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Dr. Jennifer Cartier

Dr. Jennifer Cartier

Director of Teacher Education and Associate Professor of Science Education/ Center for Experiential and Environmental Education

Dr. Jennifer Cartier - Director of Teacher Education and Associate Professor of Science Education Unity College
Phone: 207-509-7282
Email: jcartier@unity.edu
Office: 216 Founders Hall South

An experienced science teacher educator, Cartier most recently served as Director of Teacher Education at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education.  She has designed and taught 19 different courses related to science pedagogy, curriculum theory and design. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (Science Education) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. from Williams College.

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The Unity College Honors Program offers an engaging challenge for academically talented and motivated students from all academic disciplines. Professor Pamela MacRae works with honors students in a population and community ecology class at China Lake. Photo by Mark Tardif.
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Dr. Pamela MacRae

Dr. Pamela MacRae

Associate Professor of Sustainable Fisheries Management/ Center for Biodiversity

Unity College Associate Professor Dr. Pamela MacRae
Phone: 207-509-7256
Email: pmacrae@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall, Office 204

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Florida State University
PhD, Louisiana State University
MS, University of Toronto
BS and Honors Certificate, Saint Mary's University

I am a fish community ecologist and the general theme of all of my research has been exploring the links between fish and their environment. I have numerous ongoing research projects including 1) the effects of anthropogenic nitrate enrichment on species composition, richness, and density of fish in freshwater springs in Florida, 2) the role of rockweed harvesting on coastal finfish and lobster fisheries of Maine, 3) the influence of alewife restoration on native littoral fish species and 4) a comparison of cyprinid populations among mainland and island ponds.

Courses Taught at Unity

BI2004 & BI2004L Population and Community Ecology

BI2064 & BI2064L Honors Population and Community Ecology

ES3183 & ES3183L Limnology

BI2111 Marine Fisheries Theme, Coastal Fisheries of Maine Theme

BI3323 & BI3323L Conservation Biology

BI3233 & BI3233L Ichthyology

BI4702 Biodiversity Capstone

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Dr. Dylan Dillaway

Dr. Dylan Dillaway

Associate Professor of Sustainable Forest Management/ Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection

Dylan N. Dillaway, Associate Professor of Sustainable Forest Management
Phone: 207-509-7255
Email: ddillaway@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall, Office 206

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Dr. Janis Balda

Dr. Janis Balda

Associate Professor of Sustainable Enterprise/ Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities

Unity College Associate Professor of Sustainable Enterprise Dr. Janis Balda
Phone: 207-509-7260
Email: jbalda@unity.edu
Office: Founders Hall South, Office 206

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Dr. Stephanie Wade

Dr. Stephanie Wade

Associate Professor of Writing / Director of Writing/ Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities

Unity College Associate Professor Dr. Stephanie Wade
Phone: 207-509-7185
Email: swade@unity.edu
Office: Founders Hall South, Office 208B

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

Associate Professor of Geoscience / Director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change/ Center for Sustainability and Global Change

Dr. Kevin Spigel, Associate Professor of Geoscience / Director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change
Phone: 207-509-7215
Email: kspigel@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall, Office 115

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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Thomas Mullin

Thomas Mullin

Associate Professor, Parks and Forest Resources/ Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection

Unity College Associate Professor Thomas Mullin
Phone: 207-509-7291
Email: tmullin@unity.edu
Office: Founders Hall South, Office 201

Academic Background

MAIS, Interpretive Services Management, George Mason University
BS, Horticulture, Virginia Tech

Tom Mullin is currently an Associate Professor at Unity College. He joined the faculty in the fall of 1999 and serves as the program contact for the Parks and Forest Resources major.  A founder and life member of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), he was awarded the Fellow Award by NAI in 2003 and received National Meritorious Service awards twice in the past as well as numerous other national and regional awards.

Past offices and elected positions held with NAI include Vice President of Administration, Vice President of Programs, a founder and director of the College and University Academics Section (three terms), Chair of the Section Leadership Council (four years) and Section Representative to the Board of Directors (three years). He is currently the Regional Director for the Northeast Region of the Association as well as serving as an at large member of the National Board of Directors.

Previous professional experience includes time as the Executive Director of an environmental learning center and a land trust in New Hampshire, manager of a municipal nature center in Virginia, Maine Project Learning Tree Coordinator and work as a consultant on a book as well as interpretive planning and training.

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Dr. George Matula, Jr.

Dr. George Matula, Jr.

Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology/ Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection

Unity College Associate Professor Dr. George Matula, Jr.
Phone: 207-509-7206
Email: gmatula@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall, Office 130

Academic Background

PhD, Forest Resources with Physiology minor, Pennsylvania State University
MS, Wildlife Management, Pennsylvania State University
BA, Biology, Elmhurst College Contact Information

George joined the Unity College faculty in August 2011 as Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology after serving with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) for 30 years. He joined MDIFW in 1981 as the Bear Study Leader where he defused a volatile situation between MDIFW and Maine’s bear hunters and guides; he also developed Maine’s current approach to bear research and management. In 1983 and 1984, George served as the Big Game Project Leader and was responsible for the administration, planning, and supervision of a broad range of big game research studies (deer, moose, bear, and turkey), and helped establish the current any-deer approach to deer management in Maine.

George assumed the position of Wildlife Research Supervisor in 1984, where he supervised a staff of 16 biologists and was involved in planning, coordinating, and managing the statewide wildlife research program. He played a major role in revising the species planning process including developing the nationally recognized management system approach to guide fish and wildlife management decisions. He was also instrumental in developing a more biologically and objectively based approach to the endangered and threatened species listing process and for integrating endangered, threatened, and nongame species management responsibilities throughout the fabric of the department.

In 2004, George became the Endangered Species Coordinator and Wildlife Planner. In that capacity he co-developed Maine’s Wildlife Action Plan, guided the department through a major revision of Maine’s list of endangered and threatened species and the delisting of the bald eagle, and was involved in several regional and national initiatives, including serving as Chair of the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee.

George holds a Ph.D. in Forest Resources and a M.S. degree in Wildlife Management from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in Biology from Elmhurst College in Illinois.