Educator and researcher
With a background in environmental engineering and geology, I have been trained as a researcher in the field of environmental geochemistry. My particular focus has been on the transport, behavior and fate of chemical contaminants, focused on the greater New York City urban environment and the lakes and rivers of the Hudson Basin. Prior to joining Pratt, 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.
At Pratt, I have the opportunity to explore the multidisciplinary connections between science and "real life" with the future leaders of architecture, city and regional planning, the arts, and design. My courses include Science of Sustainability, a graduate-level course required for the Sustainable Environmental Systems degree program, Science and Society, an undergraduate course required for the program in Critical Visual Studies, and Ecology for Architects, which is required of all second year students in Pratt's Undergraduate Architecture program. With these and the other courses I teach, I emphasize how science and scientific practices help to define the major issues of our 21st century existence.
As chair of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education workgroup, I work to facilitate cross-departmental faculty discussion, collaboration and consensus on undergraduate education at Pratt.