Greg Hitzhusen (Vice Chair)
Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources
My work and research center on the intersection of faith and the environment and on developing partnerships between scientific and faith communities. My teaching focuses on environmental communications, sustainability projects, and religion and ecology. I am a Lecturer in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University, where I am a member of the Faculty Learning Community on Sustainability Across the Curriculum and serve as Faculty Fellow for the Environment and Natural Resources Scholars program. My students’ research projects on sustainability at Ohio State have helped to establish OSU’s Campus as a Living Laboratory project and digital archive. I was the founding Director and now serve as Board Chair for Ohio Interfaith Power and Light; I am Vice-Chair Elect of the Environmental Justice Section, where I coordinate partnerships with faith communities, including the Scientists Speakers Bureau for Earth Stewardship Outreach to Faith Communities.
Jessica Miesel (Secretary)
Michigan State University, Department of Forestry
Profile coming soon…
Leanne Jablonski (Past Chair)
Marianist Environmental Education Center & University of Dayton
I’m an ecologist, educator and pastoral minister in Dayton Ohio where I direct the Marianist Environmental Education Center. MEEC stewards the 100-acre Mount St. John nature preserve and partners with environmental, governmental and faith organizations in our mission of “Restoring communities of Land and People” through ecological restoration, service learning and education. I am also a part-time faculty at the University of Dayton on the Sustainability, Energy, Environment initiative staff and teach courses in Ecology & Religion. My Doctoral studies in Plant Physiological Ecology/Global Climate Change at McGill focused on plant reproductive responses to elevated CO2 and Nitrogen, and as an Ohio State post-Doc I conducted meta-analysis on seed quality responses. I am the Past-Chair of the Environmental Justice Section.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Research and education interests: Environmental law/policy, environmental justice, urban ecology, citizen science, campus sustainability, educational outreaches in the urban context
Megan M. Gregory
Cornell University, Department of Horticulture
I work with community gardeners to develop ecologically-based management practices for urban agriculture and inquiry-based educational opportunities for urban gardeners. My current projects include research on: 1) Cover cropping practices to improve soil quality and fertility in urban gardens; 2) Effective design of participatory research projects for educational, environmental, and social benefits in community gardens; and 3) Effects of garden land-use, management, and landscape context on pest and beneficial insect populations and crop damage in urban gardens.
Howard University, Department of Biology
Most of my research focuses on the behavioral ecology of lizards in the southwestern US, but I have also conducted field studies in Panama on intertidal crustaceans; in Peru where I participated in a Smithsonian MAB-sponsored field course in Pakitza; in Bolivia where I both participated in a field course and conducted studies of herps of the Beni region; and most recently in Suriname where I have examined lizard biodiversity in the Central Suriname Nature Reserve. At Howard University, I teach animal behavior, ecology, herpetology, and a number of interdisciplinary courses including Science & Public Policy, Hurricane Katrina, and Biological and Social Aspects of Food. In addition, I hold an adjunct professorship at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname where I spent a sabbatical year in the Environmental Sciences Program and later held a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship. I am Past-Chair of the Environmental Justice Section.
Pratt Institute, Department of Mathematics & Science
I teach ecology and evolution courses to students at Pratt Institute, most of whom are art and design majors. I serve as the “Website Facilitator” for the ESA Environmental Justice section, helping members to represent the section on the site. While I am not currently engaged in research related to environmental justice, the topic is infused throughout many of my ecology courses.