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School of the Environment

Faculty

Michael Berger

Clinical Assistant Professor

360-546-9347
WSU Vancouver
VLIB 210U14204 NE SALMON CREEK AVENUE

  • Role of environmental gradients on marine invertebrate life-history
  • Ecology, physiology, and larval biology of marine invertebrates
  • Teaching innovations and pedagogy
  • Michael Berger Lab
  • Michael Berger CV

Keith Blatner

Professor
Program Leader for Forestry
Director Grizzly Bear Research, Education and Conservation Center

509-335-4499
WSU Pullman
Heald 402

  • The analysis of markets for timber and non-timber forest products under existing and potential future environmental, social and political constraints.
  • The changing role of non-industrial private forest landowners in the forest products sector of the Pacific Northwest and the application of collaborative learning as a mechanism for fostering more effective public involvement in the management of public forest lands.

Stephen Bollens

Professor
Director Multi-Campus Planning and Strategic Initiative
sbollens@wsu.edu
360-546-9116
WSU Vancouver
ELS 230Q

Matthew Carroll

Professor
carroll@wsu.edu
509-335-2235
WSU Pullman
TROY 330

  • Human response to both the threat and reality of uncontrolled fire in the residential/forest interface
  • Social issues surrounding controlled and uncontrolled wild-land fire.
  • Matthew Carroll CV

Catherine Cooper

Associate Professor
cmcooper@wsu.edu
509-335-1501
WSU Pullman
WEBSTER 1154

  • Geodynamics
  • Plate tectonics/mantle convection
  • Planetary evolution
  • Lithospheric creation and deformation
  • Early earth processes
  • Catherine Cooper CV

Allan Felsot

Professor
afelsot@wsu.edu
WSU Tri Cities
509-372-736

  • Environmental chemistry and toxicology
  • Probabilistic risk assessments of environmental contaminants and exposure science
  • Entomology and integrated pest management
  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Alan Felsot CV

Alex Fremier

Associate Professor
alex.fremier@wsu.edu
509-335-8689
WSU Pullman
PACCAR ETB 356

  • Fluvial geomorphology and ecology
  • Coupling mechanisms between the ecology and it hydro-geomorphic character
  • Basic and applied research
  • Alex Fremier CV

David Gaylord

Professor
gaylordd@wsu.edu
509-335-8127
WSU Pullman
WEBSTER 1146

  • Clastic sedimentology
  • Reconstructing Quaternary paleoclimates using eolian and related deposits
  • Volcaniclastic successions and volcanic hazards assessment

Caren Goldberg

Caren Goldberg

Assistant Professor
caren.goldberg@wsu.edu
509-335-3673
WSU Pullman
HEALD 417

  • Detection of rare species using environmental DNA
  • Impacts of landscape and climate change on functional connectivity of amphibian populations
  • Conservation genetics of reintroduction efforts
  • Hybridization and adaptation in novel ecosystems
  • Caren Goldberg Publications

Stephanie Hampton

Professor
Director CEREO
s.hampton@wsu.edu
509-335-6750
WSU Pullman
PACCAR ETB 260

Linda Hardesty

Linda Hardesty

Professor
lhardest@wsu.edu
509-335-6632
WSU Pullman
HEALD

  • The long term ecological impacts of cattle grazing on forested ranges of the interior northwest.
  • Developing methods for control of the invasive grass Phalaris arundinacea in northwest wetlands.

John Harrison

Associate Professor
john_harrison@wsu.edu
360-546-9210
WSU Vancouver
VANCOUVER SCI. & ENG. 230B

  • Sources, fate and effects of nitrogen and phosphorus over-enrichment of rivers, lakes, and coastal waters
  • The role of dams and reservoirs as agents of biogeochemical change, including greenhouse gas production
  • Biogeochemical fluxes and transformations at the sediment-water interface
  • Stormwater infrastructure effects on nutrient transport
  • John Harrison CV
  • John Harrison Lab

Sarah Hart

Assistant Professor
sarah.j.hart@wsu.edu
509-335-8570
WSU Pullman
TROY 324

  • Quantitative forest ecology
  • Causes and consequences of forest disturbance (bark beetle outbreaks, wildfire, blowdown)
  • Global change ecology
  • Remote sensing and GIS
  • Sarah Hart CV

Stephen Henderson

Assistant Professor
steve_henderson@wsu.edu
360-546-9268
WSU Vancouver
230L, ENG LIFE SCIENCES BUILDING

Stephen Katz

Associate Professor
steve.katz@wsu.edu
509-335-8848
WSU Pullman
PACCAR ETB 438

  • Statistical modelling of multivariate time series.  We are currently developing new multivariate statistical tools for the analysis of ecological communities that reveal quantitative measures of the interactions of creatures with each other and their environment, and also quantitative measures of overall ecosystem stability in the face of perturbations such as management actions or climate variability.
  • Conceptual Modelling of the FEW Nexus.  We are beginning a new, NSF-funded program in applied epistemology and conceptual analysis examining the dynamics, trade-offs and stability at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water systems in the Columbia River Basin as part of a larger collaboration on resilience in the provisioning capacity of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Habitat Restoration in the Pacific Northwest.  We continue a decades-long project to evaluate large-scale decision making in habitat management across the Pacific Northwest using applied semantics and ecoinformatics to ask questions such as “are we being efficient or effective with the billions of dollars spent on habitat restoration in the last 20 years?”
  • Local-scale climate variability impacts.  We are continuing projects that use data confederation methods to evaluate how short-term climate variability affects local regional eco-systems and human-natural coupled systems, such as how the changing frequency of extreme events may have affected regional fisheries and other maritime activity?
  • Steve Katz CV

C Kent Keller

Professor
ckkeller@wsu.edu
509-335-3040
WSU Pullman
PACCAR 354

  • Groundwater and Critical-Zone biogeochemistry
  • Chemical weathering, chemical denudation, and C exports from terrestrial ecosystems
  • Nutrient cycling and nutrient budgets in agroecosystems
  • Environmental isotopes in biogeochemical studies
  • CK Keller CV

Allyson Beall King

Clinical Assistant Professor
Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs SoE
abeall@wsu.edu
509-335-4037
WSU Pullman
FULMER 208

Marc Kramer

Assistant Professor
marc.kramer@wsu.edu
360-546-9788
WSU Vancouver
VAN SCI 230C

  • Interactions among climate, the biosphere and the pedosphere
  • The structure and function of the Earth’s surface from a biogeochemical perspective — particularly in the context of climate change and the forcing factors that drive earth surface structure and function
  • Mechanisms of carbon stabilization in soil and the biogeochemical effects of winds on the earth’s surface
  • Marc Kramer Lab
  • Marc Kramer CV

Peter Larson

Professor
plarson@wsu.edu
509-335-3095
WSU Pullman
WEBSTER 1046

  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Yellowstone hot springs
  • Metal resources
  • Magma genesis
  • Peter Larson CV

Sean Long

Sean Long

Associate Professor
sean.p.long@wsu.edu
509-335-8868
WSU Pullman
WEBSTER 1155

  • The dynamics of contractional orogenic systems
  • The construction of orogenic plateaus
  • The evolution of continental normal fault systems
  • Sean Long CV

Jen McIntyre

Jenifer McIntyre

Assistant Professor
jen.mcintyre@wsu.edu
253-445-4650
Puyallup Research & Extension Center, Aquatic Toxicology Lab

  • Toxic impacts of urban runoff and other complex chemical mixtures to aquatic animals, particularly species native to the Pacific Northwest
  • Source control of toxic chemicals to urban runoff and other anthropogenic chemical mixtures
  • Green infrastructure biological effectiveness for preventing toxicity to aquatic animals
  • Jenifer McIntyre CV

Kevan Moffatt

Kevan Moffett

Assistant Professor
kevan.moffett@wsu.edu
360-546-9413
WSU Vancouver
VSCI ROOM 230P

  • Urban Ecohydrology
  • Intertidal Ecohydrology and Ecogeomorphology
  • Post-wildfire Ecohydrology
  • Kevan Moffett CV

Barry Moore

Barry Moore

Associate Professor
bcmoore@wsu.edu
509-335-4006
WSU Pullman
JOHNSON 189

  • The movements and effects of pollutants in freshwater ecosystems, particularly on the ecological and management implications of sediment/water interactions
  • The ecology, analysis, remote sensing, and management
    of aquatic macrophytes because of their structural and functional roles in eutrophic lake ecosystems
  • Evaluation of hypolimnetic oxygenation and aluminum sulfate injection for reducing internal nutrient cycling in eutrophic lakes
  • The relationship between sediment heavy metal contamination and morphological deformities in larval chironomids (midges).

Marcia Ostrom

Associate Professor
mrostrom@wsu.edu
509-663-8181
WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
Wenatchee

  •  Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Agrifood Movements
  • Agricultural and Food Policy
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Marcia Ostrom CV

Charlie Robbins

Charles Robbins

Professor
ctrobbins@wsu.edu
509-335-1119
WSU Pullman
EASTLICK 373

  • Nutritional requirements of bears
  • Interactions between bears and people
  • Hibernation physiology
  • Charles Robbins CV

Sarah Roley

Sarah Roley

Assistant Professor
sarah.roley@wsu.edu
509-372-7449
WSU Tri Cities
East 134

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Nitrogen and phosphorus cycling
  • Water quality in agricultural watershed
  • Linking ecosystem processes and microbial communities
  • Sarah Roley CV

Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens

Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens

Associate Professor
rollboll@wsu.edu
360-546-9115
WSU Vancouver
VELS 230A

  • Biological Oceanography and Aquatic Ecology, with primary expertise in the population and community ecology of plankton.
  • Trophic role of heterotrophic planktonic protists 2-200 µm in size (“microzooplankton”) and metazoan planktonic animals 200-2,000 µm in size (“mesozooplankton”) as mediators of carbon and energy flow from primary producers to higher trophic levels such as invertebrates and fish, and especially how these small grazers influence the dynamics of harmful algal blooms and impact ecosystems when introduced to novel environments.
  • Interdisciplinary studies across the domains of aquatic science, political science, and science education.
  • Aquatic Ecology Lab
  • Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens CV

Rod Sayler

Rodney Sayler

Associate Professor
rdsayler@wsu.edu
509-335-6167
WSU Pullman
HEALD 413A

  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Conservation Science
  • Threatened and Endangered Species Conservation (birds, mammals, amphibians)
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Wetland and Palouse Prairie Ecology

Lisa Shipley

Lisa Shipley

Professor
shipley@wsu.edu
509-335-9182
WSU Pullman
HEALD 425

  • Foraging ecology and nutrition of mammals
  • Interactions between plants and herbivores at different spatial scales
  • Ecology and management of wild ungulates
  • Lisa Shipley CV

Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson

Associate Professor
Associate Director for Graduate Programs, SoE
markswanson@wsu.edu
509-335-1349
WSU Pullman
TROY 320

  • Compositional, structural, and function attributes of early succession on forest sites in the Pacific Northwest
  • Ecology of native large mammals
  • Forest disturbance processes, including fire and volcanic eruption
  • Ad hoc participation in agricultural and horticultural research with partners within WSU
  • Mark Swanson CV

Daniel Thornton

Assistant Professor
daniel.thornton@wsu.edu
509-335-3713
WSU Pullman
HEALD 523

  • Carnivore ecology and conservation
  • Species distribution modeling and connectivity modeling
  • Impacts of land use and climate change on species
  • Large-scale survey and monitoring
  • Dan Thornton CV
  • Dan Thornton Lab

Jeffrey Vervoort

Professor
vervoort@wsu.edu
509-335-5597
WSU Pullman
WEBSTER 1048

  • Understand the Earth from the perspective of geochemistry
  • Radiogenic isotopes and geochronology
  • Utilizing radiogenic isotopes as natural tracers of sources and geological processes and also as geochronometers to determine the ages of rocks and geological events
  • Understanding how the Earth formed and how it has evolved through its history and also help constrain the geological processes that are operating on Earth today
  • Worked on a wide range of Earth and planetary materials including meteorites, igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks of all ages, modern sediments and volcanic rocks, and water samples.  Vervoort is director of the Radiogenic Isotope and Geochronology Laboratory at WSU.
  • Jeff Vervoort CV

Kara Whitman

Kara Whitman

Instructor, SoE
Project Coordinator, Ruckelshaus Center
kmwhitman@wsu.edu
509-335-7846
WSU Pullman
FULMER 206BC

  • Transformational education strategies for improving scientific literacy for both majors and non-majors in environmental and natural resource sciences.
  • Improving and increasing use of collaborative public policy to address grand environmental challenges that face the Northwest region and the Nation.
  • Addressing complex water quality and quantity issues at a local and regional scale through multi-stakeholder collaboration and cooperation as an alternative (or compliment) to command-and-control strategies (i.e. regulation).
  • Kara Whitman CV

Robert Wielgus

Professor
wielgus@wsu.edu
509-335-2796
WSU Pullman
HEALD 515

  • Population, behavioral, and habitat ecology of large carnivores (grizzly bears, black bears, cougars) and their prey (mountain caribou, mule deer).

Kurtis Wilkie

Senior Instructor
kwilkie@wsu.edu
509-335-2261
WSU Pullman
WEBSTER 1027

John Wolff

Professor
jawolff@wsu.edu
509-335-2825
WSU Pullman
Webster 825

  • Super-eruptions and their outcomes: flood basalts and caldera-forming ignimbrites
  • Causes and consequences of compositional variations in volcanic rocks
  • High-temperature rhyolites
  • John Wolff CV 

Ben Zamora

Associate Professor
bzamora@wsu.edu
509-335-5778
WSU Pullman
Troy 322

  • Properties, distribution, and environmental relationships of terrestrial ecosystems
  • Fire ecology
  • Palouse Prairie restoration