Santa Clara University

Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Faculty and Staff


Joanna Ahlum
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Joanna is interested in how forming a connection with the natural world can impact the upcoming generation, inspiring them to care for the environment in which they live. Joanna comes to us from San Jose State University, where she taught courses in environmental education and sustainable agriculture, and the non-profit organization Wild Farm Alliance. It was through the Wild Farm Alliance that she promoted agriculture which restores wild lands. Read the full profile »
Christopher Bacon
Assistant Professor
Chris is both a political ecologist and an agroecologist. His research focuses on agriculture, food systems change, and ecology. How does agri-environmental governance link to sustainable livelihoods, seasonal hunger, diversified farming, environmental and food justice in the Americas? Read the full profile »
Lucy Diekmann
Postdoctoral Scholar
Lucy is currently studying the impact of urban agriculture in Santa Clara County, and what challenges urban agriculture projects in the heart of Silicon Valley face. Read the full profile »
John S. Farnsworth
Senior Lecturer
John specializes in environmental writing and literature. His current research focuses on literary natural histories of Baja California. He serves as Provost?s Faculty Associate for Curriculum Development, he directs the Penstemon Project for Sustainability Across the Curriculum, and he also serves as Faculty Director in Residence for the CyPhi Residential Learning Community. Read the full profile »
Noreen Golden
Senior Administrative Assistant
Noreen received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Jose State University. She came to Santa Clara University in 2013 and loves being in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Read the full profile »
Franklin Graham
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Franklin Graham is a geographer and has worked, lived and traveled through 53 sovereign nations. Read the full profile »
Leslie Gray
Associate Professor
Leslie Gray is a geographer who teaches classes that emphasize global environment, development and population issues. Current research projects include food security, land degradation and agrarian change issues in West Africa and Urban Agriculture in California. She has published articles on environmental policy, land degradation, and women's access to resources in Burkina Faso and Sudan. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright/IIE and the Social Science Research Council. She has also done work for several international organizations, including CARE, Catholic Relief Services, UNDP, ILO and the World Bank. Read the full profile »
Stephanie Hughes
I am a registered Chemical Engineer with more than 20 years of broad technical experience in air and water quality, including pollutant source characterization, chemical fate and transport, water and wastewater treatment, and regulatory permit compliance. Read the full profile »
Lisa Kealhofer
Lisa's research in environmental anthropology regularly takes her to Thailand and Turkey. Lisa holds a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology. Lisa's research looks at issues related to ancient landscapes, political economy, and land use. Read the full profile »
Jonathan LaRiviere
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Jonathan is a scientist who's research is focused on using the geochemistry of deep-sea sediments to reconstruct the sea-surface temperature and paleoclimate histories of the past 13 million years! Read the full profile »
Michelle Marvier
Michelle is a conservation scientist. Her research examines ecosystem recovery following major perturbation and the environmental pros and cons of genetically modified crops. Read the full profile »
Virginia Matzek
Assistant Professor
Virginia is a restoration ecologist whose work links ecological restoration to ecosystem services that benefit humans. She is also interested in how land managers and policymakers use science and public opinion to set priorities for restoration. Read the full profile »
Hari Mix
Assistant Professor
Hari is a stable isotope geochemist. He studies the interactions between different components of the Earth system, from plate tectonics to the climate and biosphere. Read the full profile »
Monica Morales
Laboratory technician
Monica is a lab tech for Biology and Environmental Studies and Sciences. Prior to joining SCU, she worked at Abbott Labs, a biomedical engineering company. Read the full profile »
Iris Stewart-Frey
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Iris is a hydrogeologist with expertise in hydroclimatology and GIS. Her research explores the effects of climate variability and change on water flow and water quality in the mountain streams of California, the West, and beyond. Read the full profile »