Environmental Science Faculty 

The success of the FAU’s Environmental Science Program depends on its diverse and talented faculty. They are the mentors, advisors, and research colleagues that give the program its academic reputation and desirability for prospective students. Collectively, faculty in the Environmental Science Program have appointments in all departments in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Sciences as well as departments in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, and the Barry Kaye College of Business.


Name Research Interest Department Email Phone Number

Dr. Rindy Anderson

Behavioral ecology, cognition, avian biology, bioacoustics Biological Sciences andersonr@fau.edu (561) 297-5681

Dr. John Baldwin

Associate Director, Center for Environmental Studies

Conservation biology and population genetics

Biological Sciences jbaldwin@fau.edu (954) 236-1151

Dr. Brian Benscoter

Brian Benscoter

Plant ecology, linkages between community and ecosystem ecology, influence of natural disturbances on ecological systems Biological Sciences Brian.Benscoter@fau.edu (954)-236-1141

Dr. Tiffany (Roberts) Briggs

Coastal geomorphology/geology Geosciences briggst@fau.edu (561) 297-4669

Dr. Randy Brooks

Behavioral/physiological ecology of marine organisms Biological Sciences wbrooks@fau.edu (561) 297-3888

Dr. Xavier Comas

Peatland Geophysics: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Resistivity and Induced Polarization (IP) imaging, EM31  Geosciences xcomas@fau.edu (561)297-3256

Dr. Ken Dawson-Scully


Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection, using live cell imaging, electrophysiology, and behavior genetics. Biological Sciences ken.dawson-scully@fau.edu 561-297-0337

Dr. Kate Detwiler


Primate hybridization and speciation, molecular primatology, primate behavioral ecology, conservation of African monkeys and their rainforest habitats. Anthropology kdetwile@fau.edu 561-297-1355

Dr. Nathan Dorn

Freshwater ecology, community ecology Biological Sciences ndorn1@fau.edu (954) 236-1315

Dr. Niwadiuto Esiobu

Environmental microbiology, drug resistance, antimicrobiosis and contaminants Biological Sciences neseiobu@fau.edu (954)236-1128

Dr. Maria Fadiman

Ethnobotany, Llatin America, world cultures and environments ,
environmental issues, 
rain forestecosystems
Geosciences mfadiman@fau.edu (561)297-3314

Dr. Evelyn Frazier

Terrestrial Ecology, Conservation Biology, Plant-Insect Interactions  Biological Sciences efrazier@fau.edu (561)297-4472

Dr. Jerome Haky

Structure-activity relationships in gas and liquid chromatography, alumina-based chromatographic stationary phases, aluminum phosphonate complexes in solution and in the solid state, organometallic polymers as selective adsorbents, new methods for analysis of proteins, peptides and other biological compounds Chemistry hakyj@fau.edu (561)297-3338

Dr. M.D. Hanisak

Ecology and physiology of marine plants Harbor Branch dhanisak@fau.du (772) 465-2400

Dr. Kristen Hart


Population-level studies of the ecology of herpetofauna and other wildlife U.S. Geological Survey hart@usgs.gov (954) 236-1067

Dr. Tobin Hindle


Ecological Regeneration, Strategies to integrate Science, Society and Nature, Geographical Information Science Geosciences thindle@fau.edu 561-297-2846

Dr. Colin Hughes

Evolutionary Genetics and its relationship to conservation Biological Sciences chughe@fau.edu 954-236-1156

Dr. Erik Johanson

Erik Johanson

Reconstructing past environments & environmental changes, human-environment interaction across the Holocene, paleoclimatology, modern pollen and vegetation composition as related to climate patterns, coastal modeling of climate change scenarios and storm surge. Geosciences ejohanson@fau.edu (561) 297-4153

Dr. Stephen Kajiura


Functional morphology & sensory biology of fishes Biological Sciences kajiura@fau.edu (561) 297-2677

Dr. Marguerite Koch-Rose

Marine botany and nutrient cycling in tropical systems Biological Sciences mkoch@fau.edu (561) 297-3325

Dr. Brian LaPointe

Algal physiology and biochemistry, seagrass and coral reef ecology, eutrophication, marine
bioinvasions, marine conservation.
Harbor Branch blapoin1@fau.edu (772) 465-2400

Dr. William Louda

Spatial and temporal modeling and monitoring of phytoplankton / periphyton / microalgae in marine, estuarine and fresh water aquatic systems,howardLipophilic pigments --> chlorophylls, chlorophyll derivatives, carotenoids Chemistry blouda@fau.du 561-297-3309

Dr. Daniel Meeroff

Solid Waste Management, Water Chemistry, Hazardous Waste Treatment, Pollution Prevention, Water/Wastewater Treatment Processes, Green Engineering College of Engineering and Computer Science; Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering dmeeroff@fau.edu (561)297-3099

Dr. Scott Markwith

Biogeography, biogeomorphology, population and conservation genetics 
vegetation dynamics and disturbance, aquatic systems
Geosciences smarkwit@fau.edu (561) 297-3250

Dr. Sarah Milton

Physiological responses to environmental stress, primarily the effects of hypoxia and anoxia on the brain, animal models of anoxia and hypoxia tolerance, neuroprotective pathways in brain anoxia, reactive oxygen species and aging Biological Sciences smilton@fau.edu (561) 297-3327

Dr. Diana Mitsova

Environmental modeling, climate change, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, land cover change modeling, network analysis, hazard assessment. Urban and Regional Planning dmitsova@fau.edu (954)762-5674

Dr. Jon Moore

Ecology, evolution, and distribution of fishes, biology of deep-sea animals, conservation and biodiversity of scrub and flatwood habitats in Florida, and herpetology. Honors College jmoore@fau.edu (561) 799 -8025

Dr. Erik Noonburg

Ecological modeling Biological Sciences enoonbur@fau.edu (954) 236-1303

Dr. Greg O’Corry-Crow

Marine mammal population genetics, marine mammal movements, climate change Harbor Branch GOCrowe@fau.edu (772) 465-2400 x628

Dr. Anton Oleinik


Cenozoic stratigraphy, molluscan paleontology, paleobiogeography and paleoclimates of high-latitude regions Geosciences aoleinik@fau.edu (561) 297-3297

Dr. Edward Petuch



The geology, biostratigraphy, and invertebrate paleontology of the Floridian Peninsula and the Atlantic Coastal Plain Geosciences epetuch@fau.edu (561) 297-2398

 Dr. Colin Polsky

Director, Center for Environmental Studies

Human dimensions of & global environmental & change

Center for Environmental Studies cpolsky@fau.edu (954) 236-1104

Dr. Lianfen Qian

Time series analysis and regression modeling, survival analysis, environmental statistics, parameter and function estimation, weak convergence of stochastic processes and their applications to statistics. Mathematics lqian@fau.edu (561) 297-2486

Dr. John Renne

Creating sustainable, resilient, and livable cities; transit-oriented development School of Urban and Regional Planning jrenne@fau.edu (561) 297-4281

Dr. Tara Root

Ground water chemistry,water-rock interaction, groundwater sustainability Geosciences troot@fau.edu (561) 297-3253

Dr. Michael Salmon

Animal behavior, sea turtle biology Biological Sciences salmon@fau.edu (561) 297-2747

Niel Santaniello

Environmental journalism, news writing, web research for journalism School of Communication and Multimedia Studies nsantane@fau.edu (561) 297-1564

Dr. Jim Sullivan

Dynamics of phytoplankton/zooplankton populations and harmful algal blooms Harbor Branch jsullivan@fau.edu (561) 297-1564

Dr. Paul Wills

Fish aquaculture for food and stock enhancement Harbor Branch pwills2@fau.edu@fau.edu (772)242-2454

Dr. David Warburton

Environmental geochemistry, especially in interactions between the terrestrial biosphere and the environment, and possible regulation of the environment by the biosphere Geosciences warburto@fau.edu (561) 799-8648

Dr. James Wetterer


Biogeography, ecology, and environmental impact of ants,
biogeography and ecology of West Indian ants, distribution, impact, and control of exotic ants, impact of exotic ants on hatchling sea turtles in Florida
Honors College Wetterer@fau.edu (561) 799-8648

Dr. Jeanette Wyneken

Integrative biology, comparative & functional morphology, sea turtle biology Biological Sciences jwyneken@fau.edu (561) 297-0146

Dr. Zhixiao Xie

Geographic image retrieval, high resolution images
spatial temporal GIS analysis, environment health, invasive species.
Geosciences xie@fau.edu (561) 297-2852

Dr. Xing-Hai Zhang

Plant molecular biology and biotechnology Biological Sciences xhzhang@fau.edu (561) 297-1011