Professor, GS, ISAT

teelws@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education
  • Ph.D. in Agroforestry, Soil Science and International Agriculture, Cornell University 
  • M.S. in Natural Resources, Cornell University 
  • MTS in Church History, Gordon-Conwell
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Seattle Pacific University
Experience
  • 9 years in Sudan, Kenya and Mozambique with the Mennonite Central Committee primarily working on agroforestry projects with an emphasis on small, subsistence farming systems.
  • Teaching at Eastern Mennonite University focusing on environment and development in situations of conflict.
  • Working with Virginia Save Our Streams on water monitoring and water quality issues.
  • 12 years + on the Board of the Pure Water Forum in the Shenandoah Valley
Scholarly Interests/Research Topics
  • Agroforestry – Identify and develop information on trees useful for agroforestry primarily in Kenya, but with additional experience in 5 other countries.  Results of this work are found at http://agroforesttrees.cisat.jmu.edu/
  • Biochar – Use of charcoal as a soils amendment to improve soil fertility and sequester carbon.  
  • Permaculture – Ideas originally developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Australia and have now become the most common way of improving local, small scale agriculture.
  • Water – In the Shenandoah Valley this issue relates to nutrient pollution from agriculture.  In Africa issues focus on availability and sanitation.  
Courses Taught
  • ISAT 100: Energy and Environment
  • ISAT 112: Issues in Science and Technology, The Environment
  • ISAT 280: Topics in Environmental Science
  • ISAT 302: Instrumentation and Measurement of the Environment
  • ISAT 320: Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology I
  • ISAT 321: Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology II
  • ISAT 390/391: Transportation
  • ISAT 425: Environmental Hydrology
  • ISAT 429/GEOG 429: Sustainability: An Ecological Perspective
  • ISAT 473/GEOG 350: Agricultural Internships
  • ISAT 480: Kenya Study Abroad
  • ISAT 492/3: Senior Projects
  • ISAT 567: Sustainable Agriculture
  • GEOG 200: Global Dimensions
  • GEOG 322: Agricultural Systems
  • GEOG 335: Geography of Africa
  • GSCI 163: The Matter of Matter
  • ENVT 400: Capstone Seminar

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