Executive Committee At-Large:
Will Focht, Chair of Curriculum Committee
Stephanie Pfirman, President 2008-2009
Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences
Bruce Coull, President 2006-2007
Dean Emeritus, School of the Environment
University of South Carolina
Bruce Coull is Dean Emeritus and Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina. He works with the Center for Humans and Nature of New York and Chicago, USA to explore, articulate, and promote long-term social and moral responsibilities for the earth's living communities. The work will integrate historical dynamics and ongoing interactions of humans and nature.
Brad Smith, President 2004-2005
Dean, Huxley College of the Environment
Western Washington University
|Bradley F. Smith was named Dean of Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University in September of 1994. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Smith had served for three years as the first Director of the Office of Environmental Education for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also served as a Special Assistant to the administrator of the EPA and as Acting Associate Administrator for the EPA. Dr. Smith was appointed to the U.S. Senior Executive Service in 1992. Currently, he serves as a the co-chair of the World Conservation Learning Network of the IUCN and as the North American Chair of the Commission on Education and Communication for the IUCN. Dr. Smith serves as a Trustee of the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. Formerly Dr. Smith served as an appointed member of President Clinton’s Council for Sustainable Development (Education Task Force).|
Tony Michaels, President 2002-2003
Director, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
University of Southern California
|Dr. Michaels' primary research interests over the past 21 years involve the role of biological community structure in the cycling and export of organic matter from the surface ocean. In recent years, this has grown to include the study of some unique biological processes, their disproportionate influence on nutrient and carbon cycles and their relative importance on global scales.
As his career has evolved to include running the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, he has been able to keep an active research program in this area. However, Dr. Michaels has also started to add other research foci that reflect a broader set of marine and environmental interests.
Professor and Director, Environmental Council
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bill Sullivan's research addresses two broad questions. First, to what extent does having everyday contact with green spaces effect a person's functioning? That is, to what extent is there a connection between everyday exposure to green spaces and effective human functioning? How does nature mitigate the difficulties of life for people who live in urban public housing or in other challenging urban environments? The second question concerns the processes of changing and managing places: How can information about land development and other environmental issues be more effectively communicated among experts, citizens, and policy makers? He is also interested in the ways in which having everyday contact with nature influences human functioning. He and others have recently completed studies that examine the effect of everyday contact with nature on aggressive and violent behavior, crimes and other anti-social behaviors, and on the strength of social ties among neighbors in inner-city neighborhoods.
Director, Environmental Science and Studies Program
|Dr. Wolfson is the Principal Investigator on a NSF funded grant under the Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Program entitled the "Baltimore Collaborative for Enviromental Biology" (BCEB). This program places selected students into a 2 year mentoring project with faculty from local research institutions including Towson University, UMBC, Johns Hopkins University, Center for Marine Biotechnology, etc.
She is also the Principal Investigator on a grant funded by the Trust for Mutual Understanding entitled "Fostering Successful Partnerships in Watershed Protection in the US and Russia" an exchange between watershed protection professionals from the greater Baltimore area and St. Petersburg Russia .
Executive Committee At-Large
Director, School of the Environment
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Dr. Elzerman's primary teaching and research interests are environmental chemistry and analytical chemistry. He teaches courses in environmental chemistry, analytical techniques for environmental samples and introductory environmental science and policy and environmental engineering.
Director, School of the Environment
University of South Carolina
Dr. Fletcher is responsible for multidisciplinary program development in a range of environmental areas, including freshwater and coastal processes and social impacts. She is Principal Investigator for the Carolinas Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction System (Caro-COOPS), a multidisciplinary and inter-institutional program funded by NOAA to establish a coastal observing array for the delivery of real time information on physical and weather coastal ocean conditions and the development of user applications. She received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and her Ph.D. from the University College of North Wales in the U.K. She has had an extensive research program focused on marine and aquatic microbial ecology, with a special interest in bacterial biofilms, mechanisms of bacterial attachment, characteristics of attached microorganisms, and the consequences of adhesion to surfaces. She is editor for six books, and has over 100 scientific publications.
Dean, College of Natural Resources
Utah State University
Dr. Frazer received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology, working on sea turtle demography and life history evolution. In 1993 he was named as Associate Director of Research at the US Department of Energy’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and Director of DOE’s National Environmental Research Park at the Savanna River Site. He was selected as a member of Leadership Georgia in 1993 and of Leadership Florida in 1998. He currently sits on the Boards of Directors of the Stokes Nature Center, the Utah Partners for Conservation and Development, and the Utah Wildlife and Conservation Foundation. He teaches a graduate course on Leadership for Natural Resources Professionals. His interests continue to develop at the interface of biological, social, and physical sciences, humanities, public policy and religion, with a focus on helping human beings better perceive their role as good stewards of the Earth.
Associate Director, Environmental Sciences Institute|
Florida A&M University
Director and Chair, Center for Environmental Studies
University in Redlands
Dean, School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Alabama A&M University
|Dr. Taylor's past research focus was mainly in the areas of screening soybeans and Bradyrhizobium for tolerance to soil chemical stresses; studying the mechanism and kinetics of phosphate and zinc sorption on soil and mineral surfaces; use of wastewater algal biomass as nitrogen fertilizer using N15-technique; and effects of residual levels of sludge-borne toxic heavy metals and phosphate on soil pollution and phytotoxicity. His current interest focuses on the mechanism(s) of toxic heavy metal sorption on soil media particles using classical isothermic techniques coupled with cutting edge high technology methods such as synchrotron extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS).|
Director, of Graduate Programs on the Environment
Evergreen State College
Curriculum Committee Chair
Director, Environmental Institute
Oklahoma State University
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Dr. Focht teaches graduate courses in environmental policy,environmental risk analysis, public policy analysis, and community relations.His research interests lie in watershed management, environmental siteassessment, stakeholder participation in environmental decision-making, publicpolicy legitimation, social trust, and environmental justice. He has won researchgrants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, National ScienceFoundation, US Department of Energy, US Department of Agriculture, USGeological Survey, US Air Force, National Institute for Environmental HealthSciences, National Council for Science and the Environment, and the IntegratedPetroleum Environmental Consortium.
Interdisciplinary Tenure and Career Development Committee Co-Chairs
Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs