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  • Stephen Decker
    B.A. (Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland), M.A. (Memorial University), Ph.D (ABD – Wilfrid Laurier University); Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Geography; Chair of the Environmental Studies Programme at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

    Office: AS2021
    Phone: 637-6200 ext. 6723
    Areas of Interests: My research specialty is Integrated Resource and Environmental Management (IREM) with a focus on the human dimensions of wildlife management. My particular focus on the human dimensions of wildlife management is especially relevant in Newfoundland and Labrador as provincial wildlife managers are faced with a number of contentious management issues which demand the formulation and effective application of integrated management responses. Some of the most prominent of these issues include, but are certainly not limited to, significant declines in caribou (Rangifer tarandus) populations in both the Newfoundland and Labrador portions of the province, several hundred vehicle – moose (Alces alces) collisions annually, the impact of hyper-abundant moose on native vegetation and the resulting cull of moose in Gros Morne and Terra Nova National Parks, and the range expansion and impacts of the eastern coyote (Canis latrans). Specifically, my doctoral research is focused on exploring trends toward integrative approaches in wildlife management using caribou management in insular Newfoundland as a case study of such trends.
  • Paul Foley
    B.A. (Hons) (First Class) (Memorial University), M.A. (Dalhousie University), Ph.D. (York University)

    Office: FC2018
    Phone: 637-6200 ext. 5242
    Areas of Interests: International and comparative political economy; political ecology; development and environmental change (e.g. fisheries); environmental politics and policy; market-oriented environmental policy and governance (e.g. eco-certification and eco-labeling); global environmental governance.
  • Morteza Haghiri
    B.Sc. & M.Sc. (University of Tehran/Iran), Ph.D. (University of Saskatchewan), Associate Professor

    Office: AS394
    Phone: (709) 637-6200 ext 6145
    Areas of Interests: Applied Microeconomics, Economics of Food safety and Traceability, Economics of Finance, International Trade Policy Education
  • Catherine Keske
    Associate Professor; B.Sc. (Bowling Green State University), M.Sc. (Vanderbilt University), M.Sc. (Colorado School of Mines), Ph.D. (Colorado State University)

    Office: FC 2025
    Phone: 637-2176
    Areas of Interests: I am an agricultural and forestry economist who studies contemporary resource issues. I incorporate a number of different economic methods into my research program and I frequently engage in interdisciplinary collaboration. Several of my recent research papers focus on forest recreation and tourism, energy pricing, soil conservation and nutrient management, community sense of place, and ecosystem service valuation. I am also pleased to be a part of the newly established Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative (BERI) here at the Memorial University-Grenfell Campus.
  • Andreas Klinke
    M.A. (University of Stuttgart, Germany), Ph.D. (Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany)

    Office: FC 2016
    Phone: 709-639-4307
    Areas of Interests: Governance and public policy analysis (e.g. water, natural resources, environmental risks); transformation and institutional dynamics of environmental governance; international environmental politics; social science risk research; participation and deliberation; international relations; inter- and trans-disciplinary research
  • Martin
    ​Per-course Instructor

    Office: AS2033
    Phone: 637-6200 (Ext. 5308)
  • Michael Newton
    Professor, Cert. of Education (King Alfred's College), B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)

    Office: AS2025
    Phone: (709) 637-6279
    Areas of Interests: The human connection to nature, "Deep Green Religion", mindfulness meditation in nature, mindfulness based stress reduction.
  • Gabriela Sabau
    B.A. and Ph.D. (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania) Associate Professor Economics/Environmental Studies. Gabriela teaches Economics (Principles and Intermediate Micro and Macro), Environmental Economics, Ecological Economics and a senior Seminar in Environmental Studies. Since 2008 she also teaches a Master’s course Economics and Policies of Coastal and Marine Areas at the University Center of the Westfjords in Iceland.

    Office: AS387
    Phone: (709) 637-6200 ext 6472
    Areas of Interests: Gabriela’s research interests focus on three broad areas: 1) Knowledge based economy/society compared to information economy/society; 2) Sustainable development – beyond long-run economic growth and 3) Economics as a life science. Current research: Unjust uneconomic growth and small-scale fisheries. Gabriela is a member of the international research network Too Big To Ignore (
  • Randy Skinner
    Per Course Instructor / Lab Instructor

    Office: AS308
    Phone: (709) 639-2390
  • Michael Van Zyll de Jong
    B.Sc. (Toronto), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Hull)

    Office: FC2026
    Phone: 637-6200 ext. 2702
    Areas of Interests: Fisheries management and ecology; Ecosystem-based approaches to resource management; Integrated research approaches at the science-policy interface.
  • Kelly Vodden
    H.B.A. (University of Western Ontario), M.A. (Simon Fraser University), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser University), Head, Division of Social Sciences

    Office: AS347
    Phone: 709-639-2703
    Areas of Interests: sustainable rural community and regional development, rural resilience, community involvement in resource management, local governance, community adaptation, complex adaptive social-ecological systems, innovation, green economies and community-corporate relations

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