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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
Associate 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.

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Jennifer Garcia Peacock
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Ph.D. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

I specialize in 20th-century U.S. and Latinx history, environmental history, and visual culture. My research examines the ways that Chicanx cultural producers such as artists and activists have (re)shaped the cultural landscape of California's Central Valley.

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Bradley Johnson (Chair)
Associate 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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Erik Kojola
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Minnesota

I am interested in interactions between human society, the economy, and the nonhuman environment, and how social systems create and respond to environmental problems.

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Fuji Lozada
Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Anthropology
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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Dave Martin 
Professor of Economics
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

I am an economist who gets to teach statistics, environmental and natural resource economics, and sports economics in the Economics Department, a variety of courses in the Environmental Studies Department, and in India as resident director for the Semester in India program.

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Annie Merrill
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
Associate 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.


Rachael Murdock

Rachael Murdock
Administrative Assistant
M.A. DePaul University

I work closely with the department chair to manage the operation of the department. This work includes budget management, developing and adjusting department processes, and supervising our work study students.

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Jessica Spillman
Laboratory Manager
M.S. University of Illinois, Springfield

As laboratory manager for Environmental Studies and Biology field and non-majors courses, I order supplies, test lab methods, and set out equipment. I also manage part of the Environmental Studies budget.

Affiliated Faculty

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