The Ecosystem Science and Policy program takes a hands-on approach to undergraduate teaching and advising. We have an open-door policy and welcome students to our second-floor Ungar space for study, environmentally related extracurricular activities, career counseling, and conversation.
Gina Maranto directs the undergraduate program in Ecosystem Science and Policy and coordinates the graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy. She teaches introductory and advanced environmental policy courses for the program. She is a prize-winning science writer who has covered the environment, earth sciences, and biomedicine at the national level since 1982. Her articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Discover, The Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, The New York Times, and other publications. Her cover piece for Discover on climate change won the National Association of Science Writers Award for best magazine piece of 1986 and limned the major issues that remain of interest today with regard to that subject.
Dr. Terri Hood is the assistant director of the Ecosystem Science and Policy undergraduate program and senior lecturer in the Department of Geological Sciences. She teaches quantitative methods courses and leads fieldwork courses for the program. Her research interests include chemical processes occurring in coastal sediments (kinetics of pyrite oxidation in marine systems) and development of new methods in electron microscopy. Her research in the last decade has focused on deciphering human impacts in coastal environments using sediment records. Dr. Hood's particular areas of study have included the Everglades/Florida Bay ecosystem and the Mississippi River outflow region in the northern Gulf of Mexico.