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Environmental Science

The Environmental Science major at Roger Williams is an interdisciplinary program designed to develop an understanding of environmental processes and issues, and an awareness of our role as humans within the environment. The major encompasses several interrelated fields, including biology, ecology, chemistry, resource management, policy making and natural science.

Environmental Science is housed in the state-of-the-art Marine and Natural Sciences (MNS) Building. Located just a few hundred yards from Mount Hope Bay, the MNS Building is complete with a 4,000 square-foot wet lab, a greenhouse and a vast array of scientific equipment from dissolved oxygen probes to a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. Roger Williams is also home to the state’s only shellfish hatchery, making both our academics and our facilities widely known and respected.

Student-faculty collaboration has resulted in countless articles, publications and presentations. Our students and faculty have traveled the country to present their projects at conferences and have placed in competitions from San Antonio, Texas to Honolulu, Hawaii. Students are encouraged to join an ongoing research project as early as their first year.

A degree in Environmental Science presents numerous opportunities in fields such as resource management, ecological risk assessment, conservation biology and environmental education.

David L. Taylor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A. Bucknell University, M.S. North Carolina State University, Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
x3759
MNS 240
Areas of Expertise: 
Fisheries Biology

David L. Taylor

David L.
Taylor
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A. Bucknell University, M.S. North Carolina State University, Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
x3759
MNS 240
Areas of Expertise: 
Fisheries Biology

Faculty website: http://faculty.rwu.edu/dtaylor/

Scott D. Rutherford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
B.S. Temple University, M.S. Virginia Tech, Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
x3208
MNS 225
Areas of Expertise: 
Earth Systems

Scott D. Rutherford

Scott D.
Rutherford
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
B.S. Temple University, M.S. Virginia Tech, Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
x3208
MNS 225
Areas of Expertise: 
Earth Systems
Stephen K. O'Shea, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Queen Mary's and Westfield College, Ph.D. The National University of Ireland
Contact Information
x3117
MNS 238
Areas of Expertise: 
Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology

Stephen K. O'Shea

Stephen K.
O'Shea
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Queen Mary's and Westfield College, Ph.D. The National University of Ireland
Contact Information
x3117
MNS 238
Areas of Expertise: 
Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology

Courses Taught:
CHEM 191 - Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 192 - Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 201/201L - Environmental Chemistry I & Lab
CHEM 202/202L - Environmental Chemistry II & Lab
CHEM 430 - Topics in Chemistry (Bioinorganic)
CHEM 434 - Advanced Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 421 - Advanced Environmental Chemistry Lab
CHEM 450 - Research in the Chemical Sciences
CORE 101 - Science, Technology and Society

Research Interests:
Biomarker studies with Mercenaria mercenaria to differentiate between organic and heavy metal pollution. Isolation and identification of active natural products.

Dale Leavitt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., M.S., Ph.D. University of Maine
Contact Information
x3047
MNS 220
Areas of Expertise: 
Aquaculture & Animal Nutrition

Dale Leavitt

Dale
Leavitt
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., M.S., Ph.D. University of Maine
Contact Information
x3047
MNS 220
Areas of Expertise: 
Aquaculture & Animal Nutrition
Sean P. Colin, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
B.S. Providence College, M.S. SUNY Stony Brook, Ph.D. University of Connecticut
Contact Information
x3142
MNS 237
Areas of Expertise: 
Biomechanics & Evolutionary Ecology

Sean P. Colin

Sean P.
Colin
Ph.D
Associate Professor of Environmental Science
B.S. Providence College, M.S. SUNY Stony Brook, Ph.D. University of Connecticut
Contact Information
x3142
MNS 237
Areas of Expertise: 
Biomechanics & Evolutionary Ecology

Research website: Jellyfish Form & Function

Loren Byrne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology & Environmental Science; Coordinator, Sustainability Studies Program
B.A. Hiram College, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Contact Information
x3890
MNS 243
Areas of Expertise: 
Terrestrial and Urban Ecology

Loren Byrne

Loren
Byrne
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology & Environmental Science; Coordinator, Sustainability Studies Program
B.A. Hiram College, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Contact Information
x3890
MNS 243
Areas of Expertise: 
Terrestrial and Urban Ecology

Faculty Website: http://faculty.rwu.edu/lbyrne