AESS Annual Elections

Voting is open to AESS members only. Nominations are collected during the fall/winter and elections open in the spring. If you are interested in serving, please contact the Nominations committee chair, Kim Smith.

2020 Elected

Please join us in congratulating newly elected Board and Nominations Committee members:

Present-Elect: Katharine Owens

Board at-large: Diamond Holloman (student), Erin, Pischke, Karin Warren

Nominations Committee: Mary Collins, Devin Judge-Lord (student), Marc Santos


President-Elect (2020-2022) and then President (2022-2024)

President/President-Elect:

The President is the chief executive officer of AESS and chairperson of the Board.  After having served a two year term as President-Elect, the President will serve for two years.  The President is formally tasked with:

  • supervising the affairs and activities of the Corporation;

  • keeping the Board fully informed of such affairs and activities;

  • maintaining and keeping current:

    • the Articles of Incorporation;

    • the Bylaws; and

    • the Corporation’s Policies, as enacted by the Board, which shall be compiled and organized by substantive and functional categories, rather than chronologically.

In practice, the President typically focuses on these tasks:

  • convening regular meetings of the Board and setting the agenda;

  • overseeing the planning and operation of the annual conference conference and annual membership meeting;

  • overseeing website development and other administrative business of the Association and coordinating with our secretariat; and

  • appointing committee chairs and overseeing their work.

The President-Elect will succeed the current President. The President-Elect steps in and acts as President when the President is unavailable or for some reason unable to perform her/his duties.

  • Katharine A. Owens
  • University of Hartford
  • kowens@hartford.edu

Roles to date in AESS: Though I have not served in a formal role in AESS, I have presented research as well as organized/led workshops at the conference. I have experience with service at my home institution at every level. Most relevant for this position, I have served on the promotion and tenure committee, as department chair (1 year), as environmental studies program director (2 years), and since January 2017 as director of the University Interdisciplinary Studies (UIS) program. UIS is an interdisciplinary undergraduate general education program from which all students must take four courses. For context, the program posts about 100 courses each semester taught by around 65 faculty members, 80% of whom are part time. I consider AESS my primary professional society, but for the last two years have been out of the country for research during the conference and have been unable to attend. 

Background with environmental studies and sciences: I have undergraduate degrees in studio art, biology, and anthropology, a masters in environmental studies (all from the College of Charleston, SC),  and a PhD in governance and sustainability (University of Twente, Netherlands). I consider myself an interdisciplinary scholar and have studied water policy since 2003. My dissertation explored wetlands policy implementation in the US and Europe. Since 2015 I have been working on projects that seek to link science and policy/civic engagement on the topic of marine debris. This has taken the shape of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant to train undergrads to collect debris using scientific methods and report the results to state lawmakers (2016), a Fulbright-Nehru grant to do the same in Thiruvananthapuram, India for six months (2019), and two grants from the National Geographic Society. The first brought 33 specialists from across India to a training workshop replicating the NOAA project. For the second (July 2020) I will collaborate with an Ugandan river ecologist and an Indonesian psychologist to hold a similar workshop in Tororo, Uganda on river debris. I’m also an artist who uses simple processes to explore the way humans influence and are in turn altered by the environment. Major themes include arthropods, extinction, marine debris, and climate change.

Vision: I think any professional organization must take pains to be inclusive and to promote a diversity of voices. I find it is critically important to provide opportunities that allow both junior and senior faculty members to thrive. As someone who works closely with part-time faculty, I know that academia includes many types of faculty who need a range of support and programming. I believe that professional environmental organizations have an obligation to share their expertise with the global community to prevent environmental destruction. As president-elect, I would listen to what the greater AESS community wants and work collaboratively to make it happen. 


Board Members, Three Positions (2020-2022)


Board Members:

Board Members serve for two-year terms.  Board members are primarily responsible for representing the interests of the AESS community during board meetings and to the public, and for managing the activities and affairs of AESS.  In practice, this means making decisions about key policy matters (like approving the budget for the conference, all other financial matters, etc) and providing support for day-to-day AESS operations.

  • Name: Erin Pischke
  • Affiliation: University of Oregon; State of Oregon (in the Higher Education Coordinating Commission)
  • Email: epischke@mtu.edu

Role(s) to date in AESS:
I have served as an AESS board member (2018-20) as well as student representative (2015-17).

Background / experience with environmental studies and sciences:

I am a state government employee and researcher at the University of Oregon. Before taking my current positions, I was a post-doctoral researcher in the Environmental and Energy Policy program at Michigan Technological University, where I earned my Ph.D. I have a Master’s in Social and Public Policy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Currently, I conduct energy-related research in Mexico, comparative climate policy analyses of countries in the Americas and collaborate with others studying large international, transdisciplinary research projects. 

My research, from studying the potential impacts of renewable energy production to understanding how international research teams function most effectively, is aimed at finding sustainable solutions to globalized natural resource use and climate change. My research interests include comparative politics in the Americas, climate change, sustainable management of socioecological systems, global environmental change and managing interdisciplinary teams. I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Guatemala, Environmental Education) and I have worked for several environmental advocacy organizations (PennFuture, Freshwater Future, among others) in various capacities.

Vision for participation as an elected Board Member:

If re-elected to the board, I would represent members who work outside of academia, but within higher education. As a State of Oregon researcher in its higher education agency, I work daily on issues relating to student access to and success in college, which directly relates to AESS’s vision. In my other role as a researcher in an interdisciplinary office on a university campus, I am aware of the challenges of staying connected to my “home” discipline of environmental policy while attempting to create bridges to other, related disciplines, such as ecology or geography. As a board member, I would bring this perspective and experience to the organization and advocate for others who also work in government or in non-traditional academic roles.

I would also like to continue to represent early career researchers’ interests, and focus on attracting and retaining more diverse members and students to the organization. I hope to collaborate with my AESS colleagues to make the organization a welcoming and supportive place for people with diverse backgrounds.

Name: Karin Warren

Affiliation:  Professor & Chair of Environmental Studies& Science and Sustainability Council Co-Chair, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA

Email: kwarren@randolphcollege.edu

Role(s) to date in AESS: 

I am completing my first term on the Board this year. I have organized and/or presented in conference panels, workshops, discussion symposia, and roundtables. I have served on the Awards Committee since 2013, and the Professional Development Committee since 2019. I am enthusiastic consumer of and occasional contributor to the AESS listserv. I consider AESS to be my primary professional association.

Background / experience with environmental studies and sciences:

I am Professor and Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies & Science at Randolph College, a small liberal arts college near the Blue Ridge Mountains in south-central Virginia. I have a B.S. in Meteorology from Cornell University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley. At Randolph, I started the Environmental Studies & Science department in 2002, and serve as Chair. I co-chair Randolph College’s Sustainability Council, serve as Faculty Advisor for the Student Environmental Club and our campus organic garden/orchard/apiary, am the campus liaison for the President’s Climate Commitments and Bee Campus, and as Udall Faculty Representative. I developed and supervise the Little Scientists event at the Central Virginia Science Festival(www.randolphscience.org), run Randolph’s Blackwater Creek Water Quality Monitoring program (ongoing since 2002), and serve on Randolph’s Step-Up to Physical Science and Engineering at Randolph College (SUPER) program committee. I have served on the Landscape Ordinance and the Storm Water Ordinance revision committees for the City of Lynchburg, served as Vice-Chair of the City of Lynchburg’s Natural Resources Advisory Committee, and served on the Environmental Committee of Agudath Sholom Synagogue. I am on the Board of Directors of the 500-Year Forest Foundation, and currently serve as Board Secretary. I helped to create the Lynchburg Regional Community Resilience Coalition, for which I serve as Coordinator. The LRCRC’s mission is to create and steward changes to develop a resilient urban ecosystem with the capability to adapt or recover from environmental and human-caused events.

Vision for participation as an elected Board Member or Nominations Committee member:

I remember my excitement many years ago when I discovered AESS’s existence, and felt I had finally found a professional organization that fit: AESS’s devotion to interdisciplinary discourse, the respect accorded to teaching and activism as well as scholarship, and the collegial and collaborative manner of shared inquiry evidenced everywhere from the listserv to conference sessions. One of the most important benefits of AESS for me has been the opportunity to discuss pedagogical ideas and issues and the responsibility of our organization to respond to society’s environmental challenges. I am in my second year of serving on the Board, and the conversations and work of the Board in the past year have given me a deeper understanding of our organization’s goals, challenges,  and opportunities, and how the Board may best serve and leverage our membership for shared goals. One of the clear needs moving forward is to grow our membership to include more voices. If given the opportunity to serve a second term on the AESS Board, I would do my part to promote productive participation in our organization with an emphasis on increased diversity of perspectives and experiences. I am also passionate about STEAM literacy, interdisciplinary collaboration, and service to community, and I would seek to promote collaborative efforts in these areas that can benefit our membership as well as our communities.

  • Name: Diamond Ebanks Holloman
  • Affiliation: Ph.D Candidate, Environment, Ecology and Energy Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Email: diamond2@live.unc.edu
  • Please provide responses to the prompts below. Total word count should be less than 500 words.

Role(s) to date in AESS: 

Currently, I act as the AESS Board Student Representative as well as the Co-chair for the Diversity Committee in AESS. I, along with 5 others, were inaugural members of the Diversity Committee which was formed during the 2018 AESS conference in Washington DC. We created the Charter, mission statement, and visioning for the committee that focuses on including and uplifting various backgrounds, expertise, and experiences. The Diversity Committee also designed and led a fruitful and reflexive discussion during the 2019 conference about diversity and inclusion in AESS aiming to strengthen the organization and more easily attract future leaders into the environmental field. 

Background / experience with environmental studies and sciences: 

My undergraduate and graduate experiences have both been in interdisciplinary environmental fields; I have training in critically analyzing the entanglement of social, political, and environmental processes and landscapes.  At New York University, I double-majored in Environmental Studies and Journalism, studying air and water quality interactions in a superfund site as well as effective environmental mass communication. My Masters thesis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) explored the synthesis of Environmental Justice, Social Vulnerability and Urban Ecology as a pathway to better understanding complex socioecological systems after hurricanes. Currently as a PhD candidate at UNC-CH, I am in an interdisciplinary Ecology department focusing on critical social and ecological processes in post-hurricane landscapes in Eastern North Carolina. Understanding interdisciplinary environmental problems from different vantage points provides ways to better solving complex “wicked” problems. 

Vision for participation as an elected:

If elected to continue as the AESS Board Student Representative, my vision for participation centers two interconnected ideas: increased representation of underrepresented people and ideas; and greater participation of these entities in our larger organization. 

First, I will work to increase the representation of underrepresented folks in AESS and across ESS field(s). This includes, but is not limited to, underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities, cultural backgrounds, experiences, educational backgrounds, institutions and critical knowledge bases that are typically undervalued in academia. While I do know that diversity is more than counts and percentages, I also know that representation in academic spaces and organizations is important. By making sure that diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of AESS’ priorities and planning, I aim to ensure that we all can work together to further strengthen the organization and make it more attractive to wider groups of future problem-solvers and change agents. 

Second, I aim to find more ways AESS can encourage and foster greater participation in the organization. As the current AESS Board Student Representative, I have already learned so much about the ways the organization can formally support participation amongst undergraduate and graduate students, along with non-traditional academics and practitioners. With this knowledge, I will strive to bring other creative avenues to the forefront of AESS’ planning to further support people with diverse experiences in ESS to be able to attend the conference, contribute to committees, and find their place within the organization. I look forward to the opportunity to continue this work on the board, and to especially support the interests of graduate students, people with diverse experiences, underrepresented folks, and those looking to make AESS home.


Nominations Committee, Three Positions (2020-2022)


Nominations committee:

This committee is responsible for recruiting and nominating candidates for the elected offices of AESS.  In identifying candidates for positions, the Nominations Committee seeks to assure the representation of the Association’s diversity of membership, in terms of age, gender, racial, and ethnic background, substantive interest, field of work, type of employing institutions, and other considerations.  In practice, this means actively identifying and working with potential candidates and building an elections slate every spring.

  • Name: Anne Egelston, PhD
  • Affiliation: Director, Center for Environmental Studies, Tarleton State University
  • Email: egelston@tarleton.edu
  • Please provide responses to the prompts below. Total word count should be less than 500 words.

Role(s) to date in AESS: 

I joined AESS in 2019 when one of my friends spoke about how this group has helped scholars improve their careers and research. I attended the 2019 Annual Conference in Orlando and agreed that this organization engages in uplifting both individual members and promotes the field as a whole.  

Background / experience with environmental studies and sciences: 

I started working in environmental engineering in industry in January 1998. My academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a PhD in Global Affairs from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark. I have spent roughly 10 years working in industry and 10 years working in academia, I have worked as an environmental engineer, environmental engineering manager, environmental broker, public policy advocate at the state, national, and international level, and scholar. My industrial career focused on air pollution and climate change and my scholarly research focuses on sustainability and the process of creating new environmental norms. While working in both industry and academia, I was privileged to be a business observer for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. 

My research focuses on the intersection of political science and environmental history in that I focus on the long-term development of international environmental norms and regimes. My first book, Sustainable Development: A History focused on a longitudinal case study that allowed environmental NGOs to become deeply embedded in international environmental politics. My second book, Protecting the Planet: International Environmental Diplomacy is under contract to Springer with an anticipated publication date in 2021. 

As Director of the Center for Environmental Studies, I am uniquely charged by Tarleton State to create an atmosphere of congeniality that promotes faculty and student research collaborations to improve the quality of the natural and built environment. This involves networking with members to understand their skill sets and career goals as well as current and future research and service opportunities internally and externally. 

Vision for participation as an elected [Board Member, Nominations Committee member, or Treasurer]:

I envision my role as a member of the Nominations Committee as a connector of people with service opportunities in order to promote this organization as we work together towards a healthier, more fulfilling environment.  

  • Name: Marc Santos (he/him/his)
  • Affiliation: University of South Florida
  • Email: MarcPoloSantos@gmail.com

Role(s) to date in AESS:

Student member since March 2019. Attendee of 2019 conference and participant of the informal diversity, equity, and inclusion meeting.

Background / experience with environmental studies and sciences:

I am the first in my Portuguese-American family to navigate through a BA (focus on urban planning/ hazard mitigation) and to start an MSc in environmental science and policy. My master’s thesis centers on investigating stakeholder relationships within the nexus of conservation and tourism of the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population near coastal Washington. 

I, additionally, have experience in membership expansion and diversification as a tool lending library coordinator in New Orleans, LA. I also have experiences in outreach as an executive board member of a community advisory group for a superfund site near Asheville, NC. 

Vision for participation as an elected [Board Member, Nominations Committee member, or Treasurer]:

My vision as an elected Nominations Committee Member is to help foster a more inclusive and diverse leadership roster that will grow and diversify our future professional ranks as AESS continues to serve interdisciplinary environmental scientists and scholars. I plan to work with AESS’s Diversity Committee to identify leader nominees from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. My hope and vision is that diversity in these positions will spark a growth in AESS membership that is more inviting to scientists and prospective students who might not otherwise see themselves as belonging to our community. 

I can see this taking place in several forms as each choice may lend themselves to supporting one type of diversity over others (such as racial/ethnic diversity, gender diversity, or functional diversity). This may incorporate use of ethical diversity-minimums in nominations review criteria, establishing/enhancing diversity networks within our organization, or other ideas that may be more directed at diversity recruitment into our general AESS membership. 

Regardless of the path, I view diversity, equity, and inclusion as central components to my potential position as a nonminations committee member in efforts to help enhance AESS leadership and member growth into the future. 

Mary Collins, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 

Department of Environmental Studies, Environmental Health Program

1 Forestry Drive 106 Marshall Hall

Syracuse, NY 13210

mbcollin@esf.edu

Roles: My first involvement with AESS was in 2009 when I was a graduate student in an interdisciplinary PhD program. At this time my mentor, William Freudenburg, encouraged me to get involved in the organization.  Since this time, I have benefitted greatly from my AESS experiences—especially the interdisciplinary commitment and collegiality. Beginning in 2009, I served as a student representative on the program committee and then stayed on as a core member of that committee for subsequent years. While on the program committee I looked forward to reading the wide variety of member submissions and helped bring keynote speaker, Paul Mohai, to our meeting in Pittsburgh. Since 2016, I’ve served on the Association’s nominations committee.  As a member of this committee, I have helped to identify people for various organization roles. As a committee, we have tried to be aware of the balance of natural and social science experts, men and women, research approaches, non-AESS organizational prior experience, and issues of diversity. Involvement on the nominations committee has been a satisfying and fun experience. I have been to almost every AESS meeting since 2009, participated in several of the preconference workshops, and see AESS as my primary environment-focused meeting each summer.

Background: I am an environmental social scientist with training in sociology and interdisciplinary environmental social science. I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York (SUNY-ESF). My research efforts are focused on the socially structured factors that perpetuate environmental inequality.  My approaches are typically broad in temporal and/or spatial scale and quantitative. My most recent project uses synthesis methods to support hierarchical Bayesian models in order to assess inequalities in pollution generation between US-based industrial facilities and potential human health impacts. More generally, my research group has been using informatics approaches to look at the temporal dimensions of hazardous waste generation as it relates to links between specific chemical exposures and rare cancers in New York State. 

Vision: My vision as a continuing member of the nominations committee is to continue to help identify diverse, motivated, kind, and thoughtful scholars who would be excellent leaders within our organization. Although I claim the social sciences as my home, I am specifically interested in continuing to foster interdisciplinarity within our community, at large, and within our leadership, specifically.

Christina M. Limpert, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

208 Marshall Hall

1 Forestry Drive

Syracuse, NY 13210

cmlimper@esf.edu

My name is Tina Limpert. I am in the second year of a tenure track position at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies. My current ethnographic research involves working across disciplines with a Landscape Architect and our community partners at the Near Westside Peacemaking Center on a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project, and a textual analysis of shoreline residents use of social media as they make sense of highwater events on Lake Ontario. I also write about and teach courses on eco cinema, sociology, gender, culture, and the environment, and qualitative research. 

I have been a member of AESS since June 2018 when I attended my first AESS conference in Washington, D.C.  As an AESS member, I served on the ad hoc publications committee where I worked with Tony Rosenbaum and Chris Parsons. This experience landed me on my first podcast (AESS’s flagship podcast!) in June 2019.  Still, although I am relatively new to Environmental Studies and AESS, experience tells me that that fresh perspectives are key to growing and maintaining a vibrant, diverse organization. While my ties in Environmental Studies are not yet deep, I offer a commitment to developing strong connections with fellow members toward the goal of mining and supporting prospective leaders for AESS. What would this commitment look like from someone so new? Given that members are scattered all over, I bring interest, enthusiasm, and experience working with all manner of people through a variety of means in both the real and virtual world. 

What’s more, a committee member must have the soft skills necessary for networking. Currently, among my other leadership duties in the Department of Environmental Studies, I serve as the Director of the Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications Program at SUNY ESF. In this capacity, I am in tasked with recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating sixteen instructors along with other program duties like scheduling and enrollment management. The strengths I bring to this administrative role are the same strengths I will bring to committee work including sincere and focused listening, timely responses, and clear, consistent communication. While these are not special skills, they are skills that I have honed over decades of work in k-16 educational settings. What’s more, as a social scientist who studies popular culture, power, gender, identity, and informal means of education, I am committed to building a stronger, more diverse, equitable, and accessible organization. Thank you for considering my candidacy for membership on the Nominations Committee. 

Devin Judge-Lord

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

JudgeLord@Wisc.edu

I served on the Program Committees for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 conferences and on the Nominations Committee since 2016. 

I first attended AESS in 2012 to present my undergraduate thesis research. As an undergraduate at Reed College, I helped with a successful push to create an Environmental Studies curriculum and hire faculty. While completing a Master’s in Environmental Science at Yale University, I co-led Yale’s Environmental Law student interest group and its annual interdisciplinary New Directions in Environmental Law conference. At Wisconsin, I have helped recruit speakers for a lecture series at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and supervise undergraduates studying environmental politics through the Undergraduate Research Scholars program. In addition to service to AESS, I serve as the Social Media Editor for the Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

I aim to recruit candidates for AESS leadership who will advance our explicitly interdisciplinary tradition and make AESS more accessible to underrepresented scholars and undergraduates. Through mentorship programs, I have recruited undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds to present at AESS, and I hope such efforts will help grow a cohort of future leaders who have been involved with AESS from the beginning of their academic careers. I promote AESS everywhere I go and hope that my longstanding commitment to the organization allows me to offer good judgment in nominations decisions.

  • Name: Shardul Tiwari 
  • Affiliation: Michigan Technological University
  • Email: shardult@mtu.edu
  • Please provide responses to the prompts below. Total word count should be less than 500 words.

Role(s) to date in AESS: This is my first time with AESS, I have not been an AESS member before. I am currently running for nomination committee member (student) 

Background / experience with environmental studies and sciences: I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy. I have worked in the field of renewable and energy policy formulation. I was associated with German Development Cooperation in Nepal working on energy efficiency strategy formation for the Ministry of Energy, Nepal. I was also a member of the group from Michigan Tech that participated in the COP 25 in Madrid as an observer. We presented the work done by research initiatives taken up by Universities on campus based on the theoretical framework of Sustainable Development Goals. My previous association with Environmental studies includes the application of renewable energy to work towards climate change policy formulation. 

Vision for participation as an elected [Board Member, Nominations Committee member, or Treasurer]:

Coming from the developing nation, a low-income country, and running for the nomination committee member, I look forward to developing an outreach program to attract more students and especially women to be part of the association. The major challenge for university students is the registration fees and cost of attending the conference. Though AESS already has student paper presentation awards and incentives I would try and work more towards making the association more attractive to the students.