Faculty & Staff

  • James R. Besancon

    Associate Professor of Geosciences

    B.S., Yale University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Continuing study of physical model and salt content of local community and campus water supply, ICP-OES analysis of water; Ion chromatography.


  • Dan Brabander

    Daniel J. Brabander

    Frost Professor in Environmental Science; Professor of Geosciences

    B.S., M.A., Binghamton University; Ph.D., Brown University

    Research interests: biogeochemistry, environmental geochemistry, and medical geology.


  • William F. Coleman

    William F. Coleman

    Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

    B.S., Eckerd College; Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington)

    Physical/Inorganic chemist, doing quantum chemistry and applications of computers in chemical education.


  • Elizabeth R. DeSombre

    Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies

    B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Focuses on environmental politics, international environmental law, ocean and atmospheric issues, and protection of the global commons.


  • Alden Griffith

    Alden Griffith

    Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

    B.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D., University of California (Santa Cruz)

    Ecologist focusing on invasive plant population dynamics and environmental influences.


  • Monica Higgins

    Monica R. Higgins

    Lecturer in Environmental Studies

    B.S., University of Pittsburgh; M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Research Interests: Environmental engineering, life cycle assessment, and the design of sustainable environmental systems.


  • Jess Hunter

    Jessica Hunter

    Program Coordinator

    Program Coordinator

    B.Sc. McGill University, M.A. in Environmental Studies, Brown University

    Jess facilitates internship and job opportunities for students and coordinates curricular and extracurricular events and activities across campus and beyond.


  • Kristina Niovi Jones

    Kristina Niovi Jones

    Director, Wellesley College Botanic Gardens; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.S., Stanford University; Ph.D., University of California

    Ecologist with a dual Wellesley role: Director of the Botanic Gardens and faculty member in Biology and Environmental Studies.


  • Jaclyn Hatala Matthes

    Jaclyn Hatala Matthes

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

    A.B., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Ecologist investigating ecosystem disturbances, including insect and pathogen outbreaks and climate change.


  • Erich Hatala Matthes, philosophy, ethics, morality, art, Wellesley

    Erich Hatala Matthes

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy

    B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Researches and teaches moral and political philosophy, environmental ethics, heritage ethics, and philosophy of art.


  • Marianne Moore

    Marianne V. Moore

    Frost Professor in Environmental Science; Professor of Biological Sciences

    B.A., Colorado College; M.S., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Dartmouth College

    Exploring biodiversity and anthropogenic change in Lake Baikal, Siberia.


  • Robert L. Paarlberg

    Robert L. Paarlberg

    Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor Emeritus of Political Science

    B.A., Carleton College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Researcher on food and agricultural policy, with a focus on farming technologies and poverty in the developing world.


  • Andrea Sequeira

    Andrea S. Sequeira

    Professor of Biological Sciences

    M.S., Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    Evolutionary biologist with interest in conservation genetics.


  • Marcia E. Thomas

    Marcia E. Thomas

    Senior Instructor in Biological Sciences Laboratory

    B.S., University of Massachusetts; M.A., Smith College

    Interested in environmental science, plant biology, and geospatial analysis.


  • James Morton Turner

    Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

    B.S., Washington and Lee University; A.M., Brown University; Ph.D., Princeton University

    Researcher on the recent history of U.S. environmental politics and policy, including public lands, climate change, and science and technology.