Director, Center for Sustainability Education
Office: Kaufman Hall 195
Neil Leary came to Dickinson in 2008 as the founding director of the Center for Sustainability Education. He has researched climate change vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation for 20 years and led international climate change projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas. He is a member of the editorial board of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has participated in the scientific assessments of the IPCC since the 1990s, and was a leader of the IPCC's 2001 report on climate change impacts. Before joining Dickinson, Neil was Senior Scientist at the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START), Senior Economist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and, long ago, Troubleshooter at Merri-Grove Food Coop. Neil received a Ph.D. in natural resource economics from the University of Washington in 1988 and a B.A. from Macalester College in 1980.
Assistant Director, Center for Sustainability Education
Office: Kaufman Hall 194
Before coming to Dickinson College in 2011, Lindsey Lyons developed natural resource and sustainability initiatives in higher education for Oregon State University and Wilson College, Pennsylvania. After completing her B.S. in biology from Lynchburg College and a M.S. in environmental education from Southern Oregon University, Lindsey served as a professor of environmental studies at Wilson College and as director of various non-profit education and conservation organizations. Her graduate research focused on the reproductive biology and management of the endangered Devil's Hole pupfish, a model in desert fish conservation. As a certified K-12 teacher, outdoor school creator, former community extension agent for Oregon State University and experiential education advocate, Lindsey understands that education is key to a sustainable future.
Projects Coordinator, Center for Sustainability Education
Office: Kaufman Hall 191
Marcus Welker came to Dickinson in Fall 2015 after completing his Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology degree at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. At Dartmouth, Marcus studied Atlantic salmon migration and traveled to Alaska, Greenland, and Svalbard to learn more about the effects of climate change on the Arctic. Marcus received his Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he fostered campus- and community-wide sustainability initiatives. Marcus plans to share his passions for the outdoors and environment with the Dickinson community and is excited to mentor students in the art and science of sustainability.
Administrative Assistant, Center for Sustainability Education
Office: Kaufman Hall 190
Kathleen Banski's professional experiences reflect her passion for education and the environment. In addition to her assistance to projects and programs of the Center for Sustainability Education, Kathleen supports Dickinson's LUCE Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE). Before coming to Dickinson, Kathleen directed the activities of the Governor's PA Chesapeake Bay Program and Nonpoint Source Pollution Education Offices. Kathleen has served on numerous state and non-profit conservation boards and has worked extensively with the PA Department of Education's Office of Environment and Ecology. Kathleen is PA certified in the areas of elementary and special education and has an MED from the Pennsylvania State University in Agricultural and Extension Education.