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Environmental Studies

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Box 7056
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035


Faculty & Staff

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David Backus
Covington Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle

I am a geologist with interests in coastal ecosystems, marine invertebrates (fossil & modern), ocean sediments, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing.

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Graham Bullock
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

I teach courses and conduct research on American and environmental politics; the environmental social sciences; the politics of information; citizens, consumers, and the environment; and environmental challenges in Asia.

Amanda Green

Amanda Green
Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Ph.D. Oregon State University

I am an applied cultural anthropologist who specializes in food movements and their impacts on cultural and livelihood practices. My primary research is in northern Sweden with Sámi food activists and producers, and I also have conducted research on campus food systems.

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Cindy Deforest Hauser
Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

I teach courses in analytical, environmental, and green chemistry and in environmental studies. My current research involves the development of analytical methods to study issues relevant to atmospheric chemistry.

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Bradley Johnson
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Charlotte

I am a geologist, geomorphologist, and soil scientist here in the Environmental Studies Department at Davidson. I generally teach Environmental Geology, Environmental Science, Soil Science, Geomorphology, and the ENV Capstone Sequence.

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Fuji Lozada
Professor of Anthropology and Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Ph.D. Harvard University

I am a sociocultural anthropologist and have examined contemporary issues in Chinese society ranging from religion and politics, food, popular culture and globalization, sports and society issues, and the cultural impact of science and technology.

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Ben Mangrum
Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Studies
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

My interests include 20th-century fiction, political theory, philosophy, ecology, religion and literature, economics, and the American South.

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Dave Martin 
Professor of Economics
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

I am an economist trained in the neoclassical environmental and natural resources tradition who greatly appreciates the ecological economics perspective.

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Annie Merrill
Chair, Environmental Studies Department
Professor of English and Thomson Professor of Environmental Studies
Ph.D. Emory University

I'm an Americanist who specializes in 19th-century literature and rambles over more extensive interdisciplinary territory, including ecocriticism, environmental literature, environmental humanities, American studies, ethnic American literatures, and gender studies.

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Christopher Paradise
Professor of Biology
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University

I am a teacher and ecologist and have been teaching undergraduates and studying insects for more than 20 years. My research projects are in a variety of areas of insect ecology, from the individual to the ecosystem levels.

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Patricia Peroni
Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Duke University

I am a plant ecologist who studies the effects of dormant seed banks on the dynamics of populations with fragmented habitats. I also have interests in pollination ecology and conduct research into how interactions between invasive exotic plant species and white tailed deer affect regeneration of native forest species.

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Kevin Smith
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D. University of Tennessee

I specialize in conservation biology and biodiversity analysis. My research investigates patterns of biodiversity and biodiversity loss, with a particular focus on understanding why species go extinct and the identification of traits that predispose species to extinction.


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Anne-Marie Craig
Administrative Assistant
M.B.A. Florida Atlantic University

I provide administrative support to the Communication Studies, Dance, Environmental Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies departments.

Affiliated Faculty

Karen Bernd, Associate Professor of Biology
Laurence Cain, Richardson Professor of Physics
Helen Cho, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Larry Ligo, Professor of Art History
Maggie McCarthy, Associate Professor of German
Sean McKeever, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Lynn Poland, Associate Professor or Religion
William Ringle, Professor of Anthropology
Matt Samson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Interim Chair of Latin American Studies
Mark Stanback, Professor of Biology