|Environmental StudiesSusan Allen-Gil|
|Environmental toxicology, endocrine disruption and reproductive success in freshwater fish and pollutant exposure in Arctic subsistence communities|
An environmental toxicologist, Susan Allen-Gil investigates endocrine disruption and reproductive success in freshwater fish and pollutant exposure in Arctic subsistence communities, particularly the Inupiat.
She is also an internationally recognized leader in sustainability pedagogy in higher education and was instrumental in establishing the college’s newly created Environmental Studies and Science department. Her numerous curriculum innovations include coursework in Belize to examine tropical ecosystems and an environmental policy studies course where students attend annual international climate treaties as permanent observers. In addition, she was pivotal in establishing an NSF grant-funded partnership between the college and a local residential community modeled on ecological and social sustainability. Her forward-looking efforts have received many honors, including the HSBC Foundation North America Award and the Chronicle of Higher Education’s showcase of Best Practices.
Besides publishing articles in such peer-reviewed journals as A Quarterly Journal of Biology, BIOS, and the Bulletin of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, Allen-Gil has presented at numerous professional conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Topics included:
• Mercury accumulation by fish in reservoirs
• Heavy metals in fish in a northern Russian river
• Pesticides in U.S. Arctic aquatic ecosystems
• The university as curricular tool for sustainability and environmental security
• Sustainability as an academic discipline
Degradation of aquatic ecosystems
Effects of pollutants on freshwater systems in the Arctic
Environmental security in transition countries
Educating for sustainability
Sustainability and environmental security
Sustainability in the higher education curriculum