Master of Environmental Studies Faculty

Our core faculty are dedicated to teaching Environmental Studies at the master's level. Our adjunct faculty are working professionals in the field. Together, they give you individual attention with a balance of theory and practice.

Core Faculty

The core faculty listed below are those who you'll come to know over the course of your studies. They teach full-time in MES. All of them are available to any MES student for advising and project work. Eventually, one of them will become your thesis advisor. You do not need to find your own faculty advisor before you start.

Have a look at our Faculty Research & Publications Page for a better idea of what they do.

Title Email Location Phone
John Withey
Director - Graduate Program on the Environment & Faculty
witheyj@evergreen.edu Lab I 2013 (360) 867-6675
 
Shawn Hazboun
Faculty
hazbouns@evergreen.edu Lab I 2016 (360) 867-6084
 
John Kirkpatrick
Faculty
kirkpatj@evergreen.edu Lab II 2263 (360) 867-6840
 
Kathleen Saul
Faculty
saulk@evergreen.edu Lab I 2026 (360) 867-6511
 
Ralph Murphy
Faculty
murphyr@evergreen.edu Lab I 2013 (360) 867-6430
 
Erin Martin
Faculty
martine@evergreen.edu Lab I 3008  (360) 867-5264
 

mes john withey

John Withey

John Withey (Core Faculty/Director) is a terrestrial ecologist with a background in field ornithology. He teaches classes on landscape conservation and management, urban ecology, research design, and quantitative analyses of environmental data.  He welcomes student involvement in his research, which has recently focused on the effects of land-use and/or climate change on native wildlife.  In one current collaboration he is examining phenological mismatch across multiple trophic levels, with a particular focus on migratory birds. He has also developed and used different conservation prioritization approaches such as conservation return-on-investment, accounting for evolutionary distinctiveness, using sage grouse as an umbrella species, and incorporating climate change into U.S. protected areas. He enjoys using a combination of field-based empirical data, ecological modeling, and spatial and quantitative analyses in his work and incorporating climate change projections into planning for U.S. protected areas.

Weebly: John Withey

Google Scholar Page: John Withey

Phone: (360) 867-6675

Location: Lab 1 2013

Email: witheyj@evergreen.edu

Shawn Hazboun

Shawn Hazboun

Shawn Hazboun (Core Faculty) is an environmental sociologist and teaches a range of classes on energy, community, research methods, and environmental social theory. Her research focuses on the social dimensions of energy systems, including community impacts from resource extraction and energy production, as well as public perceptions about energy and other environmental issues. She is particularly interested in the social-environmental impacts of the current energy transition, especially within rural communities that have traditionally provided the nation’s energy resources. In 2018, she began a mixed-methods examination of the fossil fuels shipping industry and public opinion surrounding it in the Pacific Northwest.

Google Scholar Page: Shawn Hazboun

Phone: (360) 867-6084

Location: Lab 1 2016

Email: hazbouns@evergreen.edu

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick (Core Faculty) comes to MES with a background in oceanographic research and outreach. He trained as a biogeochemist, working to understand links between microbial ecosystems and nutrient chemistry in ocean waters and sediment. His research has evolved to include high-throughput DNA sequencing and analysis to better understand how communities respond to change under selective pressure and influence the flow of nitrogen, carbon, and other elements in natural and perturbed systems. Science communication, including dissemination of current research to undergraduates as well as journalists, is another focus of his. Since coming to Evergreen he has worked in various aspects of the Evergreen curriculum including general chemistry, while continuing to publish work on environmental chemistry and microbiology.

Google Scholar Page: John Kirkpatrick

Phone: (360) 867-6840

Location: Lab 2 2263

Email: kirkpatj@evergreen.edu

Faculty portrait, Kathleen Saul

Kathleen Saul

Kathleen Saul (Core Faculty) has an interdisciplinary background that spans chemical engineering, business, energy policy, and political ecology. Her electives delve into the energy landscape in the United States as well as what we can learn about effective policy, technology, and social organization from the nations in the Global South that are already feeling the brunt of climate change. Her current research focuses on the socio-political ecology of energy policy and climate change, especially the human dimensions of displacement resulting from large-scale energy projects. In addition, she is developing a project on the role of fences and walls in shaping the power dynamics associated with climate- and development-related projects. Her recent publications focus on  graduate environmental studies and using case studies to help students understand nuclear energy and  access to electricity on tribal lands.

Phone: (360) 867-6511

Location: Lab 1 2026

Email: saulk@evergreen.edu

Erin Martin

Erin Ellis is an aquatic biogeochemist whose research focuses on examining the role of rivers in the global carbon cycle. Rivers are large sources of carbon to both the atmosphere and the ocean and are consequently critical to our understanding of the global carbon cycle.  While working in the Amazon Basin, her research demonstrated that bacteria living in the river produce high levels of carbon dioxide through respiration, and this carbon dioxide is subsequently lost to the atmosphere.  Her current research in the Mekong Basin (i.e. Cambodia) focuses on characterizing the type of organic carbon that is exported by large rivers to the ocean.  Specifically, she uses molecular tracers to determine where in the watershed the carbon originates from, and uses radiocarbon analyses to determine the age of this material.  Such information is necessary in order to understand the preservation of terrestrial carbon in the ocean, which can affect atmospheric carbon dioxide levels over long time scales.  Through her training (Erin received her masters and doctoral degree from the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington), Erin has research experience working in streams, rivers, lakes, and the ocean.  Additional interests include ocean acidification, estuarine ecology, evaluating the impacts of dams on downstream processes, and microbial ecology.  Her past and present research has been conducted through collaborations with colleagues in Brazil, Cambodia, and the Pacific Northwest. 

Email: martine@evergreen.edu

Phone: (360) 867-5264

Location: Lab I 3008

Mailstop: LAB 1020

 

Ralph Murphy

Email: murphyr@evergreen.edu

Phone: (360) 867-6430

Location: Lab I 3014

Mailstop: LAB 1020

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty supplement the core faculty by teaching some of our electives. They bring an excellent blend of professional and academic experience to the MES program, offering unique perspectives.

Title Email Location Phone
Sarah Hamman
Faculty
hammans@evergreen.edu   (360) 867-6225
 
Timothy Quinn
Faculty
quinnt@evergreen.edu  
 
Michael (Mike) Ruth
Faculty
ruthm@evergreen.edu   (360) 867-6225

Kirk Hanson

Faculty

hansonk@evergreen.edu    

Michael Ruth Portrait

Mike Ruth

Mike Ruth (Adjunct Faculty) has been teaching Geographic Information System (GIS) courses at The Evergreen State College for five years, mainly in the Masters of Environmental Studies (MES) program. Mike has a MS  in Geology from George Washington University and a BA from University of Virginia. Mike is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP). Mike has worked in the field of professional GIS consulting for over 35 years. From 2001 to 2018, Mike worked for the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) Inc as a project manager in Esri’s Professional Services division. Mike has consulted on more than 100 GIS projects for various customers, including state and federal government agencies, local cities and municipalities, international organizations (including several United Nations agencies) and major non-profit organizations. Starting in 2010, Mike started Esri’s non-profit professional services practice. In that role, Mike has provided mapping and GIS consulting to international Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO’s) in ~20 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe.

Phone: (360) 867-6225

Location: Lab 1, 3015

Email: ruthm@evergreen.edu