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Katherine Adelsberger

The Douglas and Maria Bayer Endowed Chair in Earth Science

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7274

kadelsbe@​knox.edu

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Meet the Environmental Studies Faculty

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7274

kadelsbe@knox.edu

"As a field geologist I spend a lot of time digging holes and walking around in the desert; it's not real science if you're not getting dirty!"

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7142

pschwart@knox.edu

"The interaction between human society and the environment is a vital interest of mine. Trained as a climatologist, I study the influence of humans on future climate change. Particularly, I compare historical records of climatological variables in order to tease out trends and their sources (natural, anthropogenic, instrumental, error)."

2 E South St

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

2 E South St

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

Cooperating Faculty from Other Programs

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7185

sallison@knox.edu

"I am fascinated by how plant communities recover from disturbance, in particular from human disturbance. As a result I have become interested in the restoration and reconstruction of badly damaged plant communities."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7321

dbeck@knox.edu

"Places of education should not be places for unchanging dogma or static ways of doing things. What we know about teaching and learning continues to change, as do our ideas of what constitutes a good education for individuals and how that education can further the public "good." This results in a continuing search for that which is best in pedagogy, content knowledge and social action. Translating the results of that search, the ideals, into programs of action, speaks to what I try to do with my students as well as try to encourage them to do in their future classrooms."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7320

scohn@knox.edu

"I am interested in methodological debates in economics and alternatives to neoclassical economics, the dominant paradigm in American economics. In my classes I try to illustrate how thinking about economics in different ways can lead to different conclusions about how to respond to macroeconomic and environmental challenges and how to think about political-economic topics like social inequality. I try to teach students how our thinking is often constrained in ways we are unaware of by paradigms, that is, by the theoretical spectacles we use to view the world."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7352

ldybas@knox.edu

"My primary research interest is invertebrate cellular defense responses. Currently, I am studying the ciliated urns of peanut worms, phylum Sipuncula. The urns swim around in the body cavity of the worm and secrete mucus in response to encountering foreign invaders. The mucus forms long tails that entrap the foreign cells. My research focuses on characterizing the mucus secretions, learning more about the secretory mechanism and cloning the mucus gene."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7283

tkasser@knox.edu

"My primary interest concerns people's values and goals, and how they relate to quality of life. Over the last decade I have been especially focused on studying 'materialistic values,' i.e., being wealthy, having many possessions, being attractive, and being popular."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7525

fmcandre@knox.edu

"To the extent that there is a common theme tying my research together, it is that I study human social behavior from an evolutionary perspective. I am especially interested in understanding the psychology of everyday life. Why do we enjoy gossip about celebrities? Why do some people name their children after themselves while others do not? How do 21st century social networking tools such as Facebook satisfy prehistoric social needs?"

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7086

jmountjo@knox.edu

Mountjoy's general interests include the function of song repertoires in Yellow-throated Vireos, including field work in Costa Rica on song variation in woodcreepers and song-sharing in White-breasted Wood-Wrens; comparative analyses of song repertoires in varied avian taxa; function of song repertoires and extended song learning in Red-eyed Vireos; comparative analyses of the evolution of song repertoire size in the genus Vireo.

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7325

rstout@knox.edu

"My current study applies statistical analyses in two distinct areas of study. My new interest is modeling oxygen uptake and maximal effort of cardiac patients participating in rehabilitation programs prescribed to restore as much cardiovascular function as possible. It is interesting, fun and useful to apply statistical methods in academic disciplines spanning anthropology, biology, economics, political science and psychology. That is why I helped to develop the general education Stat 200 course. Lately I have developed a course called the Economics of Nonprofit Enterprises and a course on the history of financial panics in the United States."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7433

jwagner@knox.edu

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7333

lwelch@knox.edu

"My students and I have done a wide variety of experiments over the years, starting with electrochemistry and chromatography, but now moving more toward spectroscopy. In particular, we've been looking at the luminescence of the lanthanide metals and their compounds, and have been working with fluorescence anisotropy to probe complex systems."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7326

mcrawfor@knox.edu

"My laboratory uses kinetic, mechanistic, and computational approaches to determine the products formed and the rate constants of reactions of the hydroxyl radical and the chlorine atom with various anthropogenic substances. Of particular interest at this time is the study of fuel additives."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7159

khamilto@knox.edu

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7539

jtemplet@knox.edu

"My research takes an interdisciplinary approach, spanning the fields of behavioral ecology, ornithology, experimental and comparative psychology, and neuroethology. The focus of my studies is on learning, memory, and foraging behavior, and involves experimental work in the field and lab. In particular, I am interested in the ecological and cognitive factors that have influenced the evolution of decision-making processes, information use, and learning in solitary and group-living species. I am the campus co-advisor for the ACM Tanzania program, which I co-directed with Jim Mountjoy in 2005."

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