Meet Our Faculty

Take a few moments to learn more about our latest accomplishments in the field of environmental policy.

Regular Faculty

Over the past year, we have conducted ground-breaking research in: sustainable agriculture, China's energy future, public-private partnerships for sustainable development, carbon markets, ocean policy, mining policy, and much more.  Read through our faculty bios to learn more.

Jeff Langholz

Professor

Office: 214 McCone
Email: jeff.langholz@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6418

Expertise: 

Biodiversity conservation, environmental conflict management, international environmental policy, protected natural areas, research methods, project design, program evaluation, social entrepreneurship, adaptive management, conservation leadership, sustainable development

Michael Vincent McGinnis

Office: Craig Building
Email: mmcginnis@miis.edu
Phone: 831-647-6615 x 8403

Expertise: 

Mike is interested in the interface between science and policymaking.  He has fifteen years of professional and academic experience in the area of large-scale environmental policymaking and planning in diverse cultural and socio-economic settings. 

Jason Scorse

Director, Center for the Blue Economy; Program Chair, International Environmental Policy; Associate Professor

Office: K23 Craig
Email: jason.scorse@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.3548

Expertise: 

Environmental and natural resource economics, international economics, behavioral economics, environmental policy.

Gireesh Shrimali

Assistant Professor, Energy Economics and Business

Office: McGowan 320C
Email: gshrimali@miis.edu
Phone: 831-647-4159

Expertise: 

My research focus is on policy for renewable energy, innovation in the energy sector, and climate change in general. My previous work has included topics such as design of feed in tariffs; impact of policy on penetration of renewable sources in the US; and analysis of the solar mission, low carbon innovation system and business models for sustainable cook-stoves in India. I am currently leading projects evaluating the impact of policy on the diffusion and cost of renewable technologies – in particular, solar and wind – in both US and India.

Lyuba Zarsky

Associate Professor

Office: McGowan 320B
Email: Lyuba.Zarsky@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6436

Expertise: 

Sustainable development, business and sustainability, foreign direct investment and the environment, collaborative governance, development economics, global environmental governance. 

Video interview of Dr. Zarsky

Adjunct Faculty

Mark Schapiro

Adjunct Professor

Office: Craig Building, Cubicles
Email: mschapiro@miis.edu

Paul Cowles

Adjunct Professor

Email: pcowles@miis.edu

Geoffrey Dabelko

Adjunct Professor

Email: geoff.dabelko@wilsoncenter.org
Phone: 202.691.4178

Expertise: 

International environmental politics; international security; global health; development

Enrique Alonso García

Permanent Councilor of State of the Spanish Government, Adjunct Professor

Email: enrique.alonso@consejo-estado.es

Expertise: 

Law of the Sea, International Environmental Law, Marine Policy, Access to Marine Genetic Resources, Offshore Marine Protected Areas, Fisheries and Marine Resources Management, Energy and the Marine Environment, Shipping,  Marine Data Bases Interoperability, Seascapes, Marine Bioacoustics, North American Free Trade Agreement and Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, Vessels Interception, Oil Spills Prevention and Management, Multilateral Marine-related Conventions Negotiations, Cetaceans, Marine Animals Welfare, European Union Law and Policy, Food safety, Algae Collections Management.

Kristina Maria Gjerde

Adjunct Professor

Email: kgjerde@miis.edu
Phone: +1 646 785 4946

Expertise: 

International marine environmental law and policy; law of the sea; high seas governance; marine science and policy; ecosystem-based management; marine protected areas; sustainable fisheries management; shipping; ocean geo-engineering; environmental impact assessments; marine migratory species conservation.

Brett Melone

Adjunct Professor

Email: bmelone@miis.edu

Expertise: 

Sustainable and organic agriculture, small farm incubators, marine conservation, sustainable fisheries, economic development, microlending, nonprofit management

Andrew Schiffrin

Adjunct Professor

Email: aschiffr@ucsc.edu

Expertise: 

Land use and environmental planning, environmental assessment, environmental policy, and governmental structure and processes

Casson Trenor

Adjunct Professor

Email: atrenor@miis.edu

Other Instructors

Charles Wahle, Conservation Instructor

Dr. Charlie Wahle is a marine ecologist with extensive experience working at the interface between science and policy of marine conservation and protected areas. Currently, he is the Senior Scientist at the National Marine Protected Areas Center. Prior to joining the National Marine Protected Areas Center, he served as NOAA's liaison to three key interagency marine conservation initiatives: the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, the Invasive Species Council, and the national MPA initiative.

From 1993 to 1999, Charlie led the national programs for science, education, and conservation policy for the National Marine Sanctuaries Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserves Systems at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Prior to joining NOAA, Dr. Wahle developed and managed a marine research and teaching laboratory on the New Jersey coast for Lehigh University. He has conducted extensive field research on Caribbean coral reefs and mid-Atlantic coastal ecosystems.