Assistant Professor of Economics
Phone: (517) 432-4958
Biosketch:Prabhat Barnwal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and ESPP. His main research fields are development, energy and environment, and public economics. Recent research work focuses on improving public programs in developing countries, understanding the impact of modern agricultural technologies on human welfare, and assessing the importance of information on local environmental quality. Prabhat received a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, an M.A. from the International University of Japan and a bachelor’s degree from the National Institute of Technology – Surat, India.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: (517) 353-8124
Biosketch: Jennifer S. Carrera uses an environmental justice perspective to focus on differential access to environmental resources and its impact on the well-being of individuals in marginalized communities. She uses water as a lens through which to examine mechanisms of exclusion. Low-income populations face reduced water access, impaired water quality, and poor sanitation conditions that contribute to compromised environmental health, exacerbate chronic health conditions, provide entry for opportunistic infections, and increase the burden on the well-being of marginalized communities. Her work aims to 1) articulate the everyday practices that produce and reproduce environmental injustices and 2) provide communities with resources to make inequities visible. Her research builds on literature on the boundaries of citizenship to examine the emergence of politicized bodies within distinct socio-environmental contexts.
Professor of Sociology
Phone: (517) 353-8763
Biosketch: Thomas Dietz is a professor of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP) and assistant vice president for environmental research at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor of general studies from Kent State University. At MSU he was founding director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program and associate dean in the Colleges of Social Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Natural Science. Dietz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been awarded the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America, the Distinguished Contribution Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment, Technology and Society, and the Outstanding Publication Award, also from the American Sociological Association Section onTom Dietz 2014 Environment, Technology and Society and the Gerald R. Young Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology. At the National Research Council he has served as chair of the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change and the Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, and currently is vice chair of the Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change of the America’s Climate Choices study.
Assistant Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife
Phone: (517) 353-7746
Biosketch: Erin Dreelin is the Associate Director for the Center for Water Sciences, coordinator of the Water Science Network and Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. She received her PhD in Ecology from the University of Georgia in 2004 where she began her work on the development and implementation of innovative stormwater management practices and policies to protect aquatic ecosystems. My work places a strong emphasis on ourtreach and engagement. I work with diverse stakeholder groups to implement strategies that protect aquatic ecosystems and maintain valuable ecosystem services. As Associate Director of the Center for Water Sciences, Dr. Dreelin facilitates collaborations among MSU faculty working on water. I also assist with the organization of the MSU Global Water Initiative. MSU established the Global Water Initiative to advance innovative science that addresses the most important water problems facing society around the globe.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Phone: (517) 355-6603
Biosketch: Joe Hamm is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies at Michigan State University and part of the university’s Global Water Initiative. A psychologist by training, his work lies at the nexus of institutions and the public where he investigates what trust is, how best to appropriately measure it, and its connection to "outcomes" like cooperation and compliance. Although he continues to work with institutions like the courts and local government, much of his work focuses on natural resource institutions where he is especially interested in the role that trust plays in encouraging voluntary conservation-related behavior.
Professor of Economics
Phone: (517) 355-2364
Biosketch: Dr. Joseph A. Herriges comes from Iowa State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1988. Prior to that, he was a Senior Economist at the consulting firm Laurits R. Christensen Associates in Madison, Wisconsin, where he specialized on incentive design and evaluation in the electric power industry. His areas of expertise lie in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Applied Econometrics. Professor Herriges brings to the position a broad understanding of the environmental economics field, having served as managing editor for the primary field journal in this area, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (JEEM).
Associate Professor of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences
Phone: (517) 432-4749
Biosketch: Arika Ligmann-Zielinska got her doctoral degree from a Joint Doctoral Program in Geography at San Diego State University and University of California Santa Barbara in 2008.Prior to that, she studied environmental geography in her home country Poland. She obtained her undergraduate and graduate MS degree (summa cum laude) from the Department of Geography and Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.Her areas of research include applying agent-based modeling to study coupled human-natural systems, contributing to modeling methodology, and teaching spatial thinking through models. Together with Drs. Schmitt-Olabisi and Marquart-Pyatt, Dr. Ligmann-Zielinska initiated a four-step modeling certificate as part of the interdisciplinary curriculum offered by ESPP."
Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: (517) 353-0745
Biosketch: Sandy Marquart-Pyatt is a comparative researcher with substantive interests in environmental sociology quantitative methodology, political sociology and comparative social change. She specializes in the application of advanced quantitative techniques to pressing global social issues relating to the environment and politics including environmental concern, sustainability and democratic values. She joined MSU in 2009.
John A. Hannah Professor of Global Change Science
Phone: (517) 884-1236
Biosketch: Emilio Moran is a world-renowned social anthropologist who has studied and published in tropical agriculture, social science, ecology, economics, and, most recently, earth observations from satellites. Moran’s true discipline is asking the right questions and merging human and environmental sciences to get a holistic understanding of some of the world’s most crucial problems—climate change, land use—and a project he pioneered some 30 years ago: determining the potential of the humid tropics for intensive agriculture. Moran joined MSU’s Department of Geography in January 2013. He is theMoran receiving honorary degree university’s 11th member of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition to CSIS, Moran contributes to the new Center for Global Change Science as well as the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations.
Assistant Professor of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences
Phone: (517) 432-7163
Biosketch: Amber Pearson is a health geographer with a focus on social justice and understanding the unexpected tenacity, adaptability and resilience of the underpriviledged. She has diverse regional interests from poor to wealthy countries. Her work features sstrong geospatial and epidemiologic methods and critical development thinking. Specifically, her research relates to aspects of the built, physical and social environment that bolster health in the face of adversity. While she has worked on topics ranging from access to healthy foods, air pollutants, social isolation, and understanding social deprivation of neighborhoods, she also has an explicit focus on water research.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Phone: (517) 353-0745
Biosketch: Dr. Lucero Radonic has a Ph.D. in Anthropology, with a minor in Geography, from the University of Arizona. Her research program lies at the intersection of political ecology and urban anthropology, and contributes to academic and policy debates on water governance and resource rights, urban indigeneity, and the right to the city. Her current project explores the historical relationship between the political ecology of water, urbanization, and indigenous rights in Northwestern Mexico, a region that faces continuous urban expansion and an intensifying water crisis due to high water demands and climate change.
Laura Schmitt Olabisi
Associate Professor of Community Sustainability
Phone: (517) 432-4128
Biosketch:Laura Schmitt Olabisi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability and the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University. She works directly with stakeholders, using participatory model-building techniques to foster adaptive learning about the dynamics of coupled human-natural systems, and to integrate stakeholder knowledge with academic knowledge. Currently, she is working in West Africa on climate change adaptation, food security, and development projects funded by NSF and USAID; and in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, on food security and urban agriculture systems. She is also involved in an NSF-funded workshop series at the Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center on participatory modeling. Laura holds a doctoral degree in Systems Ecology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Brown University. During a 2016-17 sabbatical at RAND Corporation as a visiting scholar, she investigated stakeholder engagement and decision-making under uncertainty in environmental contexts.
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Phone: (517) 432-8833
Biosketch: Vlad Tarabara is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MSU. His research is in the area of water quality engineering with an emphasis on membrane separation processes. Current projects focus on virus removal and detection, liquid-liquid separation, and membrane reactors. Dr. Tarabara is a recipient of several research awards including 2011 Paul L. Busch award from Water Environmental Research Foundation. In 2014, he was named Fulbright U.S. Scholar with Republic of Georgia as the host country. He is a member of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, International Water Association, and North American Membrane Society.
Assistant Professor of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Phone: (517) 353-0471
Biosketch: Wei Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. He is broadly interested in the quality and sustainability of soil and water resources, with emphasis on the movement of water, solutes (e.g., nutrients, agrochemicals, and environmental toxics), and fine particles such as microorganisms, abiotic colloids, and engineered nanomaterials in natural and engineered systems, particularly in unsaturated soils. The overarching goal of his research activities is to promote protection of soil and water resources and sustainable agricultural production through understanding of fundamental transport processes and scientifically-sound management practices. Prior to joining MSU, he held a prestigious National Research Council Research Associateship hosted by USEPA. Wei received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University in 2010, his MS degree in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 2006, and his bachelors degree in Environmental Chemistry from Nanjing University in 2000.
Professor of Economics; Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics
Phone: (517) 432-8296
Biosketch: Jinhua is the director of ESPP and holds appointments in the Department of Economics and the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. He was a co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2005-07) and is on the editorial council of JEEM and the Review of Development Economics. Research interests include: Natural resource and environmental economics, applied micro theory, global climate change, energy economics, trade and environment, real option theory, technology adoption, dynamic decision making..
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Phone: (517) 432-3609
Biosketch: Adam Zwickle holds a joint appointment with the School of Criminal Justice and the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Adam conducts interdisciplinary social science research centered on communicating environmental risks and encouraging sustainable behaviors. Drawing from the fields of social psychology and risk communication, his work integrates theories of individual perception and message framing to aide communication practitioners. Specifically, his goal is to better communicate environmental risks in ways that reduce the amount that their long term impacts are discounted. He is also active in sustainability issues at the university level. He has worked with colleagues to develop a valid assessment of sustainability knowledge targeted at undergraduate students, partnered with university sustainability offices to increase conservation behaviors among students, and believes in using campuses as living laboratories to produce both theoretical and practical research as well as tangible local impacts.