George Perkins Marsh Institute

Marsh Committees

Steering Committee, 2012-2013

The Steering Committee is the primary advisory group for the George Perkins Marsh Institute, providing broad strategic guidance for all Institute activities. Members represent a broad range of Departments within Clark University.


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Anthony Bebbington
Higgins Professor of Environment and Society; Director, School of Geography

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Halina S. Brown
Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment

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Timothy Downs
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department

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Karen Frey
Assistant Professor, School of Geography


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Susan Foster
Professor and Chair, Department of Biology; Director, Environmental Science Program

Ex-Officio

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Robert J. Johnston
Director, George Perkins Marsh Institute

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Nancy Budwig
Dean of Research

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Robert L. Goble
Research Professor, Marsh Institute

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Jim Gomes
Director, Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise



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Colin Polsky
Associate Professor, School of Geography; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Active Pedagogy

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Samuel Ratick
Professor, School of Geography; Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department

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Jennie Stephens
Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy


Management Committee

The Management Committee is a small, responsive advisory group, providing day-to-day tactical guidance on Institute initiatives and operations.

Robert L. Goble, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Marsh Institute

Robert J. Johnston, Ph.D.
Director, George Perkins Marsh Institute
Professor, Department of Economics

Colin Polsky, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Active Pedagogy
Associate Professor, School of Geography

Jennie C. Stephens, Ph.D.
Coordinator of the Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Program
Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment

Nancy Budwig, Ph.D. (ex officio)
Associate Provost and Dean of Research
Professor of Psychology


For additional information on the role of advisory committees, please contact Robert J. Johnston, Director, George Perkins Marsh Institute.