Get to know our current PhD in Environmental Studies candidates.
More About Deb
Deb Matlock grew up in the mountains of Colorado and is deeply committed to nurturing the connection between people, animals, earth, and spirit. She has spent twenty-five years working as a professional environmental and humane educator and naturalist. Deb offers shamanic-style spiritual guidance, animal communication, nature connection workshops, and retreats through her business, Wild Rhythms.
She is passionate about helping people find connection and deep spiritual meaning in their lives and in the places where they live. Deb holds a Master of Arts in Environmental Education from Prescott College and is pursuing her doctoral degree in environmental studies at Antioch University New England.
Location: Lake Wylie | Entry Year: 2014
Dissertation Topic: Race Equity in Environmental Education
Committee chair/advisor: James Karlan
More About Anna
Race equity trainers’ perceptions on moving Environmental Education toward race equity.
More About Lisa
Lisa Heller Boragine has 25 years of experience teaching a wide variety of communication courses (online, face to face, remote) in public speaking, argumentation and debate, persuasive communication, and environmental communication. She has experience coaching academic intercollegiate debate and is familiar with a variety of debate formats and debate activities. Lisa Boragine is fluent in Spanish and English and has served as a trainer and invited judge at Spanish language academic debate institute in Colombia in 2014. Her research interests are related to game-based learning and systems thinking.
My dissertation research will consider how the use of game-based learning in the higher education classroom might influence the connections between perceived personal and community responsibility, systems thinking and concern about climate change that takes place as students participate in the online multiplayer game New Shores: a game for Democracy.
Lisa is currently a tenured full-time Communication studies faculty at Cape Cod Community College, also serves as adjunct faculty at Stonehill College and Bridgewater State College
Hobbies and Other Interests
Science fiction (especially Doctor Who), music, and writing
Location: Maine | Entry Year: 2015
Dissertation Topic: Anthropogenic effects and influences on African painted dogs (Lycaon pictus)
Committee chair/advisor: Lisabeth Willey
More About Tammy
human-wildlife interactions, intersection of art and science, science communication.
MWS, Wildlife Science, Texas A&M University; BS, Psychobiology, University of New England
More About JuPong
An immigrant from Taiwan, JuPong Lin weaves her ancestral traditions into community performances, cultivating kinship between humans of different places and with our more-than-human kin. As an artist, de/colonial and institutional activist, and educator, she fuses story circle, qigong, and cultural somatics in a relational art that bridges personal and collective healing. JuPong enjoys finding links (metaphoric mycorrhiza) between communities, institutions, and webs of earthbeings, to enhance connections that foster personal and community resilience and new kinships. Her community performance, media and installation art aspires to incite deep, systemic change through creating relationships of mutuality and reciprocity. With collaborator, Devora Neumark, JuPong is the co-founder of Fierce Bellies, an artist collective that “envisions the mainstreaming of climate justice through joyful art practice.”
Mary Jo Austin (2016)
Location: Eagle Point, Oregon | Entry Year: 2016 | LinkedIn
Dissertation Topic: The relationship between traditional practices, attitudes towards wildlife and ape proximity to rural communities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Committee chair/advisor: Beth Kaplin
More About Mary Jo
My research interests are exploring the ways rural communities value wildlife through traditional practices, attitudes and resource use to better understand factors that may contribute to or undermine African ape conservation.
MSc, Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England, MSc Resource Management, Central Washington University
More About Chrystal
In an effort to understand the adolescent perspective of what they need from a relationship with the natural environment and what types of nature could provide benefits for psychological well-being, my dissertation research focuses on the topic of coping and resilience with adolescents from trauma-informed backgrounds through an examination of their nature interactions. Specifically, I am applying a human-nature interaction pattern analysis approach with at-risk youth who are involved in outdoor nature-based projects and recreational activities. This particular approach seeks participant perspectives about their nature interactions in a variety of natural environments and how those interactions may support their coping styles and resilience capabilities. My research draws from the field of ecopsychology and applies interaction pattern theory to contribute to the human-nature interaction pattern and nature language literature through an exploration of their relevance in an un-examined population.
M.S. – Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England, 2019; Certificate in Ecopsychology – Lewis & Clark College, Graduate School of Education and Counseling, 2019; M.S. – Wildlife Resources Education & Public Information, University of Idaho, 1995; B.S. – Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho, 1994; A.A.S. – Hotel & Resort Management, University of Minnesota at Crookston, 1989
Prior returning to graduate school, I was the Executive Director of the Prairie Ecology Bus Center (PEBC) for 18 years. The PEBC is a unique, non-profit, regional outdoor environmental education program designed to take people into their own local areas to learn about and develop an awareness of and appreciation for the nature in their own “backyards.” It was my privilege to share diverse outdoor environments in an educational context with learners of all ages throughout southern and western Minnesota. Having witnessed countless times the remarkable, positive well-being effects interactions with nature can have with young people through these programs, I found my calling for my doctoral studies. To this end, I have dedicated my academic focus to understanding how young people value and appreciate their nature experiences, how those experiences align with landscape affordances, and how those nature interactions support psychological well-being.
More About Mark
Mark Lawler has 18 years of experience merging fieldwork with teaching to make science relevant to the non-science major and developing learners who can think critically, problem-solve, and recognize the differences between scientific and non-scientific arguments.
Mark’s research focuses on the late Quaternary megafaunal extinction and the ecological changes that occurred during the Pleistocene/Holocene Transition (PHT) in North America, and how studying extinction losers and winners can provide insights for taxa facing a warming and changing planet.
Mark has published and presented on teaching science in the online classroom, distance learning pedagogy, and best practices, paleohistory, paleontology, natural history.
My research centers on the persistence of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) through the Pleistocene?Holocene Transition (PHT) in eastern North America. During the PHT, 37 genera of megaherbivores went extinct, caribou were not among them. What was unique about caribou that allowed them to make it through the extinction bottleneck to become the Holarctically distributed megafauna that it is today? By analyzing the geochemistry of caribou fossil remains from the PHT, life history traits, as well as constructing correlative and mechanistic species distribution models, I hope to shed light on why caribou survived the late Pleistocene extinction and provide insights that may help caribou survive into the future in the face of anthropogenically forced global ecological change.
BA Anthropology Oneonta State; MS Quaternary Studies; Northern Arizona University
Peer Reviewed Research
Lawler, M. C. (2020). Caribou Survived the Late Pleistocene Extinction, but Can They Avoid Extinction in the Twenty-First Century? [Web log post]. Retrieved October 7, 2020, from https://theearlypages.blogspot.com/2020/10/caribou-survived-late-pleistocene.html
Lawler, M. C. (1995). Postcranial Morphology and Systematics of Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) from the Late Pleistocene of Wyoming. Paludicola, 1(1), 5-14.
Mead, J. I., & Lawler, M. C. (1994). Skull, Mandible and Metapodials of the Extinct Harrington’s Mountain Goat (Oreamnos haringtoni). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 14(4), 562-576.
Lawler, M. C. (1994). Review of Interdisciplinary Studies of the Hajny Mammoth Site, Dewey County, Oklahoma, by Don G. Wyckoff, Brian J. Carter, Peggy Flynn, Larry D. Martin, Branley A. Bronson and James L. Theler. Plains Anthropologist, 39(147), 88-90.
Lawler, M. C. (1993). Faunal Analysis of the Mud Wallow Site in The Mud Wallow Site: An Archaeological Discovery at an Indian Health Services Water Line Project, Red Lake, Arizona (92-145). Window Rock, Arizona: Navajo Nation Archaeology Department.
Articles and Publications
Lawler, M. C. (2016). Ten Strategies for Helping Struggling Students Be Successful in the Online Environment. In Process Education Conference 2016. Academy of Process Educators.
Owen, B., Kline, C., Lawler, M., Gilbert, D., Kjellander, D., Musil, E., ……Owalabi, Y. (2015). Modern Instructor: Keys to Exceptional Online Teaching. Gainesville, FL: Modern Instructor Publishing
Babb, D., Ross, T., Kline, C., Gilbert, D., Hansen, K., Lawler, M., . . . Sprinkle, H. (2014). Modern instructor: Success strategies for the online professor. Fullerton, CA: Kidya Publishing
Lawler, M. C. (2013, December 1). Returning to nature. Grownups, 1(1), 14-16. Retrieved from http://grownupsmag.com/returning-to-nature/
Lawler, M. C. (2013). Review of The Cambrian Explosion – The Construction of Animal Biodiversity by Douglas H. Erwin and James W. Valentine. Evolution – This View of Life, Retrieved from http://www.thisviewoflife.com/index.php/magazine/book_review/review-the-cambrian-explosion
Lawler, M.C. (2013). Bones I Have Known – Getting Students Excited About Paleontology. Evolution -This View of Life, Retrieved from https://evolution-institute.org/bones-i-have-known-getting-students-excited-about-paleontology/
Lawler, M. C. (2010, October). Faculty Spotlight. Globe University/Minnesota School of Business Course Schedule Guide [Richfield], p. 66.
Lawler, M. C. (2008). Review of Geology Program, West Hills College. Coalinga, California: West Hills Community College District
Barton, B. R., Lawler, M. C., & Boyd, D. (1991). A Preliminary Report on the Vertebrate Fauna from the North Point Site Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah (GLG 698). Flagstaff, Arizona: Northern Arizona University
More About Lindsay
The aim of my dissertation project is to understand how policymaking discourse has constructed climate adaptation in San Antonio, Texas. This project, a critical case study of San Antonio’s first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, uses critical discourse analysis and rhetorical analysis as tools to uncover how arguments for climate action in San Antonio wrestled for prominence during the plan’s development. These arguments (e.g., the “equity case,” “the business case,” and others) draw on differing political values with differing implications for climate adaptation in this city. Through this project, I am to show how the arguments we make to justify our policy choices have high-stakes material consequences—particularly for the frontline communities bearing the brunt of climate impacts today.
MS in Environmental Studies (2019), Antioch University New England; MA in English (2005), University of Texas at San Antonio; BA in English (1999), Grove City College (PA)
More About Clara
Clara Fang is pursuing her PhD in environmental studies at Antioch University New England where her dissertation is on racial diversity in the climate movement. In addition, she works as Student Engagement Director for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonprofit organization that works on bipartisan policy solutions to climate change. She also serves on the Board of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences and has been a guest editor for the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Clara has twenty years of experience working in the field of sustainability and environmental advocacy. She holds a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University, an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Utah, and a BA in English from Smith College. She lives in Detroit, Michigan with her partner and three pets.
Master of Environmental Management, Yale University; Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, University of Utah; BA in English Language and Literature, Cum Laude, Smith College
Fang, Clara. “The case for environmental advocacy.” The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Forthcoming. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-020-00650-5 https://rdcu.be/cdbXC
Fang, Clara. “Carbon Pricing: Correcting Climate Change’s Market Failure.” Sustainability: The Journal of Record 11.4 (2018): 162-166.
Greenberg, Daniel, and Clara Fang. “The myth of climate neutrality: carbon onsetting as an alternative to carbon offsetting.” Sustainability: The Journal of Record 8.2 (2015): 70-75.
Fang, Clara. “Literature as a Means to Understanding Nature.” Sustainability: The Journal of Record 7.4 (2014): 180-183.
Hobbies and Interests
Poetry, art, psychology, earth-based spirituality, social justice, politics
Jacques Kenfack Kenjio (2018)
Location: Waldorf, Maryland | Entry Year: 2017 | LinkedIn
Dissertation Topic: Mitigating Government-Driven Land Dispossessions Through Multi-Stakeholder Participatory Land Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Stakeholders in Cameroon.
More About Jacques
Jacques Kenjio is a Ph.D. student in environmental studies at Antioch University New England (AUNE) with a focus on two key areas: Government-Driven land dispossession and land policy initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa at large, and specifically in his country of birth, Cameroon. His other research interests include: environmental justice and policy (especially climate change policy), multi-stakeholder participatory processes, social justice and community building. Jacques is currently working on a memoir entitled: Driven by a Sense of Purpose and Duty: The story of a Bamileke man from Cameroon who used his traumatic childhood experiences to make a difference in his life and that of his community. Jacques’ most recent publications featured in a do-it-yourself manual –a book— on how to build strong and sustainable communities. Jacques has lectured graduate and undergraduate students in Cameroon and the USA. Jacques obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Buea, Southwest region, Cameroon, and a Masters’ of Science degree in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College, Maryland, USA. Jacques is a member of a Non-profit organization called Association pour la Motivation et Insertion Sociale (AMIS) created by a group of first-generation immigrant Cameroonians in the United States with the mission of empowering the Cameroonian youth to become entrepreneurs and honorable leaders. Jacques is the regional coordinator for the French-African Chapters of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) and has done advocacy work for over five years with CCL. Jacques spends his spare time, hiking, biking, reading, volunteering, and watching soccer.
Jacques doctoral research focuses on role and importance of multi-stakeholder participatory land policy initiative as a means to curtail government-driven land dispossession on local communities within the context of SSA. Specifically, Jacques’ study will adopt a convergent mixed-methodology to explore the insights of key stakeholders in Cameroon around ongoing land policy reform proceedings and how a participatory framework can prevent further unjust government-driven land dispossession to local communities. Jacques’ study will seek to center the perspectives of historically disenfranchised and marginalized community groups such as civil society organizations, private sector groups, and traditional authorities around land legislation in Cameroon. This study will provide an understanding of the barriers to (as well as the opportunities for overcoming) developing and implementing an adequate participatory process adapted to the Cameroons’ needs.
Bachelors of Science in Geography ( University of Buea), Master’s of Sciences in Environmental Management (University of Maryland University College
Kenjio, J. W. K. (2020). Decolonizing land tenure systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: The path to modern land policy reforms. Journal of Land Management and Appraisal, 7(1), 1-9. Kenjio, J. (2020) Reclaiming Neighborhoods, Resources, and Lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Building Communities: Twelves Principles for a Healthy Future. New Society Publisher.
Kenjio, J. and Salas, S. (2020). Vital Communities of the Upper Valley Region, Vermont and New Hampshire, USA. Building Communities: Twelves Principles for a Healthy Future. New Society Publisher
Ambord, P., Kenjio, J. and Salas, S. (2020) Urban Renewal, Vacant and Abandoned Properties, South Bend, Indiana. Building Communities: Twelves Principles for a Healthy Future
Hobbies and Interests
Soccer, music, and hiking
More About Jennifer
University of California, Davis – Geology MS & DePauw University – Geology and English, BA
Currently providing oversight and expertise to a variety of projects in USACE Seattle District as a Physical Scientist in Environmental Engineering And Remediation Technical Services.
Experienced Instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry.
Skilled in Site Investigation, Brownfield, Environmental Services, Environmental Science, and Groundwater Remediation.
Location: Westminster, MD | Entry Year: 2019
Dissertation Topic: Zoo soundscapes
Committee chair/advisor: Lisabeth Willey
More About Sharon
Sharon is currently an Education Manager at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, where she serves on the Conservation Strategic Planning and Zoo Research Advisory Committees, and chairs the Interpretive Plan Working Group. She also serves as an advisor to Chimpanzee SAFE and is a member of the Research & Technology Committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She is a NNOCCI Study Circle alum and was a 2019 participant in Polar Bears International’s Climate Alliance Program. She is also a certified Editor in the Life Sciences.
zoos, soundscape ecology, sensory ecology, animal welfare
BA French, Agnes Scott College; BS Biology, Towson University; MS Conservation Biology, University of Maryland
Education Manager, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (current); Science Editor (freelance); Science Content Supervisor; Science Editor
Hobbies and Interests
Conservation psychology, languages, classical music, all things Disney
More About Rachel
I am interested in organizational resilience, particularly as it applies to organizations who work to advance food sovereignty (the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate foods produced through environmentally sustainable means, and the right to define their own food systems).
MS Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England; BA English Literature, Goshen College
Nadya J. Bennett
Location: Columbus, OH | Entry Year: 2020 | LinkedIn
More About Nadya
BS in Human Sciences and Services at University of Rhode Island; MS in Natural Resources at The Ohio State University
Location: Tahoe City, CA | Entry Year: 2020 | Website
Dissertation Topic: PSA productions on Environmental Issues & History
Committee chair/advisor: Meaghan Guckian
More About Kimberly
To speak the truth of our history, how the environment got taken advantage for the promotion of economical gain…. The buildup of industrialization & what it did to the land & people, all those taken advantage of to produce products not for the greater good but for the privileged few, the haves but not the have nots. The emphasis on making money to the abuse & detriment of others. The racism it engendered. The unhealthy promotion of things over people & morality & kindness. My PSAs hopefully will begin with vignettes of America’s & our world’s history true history–unmodified & then PSAs about environmental issues that every individual is confronted with & how to manage them more responsibly.
More About Nichole
Nichole’s dissertation research is focused on the needs of older adults in climate haven cities, with particular interest in rural communities and housing policy.
Nichole is interested in focusing her dissertation research on the lived experiences of older adults to influence policy and design of climate-induced migration receiving communities in North America. Her work is grounded in qualitative methodologies and is guided by the power of place and the importance of personal stories. Her professional and educational experiences include occupational therapy, environmental gerontology, community planning, residential universal design, and home modifications for aging-in-place. Besides her research, Nichole loves teaching and is passionate about creating bridges between theory and practice. She produces and hosts a podcast cultivating cross-discipline conversations about aging and the importance of place and guest lectures at universities across the country.
Graduate Certificate in Community Planning, Northern Arizona University, 2019 | MA in Gerontology, San Francisco State University, 2010 | BSc in Occupational Therapy, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2005
Benford, R., Barr, S., Kain, N., & Ratajcyzk, E. (2019). Colorado Lifelong Homes: A review of barriers and solutions for aging in place [White paper]. Colorado State University. https://ibe.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/04/LifeLongHomeWhitepaper_2019_FINAL_corrected.pdf
Kain, N., Donovan, C. J., Yee-Melichar, D. (2012). Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities. In Yee-Melichar, D., Flores, C. M., & Cabigao, E. P. (Eds.). Long-Term Care Administration and Management (pp. 53-67). Springer Publishing Company.
More About Alyssa
I am interested in sustainability and resiliency concepts, and exploring the relationship between governments and climate change issues. This includes researching how military installations are reacting to local environmental changes and global climate shifts.
B.S.- Longwood University; M.S.- Christopher Newport University
Location: Sainte-Adèle, Québec, Canada | Entry Year: 2020
Dissertation Topic: Values of sustainability for education purpose
Committee chair/advisor: Jean Keyira
More About Virginie
I’m a new Waldorf teacher and nature program educator in my third year of teaching. I traveled in the last years to do different pieces of training (Germany for a year and California for two years) and I’m now settling back in Quebec and diving into environmental education as my research topic. I’m interested in looking at the roots of the values of sustainability and how they do act as a foundation for our relationship with the natural world as we grow up incorporating spiritual ecology, storytelling, indigenous theory, and more to come. I aim to develop programs for the youngs, but also to set the table for discussions with future educators.
BA in translation and international studies (Université Laval), MA in Waldorf pedagogy (Free Hochschule Stuttgart)
Dissertation Topic: Growing the Gardener: A Critical Autoethnography of Critical Food Systems Education
Committee chair/advisor: Libby McCann
More About Jess
Jess’s background includes education, research, and evaluation, with a focus on local food systems and sustainability in higher education. She has developed and led community, workplace, campus, and school gardens and served nonprofit and coalition efforts to grow local food partnerships. Her expertise includes teaching adult through elementary audiences, writing, speaking, facilitation, project management, and community-building along with sharing hands-on skills of resilience: growing vegetables, fruits and herbs, raising chickens, harvesting, cooking, preserving, and celebrating food.
My dissertation uses critical autoethnography to explore and construct meaning from my lived experiences in community gardening in the Monadnock Region over the last ten years. Autoethnography bridges the personal and political, individual and collective aspects of social phenomena; it invites us to ‘see’ ourselves through a cultural lens and also to ‘become’ a lens into our culture(s). When working in community gardening efforts that involve educational institutions to address issues of community food systems, we plant more than seeds and grow more than food. We become part of a web of relationship that can support us to learn more about ourselves, each other, and the systems that shape us.
MS, Environmental Studies – Environmental Education Concentration, AUNE; BS, Biology/Microbiology, University of New Hampshire
Gerrior, J. (2020). Framing the fight: Food, history, and meaning in the mess. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 281–283. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2020.101.022
Gerrior, J. (2017, November 10). Cultivating Community. https://cultivatingcommunity.atavist.com/cultivating-community
Hobbies and Interests
New Hampshire Food Alliance – Network Leadership Team
Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition – Food Access Working Group, Former Board Chair
The Community Kitchen – Board Member
Founding member of Monadnock Roller Derby and two-time tournament skater with Team Vermont