Professor Commentary: A Quarter of Work

Austin Stahl | as506610@ohiou.edu | @AustinStahl24

When I originally came up with the idea for this blog, I wanted to incorporate the voices from academia who have direct expertise on a wide range of environmental issues. Many thanks to Dr. Debatin, Dr. Buckley, Dr. Jokisch, Dr. Kruse, Dr. Perkins, and Dr. Fogt for their contributions every Wednesday to the blog. I have compiled all of their work and credentials here. In case you missed any, check it out!

Here is a quick list of all the articles:

Dr. Debatin: What’s the Flurry About Fracking?”

Dr. Buckley: “Urban living could hold key to greener tomorrow” and “The costs of consumption

Dr. Jokisch: “The case for buying local

Dr. Kruse: “Possible consequences of the extractive industry

Dr. Perkins: “The Extractive Industry, Decision-Making, and Environmental Justice in Athens County

Dr. Fogt: “Global Climate Change: Science, misinformation, and the role of humans

And here are profiles of all the professors. I put the links down here too, just for kicks.

Dr. Debatin: Bernhard Debatin is a professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and Director of Studies of the HTC journalism program. He is also a member of the concerned citizens group “Slow Down Fracking in Athens County” (SD-FRAC) and frequent contributor to the group’s website (http://slowdownfracking.wordpress.com/).

Check out his article on how fracking could affect students and residents in Athens County.

“What’s the Flurry About Fracking?”

Dr. Buckley: Geoff Buckley is an associate professor in the Department of Geography. His research interests include conservation history and sustainability; management of public lands, especially state forests and urban green spaces; environmental justice; and the evolution of mining landscapes. Over the years his articles have appeared in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geographical Review, Historical Geography, Urban Ecosystems, Maryland Historical Magazine, Appalachian Journal, and the Encyclopedia of Energy. His first book, Extracting Appalachia: Images of the Consolidation Coal Company, 1910 – 1945 was published in 2004 (Ohio University Press). His most recent book, America’s Conservation Impulse: A Century of Saving Trees in the Old Line State, was published in 2010 (Center for American Places). Another book, Mountains of Injustice: Social and Environmental Justice in Appalachia, co-edited with Michele Morrone, is scheduled for publication in fall 2011 (Ohio University Press).

Check out his work on urban sustainability and how our consumption affects sustainability.

Urban living could hold key to greener tomorrow

The costs of consumption

Dr. Jokisch: Brad Jokisch is an associate professor in the Department of Geography. His areas of specialization include cultural and political ecology, agriculture, population, migration, and Latin America.

He took a hard look at our food system and how it ties into the environment.

The case for buying local

Dr. Kruse: Natalie Kruse is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Kruse holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Geosciences from Newcastle University, and a B.C. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Geological Sciences from Ohio University. A winner of the Marshall Scholarship, Kruse won the Best Paper award from Mine Water and the Environment in 2009. She also won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the Morris K. Udall Scholarship.

Dr. Kruse, an expert in extractive industries, examines the potential impacts of shale gas.

Possible consequences of the extractive industry

Dr. Perkins: Harold Perkins is an assistant professor in the Geography Department at Ohio University. He conducts research on the political economy of environments, including claims for environmental justice.

He wrote a little bit about environmental justice and who has the decision-making power in Athens County.

The Extractive Industry, Decision-Making, and Environmental Justice in Athens County

Dr. Fogt: Ryan Fogt is an Assistant Professor of Meteorology in the Department of Geography.  He is also the director of the Scalia Laboratory for Atmospheric Analysis.  His research interests span a wide range of topics on climate variability and change, with a particular focus on Antarctica.

Dr. Fogt wrote about the science behind global warming and climate change, and the misinformation being spread by certain groups that oftentimes leaves the public confused.

Global Climate Change: Science, misinformation, and the role of humans

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