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Renee Godard

Renee Godard, professor of biology and environmental studies; director of environmental studies
B.S., Guilford College; Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

I have always felt that changing your perspective, from wandering through new ecosystems to hanging upside down from a diving board, allows you to ask more interesting questions and to find connections that are often hidden. In my classes at Hollins, students spend time outside learning, how to ask and answer questions about the natural world, a world that unfortunately has become less familiar to most undergraduates in the 21st century. From the deciduous forests we call home to Caribbean coral reefs, we explore ecological and behavioral questions as well as related environmental problems and their impacts. The classes I teach at Hollins include Environmental Science, Ecology, Animal Behavior, Field Vertebrate Biology, The Caribbean Environment, Senior Seminar and Winter Wanderings. The research questions that my students and I explore are wide ranging: from discovering factors that impact breeding success in birds (primarily bluebirds), to the antimicrobial properties of garlic, to determining the degree to which our technological systems for delivering food can result in microbial contamination of what we consume.

Jeanette Barbieri Jeanette Barbieri, assistant professor of political science; B.A., Hampshire College, M.A., University of London, M.A.,and Ph.D., University of Southern California.

Jeanette Barbieri received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in December 2005. She holds an M.A. in War Studies from King's College, University of London and a B.A. in History and International Relations from Hampshire College. Her research interests are in Chinese politics, visual culture in political communication, ethnicity and nationalism. Among her varied teaching interests are food and environmental politics, public health, comparative politics, Chinese cinema, and political theory. Several of these interests combine in her latest research with Li Nan of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on Chinese citizenship models emerging from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake exhibitions and memorials.
Jon Donald Bohland Jon Donald Bohland, associate professor of international and environmental studies
B.A., James Madison University; M.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Virginia Tech

My training is in geography and international studies. Many of the courses that I teach at Hollins are cross listed in both international and environmental studies. Students who are interested in global environmental issues will find these courses of particular value.

Pablo Hernandez

Pablo Hernandez, associate professor of economics
B.A. Universidad de las Americas; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Pablo Hernandez completed his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Notre Dame. He came to Hollins University in fall of 2007. He has taught introductory and upper level courses in economics, environmental studies and international studies. Pablo’s research interests lie in development, environmental and natural resource economics and ecological economics with several publications and presentations in these areas. Two of his most recent publications appeared in the International Journal of Women, Social Justice and Human Rights and EconoQuantum. He has served as referee for the journals Ecological Economics, EconoQuantum, Virginia Social Science Journal, and Revista de Estudios Fronterizos. His current research interests center on alternative regimes governing common property resource management in Mexico’s Southern state of Chiapas, and the impacts remittances bear upon the expenditure composition of households in Mexico.

Ryan Huish

Ryan D. Huish, assistant professor, biology
A.S., Utah Valley University; B.S., Brigham Young University; M.Phil., Ph.D., City University of New York

With a background in botany and cultural anthropology, I am fascinated with how historic and modern peoples around the world use plants for food, medicine and metaphor, and also with the commodification and conservation of these plants. The courses I teach at Hollins include Plant Biology, Conservation Biology, Plants and People: An Introduction to Ethnobotany, Plants in Poetry and Art, and Appalachia: People, Place and Plants. My research interests incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to address basic and applied questions in ethnobotany, ecology, and plant conservation. Ongoing research projects my students and I are involved with include the ecology and community-mediated conservation of a rare but economically and culturally valuable sandalwood tree (Santalum yasi) endemic to Fiji and Tonga, as well the study of Tongan and Appalachian medicinal plants, and the applied conservation of two endangered, medicinal Appalachian plants, the piratebush (Buckleya distichophylla) and the smooth purple coneflower (Echinacea laevigata). I welcome opportunities for students to explore these questions with me through collaborative research.

Bansi Kalra

Bansi Kalra, professor of chemistry; B.Sc., M.Sc., Panjab University; Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan

Impacts of acid rain, global warming, pesticide pollution and biomagnification all result from the introduction of chemicals from human and natural sources. As such, environmental studies majors should have an understanding of basic chemical processes as it is these processes that are at the root of many of our most pressing environmental problems. I teach a basic course in Environmental Analysis to environmental studies majors who are more interested in environmental advocacy, literature or law. The chemistry department also offers elective courses in chemistry that will provide an important foundation for those environmental studies majors interested in environmental science.

Thorpe Moeckel

Thorpe Moeckel, associate professor of English; B.A., Bowdoin College-Brunswick; M.F.A., University of Virginia

Thorpe Moeckel is the author most recently of Venison: a poem (Etruscan Press, 2010). His poetry collections include Odd Botany (Silverfish Review Press, 2002), Making a Map of the River (Iris Press, 2008), as well as two chapbooks: Meltlines and The Guessing Land. Award include an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, the Javits Fellowship, and others. His writings have appeared in a variety of venues, including Poetry, Mothering, Field, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion, Verse, Permaculture Activist, ISLE, Taproot, Open City, Wild Earth, and elsewhere. He lives near the Upper James River, where he helps his wife Kirsten and their kids work a farmstead that includes fruits, veggies, poultry, sheep, a Nubian goat dairy, and other food- and soil-care systems.

Affiliated Faculty Rebecca Beach (biology), Julie M. Clark (mathematics and statistics), LeeRay Costa (anthropology and gender and women's studies), Casimir Dadak (business), Jim Downey (philosophy), Lori J. Joseph (communication studies), Edward A. Lynch (political science), Jong Oh Ra (political science), Annette Sampon-Nicolas (French and international studies), Darla Schumm (religious studies), Susan L. Thomas (political science), C. Morgan Wilson (biology)