Graduate Faculty

Faculty are divided into two categories: Core and Graduate Faculty. Core faculty are central to the department. They teach and advise both undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate faculty may be based out of another department at Rutgers. They advise graduate students only. Graduate faculty includes the core faculty.

Core Faculty

Graduate Faculty

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James DeFilippis
(Ph.D., Rutgers)
Phone: (848) 932-5475 x734
Email: jdefilip@rci.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: community development, housing policy, immigration, labor
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Nate Gabriel
Assistant Teaching Professor
(Ph.D., Rutgers)
Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-246
Phone: 848-445-4362
Email: nategab@geography.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: political ecology, urban space, the public sphere, automation, diverse economies, sustainability, parks and green space
Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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Michael R. Greenberg
(Ph.D., Columbia)
Phone: (848) 932-0387
Email: mrg@rci.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: environmental health, mathematical models
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Heidi Hausermann (on leave)
(Ph.D., University of Arizona)
Phone: (848) 932-9146
Email: heidi.hausermann@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: political ecology, environmental governance, livelihoods, health, the political economy of land-use/cover change, Mexico, Ghana
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Wolfram Hoefer
(Ph.D., Technical University of Munich Germany, 2000)
Phone: (848) 932-9313
Email: whoefer@sebs.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: cultural interpretation of brownfields, the role of public spaces in social relations
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Melanie Hughes McDermott
(Ph.D., UC Berkeley)
Phone: (848) 932-9153
Email: mmcdermott@aesop.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: political ecology, community-based resource management, urban forestry, Southeast Asia, US
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David Hughes
(Ph.D., UC Berkeley)
Phone: (848) 932-9153 x361
Email: dhughes@aesop.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: political ecology, conservation, colonialism, climate justice, Southern Africa, Trinidad, race and nature
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Robert Lake
(Ph.D., University of Chicago)
Phone: (848) 932-3133 x521
Email: rlake@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: community development, environmental politics, planning theory, locational conflict, urban and political geography
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Richard G. Lathrop Jr.
(Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Phone: (848) 932-1580
Email: lathrop@crssa.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: monitoring and modeling terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, landscape dynamics using remote sensing, geographic information systems
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Robin Leichenko
Professor & Department Chair
(Ph.D., Penn State)
Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-265
Phone: (848) 445-4056
Email: robin.leichenko@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: economic geography, climate & society, urban & regional vulnerability and resilience, equity & environmental justice, globalization
Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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Andrea Marston
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
(Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, B-255
Phone: (848) 445-2445
Email: andrea.marston@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: environmental politics, postcolonial geographies, resource extraction, Science and Technology Studies, feminist geographies, Latin America
Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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Pam McElwee
(Ph.D., Yale University)
Phone: (848) 932-9209
Email: pamela.mcelwee@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: political ecology, climate vulnerability, conservation, forests, gender, environmental justice, environmental conflict & security, Asia, Vietnam
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Kathe Newman
(Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York)
Phone: (848) 932-3822 x556
Email: knewman@rci.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: urban politics, gentrification, affordable housing, predatory lending, power, race, class, and gender
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Karl F. Nordstrom
(Ph.D., Rutgers)
Phone: (848) 932-6555 x502
Email: nordstro@imcs.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: environmental management, restoration of landforms and habitats, geomorphology
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Karen M. O'Neill
(Ph.D., UCLA)
Phone: (848) 932-9208
Email: koneill@aesop.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: governance, water and land resources, policy history, flood control, resilience planning and policy
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Frank J. Popper
(Ph.D., Harvard)
Phone: (848) 932-4009 x689
Email: fpopper@rci.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: land use and environmental policy, natural resources management, American regional development
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Edward Ramsamy
Phone: (848) 445-8072
Email: ramsamy@rci.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: development, social theory, race, culture and identity, Southern Africa
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Åsa Rennermalm
Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director
(on sabbatical from 7/1/19–6/30/20); acting Undergrad Program Director is Paul O’Keefe.
(Ph.D., Princeton)
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, B214
Phone: (848) 445-4731
Email: asa.rennermalm@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: hydrology, climatology, Arctic region
Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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Kevon Rhiney
Assistant Professor
(Ph.D., University of the West Indies)
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, B-259
Phone: (848) 445-4375
Email: kevon.rhiney@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: global change, rural agrarian livelihoods, biopolitics, political ecology, environmental justice, postcolonial thought, Caribbean region
Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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David Robinson
Distinguished Professor
NJ State Climatologist
(Ph.D., Columbia)
Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-230
Phone: (848) 445-4741
Email: david.robinson@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: My research interests run the spatial gamut from global to local, with an underlying theme being the development of a better understanding of the climate system.
Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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Laura C. Schneider
Associate Professor & Graduate Director
(Ph.D., Clark)
Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-234
Phone: (848) 445-0071
Email: laura.schneider@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: land change science, socio-ecological resilience, tropical forest regrowth, Latin America
Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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Ethan Schoolman
(Ph.D., University of Michigan 2013)
Phone: (848) 932-9203
Email: ethan.schoolman@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: environmental and social dimensions of local, regional and alternative food systems
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Mi Shih
(Ph.D., Rutgers)
Phone: (848) 932-2755
Email: mi.shih@ejb.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: land development and property rights, displacement, urban geography, city redevelopment, social protests and citizenship in China
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Kevin St Martin
Associate Professor
(Ph.D., Clark)
Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-232
Phone: (848) 445-3634
Email: kstmarti@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: economic geography, diverse economies, political ecology, community and commons, critical cartographies, GIS
Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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