Monika Calef (PhD University of Virginia)
Associate Professor of Physical Geography
Director of Environmental Studies


“My research interest is the boreal forest of Alaska and how it has changed over time due to human activity, fire, climate change, and natural cycles. My recent research combines spatial analysis and modeling using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to better understand human-fire interactions, in particular how humans are affecting fire frequency and extent.”

Courses Taught: Regional Geography of the Pacific Rim (GEOG 110); Intro to Physical Geography (GEOG 250); Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 350); Advanced GIS (GEOG 400); Nature and Humanity (BIO 110); Natural History of Orange County (LRNCLSTR); Natural History of the California Deserts (LRNCLSTR); Modes of Inquiry (INQUIRY 100); Core II (CORE 200)

George Busenberg (PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Policy


“My research examines the processes and consequences of policy change, with a focus on major environmental issues such as marine oil pollution, nature conservation, and wildland fires.  Every academic year there is an opportunity for one student research assistant to work with me on my research projects, with the work focusing on literature searches, editing, and the building of databases in the area of environmental management and policy.”

Courses Taught: Environmental Policy (EMP 350); Environmental Law (EMP 380); Environmental Management (EMP 400); International and Comparative Environmental Policy (EMP 410); Nature and Humanity (BIO 110); Modes of Inquiry (INQUIRY 100); Disasters and Emergency Management (LRNCLSTR)


M. Robert Hamersley (PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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Associate Professor of Microbiology
Laboratory Director


My major research interest is in the aquatic cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and other macroelements as mediated by plants and bacteria. I am especially interested in the nitrogen cycle, particularly denitrification, anammox, and nitrogen fixation, and how the relationships between plants and bacteria mediate these transformations. My work spans aquatic environments from wetlands and lakes to estuaries and the open ocean. More recently, students in my laboratory have been exploring the linkages between methanogenesis in wetland sediments and nitrogen cycling.

Courses Taught: Introduction to Climate Change (EOS 302); Water Resources (EOS 322); Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening (EOS 280); Biogeochemistry (EOS 446); Environmental Design (EMP 248); Environmental Microbiology (ECOL 360); Nature and Humanity (BIO 110); Medical Microbiology (BIO 148); Oceanography (PHYS 123); Modes of Inquiry (INQUIRY 100); Learning Cluster


Anthony Inder Mazeroll (PhD Northern Arizona University)
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Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies


I am a Fish conservation ecologist with a variety of research interests.  The bulk of my work is on the impact of exotic species in the aquatic ecosystem, specifically, in the Peruvian Amazon and Cambodia.  I also am interested in dispersal patterns of fishes.

Courses Taught: Sustainable Aquaculture (ECOL 211); Wildlife Conservation and Management (ECOL 222);Fish Biology (ECOL 330); Aquatic conservation (ECOL 402); Alien Invaders (ECOL 435); Modes of Inquiry (INQUIRY 100); Marine Biology (BIO 222); Learning Cluster


Deike Peters (PhD Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University)
Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning and Practice


“How can we create cities that are both socially just and environmentally sustainable?” This is the big question that permeates all my work. Much of my recent research has focused on controversial urban megaprojects. My research assistants at SUA have been able to contribute to two major reports outlining best practices for the redevelopment and redesign of major rail stations along California’s planned new high-speed rail corridor. Students also contributed to other recent published work focused on urbanization patterns across the Pacific Basin and on ‘right-to-the-city’ issues in Santa Monica, California.

Courses Taught: Environmental Design (EMP 248); Sustainable California (EMP 300); Environmental Planning & Practice (EMP 320); Sustainable Cities (EMP 330); Cities and Environment in the Global South (EMP 335); Environmental Movements (EMP 340); Urban Planning and the Built Environment (EMP 430); Modes of Inquiry (INQUIRY 100); The Costs and Benefits of High-Speed Rail (LRNCLSTR 200); What is a city? What is Los Angeles (LRNCLSTR 200); The Cultural and Economic Geography of Hollywood (LRNCLSTR 200)


Additional faculty teaching cross-listed courses:

Michael D. Golden, DMA

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       Professor of Music Composition and Theory

       Director of the Creative Arts Program

Oleg Gelikman, PhD

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       Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Diya Mazumder, PhD

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       Associate Professor of Economics

Robert Allinson, PhD

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       Professor of Philosophy