Faculty

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.

Noëlle Boucquey

Noëlle Boucquey
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Research interests include human-environment relationships and the role of coastal and marine spaces in mediating those relationships. Current work is focused on how coastal regions in the U.S. are interpreting marine spatial planning policies, and what this means for communities and environmental actors.

Meghan Cook

Meghan Cook
Instructor

My research interests include developing authentic science course content for earth science related college courses, figuring out what “makes” a geoscientist, and understanding how rhetoric surrounding climate change has evolved.

Beth Forys

Beth Forys
Professor of Environmental Science

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

David Himmelfarb

David Himmelfarb
Instructor/Internship Coordinator

My research interests focus on how social relationships of power and inequality influence people’s interactions with the environment. Carrying out projects in Uganda, Vietnam, and the US South, I have explored food insecurity, rural livelihoods, forced migration, the politics of environmental conservation, and climate change.

Paul Hindsley

Paul Hindsley
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.

Jesse Sherry

Jesse Sherry
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.

Peter Simard

Peter Simard
Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies

My research focuses on the behavior, ecology and conservation of cetaceans, and on various aspects of marine bioacoustics. I am currently working on projects investigating the spatial patterns of individual bottlenose dolphins in the Tampa Bay area, the effects of boat noise on bottlenose dolphin acoustic behavior, and the habitat use patterns of several dolphin species near artificial and natural reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.