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Geologists graduating from the Unity EES program are extensively trained to interpret the physical landscape, conduct a variety of field-oriented tasks and lab work, perform quantitative analyses on field data, and share the results of their work with outside audiences.
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Dr. Kevin Spigel

Dr. Kevin Spigel

Professor of Geoscience / Director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change/ Center for Sustainability and Global Change

Dr. Kevin Spigel, Professor of Geoscience / Director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change
Phone: 207-509-7215
Email: kspigel@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall, Office 115

Academic Background

PhD, Physical Geography, University of Wisconsin Madison
MS, Physical Geography, University of Wisconsin Madison
BS, Environmental Science, University of Buffalo

Kevin was born in Minnesota and after a year living in the land of 10,000 lakes moved to a small town in western New York situated in the lake effect snowbelt. The abundance of snow and surrounding mountains provided a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities including skiing and mountain biking. After graduating from high school, Kevin attended the University of Buffalo where he received degrees in Environmental Science and Physical Geography. As an undergraduate student, Kevin worked closely with his mentor as an undergraduate research assistant on two separate projects: (1) bedload transport in high shear stress environments, and (2) bedload transport under laminar flow conditions with and without simulated rainfall. These research opportunities helped shift Kevin’s career path from ski-bum to academia.

After graduating from college, Kevin attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physical Geography. Kevin also obtained a minor in Small Watershed Design and Engineering. For his M.S. work, Kevin was hired by the Forest Service as a Hydrologic Technician and spent two summers working in Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and Colorado studying the effects of wildfire on hillslope erosion. Part of this work also focused on using computer models to predict postfire erosion rates as well assess the effectiveness of different treatment/rehabilitation methods. For his Ph.D. work, Kevin expanded his interests in hillslope hydrology to include larger basins and longer time scales and began studying lake sediment cores as archives of environmental change. By studying fossil pollen, charcoal, environmental magnetics, and organic matter content Kevin was able to reconstruct environmental patterns in southern Wisconsin extending back to ~14,000 years. Lake sediment research forms the foundation for much of his current research.

At Unity College, Kevin teaches a variety of courses in the Geosciences and strives to uphold his teaching philosophy of “Learn by Doing”. In all of his courses, Kevin blends theory with application in an effort to provide students with the field, lab, and research skills needed to succeed in the real world. All of his courses have lab components to immerse students in more detail related to topics of study. Kevin emphasizes the use of quantitative analysis and widespread use of technology (computer models, GIS, data-logging) in his courses. Research opportunities in the Geosciences abound for students at Unity College. In many courses, especially upper level courses, students participate in class research projects that include studying hillslope erosion on campus and also studying the effects of precipitation on streamflow and groundwater levels. Students also participate with faculty-sponsored research outside of class on the many facets of lake sediment analysis.

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Benjamin Potter

Benjamin Potter

Professor of Art / Director of the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities/ Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities

Unity College Professor Benjamin Potter, Director of the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities
Phone: 207-509-7239
Email: bpotter@unity.edu
Office: Founders Hall South, Office 100

Academic Background

MFA, California College of the Arts
BA, Williams College

Ben Potter grew up in Sewanee TN, and both of his parents are teachers. He attended Williams College, where he double-majored in Fine Art and Biology. He also spent substantial time on the whitewater rivers of the Northeast.

After an internship with the New York Zoological Society on St. Catherine’s Island in Georgia, he decided to pursue a degree in art at the California College of the Arts in Oakland CA. After this MFA, he taught college courses in Vermont and Wisconsin before landing at Unity.

He lives in Belfast with his wife and three children, and can see the ocean in the wintertime from his house.

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Dr. Brent Bibles

Dr. Brent Bibles

Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology / Director of the Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection/ Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection

Dr. Brent Bibles - Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology  / Director of the Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection Unity College
Phone: 207-509-7125
Email: bbibles@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall, Office 132

Academic Background

PhD, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, University of Arizona, 1999
MS, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, University of Arizona, 1992
BS, Fisheries and Wildlife, Utah State University, 1987

Brent Bibles arrived at Unity College in Fall 2011. He has been involved in the wildlife management profession since beginning undergraduate study at Utah State University during the 1980’s. He received his Bachelor’s in Fisheries and Wildlife from USU in 1987 and went on to receive a Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He has worked for state wildlife and federal land management agencies, as well as taught and conducted research at universities. Brent is an ornithologist with a particular interest in raptors. He has worked with several threatened or endangered species, most recently Mexican Spotted Owls and black-footed ferrets.

Brent believes in a constructivist approach to teaching and works at delivering courses using question-driven instruction. Brent’s research interests involve the influence of habitat selection and quality on population demographics, the conservation ecology of small populations, and use of methods to quantify demographic parameters with rare or hard to detect species. He currently is working with a graduate student examining the influence of habitat features on occupancy of territories by Mexican Spotted Owls in Utah. Among several projects that he is involved with on Guana Island, British Virgin Islands, Brent is looking at ways to improve population estimates of the highly endangered stout iguana.

Brent enjoys being active outdoors. He is an avid cyclist, both road and mountain, and loves to canoe, backpack, hunt and fish. He is also into historical re-enactment with a persona of a French trader en derouine of the 1750’s.

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