Faculty and Staff

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FACULTY

Scott Anderson, PhD

Professor, Paleoecology, Forest history

Brett G. Dickson, PhD

Associate Research Professor, Wildlife and landscape ecology

Ron Hiebert, PhD

Director, Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CPCESU)

Nancy Collins Johnson, PhD

Professor of Ecology and Director of Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Diana Elder, PhD

Associate Director, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability

Associate Professor, Geomorphology, Atmospheric science, Environmental Programs Coordinator 

Kerry Grimm, PhD

Lecturer, Environmental Sciences

Taylor Joyal, PhD

Lecturer, Geologic Disasters

Darrell Kaufman, PhD

Regent's Professor, Quaternary geology and climate science

Angela Moline, PhD

Aquatic ecosystem conservation and management

Erik Nielsen, PhD

Master of Science Environmental Sciences and Policy Program

Associate Professor, Environmental studies, policy and management

Rod Parnell, PhD

Professor, Hydrogeochemistry, Biogeochemistry

Robert L. Sanford, Jr. (Buck), PhD

Professor, Biogeochemistry

Thomas Sisk, PhD

Olajos-Goslow Endowed Chair of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Director, NAU Landscape Conservation Initiative

Professor, Ecology, Conservation biology

Abe Springer, PhD

Professor, Hydrogeology

Paul Umhoefer, PhD

Professor, Tectonics

Director, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability

Jacqueline Vaughn, PhD

Professor, Politics and International Affairs, Environmental policy and law, Graduate Coordinator of MS Environmental Sciences and Policy

Christina Vojta, PhD

Senior Faculty Associate

James Wittke, PhD

Geologic Materials Analyst

 

ADJUNCT FACULTY

Ethan Aumack, MS

Landscape Conservation and Ecosystem Restoration, Grand Canyon Trust.

Bernardo Aguilar, PhD

Cultural and Regional Studies, Prescott College

Randy Bangert, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Trinidad State Junior College 

Judy Bischoff, PhD

Research Coordinator, Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit

Bala Chaudhary, PhD

Ecology of mycorrhizal fungi in natural and managed ecosystems, Biology

Kenneth Cole, PhD

Research Professor, Biology, Northern Arizona University

Timothy Crews, PhD

Professor of Agroecology, Prescott College

Mark Elson, PhD

Prehistoric Archaeology, settlement pattern analysis, ethnographic studies

Kevin Hultine, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor, Ecology

Michael Kelly

Informal Science Education

Chris Lauver, PhD

Quantitative Ecology, Southern Colorado Plateau Network Inventory and Monitoring Program, National Park Service

Vera Markgraf, PhD

South American and Southern Hemisphere paleoclimates and inter-hemispheric paleoclimate correlations. Late Quaternary palynology

David Mattson, PhD

Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Mark Miller, PhD

Ecologist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center

Aaryn Olsson, PhD

Remote sensing and GIS specialist, NAU Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology

Dave Ostergren, PhD

Director, Environmental Education Graduate Program Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, Goshen College

Steve Sesnie, PhD

Spatial Ecologist, United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Mark Sogge

Ecologist and Station Leader, United States Geological Survey Southwest Biological Science Center

Lisa Thomas, MS

Program Manager, Southern Colorado Plateau Inventory and Monitoring Program, National Park Service

Yaguang Xu, PhD

Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist, Geospatial Database Manager at Research and Innovation Technology Administration

Ophelia Wang, PhD

Remote sensing and GIS specialist, NAU Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology

AFFILIATED FACULTY

Thomas Acker, PhD

Director, NAU Sustainable Energy Solutions Group

NAU Engineering

William Auberle, PhD

Physical and Environmental Engineering, NAU Engineering

Rom Coles, PhD

McAllister Chair in Community, Culture, and Environment

NAU Sustainable Communities

Peter Friederici, MS

Environmental education with focus in environmental writing, Science and environmental stories, Journalism, NAU School of Communications

Julie M. Mueller, PhD

Environmental economics and econometrics, NAU Franke College of Business

Marin Robinson, PhD

Chair, NAU Chemistry

Physical and atmospheric chemistry, NAU Chemistry

Shelley Silbert

Chair, NAU Environmental Caucus

Director, Strategic Environmental Initiatives

Zachary Smith, PhD

Regent's Professor, Environmental policy, NAU Politics and International Affairs

Tad Theimer, PhD

Vertebrate ecology, NAU Biology

ADMINISTRATIVE AND RESEARCH STAFF


Brenda Campbell

Administrative Associate, Environmental Sciences Programs

Sarah Colby

Business Manager, Senior, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability

Cerissa Hoglander

Research Specialist, Sr., NAU Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology

Valerie Horncastle

Research Specialist, Sr., NAU Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology

Cari Kimball

Conservation Projects Coordinator, NAU Landscape Conservation Initiative

Robert Lenegen

Laboratory Manager

Christopher Ray 

Research Specialist, Sr., NAU Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology

Jill Rundall

Lab Manager and Research Specialist, Sr., NAU Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology

In addition to these faculty who have formal appointments with environmental programs, there are scores of other faculty members across all of NAU's colleges teaching courses and conducting research that have foci on the environment.  Graduate students in the interdisciplinary MS Environmental Sciences and Policy program can be advised by any NAU faculty and have historically been advised by faculty in Biology, Politics and International Affairs, Engineering and more. Graduate students often recruit committee members from partner agencies such as the USGS and National Park Service.  Undergraduate students also find opportunities to participate in research projects and internships with faculty from across campus and in the greater Colorado Plateau community.