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'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.
Undergraduate Departmental Representatives
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 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 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.