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Dr. Eban Goodstein
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.
Associate Professor Bard Center for Environmental Policy
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). Research interests include natural resources and environmental economics, applied microeconomics, game theory, philosophy of economics, and history of economic thought. Worked in India on energy-economy-environment linkages and associated policy issues. Doctoral work focused on fishery management under uncertainty. Designed and taught a Rethinking Economics course at the University of California, Berkeley. Author, working papers of climate change policy impacts at Redefining Progress, San Francisco, and a companion volume to Jeffrey Perloff's Microeconomics; article in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Presented research talks at academic institutions (Binghamton University, University of California-Santa Barbara), research institutes (Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, Tata Energy Research Institute, India), policy forums (OECD workshop, Oaxaca, Mexico), and numerous professional society meetings. Currently working on issues related to wind energy, payments for ecosystem services, sustainable livelihoods, and education policy. Member, BCEP Graduate Committee.
Assistant Professor Bard Center for Environmental Policy
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.
Environmental Law 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.
Assistant Professor Bard Center for Environmental Policy
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.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.
Curator, American Museum of Natural History Faculty, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
B.A. (geology) Franklin and Marshall College; M.S. (geology) University of Arizona; Ph.D. (geology) University of Washington; Curator and Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, American Museum of Natural History. Mathez is an igneous petrology/geochemistry. His research has focused on mafic layered intrusions, behavior of volatiles in igneous systems, thermodynamics of sulfide systems, geochemistry of platinum group elements, and geochemistry of carbon. He has conducted field work in numerous parts of the world, including South Africa, Greenland, Canada, and the American west and taken part in several research cruises in exploration of the ocean basins. He served as chief curator of AMNH’s Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, a permanent exhibit that opened in 1999 and for which he and his colleagues received the 2002 American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award. He also co-curated the traveling exhibit Climate Change: The Threat to Life and a New Energy Future, which has and will appear in a number of other national and international venues. He is author of Climate Change: The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future (Columbia University Press, 2009) and co-author of The Earth Machine: The Science of a Dynamic Planet (Columbia University Press, 2004). Mathez teaches climate science at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.
Associate Director for Geospatial Applications, CEISIN, Earth Institute Columbia University; and Faculty, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
B.A., William Paterson University; M.A., Hunter College. Mr. Becker is the Associate Director of the Geospatial Applications Division for the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University's Earth Institute. In this role he is responsible for the development of geographic information systems (GIS) applications for education, disaster mitigation, and public health research and overseeing project budgets and managing CIESIN's staff of GIS and remote-sensing specialists. Past projects include an online education course in environmental sustainability, development of an online mapping application for monitoring and evaluating AIDS clinics in Africa, GIS assistance to Bogazici University in Turkey for earthquake mitigation, and GIS activities for Metropolitan East Coast Climate Assessment. Mr. Becker also holds an appointment as adjunct professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and is an authorized ESRI instructor conducting GIS training seminars for students and professors throughout the New York metropolitan area. Since 2000, Mr. Becker has served as a Trustee on the Meadowlands Conservation Trust. He is the founder of NorthStar Mapping, a GIS and global positioning systems consulting group assisting local government and educators and Co-Director since 1988 of Bergen SWAN, a community-based watershed association.
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.
Teaching Assistant, Geographic Information Systems
Susan Winchell-Sweeney is Project Archeologist at Underground Imaging Technologies, a digital geophysical mapping firm based in Latham, NY. Prior to this, she served as 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 a decade 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.
Adjunct Faculty, Bard Center for Environmental Policy Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History
B.A., Yale College; Ph.D., Yale University. Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History. Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University. Developed the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners, targeting conservation biology educators in developing countries, including Bolivia, Vietnam, Mexico, and Madagascar. Member, Board of Governors, Society for Conservation Biology, 2001-2010. Chair, Society for Conservation Biology Education Committee, 2005-2010. Member, Board of Directors, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. Fieldwork includes studying distribution patterns of biodiversity in tropical regions as well as sea turtle feeding ecology in the central Pacific. Considered world authority on the aye-aye, a nocturnal lemur found only in Madagascar. Author, Vietnam: A Natural History (Yale University Press, 2006).
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.
Naomi Roslyn Galtz
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
Faculty, Bard College Adjunct Faculty, Bard CEP
Voice and speech consultant for film, television, regional theater, Broadway, and Off-Broadway productions, including As You Like It, Road to Moscow, Henry IV, Engaged, Sight Unseen, and, at Glimmerglass Opera Company, Death in Venice, Patience, and Mines of Sulphur. Trains students in the art of public speaking and the development of an effective, cogent public speaking persona. Has taught at Yale School of Drama, Vassar College, Juilliard School, Fordham University, National Theater Institute, Gaiety School of Acting (Dublin, Ireland), Moscow Art Theatre School, and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London). Recipient, John Houseman Award (1996).
Professor of Philosophy, Bard College Visiting Lecturer, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
B.A., M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Yale University. Teaches environmental ethics and technological applications of the Human Genome Project, including a focus on the ecological consequences of genetically modified agricultural crops. Areas of specialization include 19th-century Continental philosophy, existentialism, phenomenology, and environmental ethics. Author of two books on the German idealist philosopher Hegel, essays in the Dictionary of Existentialism, and numerous articles and reviews. Scholarship on environmental ethics and the philosophy of ecology includes articles on Marxist ecology, 19th-century ecological thought, Aldo Leopold, and bioregionalism. Environmentally related public lectures include talks on the animal rights movement, bioregional politics, ecofeminism, and social ecology.