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Environmental Life Sciences PhD Program Faculty

Program Co-Directors

Name
Expertise
Sharon Hall
Associate Professor

Hall is an ecosystem and conservation scientist who studies connections between natural habitats and people. She is the co-director of the Envir. Life Sciences PhD program and an award-winning teacher in her field.

480-965-5650
LSA 320
Heather Throop
Associate Professor

Throop is an ecosystem scientist who studies how global-scale changes influence arid and semi-arid ecosystems. She is co-director of the Environmental Life Sciences PhD program.

480-727-2617

Environmental Life Sciences

Environmental Life Sciences (PhD)

Environmental Life Sciences is a novel graduate degree that provides doctorate-level training in several complementary...

Program Faculty

Name
Expertise
Morteza Abbaszadegan
Professor

Morteza Abbaszadegan is a professor of environmental microbiology/engineering and founding director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Water & Environmental Technology (WET) Center at ASU.

Joshua Abbott
Associate Professor
GIOS Bldg, Room 366 800 S. Cady Mall
Ariel Anbar
Professor

Anbar is a President’s Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor at ASU, and a Distinguished Sustainability Scholar in the Global Institute of Sustainability. One major focus is the deep time history of O2.

480-965-0767
PSF - F630 PHYSICAL SCIENCE CENTER
John Anderies
Professor

Anderies has a joint appointment in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the School of Sustainability. He joined the ASU faculty in 2002.

480-965-6518
School of Human Evolution and Social Change School of Sustainabilty
Jean Andino
Associate Professor

Jean Andino's research focuses on chemical kinetics and mechanisms as applied to air quality (atmospheric chemistry and air pollution control) and energy themes. She is a registered professional engineer.

480-965-0199
ENGRC 475
Michael Angilletta
Professor

Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand how animal populations adapt to changing environments.

480-965-4321
Heather Bateman
Associate Professor

Heather Batemen holds memberships with the Wildlife Society, Society for Ecological Restoration, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

480-727-1131
Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus 6073 S. Backus Mall
Benjamin Blonder
Assistant Professor

Blonder is an ecologist who is focusing his research on plant response to global change, past and present. He is also interested in improving science education for K-12 students through experiential approaches.

480-965-6419
School of Life Sciences - LSA 214 Arizona State University
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Asst Professor

Cadillo-Quiroz studies how microbes participate in ecosystem and applied processes.

480-965-4482
LSE 723 School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Carlos Castillo-Chavez
Regent's Professor

Castillo-Chavez's research program is at the interface of the mathematical and natural and social sciences. He is the rector of Yachay University of Experimental Technical Research in Ecuador.

480-965-2115
West Palm Walk ECA 377
Arianne Cease
Asst Professor

Arianne Cease is a sustainability scientist with a focus on the ecology and physiology of organisms in coupled natural and human systems.

480-965-7145
WGHL 336
Professor Childers
Professor

Dan Childers research portfolio includes urban ecosystems, the ecology-design nexus, water dynamics in cities, urban sustainability and urban wetlands.

WGHL, Room 342 800 S Cady Mall
Thomas Day
Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist

Day is a plant ecologist who studies factors that control plant performance, plant litter decomposition and carbon cycling.

480-965-8165
Dale DeNardo
Associate Professor

DeNardo has been a faculty member with the School of Life Sciences since 1998 and has published more than 100 scientific papers in the field of environmental physiology.

480-965-3325
Life Sciences B-wing, room 444 School of Life Sciences
Pierre Deviche
Professor

Deviche is an animal physiologist who studies how the environment controls the reproductive system and stress responses of vertebrates.

480-965-0726
LSC 412
Jack Farmer
Professor
480-965-6748
PS F550
Lara Ferry
Professor

Professor Ferry is the Director of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Her research focuses on the evolution of jaws and their function in the aquatic realm.

602-543-2817
ASU West Campus, CLCC 290 PO Box 37100, mail code 2352
Ferran Garcia-Pichel
Professor and Dean

Garcia-Pichel is the dean of natural sciences for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He studies the roles, adaptations and impacts of microbes in natural environments, from desert soils to shallow marine waters.

480-727-7534
LSE 218
Leah Gerber
Professor; Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

Gerber aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers.

480-727-3109
LSA 212
Gillian Gile
Assistant Professor

Gile is an evolutionary microbiologist who studies single-celled eukaryotes (protists) and symbiosis.

480-727-4761
Nancy Grimm
Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology; Senior Sustainability Scientist

Grimm is an ecosystem scientist who studies desert streams and cities and their resilience to extreme events.

480-965-4735
LSA 316
Kevin Gurney
Professor

Gurney is an atmospheric scientist and ecologist who studies global change. He focuses on carbon dioxide emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels and exchange of carbon with land plants and soils.

Sharon Hall
Associate Professor

Hall is an ecosystem and conservation scientist who studies connections between natural habitats and people. She is the co-director of the Envir. Life Sciences PhD program and an award-winning teacher in her field.

480-965-5650
LSA 320
Jon Harrison
Professor

Harrison is an environmental physiologist who studies how insects function, interact with their environment and evolve.

480-965-2186
ISTB1 324 School of Life Sciences
Hilairy Hartnett
Associate Professor

Hartnett has joint appointments in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and in the School of Molecular Sciences. Her current research interests are in the areas of biogeochemistry and organic geochemistry.

480-965-5593
ISTB4 765 ISTB4
Pierre Herckes
Associate Professor

Herckes is a Professor in ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences and affiliate professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. His research areas include analytical, environmental and atmospheric chemistry.

480-965-4497
PSF -F640 PHYSICAL SCIENCE CENTER
Ann Kinzig
Professor

Kinzig looks at how humans shape and influence their natural environments and what this means for human health and Earth's ecosystems. Her work focuses on ecosystem services and the resilience of natural-resource systems.

480-965-6838
LSA 124
Yang Kuang
Professor

Kuang is the author or co-author of more than 150 refereed publications. He has done extensive work in applying delay differential equation to models of biology and medicine.

480-965-6915
PS A429
Kevin McGraw
Professor

McGraw is an integrative behavioral ecologist who primarily studies the colors of animals such as birds to understand the costs, benefits and evolution of visual signals.

480-965-5518
LSC 522
Susanne Neuer
Professor

Neuer has participated in more than 25 cruises, five as chief scientist. She teaches oceanography, ecology, environmental life sciences and marine biology.

480-727-7254
Arizona State University School of Life Sciences, LSE 421
Miles Orchinik
Associate Professor

Orchinik is a neuroscientist who studies how stress alters behavior, brain function, and the endocrine system. He is also interested in science education research, particularly in how undergraduates learn core concepts,

480-965-5084
LSE 218
Beth Polidoro
Assistant Professor

Beth Polidoro has a broad background in the marine, chemical and environmental sciences. Her research interests are in marine biodiversity conservation, risk assessment and applied toxicology.

602-543-5686
CLCC 315 F
Bruce Rittmann
Professor

Bruce Rittmann is director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology and Regents' Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Build Environment in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

480-727-0434
BDA 210B
John Sabo
Professor

Sabo is an ecologist who studies the importance of water in determining the viability and resilience of animal and plant populations in river and riparian ecosystems.

480-965-5904
LSA 322
Osvaldo Sala
Professor

Sala is the Julie A. Wrigley and Foundation Professor and the Founding Director of the Global Drylands Center at ASU.

480-965-4120
Everett Shock
Professor

Shock has appointments in the School of Molecular Sciences and School of Earth and Space Exploration and is director of the W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Environmental Biogeochemistry at ASU.

480-965-0631
PSC -C306A PHYSICAL SCIENCE CENTER
Heather Throop
Associate Professor

Throop is an ecosystem scientist who studies how global-scale changes influence arid and semi-arid ecosystems. She is co-director of the Environmental Life Sciences PhD program.

480-727-2617
Arvind Varsani
Associate Professor

Varsani is a molecular virologist who works across ecosystems from plants to animals and from the tropics to polar regions.

480-727-2093
Willem Vermaas
Foundation Professor

Vermaas and his team conduct basic and applied research on cyanobacteria, a group of photosynthetic microbes, using these organisms as a chassis to produce useful compounds (biofuels, green chemicals) from sunlight and CO2.

480-965-6250
LSE 549
Enrique Vivoni
Professor

Vivoni is a hydrologist who focuses on interactions with climate, ecosystems and landscapes in arid and semiarid regions.

480-727-3575
ISTB4 769
Martin Wojciechowski
Asc Dean & Asc Professor ACD

Wojciechowski is an evolutionary biologist who studies plant evolution, with an emphasis on the genomics, biogeography, and phylogenetics of legumes (family Leguminosae) and cacti (family Cactaceae).

480-727-7767
Office LSE 711
Jianguo Wu
Professor

Wu is a Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science at Arizona State University. His research areas include: landscape ecology, urban ecology, and sustainability science.

480-965-1063
LSE 705, School of Life Sciences Mail Code: 4501