Michael H. Simpson (MS, MA)

Department of Environmental Studies

Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience

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Highest Degree

MS, Antioch University New England

Other Degrees & Credentials

MA, Liberal Studies: Science Emphasis. Dartmouth College
BA, Biology and Philosophy. Denison University

Areas of Expertise

climate change, watershed management, wetlands ecology, energy and materials sustainability


I do believe that an effective resource manager needs to combine theory, skills and reflection to achieve any sustainable solution for the environmental problems that they must face.

A necessary component of my teaching is to show by example. To be an effective teacher, I must be an effective practitioner. I then can use my ongoing working experience to temper and ground the theory.

Such a dose of reality in my courses spans the spectrum from identifying and framing an environmental problem to developing a viable solution. Not only does such a solution need to be technically feasible, but it also must be environmentally sound, economically wise, and politically acceptable.

Teaching/Research Domains:

Even in my administrative role as Chair, I continue to teach course in wetlands ecology, environmental assessment techniques and energy & materials management within the RMC and ESMS degree programs. I also teach the department-wide course in Climate Change: Resilience, Adaptation & Mitigation, as well as the department’s foundation course Political Economy & Sustainability.