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Faculty Profiles

Professor Thomas Kovacs,

IESS Program Director

Bio sketch: Thomas Kovacs is IESS steering committee secretary and student adviser for the Atmosphere and Climate specialization. He regularly teaches the weather course (ESSC 324) and will teach the climatology course (ESSC 424) in the future. When not teaching or advising, Dr. Kovacs researches the use of satellite-based instrumentation to help forecast weather. Prior to coming to EMU Dr. Kovacs worked at Hampton University and was involved full time as a contractor for NASA Langley on the CALIPSO satellite mission. Click here for more info on Thomas Kovacs.

Christine Clark

Bio sketch: Christine Clark is the adviser for the Environmental Geoscience specialization and was the chair of the Environmental Science development committee. She regularly teaches ESSC 110 The Dynamic Earth System, ESSC 422 Environmental Geochemistry and a number of other geoscience courses where she emphasizes field experiences. Dr. Clark's research is on the crystal chemistry of minerals and their responses to environments. When not working, she is kept busy with her two young children, and she enjoys camping, hiking, climbing, canoeing, running, biking, etc. She advises students in the Environmental Geology specialization.

Margaret Crouch

Bio sketch: Margaret Crouch is a professor of philosophy. She is on the IESS steering committee representing the humanities. She co-teaches ENVI 105. She was part of a team of U.S. and Brazilian faculty who studied the Amazon rainforest and the Great Lakes this summer. Her research and teaching interests include the philosophy of the environment and the ethics of climate change. She advises students in the IESS Environment and Society concentration.

Jeff Guthrie

Bio sketch: Jeff Guthrie is the IESS adviser for the Department of Chemistry. Both his undergraduate and graduate degrees are in environmental chemistry, and his current research is continuing with topics related to solving environmental problems, such as developing small biosensors for detecting environmental contaminants in water, and studying DNA damage in human cells cause by co-exposure to arsenic and components of cigarette smoke and automobile exhaust. Contact information can be found here.

Michael Kasenow

Bio sketch: Michael Kasenow is an innovative researcher in the field of aquifer analysis, who actually does "real world" work. He has been certified by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, and was a major player in the organization and development of the current hydrogeology and environmental analysis curriculums at Eastern Michigan University. He is the author or co-author of over 50 scientific publications, and this includes software, monographs and fourteen books. His current research is primarily concerned with the estimation of aquifer parameters, and the relationship between lakes, rivers, wetlands and ground water.

Ulrich Reinhardt-Segaw

Bio Sketch: Uli Reinhardt is program coordinator and first contact for IESS. He regularly co-teaches the ‘Introduction to Environmental Science’ class and a number of biology classes. When not teaching or advising, Dr. Reinhardt researches the behavior of fish. He has lived and studied in five countries and often takes EMU students on field experiences abroad- to places like China, Brazil, or the Galapagos Islands. Click here for more info on Uli Reinhardt.

Raymond Rosenfeld

Bio sketch: Raymond Rosenfeld is professor of Political Science and director of the department's internship programs. He is a specialist in public policy with a content focus on local economic development. He has just completed Comparative Civic Culture: The Role of Local Culture in Urban Policy-Making, co-authored with Laura Reese, forthcoming in 2012. He advises students in the IESS Environment and Society concentration.