Environment Science Faculty & Administration

K. L. Knee Associate Professor and Department Chair, Environmental Science CAS - Environmental Science

My research is centered around two main themes: (1) understanding how human activities like oil and gas extraction, mining, agriculture, and urban development affect water quality, and (2) using the n

  knee@american.edu

  (202) 885-1093

Stephen MacAvoy Assoc Professor CAS - Environmental Science

Working in biogeochemistry and ecology, Professor MacAvoy has been particularly interested in how both nutrients and contaminants flow through, and are incorporated by, aquatic ecosystem components. R

  macavoy@american.edu

  (202) 885-3003

All Faculty

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Michael Alonzo Asst Professor CAS - Environmental Science

I use satellite and drone imagery (plus other geospatial tools) to study forests and land cover change, mostly in urban or boreal domains. Current or recent projects include: 1) Urban trees and coolin

  alonzo@american.edu

  (202) 885-1770

Valentina Aquila Asst Professor CAS - Environmental Science

I am an atmospheric scientist focused on the role of aerosols in the climate system. My main focus is stratospheric aerosol, mostly from volcanic eruptions but also from pollution, forest fires, and g

  aquila@american.edu

  (202) 885-1772

Last name starts with B

Barbara Balestra Professorial Lecturer CAS - Environmental Science

My research covers different aspects of paleoceanography and paleoclimate. I utilize the paleoecology and the geochemical and stable isotopic composition of phyto and zooplaknton (coccolithophores and

  balestra@american.edu

  (202) 885-7101

Kristine Beran Professorial Lecturer

I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science at American University. As a marine social scientist, my research focuses on innovation in seafood value chains, global t

  beran@american.edu

Willem H. Brakel Adjunct Professor CAS - Environmental Science

Willem Brakel is an environmental scientist, teacher and career diplomat with broad experience conducting research in marine and freshwater ecosystems, managing government programs, and advocating/neg

  brakel@american.edu

  (202) 885-1750

Michael Brody Adjunct Professor CAS - Environmental Science

Michael Brody is an environmental scientist who had a long career in the Federal Government before coming to American University as an Adjunct Professor. He was a Fulbright Teaching Scholar at the Nat

  mbrody@american.edu

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Albert Cheh Prof Emeritus

My research focuses on signatures of exposure to environmental carcinogens. I have also studied the enzymatic digestion of biomass to produce cellulosic ethanol biofuel, error-prone bypass DNA polymer

David Culver Prof Emeritus

David C. Culver did his undergraduate work at Grinnell College and his PhD at Yale University.The author or editor of five books and over 100 articles, he has studied many aspects of the biology of su

  (202) 885-2180

Last name starts with G

Jessica Gephart Asst Professor CAS - Environmental Science

Jessica Gephart is an environmental scientist focused on the role of global seafood trade in sustainable and resilient food systems. Her research falls into three main areas: 1) the environmental impa

  jgephart@american.edu

  (202) 885-7901

Alexander Golub Adjunct Professor

Alexander Golub has 25 years of experience in environmental and natural resource economics, including 20 years of experience in energy and climate change with particular focus on climate economics and

  agolub@american.edu

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Eleanor Harris Research Assistant Professor in Residence

Dr. Eleanor Harris (Burch) is Managing Director of the Clifton Institute. Her research on social systems' evolution explores how social groups maintain cohesion, process information, and perform colle

  eharris@american.edu

John Harris Research Assistant Professor in Residence

Bert is Executive Director of the Clifton Institute (Warrenton, VA) and has a long-standing interest in the ecology and conservation of forests and grasslands in the eastern United States. He grew up

  bharris@american.edu

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Kiho Kim Professor Academic Affairs, Office of

Kiho Kim (he/him) is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and is the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Research, & Learning at American University. His research focuses

  kiho@american.edu

  (202) 885-2181

K. L. Knee Associate Professor and Department Chair, Environmental Science CAS - Environmental Science

My research is centered around two main themes: (1) understanding how human activities like oil and gas extraction, mining, agriculture, and urban development affect water quality, and (2) using the n

  knee@american.edu

  (202) 885-1093

Kara Kokernak Adjunct Asst Professor

Kara Shuster Kokernak is a Sustainability Manager at RE Tech Advisors, LLC, a real estate investment advisory firm that operates at the intersection of sustainability, technology, and buildings. RE Te

  kokernak@american.edu

Thu Ya Kyaw Postdoctoral Fellow CAS - Environmental Science

Thu Ya Kyaw is a remote sensor and forest ecophysiologist. His experienced research domains are forest ecophysiology, multi- and hyperspectral remote sensing, quantifying forest and land cover changes

  kyaw@american.edu

Last name starts with M

Stephen MacAvoy Assoc Professor CAS - Environmental Science

Working in biogeochemistry and ecology, Professor MacAvoy has been particularly interested in how both nutrients and contaminants flow through, and are incorporated by, aquatic ecosystem components. R

  macavoy@american.edu

  (202) 885-3003

Last name starts with S

Sauleh Siddiqui Assoc Professor CAS - Environmental Science

Sauleh Siddiqui is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science with an affiliation with the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at American University and a Research Fellow at the German Econom

  sauleh@american.edu

  (202) 885-7889

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Angela van Doorn Research Assistant Professor CAS - Environmental Science

Angela van Doorn is a zoologist who specializes in wildlife conservation. Her research focused on understanding and mitigating human/primate conflict in the Cape Peninsula of South Africa.

  vandoorn@american.edu

  (202) 885-6864

Last name starts with W

Claire Williams Research Professor in Residence CAS - Environmental Science

A retired full professor in forest biology, Dr. Williams has also worked in the US State Department and at Weyerhaeuser Company R&D. As Senior Fulbright Scholar to the University of British Columbia i

  cgwill@american.edu

Affiliate Faculty

David Carlini Assoc Professor CAS - Biology

My research interests include 1) the evolution and genetics of natural populations, and 2) the molecular evolution of protein-coding genes. With regard to 1), our research involves comparing surface a

  carlini@american.edu

  (202) 885-2184

C. Anne Claus Assoc Professor CAS - Anthropology

C. Anne Claus is a cultural anthropologist who researches environmental issues in contemporary seascapes, primarily in Japan. Her academic work investigates how the interplay of international and loca

  claus@american.edu

  (202) 885-6797

Christopher Tudge Professor CAS - Biology

Dr. Tudge is a reproductive biologist with particular interests in the reproductive biology of invertebrates. His research focuses on the reproductive cells and associated structures, evolutionary mec

  ctudge@american.edu

  (202) 885-2033