Environmental Science

Faculty Research

Read about the research of some of our faculty:

Christopher Williams: Ecologist and hydrologist Chris Williams and his students study how terrestrial ecosystems respond to climate change and disturbances such as droughts, beetle outbreaks, fires, and timber harvesting by combining measurements in the field with state of the art remote sensing and computer modeling.

Dale Hattis: Environmental science and policy professor Dale Hattis studies the level of cancer risk associated with exposure to a wide variety of chemical substances. He and student Jennifer Ericson worked to compile a related database bringing together research on age-related differences in cancer susceptibility.

Halina Brown: Halina Brown studies whether public disclosure of information about companies' environmental performance can change their behavior by mobilizing civil society. She is also studying how new technologies can play a role in changing societal consumption patterns in the direction of greater sustainability.

Jennie Stephens: Jennie Stephens studies the key factors that determine why some states have been more active than other in adopting green technologies such as wind and carbon sequestration.

Tim Downs: Dr. Tim Downs is interested in the impact of environmental pollution on human health. The focus of his recent studies has been the low income immigrant communities in the Worcester area. Dr. Downs also conducts work in Latin America on water management and environmental policy.

Todd Livdahl: Dr. Todd Livdahl studies several types of native and non-native mosquitos competing for habitat space in treeholes and discarded tires.

Gil Pontius: Environmental analyst Gil Pontius and his students are hot on the heels of the ripple effects of changing land use. Using computers and geographic software, they simulate and make predictions about the environmental impact of land use changes.

Susan Foster: Biologist Susan Foster and her students study the threespine stickleback in the lab and in the field. These small fish provide big insights into evolutionary biology.