Educator and academic coordinator
As a professor at Pratt Institute, I have the opportunity to explore the multidisciplinary connections between science and "real life" with future leaders in the fields of liberal arts, architecture, city and regional planning, the arts, and design. I currently teach the courses Science of Sustainability, a graduate-level course required for the Sustainable Environmental Systems degree program; Science and Society, a "Writing Intensive" undergraduate course required for the program in Critical Visual Studies that also counts as a "Core" General Education elective. These courses invite students to explore scientific thinking and the various contexts in which science and scientific practices help to define the major issues of our 21st century existence.
As Coordinator of General Education in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I work to maintain and support a rigorous yet flexible liberal arts foundation for all Pratt students. My duties in this position include overseeing Gen Ed program assessment across the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, representing Gen Ed on various institutional committees, and working with others across the Institute to build faculty capacity in academic assessment.
I was originally trained an environmental geochemist, with a background in environmental engineering and geology. I earned my PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and held post-doctoral research positions at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and at Rensselaer prior to joining Pratt's faculty in 2006. My research focus as an environmental chemist has been on the origin, transport, behavior, and fate of chemical contaminants in the greater New York City urban environment and the lakes and rivers of the Hudson Basin.
I currently advise students with their capstone and thesis research in Pratt's Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development, serving on the capstone committee of Sustainable Environmental Systems, a trans-disciplinary STEM program in graduate sustainability studies, and have supervised or co-supervised recent work on the themes of light pollution, air pollution, community/occupational exposure to industrial chemicals, and environmental justice.