Lecturers, Adjuncts & Visitors
Cathy Antonakos is a lecturer at SEAS. She currently serves as a research area specialist for UM School of Kinesiology. Her work involves data analysis for social science and behavioral research studies. Antonakos has worked as a data analyst at UM's Institute for Social Research, School of Social Work, School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing.
Adjunct Professor of Mathematical Geography and Population-Environment Dynamics, School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), Arlinghaus' scholarly interests center on finding real-world applications for pure mathematics. Often, these theoretical projects have, as one component, a community service aspect: from the local to the international. In recent years, she has found Google 3D SketchUP and Google Earth to be exciting ways to confront theory with practice!
More specifically, her mathematical background involves graduate study in the Ph.D. program in Mathematics at the University of Chicago and also in the Ph.D. program in Mathematics at the University of Toronto (Advisor, H. S. M. Coxeter). Generally, Arlinghaus' interests in that arena focus on synthetic geometry. Her Ph.D. is in "Location Theory, or more broadly viewed, Theoretical Geography." Waldo R. Tobler was her advisor-- Tobler and John D. Nystuen served as her dissertation co-chairs. She enjoys doing interdisciplinary scholarly research that draws these two disciplines together and I view publication, particularly forms that take advantage of current technology, to be an optimum way to share results among a disparate group of scholars around the world.
Avik Basu's research interests include understanding the differences between experts and laypeople in environmental decision-making, designing sustainable developments to be more acceptable to rural residents, promoting the adoption of sustainable transportation, and designing environments that simultaneously enhance individual and communal well-being. Over the last decade, he has been part of a collaborative effort to develop a framework, known as the Reasonable Person Model (RPM), to help practitioners from various disciplines become better at creating conditions that improve human well-being. Avik earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Michigan.
James Breck is a lecturer in Program in the Environment, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Adjunct Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, School for Environment and Sustainability. He served as a Fisheries Research Biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
As the Environmental Spatial Analysis Laboratory manager, Shannon Brines manages day-to-day operations of the lab, provides GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis related workshps and consultation to SEAS community and external clients. He also conducts GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis project work and research changing applications/technology and teaches NRE 540: GIS for Natural Resource Applications. Brines has served as an applied geographer at U of M for 19 years. Since 2004, he has owned Brines Farm LLC.
Adjunct Associate Professor
David “Bo” Bunnell has been a Research Fishery Biologist at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 2004. Trained as an Aquatic Ecologist, he is most interested in trophic interactions occurring between fish and their prey. He is interested in how these interactions are influence by anthropogenic stressors, such as nonindigenous species and climate change. Bunnell is also interested in life history strategies and how these can evolve to influence the population dynamics of managed fish species. Within the USGS Great Lakes Science Science, he is assigned to the Lake Michigan section, but am fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate on research questions across the Great Lakes basin.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Carl, the Regional Director for the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) Midwest Region, is an intermittent lecturer at SEAS. He was appointed to this position in September 2008 and oversees 19 USGS Science Centers in 12 States. Before being appointed as Regional Director for the Midwest Region, Dr.Carl was the Center Director of the USGS Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 2003-2008. He has worked for the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and served as Director of the Watershed Science Center at Trent University in Ontario.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Marc Gaden is the Communications Director of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and also teaches Environ 306: Global Water. Dr. Gaden also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at
Michigan State University.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Gloria Helfand serves as an adjunct associate professor at SEAS. Research interests include the incentives associated with pollution policies in a variety of contexts, the distributional effects of environmental programs, policy analysis, and a range of environmental issues. Much of her work has examined the effects of different pollution control instruments, especially the use of incentives compared to standards, in various settings, ranging from theory to empirical applications, from agricultural runoff to ground-level ozone. Helfand's interests include the distributional effects of environmental policies, and I have at times dabbled in issues relating to management of federally owned lands. She has found economics a very useful paradigm for examining human behavior in relationship to the environment and for suggesting means to correct destructive activities.
Oliver Kiley is a Landscape Architect at SmithGroupJJR in Ann Arbor, MI. He is most interested in pushing design and planning towards regenerative design as it applies to projects across scales, particularly riverfronts, urban centers, and brownfield sites. An alumnus of the school, Kiley served as a graduate student instructor throughout his Masters program for three landscape architecture studio courses, including: Landscape as Media, Materials and Methods, and Landscape Ecology.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
- What is the role of hydrologic connectivity in the rehabilitation and adaptive management of diked and coastal wetland ecosystems in the Great Lakes?
- Can we find sustainable control options for Phragmites australis and other invasive plant species?
- What is the landscape-scale potential for coastal wetland habitat rehabilitation in western Lake Erie?
These are a few of the research questions that Kowalski has been working on during his 19+ years at the Great Lakes Science Center. His master’s work in GIS and remote sensing at EMU and doctoral studies at UM provided a solid foundation for extensive work with USFWS refuges (Detroit River, Ottawa, Seney, Shiawassee), Ohio DNR, Michigan DNR, The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, and many other partners. Kowalski studied the diked and coastal marshes of western Lake Erie for many years and continue to work with managers to apply site specific results at regional scales. Leadership experiences at the National Conservation Leadership Institute and within USGS have helped him produce some innovative science and push our research teams in new directions.
Dr. Charles “Chuck” Krueger, adjunct professor at SEAS since 2003, is currently the T.F. Waters Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Conservation at Michigan State University. He also serves as the Director of the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation Systems on behalf of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Krueger is keenly interested in discovering the ecological characteristics of fish species of conservation concern, and then linking those results to their restoration, conservation, and wise use. The discovery process is made through a variety of disciplines including morphology, trophic ecology, behavior, and population genetics.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Michael is Staff Scientist with NWF’s Great Lakes office and has over two decades experience working on Great Lakes science and science-policy issues. After an initial emphasis on toxic chemicals - including mercury sources, fate and transport, ecological and human health effects, and pollution prevention and control strategies - his work expanded to other areas, including aquatic invasive species, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and scientific and policy aspects of Great Lakes restoration more broadly. He has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Water Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has published a number of papers and reports, has appointments at the University of Michigan and Georgia Regents University, and has served on over two dozen technical and advisory committees, including currently on the International Joint Commission Science Advisory Board.
Lindsay Nelson teaches first-year seminar on CAD in the landscape architecture program. She is a proud graduate of the school and works as a licensed landscape architect at InSite Design Studio--a landscape architecture firm in Ann Arbor that specializes in ecological design and green infrastructure. Her interests stem from a passion for built and natural environments and strives to merge the two through design, creating sites that are functional, ecological, and beautiful. Nelson enjoys teaching aspiring professionals how to efficiently use computer software to execute their designs and manage projects in the workplace.
Dr. Orfield is interested in product design and the role that life cycle modeling can play in the creation of products that serve rather than deplete the planet. His background in both entrepreneurship and academic research position him to understand not only the complex interaction between goods and the natural world, but also the design constraints required for commercialization. Dr. Orfield’s experience as a vocational instructor in the Republic of the Marshall Islands incited an ambition to become more active in the field of design in the developing world. His startup experiences are diverse, including founding a construction cost estimating software company, cofounding a life sciences research tool company, and cofounding a small-scale organic waste-to-energy company. Dr. Orfield’s doctoral research focused on the life cycle design of an algal biofuel that is sustainable, scalable, and salable. In the Winter of 2013 he joined the school and the Center for Sustainable Systems as a Lecturer.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Lecturer
Doug Pearsall is an Adjunct Associate Professor for SEAS. As a Senior Conservation Scientist with the Nature Conservancy, Pearsall has been a leader in conservation planning for high priority areas in the Great Lakes region. He recently lead the completion of biodiversity conservation strategies (CAPs) for Great Lakes Michigan and Erie. He also served as the East Michigan Science and Planning Director and Director of Conservation Science at the Nature Conservancy.
Landscape Architecture is, for me, a deep and abiding passion. Carrying projects from concept – to design – to construction – to observing their use in ways both anticipated and spontaneous - has been and continues to be a rewarding experience. Teaching is a means by which this passion can be shared along with the knowledge that has been gained through professional practice. My relationship to education is not limited to teaching. Education is an ongoing quest to keep in touch with technological changes, new materials, the nuances of plants, our collective understanding of the environment and the behaviors and needs of people. Landscape Architecture is a wonderful journey.
Adjunct Associate Research Scientist
Teaching includes courses in fish ecology and fisheries science. Recent research includes exotic species impacts on aquatic food webs and predator-prey dynamics; understanding environmental factors influencing fish spawning, growth and survival; consequences of dam removal or altering hydropower operations for fish habitat and production; use of GIS to classify and map Great Lakes fish habitats; use of hydrodynamic circulation models and satellite imagery to understand effects of climate variability on advection and survival of fish eggs and larvae.
Lecturer & Academic Program Specialist
Conservation & Restoration
Sheila Schueller is the instructor for NRE 509, the core ecology course for incoming masters students. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan and previously served as Assistant Director of the Ecosystem Management Initiative at the school. She has been teaching Ecology and Field Biology courses since 2002, both at U of M and at Eastern Michigan University. She also worked for several years as an adaptive management consultant, developing practical guides and facilitating workshops on evaluation and monitoring for conservation organizations across the country. Her ecological research has focused on plant-animal interactions, especially the pollination and seed dispersal of invasive plants in Michigan, the California Channel Islands, and Greece. In teaching she seeks to integrate student field activities with the real-world data needs of local natural resource planners and managers.
After earning a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability in 2001, Amanda worked with the nationally recognized firm Design Workshop for eight years as an urban planner, landscape designer, and graphic designer with extensive experience in project management. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Practicing now as a graphic designer full time, her specialties include print work (brochures, postcards, posters, and environmental graphic design), animated graphics, branding and identity, and digital/analog architectural illustration.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
As an adjunct assistant professor since the mid-1980s, I have seen my department evolve from traditional single resource management education, to integrated ecosystem management and policy study, to lively interdisciplinary and outreach connections regarding basic resources. My own professional career has followed similar development. My undergraduate degree in chemistry, followed by a graduate degree in plant ecology, followed by doctoral research on the life histories and population genetics of Ash Trees, all contributed to my ability to scientifically administer Michigan’s Endangered Species Program for the MDNR beginning in 1978. During that period I became qualified as a Certified Wildlife Biologist. In 1985 I transferred to a field position as district wildlife supervisor where I partnered with the district forester to oversee State land management in 9 Northern Lower Michigan counties. Throughout these years I was an active member, later chair, of the Michigan Natural Areas Council. I retired in 1991 to return to my research at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and to several consulting contracts.
I am currently an active member of the Stewardship Network and of the national Natural Areas Association, which presented me the 2015 George B. Fell award, their highest honor. Yet In good physical condition in my 80s, my primary focus is in natural areas protection and management. I enjoy leading U-M Students and volunteers on invasive species management/field trip days to Horner Woods. My 14 years of service on the technical advisory committee for the Washtenaw County Natural Areas Program, 13 years on the Augusta Twp. Farmland protection board and two terms on the Ann Arbor Green Belt commission put me in close contact with local natural area issues for both non-profit organizations and local governments. I look to assist students with studies concerning natural areas policy and management.
I am teaching two related courses. One is a world environmental history survey, centering on global trends in resource exploitation and pollution accumulation. It emphasizes colonial regimes and their legacies, including the neocolonial reach of the American ecological empire. This constitutes an approach to the history of unsustainability, but it also considers our evolving capacity to consume and manage resources more sustainably. The second course is a world history of environmental impacts of wars and militarization, a major dimension of environmental history that has rarely been considered seriously. This course includes an emphasis on our contemporary situation.
Hank Vanderploeg is a Research Ecologist and Ecosystem Dynamics Branch Chief at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, where he has spent most of his career studying the lower food web, invasive species, and spatial interactions of the food web. He is particularly interested in lab and field experimental work to define important processes such feeding and nutrient cycling that connect different components of the food web to each other.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Li Wang is an adjunct associate professor at SEAS. Evaluating influences of natural and anthropogenic environmental factors on water quality, physical habitat, and biological communities; modeling relationships among hydrology, thermal, landscape, land-use, physical habitat, and biota; developing multistate and Great Lakes region-wide spatial and data framework, developing tools and conducting aquatic system classification for management practice evaluation and environmental impairment assessment; assessing potential impacts of climate and land-use changes on aquatic ecosystems, and providing science-based management and policy advice to address binational water quality and quantity issues.
I am a conservation scientist with almost 20 years of experience of work in Central America. My main research interests have involve the role of matrix habitats (i.e., the usually degraded or human-managed lands beyond protected areas) in wildlife conservation in the Neotropics. I have served as the Director of Conservation Science for Paso Pacífico, a non-profit dedicated to biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods in southwestern Nicaragua. Currently, I continue working on a couple of projects with Paso Pacífico; I am also an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan, where I focus on engaging with students interested in sustainable agriculture as I transition from inside scientist to farmer. Along with my partner, in late 2017 I started my own farm where we are establishing climate-resilient, tree-based agriculture. In my work I draw from diverse disciplines, from ecology to anthropology to agricultural sciences.