Environmental studies core faculty members use interdisciplinary teaching methods and incorporate their research experience in their teaching with students on local, regional, and global environmental issues.
Professor of Environmental Science
2009-2010 Discipline Coordinator
I am interested in how to preserve declining and rare species. Much of my current research focuses on beach-nesting birds and the use of GIS to better understand and manage these threatened species. Dr. Forys was the recipient of the 2003 Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Research interests include coastal resource management and policy, natural hazards research, and applied statistics/econometrics. Current research includes the measurement of coastal homeowners' valuation of natural features for mitigating risks from natural hazards, measuring individual's assignment of responsibility and willingness-to-pay for rebuilding New Orleans post-Katrina, and methods for addressing bias from onsite sampling in recreation demand models.
Professor of Environmental Studies
Research interests include people-nature interactions, the role of environmental education in biodiversity conservation, and protected areas management. Current research focuses on people-park interactions in Madagascar and Florida as well as sacred forests in Ghana and India. Dr. Ormsby was the recipient of the 2008 Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Research interests include sustainable communities, green design, and life cycle assessment. Current research focuses on ecovillages, (small communities focused on reducing their environmental impacts and living in harmony with their environment) and how these communities’ planning techniques, building design, social institutions, and community values contribute to the development of sustainable communities.