Jacob Darwin Hamblin is the Director of Environmental Arts and Humanities at OSU. A historian by training, his work explores the nexus of history, science, and environmental issues. He is interested in environmental justice and global politics, and has written about about nuclear issues (including radiation exposure), global environmental change, wastes and toxins in the natural environment, and the development of the earth and marine sciences. His books include The Wretched Atom: America's Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology (2021), Arming Mother Nature: the Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism (2013), Poison in the Well: Radioactive Waste in the Oceans at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age (2008), and Oceanographers and the Cold War (2005).

Participating Faculty

Our participating faculty members are drawn from around the university. Take their courses when you can. The below list is a selection of faculty members who have stated a willingness to serve on our graduate student committees. They come from a variety disciplines in the humanities, arts, sciences, and engineering. As you look for faculty members that match your interests, please note that many, but not all, are willing to serve as a major professor. For that role, you should try to identify faculty members who have expertise in the humanities and arts. For more information about them, please familiarize yourself with their faculty websites hosted by their home departments.

Name Academic Home Research or Teaching Interests Possible Major Professor
Barnd, Natchee School of Language, Culture, and Society environmental racism; artistic resistance and self-determination as environmental justice; issues of race, culture, space, and indigeneity.  Yes
Barstow, Geoffrey School of History, Philosophy, and Religion animal ethics, Buddhism, and Tibetan religion, history, and culture Yes
Bernardin, Susan School of Language, Culture, and Society Indigenous literary and visual studies, gender and the US West Yes
Bethel, Jeff College of Health health impacts of infectious disease outbreaks and natural hazards, particularly among vulnerable populations No
Betjemann, Peter School of Writing, Literature, and Film nineteenth-century American literature; material culture; painting and literature Yes
Betts, Matthew G. Forestry landscape composition, animal behaviors, species distributions, and ecosystem function.  No
Biedenweg, Kelly 

Fisheries and Wildlife

conservation psychology and human wellbeing, applied research on human dimensions of natural resource management, program evaluation and facilitation, environmental education and social learning

Bosworth, Kelly School of Writing, Literature, and Film music/sound/noise, migration, disaster, race, and place Yes
Bradshaw, Julia  School of Arts and Communication photography Yes 
Carr, Emily Cascades Campus ecocriticism, feminism, contemporary poetry and poetics Yes

D'Antonio, Ashley


social science, policy, natural resources, sustainable recreation and tourism, human dimensions, outdoor recreation

Fearnside, Jeff School of Writing, Literature, and Film literature and writing about place, culture, and the natural environment Yes
Field, Katharine G. Microbiology water quality, dairy production, microbial monitoring;interdisciplinary education and STEM education for underrepresented groups. No
Fifita, Patricia Ethnic Studies Critical Ethnic Studies, Indigenous Anthropology in/of the Pacific Islands/Oceania; Medical and Environmental Anthropology; Indigenous theory and methodologies; Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK); Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR); Critical theory applied to indigenous health and biomedicine, Health disparities, Gender studies, Political economy, Climate change and Food security, and Natural resource management in the Pacific Islands. Yes
Figueroa, Robert School of History, Philosophy, and Religion environmental justice, environmental philosophy, climate refugees and resettlement, critical disability studies, environmental identity and heritage, Latin@s and indigenous perspectives Yes

Fonyo Boggess, Carolyn

Env Science systems ecology, systems modeling and analysis, embodied energy (emergy) analysis, watershed assessment, sustainable design for the environment, and sustainable business  No
Foreman, Nicholas School of History, Philosophy, and Religion Food History, Early America, Native American History, and the history of American Music Yes
Gerkey, Drew School of Language, Culture, and Society ecological anthropology, subsistence activities, market expansion, natural resource use, social networks, institutions, social movements, and sustainability Yes
Goodnow, Trischa School of Arts and Communication visual rhetoric; intersection between rhetoric and science Yes
Gosnell, Hannah CEOAS rural sustainability, environmental governance, collaborative conservation, social-ecological systems, resilience, adaptation, transformation, grazing systems, forest systems, public lands, emotional geographies Yes
Gottlieb, Evan School of Writing, Literature, and Film literary and critical theory (including ecotheory, New Materialism, and Speculative Realism) Yes
Hales, Burke CEOAS carbon cycles at ocean boundaries; acidification Yes
Hamblin, Jacob Darwin School of History, Philosophy, and Religion history of science; environmental history; ocean and atmospheric sciences; nuclear issues; science and politics Yes
Holmberg, Karen School of Writing, Literature, and Film 20th Century American poetry, 19th Century British poetry and prose, science and poetry, Anglo-Russian studies, letterpress printing and visual poetics, the lyric essay, the novel in verse No
Hommel, Demian CEOAS Human dimensions of global change; environmental security and resource conflicts; political ecology; risk; people-reef interactions; climate justice; pedagogy and technology No
Jenkins, Stephanie School of History, Philosophy, and Religion ethics; critical animal studies Yes
Jensen, Tim School of Writing, Literature, and Film rhetoric and environment Yes
Jones, Julia CEOAS land use, climate change and disturbance effects on hydrology, geomorphology, water quality  No
Kile, Molly PHHS environmental epidemiology; human exposure to environmental pollutants; community-based environmental health outreach in Native American Tribes No
Koehlinger, Amy School of History, Philosophy, and Religion North American religious history, American Catholic culture, psychedelic spirituality, sport and religious embodiment, religious history of the American West Yes
Lambrinos, John Ag Sci habitat restoration; beneficial insects; ecosystem services No
Law, Beverly Forestry climate change, extreme events and human actions on forests, woodlands and shrublands No
Ma, Yanni School of Communication science, environmental, and risk communication Yes
Maes, Kenneth School of Language, Culture, and Society Global Health and Development, Primary Health Care, Community Health Workers, Health Systems Strengthening, Food Insecurity, Water Insecurity, Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Religion, Morality, and Ritual Yes
Maldonado, Marta School of Language, Culture, and Society Cultural and political geographies, place and belonging, social and political dimensions of natural resource use and management Yes
Malewitz, Raymond School of Writing, Literature, and Film environmental literature, animal studies, eco-criticism, new materialisms, literature and science Yes
Marcus, Craig Ag Sci toxicology, environmental risk analysis, uncertainty decision-making No
Munanura, Ian Forestry parks, recreation, and tourism Yes
Needham, Mark Forestry human dimensions of natural resources, recreation, tourism, and wildlife; social psychology of natural resource issues; marine and terrestrial parks and protected areas; ski area management; norms and standards of quality; carrying capacity and crowding; specialization; conflict; risk; social trust; survey and quantitative methods. No
Nelson, Michael P. Forestry philosophy and environmental ethics Yes
Passarello, Elena School of Writing, Literature, and Film literary nonfiction, performance, pop culture, visual art, and the natural world Yes
Peltomäki, Kirsi School of Arts and Communication history of art; experiential and participatory art Yes
Pflugfelder, Ehren School of Writing, Literature, and Film rhetoric, technical communication, mobility, writing studies, new media Yes
Price, Lisa School of Language, Culture, and Society food systems, farming, food security, gender, agro-biodiversity, ethnobiology No
Reason, Dana School of Arts and Communication Sound Studies, Acoustic Music Ecology, Sonification and Eco-Music/Sound  
Reeves, Joshua School of Arts and Communication media theory, rhetoric, technology, biopolitics Yes
Reynolds, Lorien Ag Sci soils in the regulation of global climate, science literacy No
Richards, Linda School of History, Philosophy, and Religion history of science, environmental justice, peace studies Yes
Sarbacker, Stuart School of History, Philosophy, and Religion Comparative Religion and Indian Philosophy, green yoga  Yes
Sanchez, Dana Fisheries and Wildlife Mammalian space use and habitat selection. Human-wildlife issues No
Schmittner, Andreas CEOAS climate science, impacts, paleoclimate, ocean physical and biogeochemical changes, communication of climate science Yes
Shay, Al Ag Sci Horticulture, landscape design, landscape maintenance, sustainable landscape construction  No
Shinderman, Matt Cascades endangered species ecology; environmental politics and policy; sustainability performance assessment; ecological assessment in urban landscapes; ecological restoration and species adaptation to climate change. No
Shirazi, Mehra Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies postcolonial feminist scholarship that focuses on health in the global context of race, gender, immigration, and environment Yes
Sinclair, Rebekah School of History, Philosophy, and Religion philosophy of science, biopolitics, animal rights, indigenous knowledge Yes
Skarbakka, Kerry School of Arts and Communication photography Yes

Spalding, Ana K. 

School of Public Policy marine studies (integrated coastal management, resource use and property regimes, international marine policy, and marine protected areas), interdisciplinary research, human geography and development in Latin America (international lifestyle migration and the political ecology of socio-environmental change)  No
Still, Chris Forestry climate change; forest ecology; fog; cloud forests; forest canopy; C4 grasses; biogeography; ecophysiology; stable isotopes; terrestrial biosphere; carbon cycle Yes
Strauss, Steven Forestry genomic analysis and genetic engineering of tree crops; perceptions of GMOs and chemicals in agriculture and food. Yes
Thompson, Allen School of History, Philosophy, and Religion environmental ethics, novel ecosystems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, conservation, environmental virtue ethics, stewardship, future generations, geoengineering, ecosystem management Yes
Tilt, Bryan School of Language, Culture, and Society environmental anthropology, sustainable development, pollution, water resources, community participation, natural resources, fisheries management Yes
Tilt, Jenna CEOAS Regional and rural land use planning and land use change; green infrastructure and low-impact development practices, risk perception, land use planning, and natural hazards management; urban ecology; water resource, and natural resource decision making No
Valls, Andrew School of Public Policy environmental justice; environmental racism; environmental political theory; environmental ethics; animals Yes
Ward, Megan School of Writing, Literature, and Film Victorian literature and culture; history of science and technology; colonialism and environment; imperial exploration; digital humanities; digital archives Yes
Yates-Doerr, Emily School of Language, Culture, and Society health, food justice, and social inequality Yes
Zapata, Joel   history of the greater U.S.-Mexico borderlands, the U.S. West, the U.S. South, and the Southern Great Plains; women’s labor and organizing on the U.S.-Mexico border, Latinxs in Oregon, African American and Mexican American social justice movements and their coalescing, historical memory, cultural ecology, and digital history  
Zhang, Shaozeng School of Language, Culture, and Society Science and Technology Studies (STS), environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, applied anthropology Yes