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brown social science centerThe environmental studies core faculty offices are on the third floor of Rabb Graduate Center. The administrative office is in Brown Social Science Center. Get directions to the Brandeis campus.

Environmental Studies Program
Brown 325, MS 055
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

781-736-3025
environmental@brandeis.edu

Department Chair

dan perlman, professor and chair of environmental studies
Dan Perlman
Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
Chair, Environmental Studies
781-736-2687 Rabb Graduate Center, 347

Dan Perlman's work in biology has ranged from studying colony-founding behaviors among tropical ants to helping regional conservation groups throughout the Western United States set priorities for land and species protection. He also is interested in studying human learning. As founding director of the Brandeis Center for Teaching and Learning, Perlman worked with faculty to help them foster student learning. Perlman also developed a website, EcoLibrary.org, that freely distributes teaching materials developed for ecology and environmental studies.

Expertise: Ecology, conservation biology and animal behavior. Pedagogical methods and innovations.

Applied Learning Experience Director, Advising Head and Study Abroad Liaison

colleen hitchcock
Colleen Hitchcock
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
Applied Learning Experience Director, Advising Head and Study Abroad Liaison, Environmental Studies Program
781-736-2634 Rabb Graduate Center, 353

Colleen Hitchcock's academic interests are focused on the role of citizen science in ecological inquiry and conservation biology, specifically relating to studies of biodiversity, conservation, phenology and climate change. She is a lead organizer for the City Nature Challenge in eastern Massachusetts and is also interested in both the application of community/citizen science research as a model for learning by students.

Expertise: Community and citizen science, ecology, evolution and urban biodiversity and conservation.

Citizen Science on Campus

Undergraduate Departmental Representatives

Chenxi Dai
Chenxi Dai ’21
Undergraduate Departmental Representative

Chenxi Dai is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies, IGS and Economics. She spent last spring semester studying abroad in Denmark and visited many local projects related to environmental studies there. She will stay in Shanghai, China during the fall semester.

Aaron Pins
Aaron Pins ’21
Undergraduate Departmental Representative

Aaron Pins is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies and Politics, with a minor in Anthropology. He is interested in environmental justice and conservation. Aaron spent last spring studying abroad in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and he loves hiking and skiing! He will be on campus during the fall semester.

lily weaver
Lily Weaver ’21
Undergraduate Departmental Representative

Lily Weaver is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Asian American Pacific Islander Studies. She is interested in intersectional environmentalism and sustainability. Lily will be on campus during the fall semester.