Roderic A. Parnell, Jr., Ph.D
and Environmental Sciences
Sustainability in Academic Programs
Parnell is the coordinator of academic sustainability programs and a Professor
of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona
University. He is also the past chair of the environmental caucus at NAU, which consists of over
400 students, faculty, staff, and community members, committed to creative and
strategic communication to advance the institutional commitment to
sustainability. He is currently serving as the President Elect of the Council
of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for Science and
Parnell’s current research focuses on the application of biogeochemistry and
geomorphology to the sustainable management of river systems in the Western US,
and on the transformation of environmental curricula to incorporate more
sustainability learning outcomes. He has also worked extensively on the effects
of acid rain, volcanic emissions, and sulfide mineral deposits on terrestrial
and aquatic ecosystems. As the founding director of the Colorado Plateau
Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, Dr. Parnell worked to integrate federally
funded environmental research across the Colorado Plateau and assisted in the
establishment of a national network of CESUs.
Parnell has been a faculty member, developer of, and administrator, in interdisciplinary
earth sciences and environmental programs offering BA, BS, MS, and PhD degrees.
He has been the chair and the director of several earth sciences and environmental
academic programs and a faculty member at St. Lawrence University, the University
of Virginia, and Northern Arizona University.
R. A. Jr., Berutich, L, Henn, A. and Koressel, N. 2013. Campus as a Learning
Laboratory: Linking Facilities, Operations, and Community Engagement to Undergraduate
Research and Internship Opportunities. Council
for Undergraduate Research Quarterly. In review.
D, Parnell, R. A., Jr., Smith-Sebato, N., and Vincent, S. 2013. Integration of
Sustainability in Higher Education: Three Case Studies of Curricular
Implementation. Journal of Environmental
Studies and Sciences. 3 (3) 316-330.
D. Schott, Helen C. Fairley, Joseph E. Hazel, Jr., Matt Kaplinski, and Roderic
A. Parnell. 2012, Gully Monitoring in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 1996
to 2010 with Emphasis on Documenting Effects of the March 2008 High-Flow
Experiment. US Geological Survey
Open-File Report 2013-XXXX
M., J. Hazel, J.E., Parnell, R. A., Jr., Breedlove, Michael, and Keith Kohl.
2009. Monitoring Fine-Sediment Volume in the Colorado River Ecosystem, Arizona,
Bathymetric Survey Techniques. USGS Open
File Report 2009-1207. 33pp
- Springer, A.E., Stevens, L.E., Anderson, D.E.,
Parnell, R.A. Jr., Kreamer, D.K., and Flora, S.P. 2007. Comprehensive Springs
Classification System: Integrating Geomorphic, Hydrogeochemical and Ecological
Criteria. in Every Last Drop: Ecology
and Conservation of Springs in
Arid North America. University of
- Marks, J. C., Parnell, R. A. Jr., Carter, C.,
Dinger, E, C., and Haden. A. 2006.
Interactions between geomorphology and ecosystem processes in travertine
streams: Implications for dam decommissioning in Fossil Creek, Arizona. Geomorphology.
*For a full list of
research, please download Rod Parnell’s CV here.
Dartmouth College, 1982
University of Massachusetts, 1977
Middlebury College, 1975