Online Faculty

 

Online Faculty

Our world-class faculty are Fulbright Scholars, discover new species, exhibit art internationally, consult with international law enforcement, and win National Science Foundation grants.

More importantly, they are amazing instructors. Here are what some of our students have said about our faculty:

“Wendy Morrison is honestly the most engaged instructor I’ve ever seen. She was there for questions, suggestions, and help with research. The instruction was presented in a way as to learn how to do the work correctly while also learning the material. She was quick with suggestions on how to improve my own format, which I very much appreciated. She was encouraging and supportive. I can’t say enough good things about this instructor. Really!” – Online Student Spring 2018

Professional Skills Faculty

Sarah Lozanova

Dr. Joshua Kercsmar

Josh Kercsmar is an assistant professor of environmental humanities at Unity College, where he teaches history and writing courses. He received his B.A. from Wheaton College (IL); an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Seminary; a Th.M. from Harvard Divinity School; and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame he received an Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (2009), as well as a Graduate Teaching Fellowship in the University Writing Program (2013-14). His teaching interests span environmental history, the history of slavery, human-animal interactions, and writing composition.

Sarah Lozanova

Sarah Lozanova

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. Dianne Quigley

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.

Dr. James Spartz

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.

Sustainability Science Faculty

Dr. Chris Atkinson

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. 

 

Dr. Brent Bibles

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. Rose Graves

Dr. Rose Graves

Dr. Rose Graves is an Adjunct Faculty at Unity College. She also is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Boise State University, where she is studying large landscape conservation, biodiversity patterns, and ecosystem services in the Intermountain West. Rose received her PhD in Landscape Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.S. in Natural Resources and Ecological Planning from the University of Vermont, and her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine-Orono. Her research interests focus on understanding the spatial patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem services and the social-ecological processes that influence those patterns.

Shaik Hossain

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.

 

Sustainable Natural Resource Management Faculty

Dr. Amy Arnett

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. Brent Bibles

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. Matthew Chatfield

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. Rose Graves

Dr. Rose Graves

Dr. Rose Graves is an Adjunct Faculty at Unity College. She also is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Boise State University, where she is studying large landscape conservation, biodiversity patterns, and ecosystem services in the Intermountain West. Rose received her PhD in Landscape Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.S. in Natural Resources and Ecological Planning from the University of Vermont, and her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine-Orono. Her research interests focus on understanding the spatial patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem services and the social-ecological processes that influence those patterns.

Environmental GIScience Faculty

Dr. Brent Bibles

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. Rose Graves

Dr. Jonathan Fleming

Dr. Jonathan Fleming is an Adjunct Faculty at Unity College.  He is also an Assistant Professor of Environmental Geography at the University of North Alabama.  Dr. Fleming received his Ph.D. in Forest Resources and M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Mississippi State University, and his B.S. in Geographic Information Science from the University of North Alabama.  His research has investigated patterns of species invasion, primarily in aquatic plant communities.  His background in GIS and applied ecology has allowed him to work on numerous projects studying wildlife habitat use, as well as ecological applications of remote sensing and species distribution modelling.  Dr. Fleming has been teaching for over 10 years and has developed and taught a variety of courses including Biogeography, Introductory GIS, Cartography, Applied Geospatial Analysis, Quantitative Methods, and Applications of Spatial Technology in Wildlife and Fisheries Management.  He has also taught several field courses in the American South, Desert Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Tanzania, Africa.

Rachel Issacs

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.

Rachel Issacs

Dr. Austin Stanforth

Dr. Austin Stanforth is serving as a Distance Education, online Adjunct Faculty at Unity College, as well as a Lecturer of Geography at Ferris State University. Austin received his Ph.D. in Applied Earth Sciences and MS in Geographic Information Science from Indiana University in Indianapolis, as well as his BA in Anthropology from Butler University. His interests involve the application of Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing for Epidemiological and One Health research topics. This involves the study of Public and Environmental Health, specifically focusing on vulnerability modeling. Previous and ongoing research includes climate and environmental influences on local populations during extreme weather events, invasive species, and disease vector modeling. Having worked on multiple NASA ROSES grants and internship programs, Austin has significant real-world experience in applying GIS and Cartographic disciplines outside the classroom.

Sustainable MBA Faculty

Rachel Issacs

Carlo Candalla

Carlo Candalla is a finance executive at a behavioral health organization based in Philadelphia, PA. He obtained master’s degrees in business administration and in economics, and a certificate in advanced accounting. He teaches courses in investments, financial markets & institutions, macroeconomics, and microeconomics on the side.

Carlo enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures, learning foreign languages, reading, and photography.

Rachel Issacs

Sorania Centeno

Professor Sorania Centeno, MA, ISSP-SA joins Unity College as an Adjunct Faculty in the Sustainable MBA Program. Sorania received a Master’s in Global Sustainability and Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies from the University of South Florida and a BBA in Business Administration and Human Resources from the Universidad Interamericana of Puerto Rico.  She is a certified Sustainability Associate by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and an active member of the Association of Climate Change Officers and the Sustainability Management Association. She has been in the business industry since the late 90’s and has integrated sustainability management in the last decade. She is also a facilitator of business college courses and has served as a Certified Sustainable Floridian Master Volunteer since 2012.

Sarah Lozanova

Sarah Lozanova

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.

Wendy Morrison

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.