Affiliated Faculty

Environmental Studies Affiliated Faculty

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

AD Box 059

Phone: (509) 313-5952

Office Location
College Hall 416

Ph.D. Sociology, 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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Julie Beckstead

Professor of Biology

Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Ave
AD Box 008
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 509-313-6688

Office Location
HU 213

Office Hours
Spring 2015

Research Interest
Plant-pathogen interactions
Restoration ecology


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    Andrea Bertotti Metoyer
    Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

    AD Box 060

    Phone: (509) 313-3629

    Office Location
    College Hall 321

    Ph.D. Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago
    M.A. Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago
    B.A. Sociology and Spanish, Gonzaga University

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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

    Associate 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 2015
    On Sabbatical

    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

    Office Hours
    Spring 2015: Tues. & Thurs. 10:45-12:00; Mon. & Wed. 1:30-2:30

    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 2015
    Monday:  10:00 am - 10:50 am
    Wednesday:  8:00 am - 8:50 am and 10:00 am - 10:50 am
    Friday: 10:00 am - 10:50 am

    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
    Spring 2015
    Monday:  1:10 pm - 3:00 pm
    Wednesdsay:  11:00 am - 11:50 am
    Thursday:  2:40 pm - 3:30 pm

    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.