Faculty of a wide-range of disciplines are actively pursuing projects related to the environment. Three areas of excellence include:
- Public Scholarship and Partnership
- Expert Research and Fieldwork
- Interdisciplinary Collaboration
The faculty highlighted here represent the wide-ranging contributions and ground-breaking research by GU faculty to teaching and scholarship on the environment. Their efforts provide opportunities for students to engage in research, develop partnerships with national organizations, and engage interdisciplinary research methods and collaborative research teams.
PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP
Laura Anderko, professor in Georgetown’s School of Nursing and Health Studies serves on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee where she had a role in recently launching an educational website for health professionals on the benefits and risks of fish consumption. Recently, she was appointed to the Regional Health Equity Council for the Washington, D.C.
Professor Laura Anderko
“My career has focused on the reduction of health disparities, from my early work in public health nursing to my current work in values-based health care,” she says.
More information on the School of Nursing and Health Studies Values-Based Approach can be found here.
EXPERT RESEARCH & FIELDWORK
Professor Gina Wimp is leading a study that is designed to examine one of the major pathways to extinction: loss of species population genetic diversity. In the intertidal salt marsh that Prof. Wimp studies, an increase in mean tidal height over the past 60 years has led to the fragmentation of one of the dominant species of salt marsh grasses into smaller and more isolated patches.
The former holder of the Cinco Hermanos Chair, John McNeill, now a University Professor, wrote a book about environmental change in the Mediterranean, published in 1992 by Cambridge University Press.
University Professor John McNeill
Scholars know from local, controlled experiments what factors operate in the short term, but real-world long-term environmental change is harder to explain. One promising approach is to extend the time horizon to integrate evidence drawn from history and archaeology. The Mediterranean region is an ideal laboratory because it has among the longest historical and archaeological records, specifically in the Kalamas basin.
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