Glenn Miller, PhD. Board Chair. Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno

Glenn C. Miller has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry (1977) from the University of California at Davis. Following graduate studies, he spent a year of postdoctoral study at the EPA’s Environmental Research Laboratory in Athens, Georgia. He has been on the UNR faculty since 1978 and was Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences and Health from 1996-2006 and Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering from 1999-2003.

Current areas of research include the development of techniques to determine gas phase sunlight photolysis rates of medium weight organics, particularly pesticides, and the environmental chemistry of soil surfaces. He also is working on precious metals pit water quality, closure of precious metals heaps and acid mine remediation using anaerobic sulfate reducing systems. He teaches courses in environmental science/chemistry, environmental toxicology and risk assessment of environmental contaminants. He serves on a variety of national and regional environmental NGO Boards, and has been active in the Nevada Faculty Alliance for several years. He was Chairman of the UNR NFA in 2006-2008 and presently serves as the Northern Nevada Political Action Chair for the NFA.


Mike Callopy, PhD. Director, Academy for the Environment, University of Nevada, Reno

Mike Collopy is the Executive Director of the Academy for the Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. In this capacity he is responsible for strengthening the interdisciplinary research and education focus of environmental programs throughout the university. Prior to working at UNR (1991-2001), Collopy served as Director of a federal research laboratory (currently known as the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center) headquartered at Oregon State University, in Corvallis, Oregon. Before that, he was on the faculty of the Department of Wildlife and Range Sciences at the University of Florida (1980-1991; Chair from 1987-1991). Throughout his career, Collopy has directed research on the behavior, habitat requirements, and ecology of a variety of avian species, particularly birds of prey. Collopy is particularly interested in helping both undergraduate and graduate students develop the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to successfully compete for positions in academia and natural resource management/conservation.


Scott Slovic, PhD. Professor of Literature and Environment, University of Idaho, Moscow

Scott Slovic moved to the University of Idaho in July 2012 after teaching for seventeen years at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he helped to create the prominent graduate program in literature and environment and develop the Academy for the Environment and the undergraduate environmental studies program. He has published more than 200 articles, interviews, and reviews and is the author, editor, or co-editor of seventeen books, including most recently Going Away to Think: Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility (2008), Nature and the Environment for EBSCO/Salem Press’s Critical Insights Series (2012), and, with Lorraine Anderson and John P. O’Grady, a second edition of the textbook Literature and the Environment (2012).


Alan Gubanich, PhD. Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno

Alan earned a Ph.D. in biology and zoology from the University of Arizona and is a professor emeritus at UNR. Dr. Gubanich’s nature tours have been highly rated by students for providing rustic and challenging outdoor experiences while fostering an atmosphere of camaraderie. He has been an instructor for TMCC since 1995.


Nancy Markee, PhD. Associate Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno

As an ecologist with an emphasis on human ecology, my research has focused on the interactions between humans and the physical and biological environment. Human decisions are at the core of most actions affecting the environment. I am particularly interested in ecological and resource conservation issues that have a policy and/or human behavioral component. With an academic background in both the biological and social/behavioral sciences, I am a strong proponent of research approaches that bridge and integrate across disciplines. As a result, the majority of my research efforts have centered around attempts to further the understanding and prediction of relationships between perceptions, attitudes and values and pro-environmental behaviors. I also maintain an interest in the role of scientific information in the policy process.


Steve Lafer, PhD. Associate Professor of Education, University of Nevada, Reno

I have spent the past twenty-five years teaching English education and socio-cultural courses at the University of Nevada, Reno. I have a Master’s in the Teaching of Writing from Humboldt State University where Tom Gage introduced me to the work of James Moffett. I went on to teach high schools and then on for the doctorate at University of Oregon. Moffett’s influence on my thinking and teaching has been enormous and I still find principles taught in his works to provide a solid foundation for English language arts programs concerned with empowerment of individuals through literacy. I met up with a fellow named Stephen Tchudi and we found that we were on a similar path, motivated by similar notions of good education and good English language arts education in the context of good education made good by humane educational goals. We developed the Truckee River Projects for teachers–discovering the techniques of localized interdisciplinary teaching through engagement in the process of localized interdisciplinary learning.


Sudeep Chandra, PhD. Associate Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno

Dr. Sudeep Chandra graduated in 2003 with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Currently, Sudeep is an Assistant Professor at University of Nevada – Reno. He has classical training in limnology evaluating the impact of land use change on freshwater ecosystems. After receiving a multi-year fellowship from the U.C. Davis Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program to investigate impacts of gold and mercury mining on the transfer of mercury into fish, Sudeep has been studying the conservation potential of the threatened Lahontan Cutthroat trout in the waters of the Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake watersheds (USA). Taking an ecosystem-based approach, he has evaluated the impact of historical nonnative species introductions and nutrient loading on the food web structure of the lake. An advocate of the conservation of freshwater resources, Sudeep recently become an advisor to the Paiute tribe of Pyramid Lake (USA) as they try and restore the cutthroat trout and the endangered Cui-ui. In 1997, he participated in the Tahoe-Baikal Institute environmental exchange program where he co-investigated studies evaluating the eutrophication and mercury levels of Barguzin Bay, Lake Baikal. Through funding from the Royal Geographic Society and 10,000 Years Institute, Sudeep also has studied contaminant loading in the Selenge River Delta, Lake Baikal. Currently Sudeep’s interests lie in conserving the freshwater ecosystems in the upper watershed of Lake Baikal (Mongolia). From 2000-2003, he worked at the Tahoe Research Group (U.C. Davis) and the Tahoe-Baikal Institute to develop a research program investigating the impacts of mining on the water quality and fisheries habitat in Eastern Mongolian rivers.


Corey Lewis, PhD. Professor Associate Professor of English, Humboldt State University

Author of “Reading the Trail: Exploring the Literature and Natural History of the California Crest” Corey Lewis specializes in the interdisciplinary and field-based study of regional works of environmental literature. He currently teaches environmental literature, nature writing and research writing in the English department and works on issues of re-localization and cultural change.