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: 

Marine Policy, Climate Change, and Water/Watershed Planning

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 & Natural Resource Economics, Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Behavioral Economics, International Economics & Development

Gireesh Shrimali

Assistant Professor, Energy Economics and Business

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

Expertise: 

Economics, Policy, and Busines of Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development

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

Email: mschapiro@miis.edu

Expertise: 

Non-Fiction Writing, Internatonal and Environmental Issues, Climate Change and Economics

Paul Cowles

Adjunct Professor

Email: pcowles@miis.edu

Expertise: 

Community-based natural resources management (CBNRM), Integrated Conservation and Development Projects (ICDPs) and community capacity building

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 and Marine Policy

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 and high seas governance 

Brett Melone

Adjunct Professor

Email: bmelone@miis.edu

Expertise: 

Sustainable and organic agriculture, small farm incubators and marine conservation

Andrew Schiffrin

Adjunct Professor

Email: aschiffr@ucsc.edu

Expertise: 

Land use and environmental planning, environmental assessment and environmental policy, 

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.