Dr. Amy Arnett
Dr. Amy Arnett is the Chief Distance Education Officer and Professor of Ecology at Unity College. Dr. Arnett has been a professor at Unity College since 1999. She received a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Vermont. She conducted Postdoctoral Research at the University of Nebraska on the impact of invasive species on native communities.
Dr. Arnett studies insect ecology and has published widely in ecology and entomology journals. She was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar and studied with colleagues in Slovenia. Recently she was the recipient, along with colleagues, of a large National Science Foundation grant to study the impact of invasive pests in hemlock forests. Dr. Arnett brings a depth of ecological knowledge to the MS program along with years of teaching experience connecting with students and helping them work toward their career goals.
Dr. Matthew Chatfield
Dr. Chatfield is an Associate Professor of Conservation Biology at Unity College. He received a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Chicago. Matt also worked at Tulane University of New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research, and as Project Coordinator at the Tulane Center for Applied Coastal Sciences and Engineering, and as a visiting Assistant Professor. Matt is a herpetologist with a particular interest in salamanders and conservation around the chytrid fungus. His expertise in conservation practices and depth of knowledge in conservation biology, as well as his ability to connect with students, is a great asset to the MS program.
Dr. James Spartz
Dr. Spartz is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication at Unity College. James received a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a M.A. from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. James has experience in communications research, theory, and practice. His dissertation project focused on public perceptions of bioenergy in a mixed-use landscape, including framing effects, trusted sources of information, and place attachment and information-seeking. James also served as a Public Affairs Specialist for several years at the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, the national R&D lab of the U.S. Forest Service. In that role, he worked as a science writer, press liaison, and social media pro. James expertise in communications, teaching, and linking science and the public, is an important component of the MS in Professional Science program.
Dr. Christopher L. Atkinson
Dr. Atkinson received a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in English degrees from George Washington University. He has research interests in public management and policy studies, neo-institutionalism, regulation, and emergency management; his publications reflect considerable interest in environmental policy and sustainability. His dissertation, an analysis of local government impacts on business resilience in disasters, involved surveys, interviews, and fieldwork in New Orleans; the work led to a book project: Toward resilient communities: Examining the impacts of local governments in disasters, and additional research in North Dakota.
Dr. Atkinson has taught coursework in Public Administration since 2003. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Atkinson has worked full-time in equal opportunity and economic development at the local government level for over 15 years. His academic and practical experience, combined with relevant applied knowledge of working with diverse stakeholder groups, provide valuable perspective on leadership and turning the ideal of sustainability into a reality. He lives in sunny South Florida with his family, who generally put up with his hobbies, including interests in vinyl records, drum and bugle corps, and the music of Charles Ives.
Dr. Brent Bibles
Dr. Brent Bibles is an Associate Professor Wildlife Biology at Unity College. He received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Arizona and BS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Utah State. Brent has been involved in wildlife management since the 1980’s and is a well-respected expert in the field. Besides working in academia, he has worked for state wildlife and federal land management agencies. He is primarily an ornithologist but works with all taxa. He has worked with several threatened or endangered species, most recently the Mexican Spotted Owls and black-footed ferrets.
Dr. Bibles is an excellent teacher and works at delivering courses using question-driven instruction. His contribution to the Sustainable Natural Resource Management track of the MS in Professional Science is to add his management experience, quantitative abilities, and student-focused teaching style to the curriculum.
Dr. Dianne Quigley
Dr. Dianne Quigley, PhD is an Adjunct Faculty for Unity College. She is also the principal investigator of the NSF-funded Northeast Ethics Education Partnership (NEEP) at Brown University. Professor Quigley received her PhD in Religion at Syracuse University, concentrating on research ethics for group protections. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environment, Science and Policy from Clark University, Worcester, MA and a Master’s of Philosophy from Syracuse University.
With NSF funding, she has developed and disseminated graduate courses and course training materials for Marine Science Policy and Ethics at NEU and SMAST-UMASS; for Ethics, Culture and Community-based Research for Environmental Studies/Sciences, and Ethics for Engineers at Brown University, SUNY-ESF, and for NEU Blackboard sites. Professor Quigley has pioneered new ethical approaches for extending human subjects protections to place-based communities and cultural groups and authored important recent publications on this topic in scientific journals.
Sarah has been an environmental journalist and copywriter for the last ten years and worked as a consultant to help large global corporations become more sustainable. She holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School and a BA in environmental studies from the University of Oregon.
Dr. Wendy Morrison
Dr. Morrison has taught economics and environmental policy courses on-campus and online for over 15 years. Wendy has a Doctorate of Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University where she specialized in environmental and resource economics. Her doctoral work examined the economic impact of climate change on US energy spending. Additionally, she collaborated with colleagues to develop a broader model of climate impacts on various economic sectors. Wendy received her B.A. in Economics from Colby College where she pursued a Senior Scholar project and later published research on the economics of private enforcement of environmental law. In addition to teaching and research, Wendy has also worked in environmental economics consulting. She lives with her husband, three daughters and two Old English Sheepdogs in Minnesota.
Dr. Shaik Hossain
Dr. Shaik Hossain is an ecologist by training, with a particular research focus in quantitative plant ecology. Dr. Hossain has earned a PhD in Forest Ecology from the University of Toronto, Canada and a M.Sc. in Natural Resource Management from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. His research interests generally center around the potential causes of the alteration of species composition in forest ecosystems. In particular, Dr. Hossain is interested in examining the effect of climate change on plant growth and its implications for forest species composition. Currently, Dr. Hossain is working on the effect of climate change on riparian forest productivity as a research scientist in Texas Conservation Science, Inc, Austin, TX. In addition to research, Dr. Hossain has experience teaching college-level courses over three years. Dr. Hossain will be teaching Landscape Ecology course (online) for the Master’s in Professional Science Program this spring.
Dr. Rachel Isaacs
Dr. Rachel Isaacs is a biogeographer with a focus on landscape ecology, climate change, GIS, remote sensing, and statistical analyses. She received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, her Master’s from Texas A&M University, and her Bachelor’s from the University of Hawai’i-Hilo. Her research focuses primarily on the spatial and temporal patterns of climate change and natural hazards on forested landscapes in the U.S. and internationally. Her background, field expertise, and technical skills have enabled her to work in the government, the private sector, and academia for more than 15 years. In addition to teaching, she is also running an environmental research consulting firm specializing in the impacts of climate change, land use/landcover assessments, wetland conservation, and precision agriculture.