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Selecting an Environmental Studies Advisor

Tufts students interested in the Environmental Studies Program regularly worry about the selection of an advisor. During their first semester at Tufts, students will participate in one of five different pre-major advising programs and will retain this academic advisor until they declare their major, usually during the Fall or Spring semester of their sophomore year.

Many ENVS students come to Tufts specifically because they are interested in Environmental Studies, and they often come to Tufts with a basic understanding of their interests. Some students don't realize their interest in ENVS until later in the program. We in ENVS recommend that any student interested in the Environmental Studies declare as soon as possible to ensure that they receive the best possible consultation on achieving their dual-major. Students can declare ENVS earlier than their other major, generally.

ENVS Program Associates are Available to Help
If you need assistance selecting an ENVS advisor, take a moment to think about your particular interests related to Environmental Studies and the ENVS Track that you are most interested in. Knowing this basic information about yourself will help you select an appropriate advisor. This will not only streamline your process, it will align you with the faculty member who can provide the best advice on your course of study.

Once you have done this, email the faculty member who most likely matches your interests and ask her/him if s/he is willing to be your advisor. We have noted our recommendations by track below, through there may be details of your interests that might make you conclude that another advisor may be appropriate. Once s/he has agreed, remember to complete a Declaration of Major/Change of Advisor Form. This will enable the ENVS staff to track and assist you in your development through the program. For further questions or to request assistance on advisor selection, contact the ENVS Program office or call 617.627.3553.

Faculty Advisors listed by Tracks:
Track I | Track II | Track III | Track IV | Track V

List of Faculty Advisors

Track I:
Environmental Science:

Associate Professor John Durant
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Expertise: Air and water pollution

Associate Professor George S. Ellmore
Biology
Expertise: Plant biology, Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, Conservation

Associate Professor David Gute
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Expertise: Environmental health, Environmental and social Justice

Assistant Professor Andrew Kemp
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Expertise: Sea-level research, Wetlands, Coastal management, Climate change

Professor Jonathan E. Kenny
Chemistry
Expertise: Pollution, Climate change, Water chemistry

Professor Colin M. Orians
Biology & Environmental Studies
Expertise: Plant Biology, Tropical Ecology, Food systems, Conservation

Professor J. Michael Reed
Biology
Expertise: Conservation, Habitat Loss, Animal Behavior, Biodiversity

Professor Jack Ridge
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Expertise: Climate change, Environmental geology

Associate Professor Albert Robbat
Chemistry
Expertise: Pollution, Remediation, Plant chemistry

Track II:
Sustainability, Policy, and Equity:

Assistant Professor Alexander Blanchette
Anthropology
Expertise: Industrial agriculture, Ecology, Ethnography of labor, Food systems

Professor Ujjayant Chakravorty
Economics
Expertise: Resource and environmental economics, Energy and development, Food systems

Associate Professor Patrick Forber
Philosophy
Expertise: Ecology, Evolutionary biology, Philosophy of biology, Philosophy of science

Assistant Professor B. Kelsey Jack
Economics
Expertise: Environmental and development economics, Behavioral economics

Professor Jonathan E. Kenny
Chemistry
Expertise: Pollution, Climate change, Water chemistry

Assistant Professor Nimah Mazaheri
Political Science
Expertise: Comparative political economy, Developing countries, Oil and mining sectors, Government-business relations

Associate Professor Jeanne Penvenne
History
Expertise: African history, Labor history, Mozambique, Comparative women's history, Urbanization and labor migration

Assistant Professor Alisha Rankin
History
Expertise: Early modern Europe, History of science and medicine, Women's history, History of the body and sexuality

Lecturer Ann Rappaport
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Expertise: Environmental law, Environmental technology, Corporate management of environmental issues, Institutional responses to climate change, corporate social responsibility

Lecturer Ninian Stein
Environmental Studies
Expertise: Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice, Environmental Communication, Landscape Change, Archaeology, Environmental Anthropology

Track III:
Environmental Communications:

Professor Elizabeth Ammons
English
Expertise: Environmental justice and World literature, 19th and 20th century American literature, U.S. literature and race studies

Director and Lecturer Julie Dobrow
Communications & Media Studies and Child Development
Expertise: Media literacy, Children and media, Ethnicity/gender and media, Adolescents and media use

Associate Professor Jeanne Penvenne
History
Expertise: African history, Labor history, Mozambique, Comparative women's history, Urbanization and labor migration

Assistant Professor Alisha Rankin
History
Expertise: Early modern Europe, History of science and medicine, Women's history, History of the body and sexuality

Professor Modhumita Roy
English
Expertise: Environmental humanities, Anglophone literatures of Africa and the Africa diaspora, South Asian literature, Feminist theory, Literary theory

Lecturer Ninian Stein
Environmental Studies
Expertise: Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice, Environmental Communication, Landscape Change, Archaeology, Environmental Anthropology

Associate Professor Markus Wilczek
German
Expertise: Literature and the Environment, Discourses of Sustainability; Literary and Cultural Theory, Theories of Reading; Intersections of Literature, Science, and Philosophy; Media
Studies

Track IV:
Food Systems, Nutrition, and the Environment:

Assistant Professor Alexander Blanchette
Anthropology
Expertise: Industrial agriculture, Ecology, Ethnography of labor, Food systems

Professor Ujjayant Chakravorty
Economics
Expertise: Resource and environmental economics, Energy and development, Food systems

Assistant profesor Kyle Emerick
Economics
Expertise: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Technology adoption by farmers, Economics of agricultural development, Development Economics, Applied Econometrics

Professor Colin M. Orians
Biology and Environmental Studies
Expertise: Plant Biology, Tropical Ecology, Food systems, Conservation

Senior Lecturer Cathy Stanton
Anthropology
Expertise: Food systems, Intersection of cultural anthropology and public history, advocacy and activism

Assistant professor Benjamin Wolfe
Biology
Expertise: Food microbiology, Evolution, Metagenomics, Comparative genomics/transcriptomics, Genome engineering, In situ community reconstructions

Track V:
Environmental Humanities:

Professor Elizabeth Ammons
English
Expertise: Environmental justice and World literature, 19th and 20th century American literature, U.S. literature and race studies

Professor Modhumita Roy
English
Expertise: Environmental humanities, Anglophone literatures of Africa and the Africa diaspora, South Asian literature, Feminist theory, Literary theory

Lecturer Ninian Stein
Environmental Studies
Expertise: Environmental Policy, Environmental Justice, Environmental Communication, Landscape Change, Archaeology, Environmental Anthropology

Associate Professor Markus Wilczek
German
Expertise: Literature and the Environment, Discourses of Sustainability; Literary and Cultural Theory, Theories of Reading; Intersections of Literature, Science, and Philosophy; Media Studies

Professor James Rice
History
Expertise: Early America, Native American history, Environmental History