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Martin SchoonenMartin Schoonen
Martin Schoonen is a Professor of Geochemistry for Stony Brook's Center for Environmental Molecular Sciences. He received his Ph.D at Pennsylvania State University and joined Stony Brook in 1989. His academic interests include environmental chemistry, groundwater chemistry, geochemistry and astrobiology. Dean Schoonen's research group is currently working on three major projects: heterogeneous catalysis involving mineral surfaces; surface chemistry of iron sulfides; and the hydrogeochemistry of Long Island. He has also been the lead author of numerous articles in respected academic journals. Along with his studies in the Central Pine Barrens of Eastern Long Island, Schoonen has supervised a number of research projects of the Long Island aquifer system.

Website: pyrite.geo.stonybrook.edu

Ginny ClancyGinny Clancy
Program Coordinator
Ginny Clancy has 20 years of experience at Stony Brook University, including 10 years of administrative support in the Office of the President. She has been involved in planning many of the special events and conferences that have been hosted at the Southampton campus. Ginny received her Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, as well as her Masters degree in Liberal Studies at Stony Brook University.


Faculty Bios

Kate AubrechtKatherine Aubrecht
Assistant Professor

Katherine Aubrecht teaches Chemistry and Environmental Studies courses at Stony Brook Southampton. Before coming to Southampton, she held faculty positions at Saint Anselm College and the College of the Holy Cross. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cornell University. Her research interests include biodegradable and biorenewable polymers, block copolymers, and environmentally benign synthetic methodology.


Arlene CassidyArlene Kons Cassidy
Arlene Kons Cassidy received her bachelor's degree in Applied and Theoretical Mathematics and a master's degree in Economics from Stony Brook. She completed her Ph.D. in Administration/Management with a concentration in Economics and Mathematics at Walden University. Dr. Cassidy has several years experience teaching a variety of economics, mathematics and business courses for undergraduate as well as graduate students. She has mentored Ph.D. students and has worked as a consultant in varied research design and statistical analysis projects. She has also served on several committees involving academic evaluation and program development, organized and chaired student activities and worked with student advisement. Through her years in education, she has received several awards from students, educational institutions and the community.


Heather Dune MacadamHeather Dune Macadam
Heather Dune Macadam taught creative writing at Savannah College of Art and Design and holds her MFA from Southampton Graduate Campus. Her novel, The Weeping Buddha was a finalist for the Nero Wolfe Awards and is still receving national attention. Her first book, Rena's Promise - A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz, was nominated for a National Book Award and received international acclaim as it was translated into a number of languages. Ms. Macadam has been published by The New York Times, The Advocate, and Racing Home: New Stories by Award-Winning North Carolina Writers, where one reviewer remarked she writes like "an archangel with an avenging pen." You can also hear her quirky perceptions on life and teaching on NPR's All Things Considered, where she is a "semi-regular" commentator.


R. Marc FasanellaR. Marc Fasanella
Holding a Ph.D. from New York University, Marc Fasanella has been a professor of Art and Design for nearly 20 years. Originally trained as an Art and Industrial Arts teacher during his youth, he apprenticed himself to the trades of carpentry, landscaping and stone masonry. He has produced independent work as an architectural consultant, curator, graphic designer, publisher and woodworker. Fasanella is the author of a series of articles on the design and construction of Jones Beach State Park, the subject of his Ph.D. thesis. The recipient of a Long Island University Trustees Award for Scholarly Achievement for his writing and design in the spirit of 19th century luminary William Morris, Fasanella is now coordinating the Avram Gallery on campus in addition to his teaching responsibilities at Stony Brook Southampton.


Christopher GoblerDonovan Finn
Visiting Assistant Professor
Donovan Finn teaches courses in urban planning, urban policy and environmental design. He earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been an adjunct professor at Hunter College (CUNY), Milano: The New School for Management and Urban Policy, and Parsons: The New School for Design. He has been a community planner in East St. Louis, IL; worked extensively on growth management and sustainable development policy in the Chicago region, and is currently engaged in a number of community-based planning projects in Queens, NY. His current research focuses on the intersections of urban sustainability, local environmental policy and community-based planning.

James HoffmannJames Hoffmann

Jim Hoffmann will teach Biology and Ecology for Stony Brook Southampton, having received a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Wisconsin, and a B.Sc. in Marine Biology from Cornell University. He previously served as Director of the Integrated Biological Sciences Program at the University of Vermont, where he also taught. His research has included evolutionary computation applied to modeling complex biological systems.


Shopon MollahShopon Mollah
Shopon Mollah teaches Biology at Stony Brook Southampton. He previously was Assistant Professor at Yeshiva University and a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He earned his B.A. in Biology at Illinois Wesleyan University and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Notre Dame. Having authored numerous academic publications, Dr. Mollah's research interests include: the regulating of gene expression by macromolecular associations, microRNA silencing systems, designing and modeling three-dimensional protein structures, and the evolution of protein structures and functions.


Elizabeth NewmanElizabeth Terese Newman
Assistant Professor
Ms. Newman teaches environmental humanities, anthropology and archaeology at Stony Brook Southampton. Previously, she taught for the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico and Connecticut College. She has also worked for the National Park Service and the Boston Museum of Science. She received a BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University. Dr. Newman’s research interests include Environmental Archaeology with a specialty in Zooarchaeology and Mesoamerican Historical Archaeology. Currently, she is directing an interdisciplinary research project that examines the social and cultural origins of revolution in Puebla, Mexico.


James QuigleyJames Quigley
James Quigley instructs both environmental planning and political science courses at Stony Brook Southampton, including Prospects for Planet Earth, Urban Settlements, Population Technology and the Environment, American Environmental Politics and American Government. Quigley served as Director of the Canter for Sustainable Energy at Bronx Community College, CUNY from 2003 to 2007, and Director of the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability from 1998 to 2002. He also taught environmental studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey and Portland State University in Oregon. During the 1990s he worked as a researcher at the Center for the Biology of Natural System headed by the ecologist Barry Commoner. Quigley earned his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.


Alan RiceAlan Rice

Alan Rice teaches Chemistry, Physics and Mineral Resources. He has previously worked as a researcher with the American Museum of Natural History and as an instructor with the City University of New York. He
earned a B.S., M.S. and doctorate from Columbia University in Engineering
and Applied Physics and Mathematics. His work has included researching nuclear waste removal, oceanography, geophysics and seismic reflection
and refraction at sea.


Michael SperazzaMichael Sperazza

Michael Sperazza teaches classes in Environmental Studies, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Geography, Geology, and Physical Anthropology. He earned a Ph.D. in Geology and a master’s in Physical Anthropology from the University of Montana. He has taught at the University of Montana and MCC-Maple Woods in Kansas City, where he was the department chair. His current research interests have focused on paleoclimatic reconstructions, understanding the driving forces of past climate change, and the analytical evaluation of the methods used to measure these data. Additionally, he is interested in the morphologic changes of early hominids and role climate has played on these evolutionary adaptations.


Affiliated Faculty Bios

Nay HtunNay Htun
Research Professor

Dr. Nay Htun was formerly U.N. Assistant Secretary General with the United Nations Development Program in charge of the Asia Pacific Bureau and the United Nations Environment Program. He established the Industry and Environment Office in Paris, was in charge of Asia Pacific and served as its Deputy Executive Director. He helped organize the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Geneva, the preparation of Agenda 21 and the Earth Summit at Rio. He graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, where he a Fellow and Visiting Professor. He is also Visiting Professor and Senior Advisor Asia Pacific, Lund University Sweden, and Honorary Professor Tongji University, Shanghai, China.


Alexander RetakhAlexander Retakh

Alexander Retakh formerly taught at the University of Texas at Arlington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and, as a Visiting Professor, Stony Brook University. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale and B.A. in Mathematics summa cum laude from New York University. An expert in Representation Theory and Noncommutative Algebra, Dr. Retakh has had his work published in numerous academic journals and has spoken at several universities and conferences.


Tara Rider
Adjunct Professor
Ms. Rider is completing her Ph.D. in History at Stony Brook University and is a graduate of Southampton College, where she studied Marine Science. She has taught Long Island History and Maritime History. With a subspecialty in Women and the Seas, she has written about the role of female pirates in history.

Jennifer VanBruinisse
Adjunct Professor

Jennifer VanBruinisse, LEED AP got her architectural degree from The Cooper Union and worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), and Peter Marino Architects. While studying at the Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, she provided technical assistance in planning, architecture, and community development to NYC environmental and non profit groups. Jennifer then joined Chaleff & Rogers, Architects.


Julia ViroJulia Viro
Julia Viro teaches Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook Southampton. She earned her degree in Mathematics and Education from Leningrad State University in Russia and received her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the Steklov Mathematical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Viro taught a variety of pure and applied mathematics courses as a senior lecturer at Uppsala University, Sweden and visiting at Stony Brook University. She is a specialist in low-dimensional topology. Her research interests include link theory in the projective space and enumerative problems of the knot theory and real algebraic geometry.