Research

Faculty Research

As part of our 2011 AASHE STARS report, we discovered more than 75 faculty conducting sustainability-related research in a number of different disciplines. Below is the list of those faculty researchers and their areas of interest.

Susan Allen-Gil, Environmental Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences
http://faculty.ithaca.edu/sallen/
Environmental toxicology and habitat degradation in freshwater systems.

Jonathan Ablard, History, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/jablard/

Latin American History (focus on health issues and environmental impacts)

 

Mara Alper, Documentary Studies and Production, School of Communication

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/malper/

“Re-Imagining Water” documentary (http://www.maraalper.com/doc_water_1.html)

 

Stewart Auyash, Health Policy Studies, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/auyash/

International health education; critical health issues

 

Srijana Bajracharya, Health Promotion and Physical Education, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/sbajracharya/

“Emphasizing sustainable health and wellness in a health education curriculum.”

Wellness: A Multicultural Perspective of Health and Healing; Environmental Dimensions in Health Education

 

Marlene Barken, Business Administration / Legal Studies, School of Business

/business/faculty/mbarken/

"Sustainability and the Business Curriculum at Ithaca College"

 

Mary Bentley, Health Promotion and Physical Education, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/mbentley/

International Health Issues, Integrated Health and Healing

 

Rene Borgella, Biology/Environmental Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/rborgella/

Terrestrial Ecology; community ecology of vertebrates, especially birds in temperate and tropical forests;

statistical methods for assessing biodiversity; human's effects on ecosystems; environmental issues and public policy

 

Alka Bramhandkar, Finance/International Business, School of Business

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/abramhandkar/publications/

“Doing Good & Doing Well: An Examination of the leading Global Firms in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index”

“Managerial & Legal Perspectives on the Green Building Movement.”

“Investing with a Mission: An Empirical Analysis of “Socially Conscious” Mutual Funds.”

“Sustainable Management Practices and Financial Performance: A Multi-Industry/Country Study.”

 

Jake Brenner, Environmental Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/jbrenner/

Human-Environment Geography

 

Cory Brown, Writing, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/cbrown/

Poetry, especially natural writing

 

Beth Ellen Clark Joseph, Physics, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/bclark/

Alternative Energy Engineering

 

Kathryn Caldwell, Psychology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/kcaldwell/

Teaching and learning of systems thinking, the value of intergenerational learning, especially for solving problems of sustainable living, and the relationship between mindfulness and sustainable values and behaviors.

 

Jeff Claus, Department of Education, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/claus/

Multicultural education and the preparation of culturally competent teachers; issues of equity, diversity and social justice in education;

 

Jodi Cohen, Communication Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/cohenj/

Environmental communication; public communication and democracy

 

John Confer, Biology/Environmental Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/confer/

Regulation of species diversity and abundance; human impact on natural ecosystems

 

Cathrene Connery, Department of Education, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/cconnery/

Multicultural teacher education; sociopolitical issues in development, learning, and education.

 

Aimee Dars-Ellis, Management, School of Business

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/aellis/publications/

“The impact of corporate social responsibility on employee attitudes and behaviors.”

“Integrating Sustainability, Part I: Into Corporate Social Responsibility/Business Ethics Courses.”

“Employee perceptions of sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives.”

“Stories from the trenches: Reflections on integrating sustainability into CSR/BE courses.”

 

Julie Dorsey, Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/jdorsey/

Green ergonomics

 

G. Scott Erickson, Business Administration, School of Business

/business/faculty/gerickson/

"Sustainability and the Business Curriculum at Ithaca College”

“Marketing Sustainability in Higher Education.”

 

Ali Erkan, Computer Science, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/aerkan/

GIS mapping applications

 

Julian Euell, Sociology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/euell/

Social Theory, Social Change, Environmental Sociology

 

Akiko Fillinger, Chemistry, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/afillinger/

Materials for alternative energies

 

Amy Frith, Health Promotion and Physical Education, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/afrith/

Social support systems for health promotion

 

Mike Haaf, Chemistry, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/mhaaf/

Synthesis of organometallic catalysts designed to make biodegradable polymers from non-petroleum resources.

 

Jason Hamilton, Biology/Environmental Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/jhamilton/

Plant eco-physiology; Global Change Biology & Sustainability Science

 

Brooke Hansen, Anthropology, Native American Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/kbhansen/

Applied cultural and medical anthropology, contemporary Native American culture, medical pluralism, traditional healing and ethnobotany, integrative medicine, cultural revitalization among indigenous peoples, Native American environment and land issues, and public anthropology.

 

John Hopple, Biology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/jhopple/

Fungal systematics

 

Janet Hunting, Chemistry, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/jhunting/

Synthesis and characterization of potential energy-saving materials

 

Nancy Jacobson, Biology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/jacobson/

Marine science education; insect systematics

 

Howard Kalman, Strategic Communications, School of Communications

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/hkalman/

Systems thinking

 

Leann Kanda, Biology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/lkanda/

Mammalian behavior and population dynamics; movement ecology and evolution

 

Eileen Kelly, Management, School of Business

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/kelly/publications/

“Managerial & Legal Perspectives on the Green Building Movement."

 

Marlene Kobre, Writing, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/mkobre/

Writing about nature and environmental issues

 

William Kolberg, Economics, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/kolberg/

Natural Resource and Environmental Economics

 

Julia Lapp, Health Promotion and Physical Education, School of Health Science and Human Performance

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/jlapp/

Food, diet and sustainability

 

Anna Larsen, Chemistry, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/alarsen/

Ionic liquids, possibly an environmentally benign alternative to organic solvents used in various chemical technological processes.

 

Keri Lee, Chemistry, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/kalee/

Synthesis of organic polymers for use in bone tissue engineering.

 

Granger Macy, Management, School of Business

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/gmacy/publications/

"Using Environmental Paradigms to Understand and Change an Organization's Response to Stakeholders"

 

Michael Malpass, Anthropology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/malpass/

South American prehistory, ethnohistory, prehistoric agricultural systems, complex societies

 

Peter Melcher, Biology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/pmelcher/

Strategies used by plants to optimize the distribution of water through their highly branched vascular systems; factors that increase plant performance under various drought conditions.

 

Nancy Menning, Philosophy and Religion, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/nmenning/

Renaissance European Wunderkammern as iconic representations of the Book of Nature, narrating climate change as a rite of passage, Terry Tempest Williams and the religious ecology of Mormon Utah

 

Jerry Mirskin, Writing, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/mirskin/

Literacy and service learning

 

Matt Mogekwu, Journalism, School of Communication

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/mmogekwu/

Sustainable development in Africa

 

Hormoz Movassaghi, Finance and International Business, School of Business

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/hormoz/publications/

 “Investing with a Mission: An Empirical Analysis of ‘Socially Responsible’ Mutual Funds”

“Social Responsible Investing: Does it Pay Off?”

“Sustainable Management Practices and Financial Performance: A Multi-Industry/Country Study.”

 

Jennifer Muller, Anthropology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/jlmuller/

Bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology, trauma-related morbidity and mortality, health disparities

 

Katherine (Kit) Muma, Biology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/muma/

Neuroecology of moth/bat interactions

 

Denise Nuttall, Anthropology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/dnuttall/

Cultural Anthropology, South Asia, Ethnomusicology

 

Lauren O'Connell, Art History, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/oconnell/

History of Architecture and Urbanism

 

Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, Environmental Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/kolsonramanujan/

Sustainability Education and Permaculture Design

 

Shaianne Osterreich, Economics, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/sosterreich/

Globalization, International Trade, Poverty Alleviation, Gender

 

Tom Pfaff, Mathematics, School of Humanities and Sciences

/tpfaff/sustainability.htm

Infusion of sustainability into applied Math, Probability & Statistics

 

Michael "Bodhi" Rogers, Physics, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/mrogers/

Archaeogeophysics, Ground-based Remote Sensing

 

Patricia Rodriguez, Politics, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/prodriguez/

Outcomes of protest and political interactions of land-related social movements in Latin America; indigenous politics

 

Susan Rosenthal, Management, School of Business

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/roses/publications/

“Managerial & Legal Perspectives on the Green Building Movement.”

“How Green is My Building? The Coming Tsunami of Green Litigation.”

 

Jack Rossen, Anthropology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/jrossen/

Archaeology, archaeobotany, ethnobotany

 

Gordon Rowland, Strategic Communication, School of Communication

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/rowland/scholar/

Leading change management efforts, social systems, systems thinking

 

Ron Schassburger, Exercise and Sports Sciences, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/rschassburger/

Wolf Behavior—Social Organization & Communication Systems; pharmacognosy & zoopharmacognosy; Universal Design Concepts and Multimodal Exhibits Zoos, Aquaria, Nature Centers & Museums

 

Cyndy Scheibe, Psychology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/scheibe/

/looksharp/

Media literacy, media construction of environmental and sustainability issues

 

Tom Shevory, Politics, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/shevory/

Law, public policy, and popular culture, with special attention to health and environment.
Co-director of Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

 

Bruce Smith, Biology/Biochemistry, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/smithb/

Organismal-level biology of invertebrates, involving ecology, behavior and evolution.

 

Michael Smith, History, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/mismith/

Environmental History and Public History

 

Pat Spencer, Writing, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/pspencer/

Grant writing; experiential learning and civic engagement course design

 

Chris Sperry, Project LookSharp, School of Humanities and Scienecs

/looksharp/?action=staff

Media literacy around sustainability issues

 

Sandra Steingraber, Environmental Studies and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/ssteingraber/

Environmental toxicology

 

Maura Stephens, Journalism, School of Communication

http://staff.ithaca.edu/mstephens/shortbio/

Social justice issues, hydrofracking

 

Susan Swensen, Biology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/sswensen/

Plant molecular systematics (use of molecular data to reconstruct the evolutionary history of plants); sustainability science projects

 

Alicia Swords, Sociology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/aswords/

Social Movements and Social Change, movement-centered service learning

 

Bruce Thompson, Physics, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/bthompso/

Elephant seismic signalling

 

David Turkon, Anthropology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/dturkon/

Sociocultural anthropology, political ecology

 

Paula Turkon, Anthropology, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/pturkon/

Mesoamerican and U.S. Southwest archaeology and paleoethnobotany

 

Scott Ulrich, Chemistry, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/sulrich/

Synthesis of inhibitors to bacterial communication systems to produce antibacterial compounds that do not drive antibiotic resistance.

 

Fred Wilcox, Writing, School of Humanities and Sciences

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/fwilcox/

War, non-violence, environmentalism

 

Cory L. Young, Strategic Communications, School of Communication

/profiles/cv/cv_clyoung.pdf

Corporate social responsibility

 

Patricia Zimmermann, Cinema, Photography & Media Arts, School of Communication

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/patty/research/
Co-director, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF)