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Nicole Ardoin, Assistant Professor, School of Education; Center Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

I research the use of social strategies— such as education, communications, and social marketing— by non-governmental organizations to engage individuals and communities in decision-making related to natural resource management. I also work in the area of visitor studies and environmental education program evaluation in environmental education centers, parks, natural history museums, zoos, and aquariums.


Gregory Asner, Professor (by Courtesy), EESS; Carnegie Institution, Global Ecology

Department of Environmental Earth System Science

I work at the interface of ecosystem science, land use and climate change, with my ongoing research and capacity-building effort focused on tropical deforestation and forest degradation, functional diversity of forest ecosystems, animal-habitat interactions, spatial ecology of savannas, invasive species and climate change, and the effects of land use on carbon, nutrient and water cycles.  I develop new scientific approaches and technologies for investigation and conservation assessments of large ecoregions, including their carbon emissions, three-dimensional habitat, and biological diversity.


Barbara Block, Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Professor in Marine Sciences, Biology; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

My research questions how large pelagic fishes utilize the open ocean environment, focusing on understanding the evolution of endothermic strategies in tunas, billfishes, and sharks. In the Tuna Research and Conservation Center, my colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and I employ new techniques in wildlife telemetry and molecular genetics to examine directly the short and long-term movement patterns, stock structure, and behavior of tunas and billfishes.


Margaret (Meg) Caldwell, Senior Lecturer, Law

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

My scholarship focuses on the environmental effects of local land use decisions; the use of science in environmental and marine resource policy development and implementation; and the development of private and public incentives for natural resource conservation.


Karen Casciotti, Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Earth System Science

Assistant Professor in EESS, focus on marine chemistry and biogeochemistry.


Page Chamberlain, Professor

Department of Environmental Earth System Science


Gretchen Daily, Professor, Biology

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

I am developing the field of countryside biogeography to forecast changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services in human-dominated landscapes, as well as to create a scientific framework for characterizing ecosystem services and incorporating their value into decision-making.


Jennifer (Jenna) Davis, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Center Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

I research the intersection of economic development and environmental protection, with particular emphasis on cost-effective and sustainable water supply and sanitation (W&S) service delivery in developing countries.


Mark Denny, Professor

Earth Systems Program