SEAS is home to a world-class faculty. With 50 full-time faculty members, the school’s faculty-student ratio is 1:7.
These internationally accomplished scholars and practitioners work on the full spectrum of environmental and sustainability issues. Their scholarship is recognized regularly through an array of prestigious awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Guggenheim Award, the Institute for Scientific Information Highly Cited Researcher Award, and many others.
The school’s seven centers and institutes augment the many research opportunities available to students. As a researcher, you will experience the full extent of the school’s interdisciplinary commitment, bringing behavioral, economic, political, scientific, engineering, and design studies to bear on sustainability challenges.
Bradley J. Cardinale, Professor: In my research, I ask the question: how many species does the planet need to support humanity? Everything you eat, drink, and breathe is produced by a species somewhere. And we're going to lose anywhere between a third and a half of all species on this planet within our generation and our lifetime. And so I try to figure out how many of those species, and which ones, we need to conserve to keep on purifying your water so that you can drink it, keep on producing your oxygen so that you can breathe it, and keep on producing your food.
Dorceta E. Taylor, Professor: The State of Environmental Institutions was kind of a landmark piece that students and I worked on. And that's one of the pieces I'm very proud of, even though it's not produced in a scholarly fashion. But when we were working on it, we had no idea the impact that that would have. And that has had unspoken impact in the environmental field—to get organizations to really start to think about diversity and to take it there.
Joe Arvai, Professor: Between SEAS, and Ross, and the Erb Institute, I really like to think of the world in terms of the triple bottom line—that economic security is important, and it's important everywhere. At the same time, social security is important. And I don't mean that in a government sense, but I mean just social well-being, social welfare, the health of our social network that we work and live within. And also environmental health is crucial. So it comes down to balancing environmental considerations, social considerations, and economic considerations.
Rebecca Hardin, Associate Professor: So we are working very hard to make more efficient systems, drawing from some of what's been experiencing uptake in Africa, and bringing technology here to use our labs and our science to make the tech even smarter and try to scale it here as well. So I think the global science of sustainability and the cultural barriers to these new approaches is an arena where I'm doing a lot of work right now.
Bob Grese, Professor: We bring a variety of backgrounds in the faculty, in landscape architecture and the other fields in the school. It makes this really a great place to study.