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Faculty and Staff

Program Directors

PHOTO: Elisabeth ConradElisabeth Conrad, PhD

Dr. Conrad is a Senior Lecturer with the Division of Environmental Management and Planning within the Institute of Earth Systems. She is a geographer and environmental management specialist by training, and has worked professionally in these fields in both public and private sectors. She also has experience in various international research and outreach initiatives, in subject areas including landscape management, biodiversity conservation, and sustainability  and is author/co-author of several publications in these fields. Dr. Conrad is also an Associate Member of the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (UK) and a Member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). 

PHOTO: Maria PapadakisMaria Papadakis, PhD.

Dr. Papadakis is Professor of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University. A political economist by training, she has experience in government and academia, both in the US and abroad. Her current teaching and research focuses on complex socio-ecological systems, specifically with respect to energy management and carbon mitigation and land use planning and ecosystem conservation. Dr. Papadakis is a Certified Energy ManagerTM and co-author (with Bradley Striebig and Adebayo Ogundipe) of Engineering Applications in Sustainable Design and Development.

Instructional Faculty


Areas of General Specialization

Attard, Everaldo Dr. Rural sciences and food systems, herb science
Attard, Maria Dr. GIS, transport geography, human and environmental geography
Benzing, Tom Dr. Stream/river water quality, nutrient management, soil and water chemistry
Camilleri, Liberato Dr. Applied statistical modeling, research methods
Cassar, Louis F. Dr. Landscape ecology, entomology, ecosystem management
Conrad Elisabeth Dr.  Landscape conservation, biodiversity and protected area management
Deaton, Mike Dr. Systems thinking and modeling, data visualization, spatial analysis, experimental design, statistical modeling and data analysis
Fabri, Simon Dr. Systems theory, automatic control systems, bioengineering
Ferenbaugh, Joy Dr. Marine biology, population dynamics, community ecology
Frysinger, Steve Dr. Industrial ecology, environmental information systems 
Ghirlando, Robert Dr. Renewable energy technology, environmental engineering
Kolvoord, Bob Dr. Applied GIS, K-12 education in science and technology, geospatial tools, data visualization and modeling
Miles, Jonathan Dr. Renewable energy systems, wind energy, energy instrumentation 
Papadakis, Maria Dr. Energy economics, complex socio-ecological systems, environmental policy
Radziwill, Nicole Dr. Big data, total quality processes, data science, meteorology, statistics and machine learning 
Sacco, Anthony Dr. Rural sciences and food systems, soil science, sustainable agriculture
Teel, Wayne Dr. Agroforestry, permaculture, water quality and scarcity
Vella, Alfred J. Dr.  Environmental chemistry, environmental monitoring

Administrative Coordinators

Mr. Mario Cassar, University of Malta
Office: +356 2340 7501/2 
Ms. Kay Forshey, James Madison University
Office: 540-568-3288