2012 Faculty Hires
Mary Killilea holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies Binghamton University, an M.S. in Ecology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Information Science from Cornell University. She has been teaching Environmental Systems Science for the ES Program for 3 years and has now officially become a joint appointment between Environmental Studies Program and the Biology Department. Her research interests include the use of GIS, remote sensing and modeling to explore spatial and temporal variability in ecosystems. Her current research is focused on the spatial dynamics of Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens in two different ecosystems -Dutchess County, NY and Northern California.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Environmental Studies
Jennifer Jacquet completed her B.A. and M.S. in environmental economics. During those years, she volunteered for Sea Shepherd International on their anti-shark-finning campaign in Galapagos, interned with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Department studying manatees, and had a (very) brief stint with an elephant sanctuary in Arkansas. She then worked with the fisheries biologist and public communicator, Daniel Pauly, at the University of British Columbia, where she completed her Ph.D. in natural resource management in 2009. For her dissertation, she examined the global fisheries crisis and worked on small-scale fisheries issues in several developing countries, including Mozambique, Tanzania, and Ecuador, as well as developed world solutions to overfishing, like eco-labeling. She then shifted her research focus to broader cooperation issues. For the past three years, she continued working in the Pauly lab as a post-doctoral research fellow, as well as in the Department of Mathematics, with the mathematical biologist, Christoph Hauert. Her recent publications are in the realm of experimental game theory, with a particular interest in the role of social approval in encouraging cooperation. She formerly wrote a blog titled Shifting Baselines, and then one titled Guilty Planet, which was housed at Scientific American. She is currently working on a book. She has taught at Western Washington University, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, and The New School. She looks forward to joining the program at NYU, and teaching several courses that examine environmental problems and solutions -- often from an evolutionary perspective.
Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Environmental Studies & Bioethics
David Frank holds a B.A. in philosophy from Yale and will receive a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas, Austin in 2012 for his dissertation "Values and Decisions in Biological Conservation," supervised by Sahotra Sarkar. At the University of Texas he was affiliated with the Biodiversity and Biocultural Conservation Laboratory and worked on projects ranging from the epidemiology of Chagas disease in Texas to the game theory of conservation conflicts. His dissertation concerns ethical controversies in biological conservation and philosophical issues that arise in normative applications of decision and game theory, particularly the problems of commensurability of multiple values and cooperation between multiple agents.