Santa Clara University

Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

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Joanna Ahlum

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Joanna has a background in conservation-based agriculture and has worked in environmental education in the United States and abroad. She directs the Bronco Urban Gardens outreach program and the Forge Garden at Santa Clara University.

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?

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. 

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.

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Leslie Gray

Associate Professor
Leslie Gray is a geographer who teaches classes which emphasize global environment, development and population issues. Her current research considers the environmental and equity dimensions surrounding global cotton production, focusing on how the agricultural subsidies given to farmers in wealthy countries affect poor farmers in West Africa. She has published articles on environmental policy, land degradation, and women's access to resources in Burkina Faso and Sudan.

Stephanie Hughes

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Stephanie is an engineering consultant, and specializes in fate and transport of air and water pollutants, particularly as they relate to water supply, industrial processes, and energy sources.


Peter Kareiva

Dean's Executive Professor
Peter is the Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, the world's largest non-governmental organization devoted to conservation. His research is focused on ecosystem services, setting conservation priorities, and other big questions in conservation.
Lisa Kealhoffer

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.

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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!


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.

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Virginia Matzek

Assistant Professor
Virginia is an ecologist whose research concerns invasive species and the benefits to humans of restoring natural ecosystems.


Monica Morales

Laboratory Technician
Monica Morales is a laboratory technician for the Biology and Environmental Studies and Sciences Departments. Prior to joining SCU, she worked at Abbott Labs, a biomedical engineering company.

Iris Stewart-Frey

Iris Stewart-Frey 

Associate Professor, Department Chair
Iris is a hydrogeologist with expertise in hydroclimatology and GIS. Her research explores how climate change will affect the water supply in California, the West, and beyond.