Department Chair
Gregory J. Howard
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2009).
Kaufman Building Room 131
howardg@dickinson.edu
(717) 245-1527
Department Faculty
Candie C. Wilderman
Professor of Environmental Science; Walter E. Beach '56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies (1974).
Kaufman Building Room 121
(717) 245-1573 | wilderma@dickinson.edu
B.S., Tufts University, 1968; M.A., Harvard University, 1969; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1984.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2001-2002.

Her specialty is the study of freshwater systems with a focus on water quality. Her current research interests include: operational models for community-based research, watershed assessment and management, aquatic ecology, and Chesapeake Bay restoration and protection issues.
B. Ashton Nichols
Professor of English and Environmental Studies; Walter E. Beach '56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies (1988).
Kaufman Building-192
(717) 245-1660 | nicholsa@dickinson.edu
B.A., University of Virginia, 1975; M.A., 1979; Ph.D., 1984.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1992-1993. Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1993-1994.

His fields include 19th- and 20th-century British literature and contemporary ecocriticism, with an emphasis on Romantic poetry and American nature writing. He also regularly teaches courses in nature writing. His current research focuses on Romantic natural history, 1750-1850 and urbanatural roosting.
Brian S. Pedersen
Associate Professor of Environmental Science (1998).
Kaufman Building Room 130
(717) 245-1897 | pedersen@dickinson.edu
B.S., Harvey Mudd College, 1981; M.S., University of California at Davis, 1988; Ph.D., Oregon State University. 1992.

His teaching and research interests concern ecology and environmental science.
Gregory J. Howard
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2009).
Kaufman Building Room 131
(717) 245-1527 | howardg@dickinson.edu
B.S., Yale University, 1992; M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994; MPH, Boston University School of Public Health, 2005; D.Sc., 2008.

Greg Howard comes to Dickinson's Environmental Studies Department from the Boston University School of Public Health, where he earned his DSc and MPH degrees in environmental health. Previously, he studied astronomy and physics at Yale and at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. With training in both epidemiology and toxicology, Greg's primary research focus is on understanding how exposures to multiple toxic hazards can act together to cause adverse health effects -- a key concern for communities impacted by pollution. In addition, he has a longstanding interest in the relationship between urban design, transportation, and health, a focus driven in part by decades as a bike commuter. At Dickinson, Greg plans to continue teaching and research in both areas, drawing connections between public health concerns, equity, sustainability, and the environment.
Michael D. Beevers
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2011).
Kaufman Building Room 106
beeversm@dickinson.edu
B.S., Western Illinois University, 1993; M.S., M.P.A., University of Washington, 2004; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2011.

His interests include environmental policy, global environmental politics, environmental security, development, globalization, peacebuilding and African Politics. His current research examines environmental and natural resource governance in war-torn societies - with a particular focus on forests, diamonds and minerals in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He has worked as a research associate at Princeton University and as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme and World Resources Institute. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger.
Kristin E. Strock
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2014).
Kaufman Building Room 112
strockk@dickinson.edu
B.S., James Madison University, 2006; M.S., University of Maine, 2010; Ph.D., 2013.

Dr. Strock uses modern aquatic ecology and fossil records contained in lake sediments, to explore issues that are critical to effectively managing freshwater resources. Her interests include freshwater and ecosystem ecology and paleoecology, ecosystem response to changes in climate and atmospheric deposition, watershed biogeochemistry, algal ecology, food-web interactions, and freshwater resource management.
Heather Bedi
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2014).
Kaufman Hall Room 110
bedih@dickinson.edu
B.A., Occidental College, 2000; M.S., University of Michigan, 2002; Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2012.

Grounded in political ecology and development, Dr. Bedi's research examines how mining, land, and industrialization projects and policies are experienced and contested in South Asia and the United States. She has published on Special Economic Zones and land-use protest, the fallacies of mining environmental impact assessments, and the human rights and agricultural implications of resource extraction. As an UKIERI Visiting Fellow in Mumbai in 2014, she researched the judicialization of environmental claims in India. An advocate of place based learning and teaching, Dr. Bedi's nascent research examines energy activism through the lens of hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania.
H. Eugene Wingert
Visiting Instructor in Biology (2007).
Rector North Room 1310
(717) 254-8939 | wingerth@dickinson.edu
B.A., Shippensburg University, 1967; M.Ed., 1972.

Jennifer Halpin
Director of the Dickinson College Farm (2007).
Kaufman Building Room 122
(717) 245-1251 | halpinj@dickinson.edu
B.A., Providence College, 1994.

Kelin Zhuang
LIASE Post-Doctoral Fellow in Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies (2013).
Kaufman Building Room 133
zhuangk@dickinson.edu
B.S., Nanjing University-China, 1990; M.S., Ocean University of China, 1998; Ph.D., Texas A & M University, 2010.

Contributing Faculty
Thomas M. Arnold
(on sabbatical Spring 2014)
Associate Professor of Biology (2003).
Rector North Room 2303
(717) 245-1319 | arnoldt@dickinson.edu
B.A., St. Mary's College of Maryland, 1993; Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1998.

Dr. Arnold is a biochemist and physiologist who studies natural toxins, pheromones, odors, and anti-microbials. He focuses on natural products found in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems, including seagrass communities, coral reefs, temperate forests, and agricultural fields.
Jeremy R. Ball
Associate Professor of History (2005).
Denny Hall Room 19
(717) 254-8191 | ballj@dickinson.edu
B.A., Boston College, 1994; M.A., Yale University, 1998; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003.

He teaches courses in African political and ecological history, apartheid, the Atlantic slave trade, and human rights. His research focuses on the labor and business history of Angola, Portuguese colonialism, and oral history.
James Ciarrocca
GIS Specialist.
Kaufman Building Room 188
(717) 245-1978 | ciarrocj@dickinson.edu
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1980; M.S., University of Redlands, 2005.

Daniel G. Cozort
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Associate Professor of Religion (1988).
East College Room 206
(717) 254-8972 | cozort@dickinson.edu
B.A., Brown University, 1976; M.A., University of Virginia, 1983; Ph.D., 1989.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2011-12.

Dan Cozort grew up in North Dakota, where he ran cross-country and track and was a successful debater and extemporaneous speaker. At Brown University he majored in religious studies, specializing in Christian theology and ethics. At the graduate school of the University of Virginia, he specialized in Buddhism, learned Tibetan and Sanskrit, and began his collaboration with Tibetan lamas. He did a year of fieldwork in India, traveling broadly and staying in Tibetan monasteries. His teaching career began with a two-year appointment at Bates College in Maine. Coming to Dickinson in 1988, he proposed that the College join the South India Term Abroad consortium, which he directed in Madurai, south India, in 1992-93. In 1991 he organized the Festival of Tibet at Dickinson, which included an art exhibit he curated and was the initial occasion in which Tibetan monks constructed a Buddhist sand painting in the Trout Gallery. The monks returned in 1995 to construct another; he collaborated with Prof. Lonna Malmsheimer on a film to document it. In 2000 he began to teach in the Norwich Humanities Programme in England and in 2003-2005 he was its resident director. Prof. Cozort's teaching is principally in the area of comparative religion, where he offers courses on Buddhism and Hinduism. However, he has also taught about Native American religions, about love and sex in relation to religion, about happiness, and has taught a variety of courses in the theory of religious studies. Currently, in addition to introductory courses, he frequently offers “Contemplative Practices in Asia,” “Buddhism and the Environment,” and “Spiritual Dimensions of Healing,” a course on the relation of religion and medicine. He is the author of six books: Highest Yoga tantra, Buddhist Philosophy, Unique Tenets of the Middle Way Consequence School, Sand Mandala of Vajrabhairava, Sadhana of Mahakala, and Enlightenment Through Imagination. He has also written numerous book chapters and articles and a film script. Since 2006, he has been the Editor of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, and he is currently editing the Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics.
Benjamin R. Edwards
Associate Professor of Earth Sciences (2002).
Kaufman Building Room 139
(717) 254-8934 | edwardsb@dickinson.edu
B.A., Carleton College, 1989; M.S., University of Wyoming, 1993; Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1997.

His research foci are glaciovolcanism (interactions between volcanoes and ice, including the formation of pillow lava and cooling joints), petrological imaging of lithospheric stratigraphy (using xenoliths from Neogene to Recent volcanoes in the North American Cordillera), and applications of theoretical models for understanding the transport and crystallization of silicate melts. His other interests include mineralogy, environmental hazards, the history of science, and the influence of plate tectonics on almost everything. His current research involves taking students to places like Monterrat (West Indies) to study xenoliths and volcanic stratigraphy, Iceland to study volcano-ice interactions, and northern British Columbia to map and collect samples of volcanic deposits, especially from volcanoes that erupted beneath or against ice.
James G. Ellison
Associate Professor of Anthropology (2005).
Denny Hall Room 307
(717) 245-1902 | ellisonj@dickinson.edu
B.A., Michigan State University, 1987; M.A., University of Florida, 1990; Ph.D., 1999.

A broadly trained cultural anthropologist, Ellison researches political and economic transformations and culture in eastern Africa, focusing on colonialism, socialism, and "neoliberalism." His main fieldwork sites are in Tanzania and Ethiopia. He also co-directs a summer field school in Tanzania to teach anthropological research methods.
Kjell I. Enge
Associate Professor of Anthropology (1984).
Denny Hall Room 20
(717) 245-1207 | enge@dickinson.edu
B.A., Northeastern University, 1964; Ph.D., Boston University, 1981.

Prof. Enge's specialties include the design and use of monitoring systems to track the progress of education and health projects and the evaluation of projects, including formative, summative and the determination of sustainability into the future. His current work in education includes directing a three-year cross-national evaluation of the libraries donated to primary/secondary schools in Asia and Africa by Room to Read to determine the effects and attitudes toward reading and literacy involving both schools, parents and community leaders. The evaluation uses a multi-method combination of quantitative-qualitative methods and is being carried out in Laos, Nepal and Zambia. He is also in the process of completing a series of case studies in Rajasthan, India on private public partnerships (PPP) in education. These case studies involve CISCO, Educate Girls Globally, the Rajasthan ministry of Education, financed by USAID (under EQUIP1) and done in conjunction with the World Economic Forum. The objective is to determine what makes these partnerships successful and how access to and the quality of education can be improved. He uses examples from work in both education and health to show students the practical uses of the social sciences to address world problems.
Susan M. Feldman
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Professor of Philosophy (1980).
East College Room 211
(717) 245-1226 | feldmans@dickinson.edu
B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1974; M.A., 1976; M.A., University of Rochester, 1978; Ph.D., 1980.

Her interests include the history of modern philosophy, the problem of knowledge and skepticism, philosophy of science and ethics, both pure" and "applied" to such areas as the environment, the status of women, medicine and public policy."
Marcus M. Key, Jr.
Joseph Priestley Professor of Natural Philosophy (1989).
Kaufman Building Room 143
(717) 245-1448 | key@dickinson.edu
B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1983; M.Phil., Yale University, 1986; Ph.D., 1988.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2004-2005.

His teaching interests are sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, evolution, extinction, energy resources, and sustainability. His research interests involve inferring evolutionary and sedimentary patterns and processes using fossil and living bryozoans. His current research involves evolution of biomineralization, marine biofouling, functional morphology of bryozoans, and geoarcheology.
Andrea B. Lieber
Associate Professor of Religion, Sophia Ava Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies (1998).
East College Room 106
(717) 245-1482 | lieber@dickinson.edu
B.A., Vassar College, 1989; M.A., Columbia University, 1993; M.Phil., 1995; Ph.D., 1998.

Her courses explore the transformations of Judaism as a living religion and evolving culture from its origins in antiquity through its varied manifestations in the 20th century. Special interests include: Judaism and early Christianity, Jewish mysticism (kabbalah), women and gender in Jewish tradition.
Carol C. Loeffler
Associate Professor of Biology (1988).
Rector North Room 2304
(717) 245-1360 | loeffler@dickinson.edu
B.A., Smith College, 1982; Ph.D., Cornell University, 1992.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2008-09.

She teaches courses in algae, fungi, lichens, and land plants. Her research interests with students are in the biology and ecology of rare plant species and in the impact of deer and other herbivores on forest vegetation.
Jeffrey W. Niemitz
Professor of Earth Sciences (1977).
Kaufman Building Room 142
(717) 245-1285 | niemitz@dickinson.edu
B.A., Williams College, 1972; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1977.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2006-07

His specialties are low-temperature geochemistry, hydrogeology, and paleoclimatology. His current research involves quality and quantity of groundwater resources on carbonate islands in the Bahamas, the effect of release of sediment and their included pollutants from 18th and 19th century mill dams in PA, and geochemical indicators of paleoclimate in ancient lake sediments in the eastern United States.
Hans Pfister
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Associate Professor of Physics, George Wesley Pedlow Chair in Pedagogy (1991).
Tome Scientific Building Room 211
(717) 245-1307 | pfister@dickinson.edu
Staatsexam, Eberhard Karls Universitat, 1981; Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1991.

As an advocate for the environment he encourages sustainable living, supports sustainable technology, and embraces renewable energy sources. With the help of a 2006 Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) Seed/Assistance grant he was able to turn one of his visions, a sun-tracking solar concentrator, into a reality. This prototype will soon make some of the hot water for the students living in Dickinson's Center for Sustainable Living. A 2009 Innovation Transfer Network (ITN)/KIZ Seed/Assistance grant enabled him to design and build a concentrating solar collector, which converts solar energy directly into electricity, using a thermoelectric converter (TEC). A 2007 ITN/KIZ grant supported the design and construction of a dental device, which removes temporary crowns and bridges by a series of micro pulses, applied to the backside of the dental appliances. Over the course of the semester he devotes time as a plasma physicist to work with senior physics majors on his design of a plasma propulsion device known as a Hall thruster. With another group of seniors he built a solar powered Stirling engine. Over the course of the past 18 years he has developed numerous kinesthetic physics experiments, incorporating his students into the experiment, thus allowing them to feel the forces and accelerations on their own body. Three of his inventions, a Kinesthetics Cart for Motion in 1-D, a Kinesthetics Cart for Motion in 2-D, and a Thermodynamic Engine and Ideal Gas Law Demonstration Apparatus are being used at over a thousand colleges, universities, and high schools. Some of his other interests include physics puzzles, tricks, and toys, as applied to the physics classroom.
Theodore Pulcini
Thomas Bowman Professor of Religion and Philosophy (1995).
East College Room 203A
(717) 245-1208 | pulcini@dickinson.edu
B.A., Harvard College, 1976; M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1979; Th.M., Harvard Divinity School, 1982; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1994.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1998-1999; Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2002-03.

His teaching responsibilities focus on exploring the Biblical texts in their historical, social, and comparative contexts. He also specializes in Islam, early Christianity, and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Research interests include relations between Islam and Christianity, both past and present.
Peter B. Sak
Associate Professor of Earth Sciences (2004).
Kaufman Building Room 138
(717) 245-1423 | sakp@dickinson.edu
B.A., Whitman College, 1995; M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1999; Ph.D., 2002.

He specializes in describing and quantifying temporal and spatial variations in near surface deformation and landscape evolution. To document variability in regional scale deformation he integrates structural, geomorphic, and petrographic data sets. His current research projects involve field work along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in central Colorado, and Valley and Ridge of central PA.
J. A. Skelton
Associate Professor of Psychology (1981).
Kaufman Building Room 160
(717) 245-1309 | skelton@dickinson.edu
B.A., Washington & Lee University, 1976; Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1981.

His teaching interests are in social psychology and in the philosophy and design of psychological research. His research interests include self-perception of bodily states, interpersonal issues in health care, and psychology applied to social problems.
Nicola Tynan
Associate Professor of Economics (2001).
Althouse Hall Room 219
(717) 245-1596 | tynann@dickinson.edu
B.A., University of York, 1991; M.S., London School of Economics and Political Science, 1994; M.A., George Mason University, 1998; Ph.D., 2000.

Teaching interests: economic history, environmental and resource economics, industrial organization, microeconomics and public policy. Primary research interest: water - economic history with a focus on London and the UK, water infrastructure and development, the history of economic focusing on network industries, and industrial organization.
Amy E. Witter
Associate Professor of Chemistry (1999).
Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 2109
(717) 245-1681 | witter@dickinson.edu
B.A., Wellesley College, 1987; Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1996.

Her long-term research interests lie in the field of environmental analytical chemistry. Her current research projects involve investigating the chemical effects of urbanization on stream sediment chemistry and the development of new analytical methods for studying plant secondary metabolites.

Emeriti Faculty
Michael Heiman
Professor of Environmental Studies & Geography Emeritus
132 Woodridge Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110
heiman@dickinson.edu