Welcome ...As an ecologist, I look at the world and see a finite planet being overwhelmed by humans. Our activities have already degraded many of Earth's life support systems: Soils are thinner, ground water increasingly polluted and scarce, the atmosphere tainted, climate destabilized, and many plant and animal species endangered. This is not alarmism; it is a matter-of-fact summary of what ecological research has been revealing over the past fifty years.
Early in my career, I had an interest in both medicine and ecology, and as my life's work has unfolded, I have been able to join these interests under the rubric of "ecological healing." During the 1970s and 1980s, I studied the ways in which Amazon ecosystems heal after human assaults. Then, in the 1990s I focused on the role that Penn State could play in ecological healing by modeling sustainable practices. More recently, I have been primarily engaged in teaching and writing: For example, my dismay with cookie-cutter environmental science texts was the catalyst for writing Developing Ecological Consciousness: The End of Separation (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013). In a similar vein, my struggles, successes and failures as a college teacher prompted me to write (in collaboration with my colleague Dana L. Stuchul) Teaching as if Life Matters: The Promise of a New Education Culture (2011).
This website is organized in eight categories as follows: 1) my teaching philosophy and the courses I teach; 2) examples of labs and field studies Stepping Stones to Wholeness that aim to expand consciousness and cultivate ecological identity; 3) a sampling of my newspaper essays Connecting the Dots; 4) a history of my sustainability initiatives Greening Penn State; 5) a listing of my scientific publications; 6) reviews and excerpts from my two books; 7) videos of lecture presentations; and 8) books I recommend.