environmental studies faculty

Bill Thomas

Professor Bill Thomas is a cellular and developmental biologist whose interests lie in developmental neurobiology with an emphasis on cell-to-cell and cell-to-substratum adhesion. He was the 2012 Nancy Beyer Opler '56 Award for Excellence in Advising award winner and was recognized in 2013 with the Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching

Laura Alexander

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
(603) 526-3006 | lalexander@colby-sawyer.edu

Joined faculty 2001. Ph.D., Antioch University New England. Professor Alexander is well versed in the flora of New England, able to identify hundreds of species, including invasive plants. Visit the Virtual Herbarium, which Professor Alexander created and maintains.

A frequent visitor to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Professor Alexander is well informed about its history, recreational opportunities, and the current issues facing this national forest. In addition, Laura has become an expert in the use of Geographic Information Systems, particularly in the context of landscape geography and environmental studies.

Nicholas A. Baer

Assistant Professor, Natural Sciences
(603) 526-3066 | nbaer@colby-sawyer.edu

Joined the faculty in 2004. Received B.A. from University of Vermont and Ph.D. from University of Maryland. Teaching interests include freshwater biology, conservation biology, ecology, water resources, and environmental studies. Research interests are in freshwater foodweb dynamics, aquatic macroinvertebrates, water quality, ecosystem structure and function, particularly relating how aquatic organisms respond to changes in water parameters such as pH, conductivity, and nitrogen, phosphorus, dissolved organic carbon concentrations.

Leon-C. Malan

Professor, Chair, Environmental Studies
M. Roy London Endowed Chair

(603) 526-3632 | lmalan@colby-sawyer.edu

Joined faculty 1994. Ph.D., Antioch University New England and University of New York, Albany. Teaching topics in natural history, environmental policy, sustainability and the relation between organizations and the natural environment. Currently pursuing research in biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture. Professor Malan holds the M. Roy London Endowed Chair.

Harvey Pine

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
(603) 526-3059 | hpine@colby-sawyer.edu

Joined faculty in 2008. Ph.D. from Auburn University.

Ann Page Stecker

Professor, Humanities
David H. Winton Endowed Chair

(603) 526-3644 | astecker@colby-sawyer.edu

Joined faculty in 1980. A.B. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College; M.A. from University of Virginia. Areas of teaching include environmental literature, autobiography, British literature, New England history and women's literature. Professor Stecker also teaches courses which support the foundation of the Women's Studies minor, an interdisciplinary minor which explores the social, intellectual and cultural construction of gender.

Professor Stecker is the coordinator of the Wesson Honors Program, which offers academic, cultural and social opportunities for the most highly motivated and capable of Colby-Sawyer's students who combine a solid work ethic and natural ability with intellectual curiosity.

A historian and writer, she is a published author of a New Hampshire history as well as a 19th-century women's history, and is the author of Our Voices, Our Town: The History of New London, New Hampshire, from 1950 to 2000.

Benjamin B. Steele

Professor, Chair, Natural Sciences
(603) 526-3677 | bsteele@colby-sawyer.edu

Joined the faculty in 1988. Received B.S. from Harvard, M.S. from Utah State and Ph.D. from Dartmouth Collge. Teaching interests include ecology, evolution, animal behavior and environmental studies. Research interests are in bird behavior and population studies, particularly related to migrating birds and sea ducks. Professor Steele is also a director of the New England Institute for Landscape Ecology, which sponsors research projects in New England and Alaska.

Jennifer White

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Sustainability Coordinator
(603) 526-3793 | jhwhite@colby-sawyer.edu

Joined the faculty in 2009. Received an A.A.S. in Liberal Arts from Colby-Sawyer College, a B.A. in Physics from Colorado College, and an M.A. in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University. Teaching interests include environmental issues, whole systems health and sustainability, and the psychology of change. Research interests include voluntary simplicity, values-supported behavior change, and the relationships between the development of personal integrity, global ethics, and whole systems sustainability.

Professor White is also the Sustainability Coordinator for the college and oversees all of our GreenROUTES Initiatives. In that role she provides advice and guidance to the President, Senior Officers and the college community regarding ways for us to meet our carbon reduction goals and promote greater personal wellbeing, social justice, economic stability and environmental balance, both locally and globally.

She is also a professional vocalist and performer who with her partner has recorded several CDs and appeared on NPRs A Prairie Home Companion and the Hallmark Channel.

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Bryan Felice

(603) 526-3078 | bryan.felice@colby-sawyer.edu

Jason Rhoades, Ph.D.

(603) 526-3078 | jason.rhoades@colby-sawyer.edu