Rod is coordinator of academic sustainability programs, past chair of the Environmental Caucus, and Professor of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. His 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. He has worked on the effects of acid rain, volcanic emissions, and sulfide mineral deposits on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.. He has received more than $9 million in research funding from federal and non-governmental organizations in the US, Europe, and Latin America, resulting in over 140 journal articles and papers presented at national and international meetings. As the founding director of the Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, he worked to integrate federally funded environmental research across the Colorado Plateau and assisted in the establishment of a national network of CESUs. He has advised 37 graduate students and 24 undergraduate researchers who have successfully completed their degrees. He has been the chair or director of several earth sciences and environmental academic programs and is currently a member of the Executive Committee and President-Elect of the National Council for Science and the Environment Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. He received a PhD in Geology from Dartmouth College a MS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a BA from Middlebury College. He has also been a faculty member at St. Lawrence University and the University of Virginia.