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Our goal at Unity College is to prepare the next generation of environmental professionals and leaders for the challenges ahead.
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Zach Falcon

Zach Falcon

Assistant Professor of Conservation Law and Environmental Policy/ Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection

Assistant Professor of Conservation Law and Environmental Policy
Phone: 207-509-7238
Email: zfalcon@unity.edu
Office: 210 Founders Hall South

Falcon served as Associate Director of the Writing Resource Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. As an attorney, Falcon served in the State of Alaska Department of Law, where he represented the state in civil litigation, administrative hearings, and permit appeals. Falcon was also an associate with Faulkner Banfield, PC, during which time he served as a public defender for the City and Borough of Juneau. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Falcon worked as an associate counsel for the Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. 

 

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The Unity College Honors Program offers an engaging challenge for academically talented and motivated students from all academic disciplines.
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Michele Leavitt

Michele Leavitt

Adjunct Instructor/ Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities

Unity College Michele Leavitt
Phone: 207-509-7399
Email: mleavitt@unity.edu

Academic Background

MFA, Creative Writing, Vermont College of Norwich University
MA, English Literature, Salem State College
JD, Suffolk University Law School
BA, History, Suffolk University

I am a writer who has taught composition, creative writing, literature and other courses at the college level for over twenty years, although I began my professional life as a trial attorney in 1981. After completing my M.A. in English Literature in 1989, a brief teaching experience convinced me that I preferred the classroom to the courtroom, and so I began to further prepare myself for a career in teaching and writing. While still maintaining my law practice, I completed an M.F.A. in creative writing at Vermont College in 1995, and turned to teaching as a full-time vocation.

My teaching experience ranges from composition courses at traditional American institutions, like the University of North Florida and the University of Idaho, to literature seminars at a Japanese institution, to creative workshops at a battered women’s shelter, to online and low-residency study programs at non-traditional institutions like Vermont College. Whether I meet my students face-to-face or online, my most important goal is to know them as fellow human beings first.

Here at Unity College, I have a number of roles: I'm married to our president, Stephen Mulkey, I serve on the editorial board of Unity's journal of creative sustainability, Hawk and Handsaw, and I work on public relations and development projects as a special assistant for college outreach. My poetry and prose are widely published and have won several awards; information about my most currently published work is available at www.michelejleavitt.com. And, finally, I blog about the people and events at Unity House, the president's residence.

 

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John Zavodny

John Zavodny

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

Dean of Academic Services
Phone: 207-509-7129
Email: jzavodny@unity.edu
Office: Founders Hall South, Office 209

Academic Background

PhD, University of Tennessee
MA, Cleveland State University
BA, David Lipscomb University

John Zavodny is Director of the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Unity College. From social-marketing to community music, John is an experienced facilitator of project-based learning courses. As Director of the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities, he works to maintain meaningful partnerships with Maine businesses and non-profits ranging from MOFGA to the Camden International Film Festival. John writes songs like "Who's Your Farmer?" in support of local agriculture and performs them at local food and community events with his band Dog Wants Out. He is a member of the WERU Community Radio Board of Directors and host of Mid-Coast Currents, a public affairs program focused on sustainability, arts, and social issues in mid-coast Maine. John lives with his wife Anna in a house they renovated in Belfast Maine.

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Womersley and his Sustainable Energy students work on the analysis of renewable energy and energy policy in general, in climate mitigation, and in local renewable energy planning.
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Mick Womersley

Mick Womersley

Professor of Human Ecology/ Center for Sustainability and Global Change

Unity College Professor Mick Womersley
Phone: 207-509-7259
Email: mwomersley@unity.edu
Office: Parsons Wing, Office 203

Academic Background

PhD, Policy Studies, University of Maryland
MS, Resource Conservation, University of Montana Forestry School
BA, Biology, University of Montana
ONC 2cr (AS eq), Aeronautical Engineering, Royal Air Force College Halton

Born in northern England, Mick served in the Royal Air Force from 1978-1985 as an aircraft technician and mountain rescue specialist. He guided in Montana for two years prior to attending the University of Montana for a biology degree and a master's in Resource Conservation from the Forestry School. He then went on to the University of Maryland Policy School, where he studied under Peter G. Brown, Herman Daly, Mark Sagoff, Steve Fetter, and Carmen Reinhart, among other important academics working in the nexus between sustainability, ethics, and economics. He graduated with distinctions in normative analysis and economics in the year 2002, following successful completion of a dissertation on American religiosity and climate science acceptance. After a short stint at the University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology, Mick came to Unity College to help develop the sustainability programs in the year 2000. He teaches classes in climate change, sustainability, economics, and energy. His current research interests are in wind power assessment and mapping. Each summer he runs a field program in wind measurements to support this work, using students as crew members. He is also the faculty advisor to the Unity College Search and Rescue Team, Resource Officer for Maine Search and Rescue, and co-editor of the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Association's annual journal "On the Hill."

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George Matula, Jr.

George Matula, Jr.

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

Unity College Associate Professor George Matula, Jr.
Phone: 207-509-7206
Email: gmatula@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall, Office 130

Academic Background

PhD, Forest Resources with Physiology minor, Pennsylvania State University
MS, Wildlife Management, Pennsylvania State University
BA, Biology, Elmhurst College Contact Information

George joined the Unity College faculty in August 2011 as Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology after serving with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) for 30 years. He joined MDIFW in 1981 as the Bear Study Leader where he defused a volatile situation between MDIFW and Maine’s bear hunters and guides; he also developed Maine’s current approach to bear research and management. In 1983 and 1984, George served as the Big Game Project Leader and was responsible for the administration, planning, and supervision of a broad range of big game research studies (deer, moose, bear, and turkey), and helped establish the current any-deer approach to deer management in Maine.

George assumed the position of Wildlife Research Supervisor in 1984, where he supervised a staff of 16 biologists and was involved in planning, coordinating, and managing the statewide wildlife research program. He played a major role in revising the species planning process including developing the nationally recognized management system approach to guide fish and wildlife management decisions. He was also instrumental in developing a more biologically and objectively based approach to the endangered and threatened species listing process and for integrating endangered, threatened, and nongame species management responsibilities throughout the fabric of the department.

In 2004, George became the Endangered Species Coordinator and Wildlife Planner. In that capacity he co-developed Maine’s Wildlife Action Plan, guided the department through a major revision of Maine’s list of endangered and threatened species and the delisting of the bald eagle, and was involved in several regional and national initiatives, including serving as Chair of the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee.

George holds a Ph.D. in Forest Resources and a M.S. degree in Wildlife Management from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in Biology from Elmhurst College in Illinois.

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Doug Fox, Center Director for Sustainability and Global Change, guides students through a class on permaculture and sustainable landscaping.
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Doug Fox

Doug Fox

Professor of Sustainable Agriculture / Director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change/ Center for Sustainability and Global Change

Unity College Professor Doug Fox
Phone: 207-509-7214
Email: dfox@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall, Office 102

Academic Background

MS, Forestry, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
BS, Forestry Management, University of Maine

I’m a broadly interested teacher/learner with an interest in sustainability that goes back at least to the oil shock of 1973, when my dad bought a moped, we installed a woodstove, and I built my first solar oven. In graduate school I studied both silviculture (i.e., how to grow forests) and the energy economics of harvesting wood for fuel. Following graduate school I spent a year learning carpentry from some green builder friends who were very patient with me! We built a large passive solar home in upstate New York that is a model of sustainability.

I have been teaching agriculture courses—from landscape horticulture to arboriculture to organic gardening to forestry—at Unity College since 1991. My passion is to help students realize a partnership with nature so that both can thrive.

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A minor in Applied Mathematics and Statistics will familiarize students with techniques and applications of mathematical modeling in fields of interest to them.
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Carrie Diaz Eaton

Carrie Diaz Eaton

Associate Professor of Mathematics/ Center for Biodiversity

Unity College Associate Professor Carrie Diaz Eaton
Phone: 207-509-7194
Email: ceaton@unity.edu
Office: Quimby Library, Office LL4

Academic Background

PhD, Mathematical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Tennessee
MS, Interdisciplinary Mathematics University of Maine
BS, Mathematics, Minor in Zoology University of Maine

Carrie Diaz Eaton's interest is in research and teaching in Mathematical Ecology.  Her undergraduate degree from University of Maine was in mathematics, with a minor in Zoology, and worked on models of neurons involved in the sensory whisker system of rats for her honors research.  During her Master's in Interdisciplinary Mathematics, she continued neuromodeling with applications to other mechanosensory systems in crickets. 

Carrie then went to the University of Tennessee to pursue a degree in Mathematical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology where she studied primarily differential equations, probability, modeling for mathematics, and ecology, evolution, population genetics, and speciation, for ecology.  Her research involves modeling how mutualistic interactions between species, such as plant-pollinator relationships, can affect the genetic profile of populations over time. 

Carrie also has a passion for teaching interdisciplinary mathematics and mathematics pedagogy (teaching best practices).  She developed a professional development program at the University of Tennessee in the Mathematics department to improve teaching practices in undergraduate classrooms, and she has taught and developed courses in Calculus for Life Sciences and Modeling Continuous Systems with Applications to Environmental and Life Science.  She stresses that to have a solid foundation in understanding your field, you need to understand the theory, theory that is developed with the language of mathematics.

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Marine Biology students are presently working with Emma Perry on important tardigrade research.
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Emma Perry

Emma Perry

Associate Professor of Marine Biology/ Center for Biodiversity

Unity College Associate Professor of Marine Biology Emma Perry
Phone: 207-509-7212
Email: ecreaser@unity.edu
Office: Koons Hall, Office 131

Academic Background

B Sc, Zoology, University of Exeter, Great Britain
Ph D, Biology, University of South Florida

Perry completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Exeter University, Britain, where she was born and raised. For her senior thesis, she studied habitat preference by the burrowing brittle star Acrocnida brachiata. After graduation, she moved to Tampa, Florida to do a Ph.D. on echinoderms with Dr. J. Lawrence and Dr. L. Robbins. She became interested in the process by which echinoderms, especially sand dollars, constructed their intricate three-dimensional skeletons. Since then, she has become more generally interested in the biology and systematics of lesser known marine invertebrates. At Unity College, Perry has been researching tardigrades with student participation.

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Koons Hall and the adjacent Thomashow Learning Labs form the College’s science hub.
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Ellen Batchelder

Ellen Batchelder

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology/ Center for Biodiversity

Unity College Assistant Professor Ellen Batchelder
Phone: 207-509-7268
Email: ebatchelder@unity.edu
Office: Thomashow Learning Laboratories, Office 105

Academic Background

Post-Doctorial Research, Institute Curie
PhD, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison BA,
Biology and Biochemistry, Brandeis University

A Maine native, I spent the last 15 years training in research cell biology in the Northeast and Midwest US, and internationally in France. I am now excited to return to my home and to the unique setting of Unity College, where combining my interests in biology, teaching, and living closer to nature isn’t wishful thinking but an accepted way of life. I enjoy the thrill of discovering the inner workings of the little machines we call cells. Most recently my discoveries have come from studying how cells from a small soil worm grow, divide, and move. At Unity College I am inspired to be working with colleagues to use this kind of basic science to illuminate broader environmental issues, by using these same nematodes as a model to understand how nematode pathogens interact with plants. When teaching, I aim to develop in students an appreciation and familiarity with biology at the cellular level, not only because cells are inherently fascinating, but because such knowledge provides the foundation for understanding the biology of organisms and informs concepts as varied as biofuel production and the effects of toxins on animal and human health. When I am not studying biology in the classroom or the lab, I enjoy observing it in action, being out of doors growing vegetables, identifying wildflowers, and hiking mountains.

 

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