I’m a scholar, teacher, administrator, consultant, and advocate for environmental and sustainability communication that helps to nurture the planet rather than exploit it.
I am currently on contract as the Executive Director of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA).
I also do consulting on program and project evaluation, and strategic communication.
For 14 years I taught environmental studies and environmental communication at SUNY-ESF.
My area of academic expertise is the role and impact of mediated communication in relation to cultural and ideological perspectives of nature, environmental policy, and sustainability.
Much of my research and writing focus on environmental communication, especially the role of the mass media in environmental affairs (especially policy), global warming discourse, environmental rhetoric, popular representations of nature, and the ethical and ecological implications of all of these.
I founded and Directed the Environmental Communication Network (ECN). Prior to its merger into the IECA, the ECN was the online hub for the environmental communication community. Before that, I also co-founded the Environmental Studies Association of Canada and Undercurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies.
I have a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from Queen’s University at Kingston. For many years, I wished I had studied something else, but in retrospect, the management skills I gained from the B.Comm. have been invaluable.
For my graduate work, I focused on environmental thought and communication, and earned Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto. There I was fortunate to work with John A. Livingston, Neil Evernden, Fred J. Fletcher and David V.J. Bell as well as many other fine faculty.