Faculty Profile

Gregory Howard

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2009), Department Chair

Contact Information


Kaufman Building Room 131


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.


  • B.S., Yale University, 1992
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994
  • MPH, Boston University School of Public Health, 2005
  • D.Sc., 2008

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

ENST 311 Cities, Environment and Health
Most of the world's population now lives in urban areas. This course will address the impacts and opportunities of cities for both public health and the environment. Particular attention will be given to megacities in the developing world, addressing public health needs, environmental impacts, and possible development paths. We'll consider the consequences of different types of urban design, the history and future of health infrastructure, and the challenges of creating healthy and sustainable cities.

ENST 311 Environmental Activism
This course explores how a range of actors engage in activism to contest environmental harm. Through in depth analysis of activism, the opportunities and challenges associated with environmental protest are reviewed. Course material and exercises encourage students to explore how narratives of environmental protest reflect and respond to how people use and experience natural resources, and how cultural norms and expectations provide particular terrains to encourage or discourage environmental activism. Drawing from national and international examples, diverse means and methods of environmental activism are reviewed including: blogs, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), online petitions, litigation, street rallies, and shareholder activism.

ENST 311 Environment and Society
Margaret Mead famously warned, "we won't have a society if we destroy the environment". This course aims to understand how society is intimately dependent on natural resources, and how human actions alter the environment. The class serves as a gateway for students to gain qualitative skills necessary to analyze social and environmental issues through problem identification, assessment of challenges, solution review, and the formation of an argument based on evidence. These skills will be learned through analysis of the human implications of contemporary environmental challenges including: climate change, hydraulic fracturing, and food justice.

ENST 330 Env Disruption & Pol Analysis
This course examines the effect of environmental policies on environmental quality, human health and/or the use of natural resources at local, national and international levels. It considers the ways scientific knowledge, economic incentives and social values merge to determine how environmental problems and solutions are defined, how risks are assessed and how and why decisions are made. The course examines a range of tools, processes and patterns inherent in public policy responses and covers issues ranging from air and water pollution and toxic and solid waste management to energy use, climate change and biodiversity protection. A combination of lectures, case studies, and field trips will be used. Prerequisite: 131 and 132 or 130, or permission of instructor. This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement.

ENST 406 Seminar in Adv Top in Env St
A keystone seminar designed to integrate and apply students' past coursework, internships, and other educational experiences, and to provide a basis for future professional and academic endeavors. The course format varies depending on faculty and student interests, and scholarly concerns in the field. Course components may include developing written and oral presentations, reading and discussing primary literature, and defining and performing individual or group research. Students in this course will be particularly responsible for acquiring and disseminating knowledge. This course is not equivalent to an independent study or independent research course. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of the instructor. Normally offered in Spring semester.

INTR 736 Intern - Environmental Studies
Permission of Instructor Required.