Affiliated Faculty

Environmental Studies Affiliated Faculty

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Matthew Bahr
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of Sociology

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 059
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-5952
Fax: (509) 313-6884

Office Location

Matthew S. Bahr, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Gonzaga University received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University (2002). Dr. Bahr teaches courses in quantitative research methods, statistics, sociology of religion, and population and demography.  His research interests include sociology of religion and public policy.  His most recent project appearing in Social Science Research, explores correlates of financial giving to religious organizations.

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Andrea Bertotti Metoyer
Assistant Professor, Sociology

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 060
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-3629

Ph.D. in Sociology,  Loyola University Chicago, 2003
M.A. in Sociology, Loyola University Chicago, 1999
B.A. in Sociology and Spanish, Gonzaga University, 1996

Areas of interest: medical sociology, women's health, the environment, power and inequality, statistical methods and social justice.

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David L. Boose

Associate Professor, Biology

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave
AD Box 005
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6742

Office Location
Foley 106

Office Hours
I am currently serving as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Advising, so I will not be teaching classes for academic years 2013 - 14 and 2014 - 15. Feel free to call or e-mail me to make an appointment for a meeting.

Ph.D. in Ecology, University of California, Davis, CA. December 1995.
M.S. in Soil Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. June 1986
B.A. in Chemistry and European History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. December 1983

Research Interests:
Plant population ecology and genetics, conservation biology

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Gary Chang

Assistant Professor of Biology

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave
AD Box 005
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6637
Fax: (509) 313-5804

Office Location
Hughes Hall 038B

Office Hours
Spring 2014

Tuesday:  10:00 - 11:15
Wednesday:  1:00 - 3:00
Thursday:  3:45 - 5:00

Research interests
Insect ecology and biological control

Ph.D., Zoology, University of Washington
B.S., Biology, Duke University

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Dr. Betsy Downey

Professor of History

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 036
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6696
Fax: (509) 313-5718

Office Location
AD 335

Professor Besty Downey received a PhD in history from the University of Denver in 1971.  She is an American Historian whose interest, in keeping with her American Studies major, are wide-ranging. She has studied the Cold War, the New Deal, women in American Literature, and women in European History in post-doctoral seminars.  She has published on the Cold War, domestic violence on the frontier, and the works of Mari Sandoz.  She has developed courses on the Roosevelts, African-American history, American women's history, and Yellowstone National Park.

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Stephen Hayes

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave
AD Box 005
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-5519

Office Location
Hughes Hall

Office Hours
Spring 2014

Tuesday:  10:00 - 12:00
Wednesday:  2:00 - 3:00
Friday:  2:00 - 3:00

Research Interests
Wildlife ecology, GIS, Statistical modelling

Ph.D., University of Idaho, Wildlife Sciences 1999
M.S., University of Idaho, Statistics, 2003
M.S., University of Tennessee, Wildlife Science 1990
B.S., Eastern Washington University, Biology, 1985
B.A., Eastern Washington University, Journalism, 1984

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Erica Johnson

Assistant Professor of Economics

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 009
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-7026
Fax: 509-313-5811

Office Location
Jepson 204

B.A., Economics and Spanish, University of Montana, 1999: M.S., Economics, University of Oregon, 2005: Ph.D., Economics, University of Oregon, 2009

Brief Bio:
Erica specializes in environmental and health economics. She teaches Health Economics, Microeconomics, Econometrics and MBA courses in economics. Her current research interests include estimating the benefits of reducing risks to human health; these estimates can be used in cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health policies.

Selected Publications:
Henrickson, Kevin E. and Erica H. Johnson (2013) "The Demand for Spatially Complementary National Parks" Land Economics, 89 (2): 330-345.

Cameron, T. A., J. R. DeShazo and E. H. Johnson. (2011) "Scenario adjustment in stated preference research" Journal of Choice Modelling, 4(1): 9-43.

Cameron, Trudy Ann, J.R. DeShazo and Erica Johnson.  (2010) “The Effect of Children on Adult Demands for Health-Risk Reductions,”  Journal of Health Economics, 29: 364-376.

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Susan Norwood

Ed.D., RN, Associate Dean and Nursing Professor

Gonzaga University
Dept. of Nursing
AD Box 038
Spokane, WA  99258

Phone: (509) 313-6646

Office Location
Schoenberg Center, Room 010

Office Hours

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Dr. Joanne Smieja

Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry Dept.
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 016
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6630
Fax: 509-313-5804

Office Location
Hughes 236

Office Hours
Fall 2012

Tuesday:  1:30 - 4:30
Thursday:  1:10 - 2:00

B. A., Chemistry, College of St. Thomas, 1982
Ph. D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1986

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Michael VanEngelen

AD Box 005

Phone: x5978
Fax: (509) 313-5804

Office Location
Hughes Hall 034

Office Hours
Spring 2014

Monday:  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday:  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Friday:  1:10 - 2:00 p.m.


Ph.D. Chemical and Biological Engineering

Montana State University, December, 2009

M.S. Chemical Engineering

Washington State University, August, 2005

B.A. Chemistry, B.A. Physics, Philosophy minor

Whitworth College, December, 2002

Courses Taught
General Chemistry and Lab
Organic Chemistry I Lab
Environmental Chemistry and Lab


M. R. VanEngelen, B. M. Peyton, M. R. Mormile, and H. C. Pinkart. Fe(III), Cr(VI), and Fe(III) mediated Cr(VI) reduction in alkaline media using a Halomonas isolate from Soap Lake, Washington. Biodegradation. 2008. 19(6):841-850.


M. R. VanEngelen, E. K. Field­, R. Gerlach, B. D. Lee, W. A. Apel, B. M. Peyton. UO22+ speciation determines uranium toxicity and bioaccumulation in an environmental Pseudomonas sp. isolate. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 2010.  29(4):763-769.


E. K. Field, S. D’Imperio, A. R. Miller, M. R. VanEngelen, R. Gerlach, B. D. Lee, W. A. Apel, B. M. Peyton. Application of Molecular Techniques to Elucidate the Influence of Cellulosic Waste on the Bacterial Community Structure at a Simulated Low Level Waste Site. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2010. 76(10):3106-3115.


M. R. VanEngelen, R. Gerlach, B. D. Lee, R. K. Szilagyi, W. A. Apel, B. M. Peyton. Uranium exerts acute toxicity by binding to pyrroloquinoline quinone. Environmental Science and Technology. 2011. 45(3):937-942.