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Career Tracks

In preparation for employment and graduate school, the following career tracks can be pursued through major electives, internships, the capstone research thesis course, a minor or second major (up to two courses can be double-counted toward a minor or second major), and advice from the Alumni Career Advisory Board members listed below, who are engaged in successful environmental careers and are available to answer your questions (students should email the appropriate member).

You are encouraged to join the area Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities Student Network to receive emails about the annual environmental careers fair and other professional events.

Environmental Law

Recommended minor or second major: Political Science (major, minor) and/or Peace and Justice Studies (minor, environmental justice focus). Pre-Law Program (exceptional students in this program may apply to enter Fordham's School of Law in their senior year). Additional resources: Fordham Environmental Law Review; Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.

Career Advisors
John Cahill
Fordham University, Class of 1981.
Commissioner, NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (1997-2000).
Contact information: JCahill@chadbourne.com
Pace University School of Law; JD 1985, LLM 1991 Environmental Law.
Principal, The Pataki Cahill Group.
Counsel, Chadbourne & Parke LLP.
General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation, 1995-1997.
Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of the State of New York, 2000-2001.
Secretary/Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of New York, 2001-2006.
Board Member: Open Space Institute, Adirondack Council, New York League of Conservation Voters.

Kelsey Ripper
Fordham University, Class of 2008.
Fordham Law School, JD, Class of 2013.
President, Fordham Law School's Environmental Law Advocates.
Legal Intern, New York City Council, Infrastructure Division.
Symposium Editor, Fordham Environmental Law Review
Contact: KelseyRipper@gmail.com

Environmental Politics, Government and Regulation

Recommended minor or second major: Political Science (major, minor) and/or Peace and Justice Studies (minor, environmental justice focus)

Devin Gladden
Fordham University, Class of 2009.
Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science, Class of 2012.
Paralegal, US Dept. of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, 2009-11.
Study Abroad, Tanzania, Environmental Science and Policy, 2008.
Udall Scholarship on the Environment, 2008.
Contact: devin.gladden@gmail.com

Thomas Zellers
Fordham University, Class of 2010.
MS in Water Science and Governance, King's College London.
Program Associate, Environment America.
Study Abroad, South Vietnam, Environmental Science and Policy, 2009.
Founding Member, Fordham Students for Environmental Awareness and Justice (SEAJ).
Contact: tkzellers@gmail.com

Sustainable Business and Environmental Economics

Recommended minor or second major: Business Administration or Economics.

Michael Noel
Fordham University, Class of 2010.
Sustainability Marketing Specialist, Clackamas Community College.
Market Research & Strategy, J. Ottman Consulting
Analyst, Futerra
Contact: mikenoel88@gmail.com

Sharon Livesey
Gabelli School of Business
Faculty, Environmental Studies
Website
Contact: livesey@fordham.edu

Environmental Design (Architecture, Urban Planning)

Maggie Best
Fordham University, Class of 2009.
Masters in Urban Planning, University of Buffalo, Class of 2013.
Contact: mkbest716@gmail.com

Colin Cathcart
Principal, Kiss + Cathcart, Architects
Faculty, Environmental Studies
Website
Contact: c.cathcart@kisscathcart.com

Conservation Biology

Recommended minor or second major: Biological Sciences

Alan Clark
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences; Director, Graduate Certificate Program in Conservation Biology
Website
Contact: jaclark@fordham.edu

Erin Keefe
Fordham University, Class of 2002.
MSc, Fordham University, 2006.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine., Kansas State University, 2011.
Veterinarian, McClelland Small Animal Hospital, 2011-
Contact: erin_m_keefe@hotmail.com

David Burney
Director of Conservation,
National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hawaii.
Former Fordham Professor of Biology and Associate Director of Environmental Studies.
Contact: dburney@ntbg.org

Jason Aloisio
Fordham University, Class of 2014.
Urban Ecologist, Doctoral Student, Biological Sciences.
Contact: jason.aloisio@gmail.com

Environmental Organizations

Recommended minor or second major: Communications and Media (major, minor) and/or Peace and Justice Studies (minor, environmental justice focus)

Teresa Crimmens
Fordham University, Class of 2002.
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, 2003.
Ecology Director, Bronx River Alliance, 2004-2009.
Director, Trail Operations, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, California, 2010-2011.
Director, Tahoe Resource Conservation District, Truckee Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, 2012.
Contact: tcrimmens@tahoercd.org

Parks, Recreation, and Public Land Management

Recommended minor or second major: Communications and Media, Biological Sciences, or Political Science (major, minor) and/or Peace and Justice Studies (minor, environmental justice focus)

Liam Strain
Fordham University, Class of 2003.
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, 2007.
District Ranger, Manhattan Sites, National Park Service.
Assistant to the Commissioner, National Parks of New York Harbor, National Park Service.
Park Ranger, Gateway National Recreation Area, Queens, NY.
National Park Service: Summer jobs, Jobs for Students.
Contact: liam_strain@nps.gov

Organic Agriculture and Food Security

Recommended minor or second major: Anthropology or Biological Sciences

Patrick Farmer
Fordham University, Class of 2005.
Master of Divinity, Boston College.
Organic Farmer/Teacher, The Farm School, Massachusetts.
Contact: farmerfive@yahoo.com

Natalie Colao
Fordham University, Class of 2009.
Hunter College, Master of Arts in Anthropology (Organic Farming and Sustainability), Class of 2013.
Catskills Organic Farm, NY, Delancey Land Development.
Contact: natalie.colao@gmail.com

Environmental Education (K-12)

Recommendations: second major in K-12 subject (history, literature); accelerated teacher certification program; 5-Year Integrated Bachelor's and Master's Teacher Education Track leading to Master of Science in Teaching and New York State teacher certification.

Taygan Yilmaz
Fordham University, Class of 2004.
Master of Public Health, Dartmouth College, 2008.
Master of Education, Lesley University, Class of 2013.
Contact: taygan.yilmaz@gmail.com

Dave Griffin
Fordham University, Class of 1981.
Science Teacher, Collegiate Institute for Math and Science, Bronx, NY City School System.
Lab Analyst, EPA Contract Lab, 1985-1998.
Scientist, Arcadis, 1988-1993.
Contact: davegriffin242@gmail.com

Environmental Communications

Recommended minor or second major: Communications and Media Studies, English, or Computer and Information Science

Robin Andersen
Professor, Communications and Media Studies
Faculty, Environmental Studies
Website
Contact: andersen@fordham.edu

Garrett Broad
Professor, Communications and Media Studies
Faculty, Environmental Studies

Medicine, Public Health and Nutrition

Recommended minor or second major: Biological Sciences, International Humanitarian Affairs, or Bioethics; Pre-Health Professions Program at Rose Hill or the Pre-Health Professions Program at Lincoln Center.

Jeremy Aiss
Fordham University, Class of 2008.
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, New York Medical College, 2011.
Contact: jeremy.aiss@gmail.com

Jane Wynne
Fordham University, Class of 2014.
Master of Science in Public Health, Hunter College, 2017.
Contact: jmwynne@gmail.com

Taygan Yimaz
Fordham University, Class of 2004.
Master of Public Health, Dartmouth College, 2008.
Contact: taygan.yilmaz@gmail.com

Environmental Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Recommended minor or second major: Philosophy or Theology (major, minor), and/or Peace and Justice Studies (minor, environmental justice focus).

John van Buren
Professor, Philosophy
Faculty, Environmental Studies
Website
Contact: evanburen@fordham.edu

Environmental History and American Studies

Recommended minor or second major: History or American Studies

Steven Stoll
Assoc. Professor, History
Faculty, Environmental Studies
Website
Contact: stoll@fordham.edu

Environmental Art and Literature

Recommended minor or second major: Art History, Visual Arts, English, or Comparative Literature

Jo Anna Isaak
Professor, Art History
Faculty, Environmental Studies
Website
Contact: jisaak@fordham.edu

Maria Farland
Assoc. Professor, English
Faculty, Environmental Studies
Website
Contact: farland@fordham.edu

Sustainable Development (Developing Countries)

Recommended minor or second major: International Humanitarian Affairs. Or second major in International Political Economy, International Studies, or Economics.

Darryl McLeod
Associate Professor, Economics
Faculty, Environmental Studies
Website
Contact: mcleod@fordham.edu

Marc Conte
Assistant Professor, Economics
Faculty, Environmental Studies
Website
Contact: mconte7@fordham.edu