 203

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Brian Caton

Associate Professor of History

Education: Ph.D., History, University of Pennsylvania; M.A., with distinction, South Asia Regional Studies, University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Honors in Government, College of William and Mary

Environmental Studies courses taught:  HIST 291

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Bradley Chamberlain

Professor of Chemistry

Education: Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Minnesota; B.A., Chemistry, Gustavus Adolphus College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  CHEM 241, PAID 450 - People and Parks in East Africa

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Mark Eichinger

Associate Professor of Biology

Education:Ph.D., Physiology, University of Hawaii; B.S., Biology, Northland College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  BIO 149, BIO 247, BIO 249

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Jodi Enos-Berlage

Professor of Biology

Education: Ph.D., Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.S., Microbiology, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign

Environmental Studies courses taught:   BIO 152, BIO 243

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David Faldet

Professor of English

Education: Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.A., University of Washington; B.A., Luther College

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Stratis Giannakouros

Assistant Director of Center for Sustainable Communities

Education:  B.A., Economics, Loras College; M.A., Environmental Politics & Policy, Colorado State University

Environmental Studies courses taught:  First year seminar, senior seminar

C. Nicholas Gomersall

Associate Professor of Economics

Education: Ph.D., Resource Economics, Cornell University; M.A., Oxford University; B.A., English Language & Literature, Oxford University

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Andrew C. Hageman

Assistant Professor of English

Education: Ph.D., English, University of California, Davis; M.A., English, Western Washington University; B.A., English, St. Olaf College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  ENG 247

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Jane M. Hawley

Professor of Dance

Education: M.F.A., Performance and Choreography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Certificate Program, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School; Personal Well-Being, Windemere Institute for Healing Arts; B.A., Theatre, Luther College

Environmental Studies courses taught:   DAN 105

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John Hedstrom

Professor of Chemistry

Education: Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University; M.S., Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University; B.S., Chemistry, Northern Illinois University

Environmental Studies courses taught:  CHEM 202, ENVS 220

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Steve Holland

Associate Professor of Economics

Education: Ph.D., Applied Economics, University of Minnesota; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center; B.A., Economics and English, St. Olaf College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  ECON 255

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Jon Jensen Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Education: Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Colorado; M.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado; B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, Luther College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  ENVS 130, PHIL 140

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Marian Kaehler

Professor of Biology

Education: Ph.D., Biochemistry, Michigan State University; B.A., Chemistry and Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  BIO 248

Ruth R. Kath

Professor of German

Education: Ph.D., German, University of Iowa; M.A., Theology, Loras College; M.A.,  German, University of Connecticut; B.A., German, Syracuse University

Environmental Studies courses taught:  PAID 450 - Green Germany

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Kirk Larsen

Professor of Biology

Education: Ph.D., Entomology, Ohio State;  M.S., Entomology, Michigan State; B.S., Biology, Calvin College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  BIO 112, BIO 151, BIO 247, BIO 251, BIO 253

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Mary Lewis

Instructor in Biology

Environmental Studies courses taught:  BIO 152, BIO 243

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Beth Lynch

Associate Professor of Biology

Education: Ph.D.,  Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota; B.S., Honors,  Biology, Trent University

Environmental Studies courses taught:  BIO 149, BIO 151, BIO 249, BIO 252, BIO 365

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James Martin-Schramm

Professor of Religion

Education: Ph.D., Christian Ethics, Union Theological Seminary; M.Phil., Christian Ethics, Union Theological Seminary; M. Div., Parish Ministry, Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary; B.A., Doctrines of Human Nature, Pacific Lutheran University

Environmental Studies courses taught:  REL 243, PAID 450 - Energy, Ethics, and Climate Policy

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Molly McNicoll

Assistant Professor in Biology and Natural Land Manager

Education:    Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of Illinois; M.S., Plant Biology, University of Illinois; B.S., Botany and Biological Aspects of Conservation, University of Wisconsin

Environmental Studies courses taught:  BIO 151, BIO 239, BIO 245

Claude Mertzenich

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Education: Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Wisconsin; B.A., Chemistry, Carthage College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  CHEM 114, CHEM 151, CHEM 152

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John Moeller

Professor of Political Science

Education: M.A., Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University; B.A., Lawrence University

Environmental Studies courses taught:  POLS 258, POLS 355

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Craig Mosher

Associate Prof of Social Work and Dir of LC Social Wrk Progam

Education: Ph.D., Psychology, Union Institute and University; M.A., Psychology, Columbia University; B.A., Chemistry, Antioch College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  PAID 450 - Green Germany

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Carolyn Mottley

Professor of Chemistry

Education: Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of North Carolina; B.S., Chemistry, Wayland Baptist College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  CHEM 201, CHEM 365

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Richard Mtisi

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History

Education: Ph.D., History, University of Iowa; M.A., African Economic History, University of Zimbabwe; B.A., Honors, Economic History, University of Zimbabwe

Environmental Studies courses taught:  HIST 291

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Emily A. Neal

School Outreach Coordinator

Education: M.A., Science Education, University of Iowa; B.S., Exercise Science, University of Iowa.

Environmental Studies courses taught: ENVS 215

Todd Pedlar

Associate Professor of Physics

Education: Ph.D., Physics, Northwestern University; B.A., Honors, Physics, Whitman College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  PAID 450 - Energy, Ethics, and Climate Change

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Laura Peterson

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies/Chemistry

Education: Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Brown University; M.Sc., Geological Sciences, Brown University; B.A., Geology, Carleton College

Environmental Studies courses taught: ENVS 134, ENVS 175, ENVS 220, ENVS 230, ENVS 310, ENVS 320, ENVS 330

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Dawn Reding

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Education:  Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University; M.S., Zoology, University of Hawaii; B.S., Environmental Science, University of Dubuque

Environmental Studies courses taught:  Bio 248

Robert F. Shedinger

Professor of Religion

Education: Ph.D., Religious Studies (with distinction), Temple University; M.A., Religious Studies, Temple University;  M.Div., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary; B.S., magna cum laude, Civil Engineering Tech, Temple University

Environmental Studies courses taught:  PAID 450 - Biodiversity

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Tex A. Sordahl

Professor of Biology

Education: Ph.D., Biology, Utah State University; M.S., Zoology, Utah State University; B.A., Biology, Luther College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  BIO 246, BIO 258, ENVS 133, PAID 450 - Biodiversity

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Lori Stanley

Professor of Anthropology

Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Missouri; M.A., Anthropology, Northern Illinois University; B.A., Anthropology, Luther College

Environmental Studies courses taught:  ANTH 101, ANTH 221 / AFRS 221, PAID 450 - People and Parks in East Africa

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Gwen Strand

Visiting Instructor in Biology

Education: M.S., Pathology, University of Iowa; B.A., Biology, Luther College

Environmental Studies courses taught:   BIO 243, BIO 248

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