Environmental Issues

Anne Rolfes

Anne Rolfes
Alumna, M.S., Louisiana Bucket Brigade

Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, began her career in Nigeria, collaborating with local communities to address oil companies’ destruction of the Niger Delta. She returned to Louisiana in 2000 and founded the Louisiana Bucket Brigade to end pollution in her home state.

Alexander Coles

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Alexander Coles is a Full Professor of Geography and Environmental Science at Florida State University, Panama Canal Campus. He is a Land Use and GIS Specialist. Before joining the FSU-Panama, he taught Geography-related seminars and courses at the Departments of Geography and Global Health at the University of South Florida (USF).

Rachel Bonet

Alumna, M.S., Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species

I am a M.S. alumna in International Development, and I am focusing on environmental issues, with environmental and wildlife conservation being of particular interest to me. The interconnected nature of development and the environment as well as the necessarily international nature of environmental issues led me to Tulane's Payson program as it allows for specialization of course content to fit one's specific academic and career backgrounds and interests.

Susan Lightfoot Schempf

Susan Lightfoot Schempf
M.S. Candidate

Susan Lightfoot is a community food systems development professional with 15 years of hands-on experience in food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and youth development programming. After co-founding and directing the Noyo Food Forest, a 501c3 non-profit organization based in rural northern California, Susan designed and implemented an innovative regional Farm to Fork program to increase smallholder farmers' income and improve school feeding programs in the region.

Ophir Haberer

Ophir Haberer
Alumnus, B.A., research assistant at Can Tho University, Mekong Delta

Ophir Haberer is an undergraduate alumnus of Tulane University and Founder/Project Coordinator of the Tulane Hope Gardens Project, an outlet to engage students in urban gardening and sustainable living.

Ophir and his many social activisim projects were the subject of a Paysonite profile in the April 7, 2014 edition of the Payson Center, eNewsletter, The Monitor.

Li Li

Alumna, PhD, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

Environmental specialist with expertise in international development and environmental science. Professional experience in operating air quality monitoring instruments, as well as managing and promoting air quality monitoring cooperation between countries. Excellent research and cross-cultural communication skills. Fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and English.

Robert Reimers

Guest Lecturer

Dr. Reimers is an environmental engineer and applied chemist specializing in natural resource management including residuals management and toxic/hazardous waste management. Areas of research are: biosolids treatment, disinfection, stabilization and reuse, industrial residual product development, innovative process development, usage of applied-fields to enhance existing processes and development chemical blends and other constituents for control of odors and sanitization. In these areas, he has published extensively along with the development of various patents.

Mario Mancilla

Mario Mancilla
Guest Lecturer

Mario Mancilla was designated as Technical Assistant (Deputy General Coordinator) at the The Secretariat for Environmental Matters (SEM) by the Environmental Affairs Council in Guatemala on March 2008, with the possibility of reappointment. Since his arrival, Mario has been a cornerstone for the analysis of all the submissions that have been filed to date, as well as in the preparation of several Factual Records.

Lee P. Gary, Jr.

Lee P. Gary, Jr.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Lee P. Gary, Jr.

Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy
Associate Professor

Laura Murphy is clinical associate professor in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM). In 2011, Dr. Murphy was appointed “Carnegie Corporation of New York Professor of Social Entrepreneurship” in the first class of Social Entrepreneurship Professors at Tulane University.

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