Faculty Profile

Brian Pedersen

Associate Professor of Environmental Science (1998)

Contact Information


Kaufman Building Room 131


His teaching and research interests concern ecology and environmental science.


  • B.S., Harvey Mudd College, 1981
  • M.S., University of California at Davis, 1988
  • Ph.D., Oregon State University. 1992

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

ENST 406 Seeking Ideas from Fiction
Modern humans do not know how to live without significantly harming our environments, the environments we depend upon to live. Creating a future where all humans can thrive for generation after generation within healthy, magnificent environments will require new ways of living. We need new ways of organizing societies, new technologies, and new conceptions of what it means to live a full human life. Many genres and forms of fiction present alternatives to our current modes of living. In this seminar, we will seek out a wide variety of ideas from a diverse array of fictional works and imagine how to implement them in the real world. Working individually, in small groups, and as a class, this seminar will develop a critically-analyzed collection of ideas for improving how humans interact with our environments.