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Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
B.A. (Geology) Williams College; Ph.D. (Economics) University of Michigan. Goodstein directs two national educational initiatives on global warming: C2C and The National Climate Seminar. In recent years, he has coordinated climate education events at over 2500 colleges, universities, high schools and other institutions across the country. Goodstein is the author of a college textbook, Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons: 2010) now in its sixth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England: 2007); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment. (Island Press: 1999). Articles by Goodstein have appeared in among other outlets, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Management. His research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Chemical and Engineering News, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and Environment, Workplace and Employment, and is on the Steering Committee of Economics for Equity & the Environment. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Follett Corporation, and is on the advisory committee for Chevrolet's Clean Energy Initiative.
B.S., Hunter College; M.S., Ph.D. in Soil, Crop, and Atmosphere Science, Cornell University. Previous to joining Bard CEP, she was a researcher at the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction, Columbia University, and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Expertise in the impact of climate change and variability on farming systems, communication and perception of climate information for farm management, and sustainable farming systems. After eight years of research in eastern and southern Africa, she worked with farmers in eastern New York State on climate risk management, adaptation to climate change, and sustainability in the face of extreme climate events. Current interests include pasture-based livestock systems, carbon storage and management in agroecosystems, and rhizosphere processes. Articles in Agricultural Systems, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Climatology, and International Journal of Climatology; and several book chapters.
B.A., Brandeis University in Political Science; M.I.A., School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Ph.D., Comparative Politics and Latin America, Columbia University. Areas of interest include sustainable development, international environmental politics and the increasingly contentious politics surrounding natural resource management in Latin America. Current research focuses on the politics of water reform in Oaxaca, Mexico and comparative analysis of human and environmental rights movements challenging mineral and oil policies of states and multinational corporations in Ecuador, Mexico and Chile. She has published articles in journals such as Latin American Politics and Society, The Journal of Contemporary Sociology, and edited and contributed to The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America. She has a forthcoming chapter on human rights and the environment in Latin America in Human Rights: Challenges of the Past/Challenges for the Future. In addition to research and teaching, she has worked with a range of international development and research institutions including the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the Council on Foreign Relations and the Social Science Research Council. Member, BCEP Graduate Committee.
B.A., University of Delhi; M.A., Delhi School of Economics; M. Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, master's thesis on the conflicts between utilitarianism and libertarianism; Fellow, University of Texas, Austin; Ph. D., University of California, Berkeley (Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award). Professor Sethi's research at the University of California, Berkeley, was focused on developing mathematical models and rules of fishery policy under uncertainty. While his initial post-doctoral work continued with this theme, he has since moved away from fisheries research to other areas. Current research involves two projects that are based on the socio-ecological synthesis (SES) framework. One of these is a collaborative exercise with Mary Blair, an ecologist at the Center for Biodiversity Conservation, New York, and anthropologists at Vietnam National University, Hanoi, is an attempt to identify the drivers of slow loris hunting in Vietnam. In addition, He is working with Amy Krakowka Richmond from the United States Military Academy at West Point to develop a household level index of vulnerability in order to identify various stressors that adversely impact household well being in East Africa, with an initial focus on Uganda, specifically focusing on water scarcity as a major stressor in order to develop cogent policy solutions to mitigate, and perhaps reverse, current trends.
As an economist and a statistician, Professor Sethi places very strong emphasis on conveying the core conceptual ideas of both these disciplines in simple terms. While there are a number of excellent papers and textbooks that explain economic concepts well, the lack of a statistics textbook that delves deeper into statistical ideas has spurred him to write one of my own. The textbook he is developing differentiates itself from existing books in that it develops a common frame for testing all hypotheses, explains the relationship between various distributions which allows students to logically deduce the appropriate statistical test for their research design, explains what estimators are and how to choose among them, and develops the connection between the Pythagorean theorem, the law of cosines, and methods such as ANOVA and regression, thereby showing deep connections among geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.
B.S. Cornell University; M.S. University of Vermont; Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara. Before joining the faculty at Bard CEP, Dr. Smyth was a research fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, and a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in Environmental Research and Education at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. Research expertise includes coupling physical and biological processes in lakes and the ocean and aquatic ecosystem management. Current collaborative research projects include modeling the effects of vertical mixing and ultraviolet radiation on primary productivity in the Southern Ocean and understanding the role of climate forcing and hydrodynamics on harmful algal blooms and outbreaks of disease in aquatic organisms in lakes. She is an adjunct scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Milbrook, NY and a member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) which seeks to utilize high frequency sensor data to better understand and manage lake ecosystems. Peer-reviewed journal articles have been published in Limnology and Oceanography, Geophysical Research Letters, Bioscience, and Environmental Management.
Faculty, Bard Center for Environmental Policy Adjunct Faculty, Pace Law School
J.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia); LL.M. and S.J.D. in Environmental Law, Pace University (New York, USA). Energy and environmental law specialist based in New York, U.S.A. Visiting Professor of Environmental Law, Bard College, Center for Environmental Policy. Adjunct Faculty at Pace Law School. Former Senior Attorney for Riverkeeper, Inc. Previously, served as staff attorney for the Pace Law School's Energy and Climate Center and as Deputy Director Alternative Development Program for the Presidency of Colombia. Admitted to the bar of New York State, USA, and Colombia.
Faculty of Writing and Thesis Composition, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
B.A., summa cum laude, Middlebury College; Ph.D., University of Virginia. Teaches graduate students to write clearly, persuasively, and reflectively for academic and lay readers. Taught basic and advanced composition, Shakespeare, and 18th- and 19th-century British literature at University of Virginia. Former assistant to the director of the UVA Science and Engineering Libraries. Currently also affiliated with Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching Program.
Visiting Faculty Bard Center for Environmental Policy
B.S. in Physics, Mathematics, University of Oregon, 2006. Ph.D. in in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2013. Teaches Climate Science at Bard CEP. Research interests include midlatitude atmospheric dynamics and general circulation, atmospheric storm tracks and jet streams, climate dynamics and climate change, geophysical fluid dynamics, science education and communication, and water isotopes in the climate system. Published in both American Meteorological Society (AMS) and American Geophysical Union (AGU) journals. Member of and reviewer for the AMS and AGU.
Visiting Professor Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Jeffrey Domanski is a proud New York native and has worked for 20 years as a multi-disciplined environmental professional focused on resource conservation strategies in the built environment and sound economic development. He is the Senior Manager of Energy & Sustainability at IBTS, a not-for-profit organization offering services to the public sector. He has extensive experience in program and project management and organizational sustainability leadership for large and globally-recognized organizations, and has worked in-house and as consultant for public, private, and academic organizations. His consulting work focused on providing technical and policy analysis services, and his clients include The World Bank, the University of Pennsylvania, sustainability consulting and design firms, and numerous others while serving as senior staff scientist and project manager at AKRF, a New York-based environmental planning and consulting firm. His areas of expertise include the use of science-based behavioral, organizational, financial, communications, and technological approaches to design and deploy effective energy efficiency and other sustainability strategies. He has extensive audience engagement design experience, including education courses (including development of GBCI-approved courses) technical training, webinars, and public education programs. He serves on the Board of Sustainable Hudson Valley; the Leadership Council of the Garrison Institute’s Climate, Mind, and Behavior initiative; and the Mayor’s Conservation Advisory Committee in Beacon, NY. Jeff is also the organizer of Hudson Valley Green Drinks, a semi-formal gathering of like-minded individuals seeking to create a more sustainable world. Jeff is a LEED AP, received his BS in Chemistry from SUNY ESF at Syracuse, and an MPA from Princeton University. He proudly served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1994 to 1996. He very happily resides in the heart of the Hudson Valley.
Visiting Instructor, Bard Center for Environmental Policy Principal, Community Consultants
Judy Anderson, Principal of Community Consultants, has been a leader in the land trust sector for more than 20 years and frequently presents courses on land trusts across the United States. A former executive director of the Columbia Land Conservancy, she currently assists land trusts and nonprofit organizations on climate change issues, practical strategic conservation initiatives incorporating local communities, governance, communications, and community-based outreach and fund-raising strategies. She has a masters degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Visiting Faculty Bard Center for Environmental Policy
B.S. Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines; M.S. Earth Science/Soil Science, North Carolina State University. Research on subsurface nutrient transport, groundwater- surface water interactions, and GIS-model integration.
Houston is a frequent contributor to national geospatial forums such as URISA GIS Pro and ESRI Arc User conferences. In recent years, he has presented at forums such as NOAA Coastal GeoTools, the USGS sponsored Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds, the New York City Watershed Protection Conference and the AWRA GIS in Water Resources Specialty Conference Series.
Before joining Bard CEP, Houston was a program manager at the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT) a NASA funded Regional Applications Center, and most recently a founding member of GroundPoint Technologies, a geospatial consulting firm specializing in airborne remote sensing data solutions.
Areas of interest include raster based geospatial analysis at the watershed scale, with a focus on supporting efforts to improve water quality and enhance ecosystems services. Recent work includes the development of high resolution land cover and impervious surface data to support drinking water protection, enhanced hydro-enforcement of high resolution coastal elevation data to support the modeling of sea level rise impacts, and using image segmentation and object based image analysis to support wetlands delineation from high resolution multi-spectral imagery and airborne laser scanning data.
Mara A. Ranville
Visiting Faculty Bard Center for Environmental Policy
B.A., Macalester College (cum laude); Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz. Research interests focus on the biogeochemical cycling of contaminants in the environment, the examination of industrial emissions to the atmosphere and aquatic systems, and the policy implications of crossborder transport of pollution. Recent work includes development of a baseline water-quality study in support of a payment of watershed services scheme in Oaxaca, Mexico, and participation in a UNESCO-sponsored contaminant survey of the North Pacific Ocean. Governmental experience includes work with the U.S. Geological Survey and Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Member, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences. (2005- ) Assistant Professor of Environmental Science.
Teaching Assistant, Geographic Information Systems
Susan Winchell-Sweeney, GISP, is a research and collections technician for the Department of Anthropology at the New York State Museum. An archaeologist by education and training, Winchell-Sweeney's area of expertise is the application of geospatial technologies in archaeological research and cartography. She has over fifteen years of experience providing GIS analysis, GPS and cartographic services for archaeological projects and has worked for private individuals, non-profit organizations, New York State and the federal government.
B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan; J.D., Pace Law School, Environmental Law. Admitted to New York Bar, 2009. Research, writing and teaching center around the ways that everyday social spaces shape consumption, transportation, and environmental habits—as well as the ways that culture, economy, law, and policy shape everyday social spaces. As an environmental review attorney for the NYC Department of Transportation, oversaw legal review of some of the City’s most ambitious transportation greening projects. Grants and awards include Fulbright Hays Fellowship; two Social Science Research Council Fellowships; IREX Fellowship; FLAS Fellowship; Rackham Regents Fellowship; and Institute of International Education Fellowship.
Rebecca T. Barnes
Visiting Lecturer, Bard Center for Environmental Policy Postdoctoral Associate, Rutgers University
B.A. Oberlin College; M.S.E.S. in Water Resources, Indiana University, M.P.A. in Environmental Policy & Natural Resource Management, Indiana University, and Ph.D. in Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University. Research is focused on the biogeochemistry and ecology of nitrogen and carbon cycling within watersheds as well as the impact of human activities on these cycles. This work has focused on examining the impacts of a variety of global change drivers (atmospheric deposition, land use change, and warming) on these cycles across a range of ecosystems. Recent projects include: linkages between organic matter quality and nitrogen cycling in streams, the effects of warming on nitrogen cycling in the alpine, and impacts of urbanization on the lateral transport of carbon to tropical and subtropical rivers. Articles in Biogeochemistry, Environmental Science & Technology, Chemical Geology, Ecological Applications, and EOS. After teaching on a one-year appointment at Bard CEP, Dr. Barnes is now a Postdoctoral Associate at Rutgers University. Personal Website
Adjunct Faculty, Bard Center for Environmental Policy Senior Scientist, Health & Environment Program and Co-Deputy Director, Science Center, NRDC
Kim Knowlton, DrPH, is Senior Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)'s health and environment program in New York City and Co-Deputy Director of NRDC’s Science Center. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy; Assistant Clinical Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; chair of the Global Climate Change and Health Topic Committee of the American Public Health Association’s Environment Section; and Co-Convening Lead Author for the Human Health chapter of the 2013 National Climate Assessment. Kim was among the researchers who participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 Fourth Assessment Report. Her work focuses on the health effects of climate change; advocating for strategies to prepare for and prevent these impacts, especially for our most vulnerable communities; and making health a more central feature of national, state and local climate change adaptation plans. She has researched heat- and ozone-related mortality and illnesses; connections between climate change, pollen, allergies and asthma, as well as infectious diseases like dengue fever; the health costs of climate change; and domestic and international climate-health preparedness strategies. Knowlton holds a master’s degree in environmental and occupational health sciences from Hunter College, and received her doctorate in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.