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Paul Guernsey

Paul Guernsey

Visiting Instructor of Writing/ School of Environmental Citizenship

Phone: 207-509-7133
Email: pguernsey@unity.edu
Office: Founders Hall South
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Dr. Pieter deHart

Dr. Pieter deHart

Dean, School of Environmental Citizenship / School of Environmental Citizenship

Dr. Pieter deHart - Dean, School of Environmental Citizenship at Unity College
Phone: 207-509-7118
Email: pdehart@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall

Dean of the School of Environmental Citizenship, Dr. Pieter deHart is a Conservation Biologist addressing questions related to foraging ecology and population dynamics of organisms across multiple scales and habitats. He completed his B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island and his Master’s degree in Biology from Boston University, exploring the Population biology of multiple seal species in New England through the marine program in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He then continued his exploration of marine mammals through an examination of Bowhead whale migration and Steller sea lion feeding patterns using stable isotope analyses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks during his PhD.  Over the past decade he has taught Biology and been program director of Science and Math at Mount Ida College, and served as an Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Research at Virginia Military Institute. During this time, he has conducted research exploring the role that higher trophic level consumers are affected by environmentally driven changes in food availability. As a systems-focused ecologist, he examines a wide range of species and systems, and has collaboratively published work ranging from the impacts of invasive plant species on the forest insect ecology, to dietary determinations of Mongoose in the Caribbean, and continues to explore a multitude of questions in a long-term project examining ecosystem dynamics in fish communities of the Brazilian Amazon. Through all his research endeavors, he has worked and published with undergraduates. In his teaching, he leads student-centered and active-learning courses ranging from Introductory Biology to Evolution, Aquatic Ecology, and Conservation Biology. 

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Barry Woods is Unity College's longest-standing professor: 39 years and counting!
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Barry Woods

Barry Woods

Professor of Mathematics/ School of Environmental Citizenship

Phone: 207-509-7216
Email: bwoods@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall

Academic Background

MS ED, Mathematics Education State University of New York, Plattsburgh
BS, Secondary Mathematics Education State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Barry Woods began teaching at Unity College in 1976. A native New Yorker and a die-hard New York Yankees fan, Barry earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where he majored in both mathematics and education.

At Unity College, Barry teaches primarily Statistics courses. His current interest is the integration of technology into the teaching of his stats courses. From the use of hand-held calculators to computers, Barry encourages his students to be active learners and to take a proactive role in their own education.  In 1989 Barry’s faculty colleagues awarded him the first Martin A. Rosinski Award for excellence in teaching.

Off campus, Barry has served as an AP-Statistics Reader and as an educational consultant for the College of the Marshall Islands and the Northern Marianas College in Saipan.  In Maine, Barry has served on the Board of Directors for Operation Game Thief.  OGT is a  private, non-profit organization that works in cooperation with the Maine Warden Service.  OGT pays rewards, if requested, to citizens who turn in poachers; just call toll free, 1-800-ALERT-US.

My Faculty Site: http://sites.google.com/a/unity.edu/bwoods/

 

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Womersley and his Sustainable Energy students work on the analysis of renewable energy and energy policy in general, in climate mitigation, and in local renewable energy planning.
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Dr. Michael Womersley

Dr. Michael Womersley

Professor of Human Ecology/ School of Environmental Citizenship

Unity College Professor of Human Ecology Dr. Michael Womersley
Phone: 207-509-7259
Email: mwomersley@unity.edu
Office: Unity House

Academic Background

PhD, Policy Studies, University of Maryland
MS, Resource Conservation, University of Montana Forestry School
BA, Biology, University of Montana
ONC 2cr (AS eq), Aeronautical Engineering, Royal Air Force College Halton

Born in northern England, Mick served in the Royal Air Force from 1978-1985 as an aircraft technician and mountain rescue specialist. He guided in Montana for two years prior to attending the University of Montana for a biology degree and a master's in Resource Conservation from the Forestry School. He then went on to the University of Maryland Policy School, where he studied under Peter G. Brown, Herman Daly, Mark Sagoff, Steve Fetter, and Carmen Reinhart, among other important academics working in the nexus between sustainability, ethics, and economics. He graduated with distinctions in normative analysis and economics in the year 2002, following successful completion of a dissertation on American religiosity and climate science acceptance. After a short stint at the University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology, Mick came to Unity College to help develop the sustainability programs in the year 2000. He teaches classes in climate change, sustainability, economics, and energy. His current research interests are in wind power assessment and mapping. Each summer he runs a field program in wind measurements to support this work, using students as crew members. He is also the faculty advisor to the Unity College Search and Rescue Team, Resource Officer for Maine Search and Rescue, and co-editor of the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Association's annual journal "On the Hill."

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Deanna Witman

Deanna Witman

Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities/ School of Environmental Citizenship

Phone: 207-509-7133
Email: dwitman@unity.edu
Office: Founders Hall South
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Dr. Stephanie Wade

Dr. Stephanie Wade

Associate Professor of Writing/ School of Environmental Citizenship

Unity College Associate Professor of Writing Dr. Stephanie Wade
Phone: 207-509-7185
Email: swade@unity.edu
Office: Collaborative Learning Center

Academic Background

PhD, English, Stony Brook University
MA, Creative Writing, City College of New York
BA, Psychology, Wesleyan University

Outside of work, I enjoy being outdoor—walking, hiking, camping, biking, and swimming—and studying permaculture—a strategy that designs homes, farms, and landscapes so that they work in harmony with local materials and conditions. My academic research employs principles of permaculture to better understand college writing. My dissertation project defines the concept of narrative ecology, which posits all narratives as living systems, systems that, like our physical homes and earthy environments, shape our experiences and also respond to our actions. At the heart of my teaching and research is my desire to help students better see the choices available to them as writers and thinkers.

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Geologists graduating from the Unity EES program are extensively trained to interpret the physical landscape, conduct a variety of field-oriented tasks and lab work, perform quantitative analyses on field data, and share the results of their work with outside audiences.
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Dr. Kevin Spigel

Dr. Kevin Spigel

Professor of Geoscience/ School of Environmental Citizenship

Dr. Kevin Spigel, Professor of Geoscience at Unity College
Phone: 207-509-7215
Email: kspigel@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall

Faculty site: https://sites.google.com/a/unity.edu/kspigel/

Academic Background

PhD, Physical Geography, University of Wisconsin Madison
MS, Physical Geography, University of Wisconsin Madison
BS, Environmental Science, University of Buffalo

Kevin was born in Minnesota and after a year living in the land of 10,000 lakes moved to a small town in western New York situated in the lake effect snowbelt. The abundance of snow and surrounding mountains provided a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities including skiing and mountain biking. After graduating from high school, Kevin attended the University of Buffalo where he received degrees in Environmental Science and Physical Geography. As an undergraduate student, Kevin worked closely with his mentor as an undergraduate research assistant on two separate projects: (1) bedload transport in high shear stress environments, and (2) bedload transport under laminar flow conditions with and without simulated rainfall. These research opportunities helped shift Kevin’s career path from ski-bum to academia.

After graduating from college, Kevin attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physical Geography. Kevin also obtained a minor in Small Watershed Design and Engineering. For his M.S. work, Kevin was hired by the Forest Service as a Hydrologic Technician and spent two summers working in Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and Colorado studying the effects of wildfire on hillslope erosion. Part of this work also focused on using computer models to predict postfire erosion rates as well assess the effectiveness of different treatment/rehabilitation methods. For his Ph.D. work, Kevin expanded his interests in hillslope hydrology to include larger basins and longer time scales and began studying lake sediment cores as archives of environmental change. By studying fossil pollen, charcoal, environmental magnetics, and organic matter content Kevin was able to reconstruct environmental patterns in southern Wisconsin extending back to ~14,000 years. Lake sediment research forms the foundation for much of his current research.

At Unity College, Kevin teaches a variety of courses in the Geosciences and strives to uphold his teaching philosophy of “Learn by Doing”. In all of his courses, Kevin blends theory with application in an effort to provide students with the field, lab, and research skills needed to succeed in the real world. All of his courses have lab components to immerse students in more detail related to topics of study. Kevin emphasizes the use of quantitative analysis and widespread use of technology (computer models, GIS, data-logging) in his courses. Research opportunities in the Geosciences abound for students at Unity College. In many courses, especially upper level courses, students participate in class research projects that include studying hillslope erosion on campus and also studying the effects of precipitation on streamflow and groundwater levels. Students also participate with faculty-sponsored research outside of class on the many facets of lake sediment analysis.

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