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Sustainability Studies Faculty

 Professor Michael Bryson

Michael Bryson, Associate Professor of Humanities and Director, Sustainability Studies Program 

Co-founder of the Sustainability Studies program and author of Visions of the Land: Science, Literature, and the American Environment from the Era of Exploration to the Age of Ecology (University of Virginia Press, 2002), Bryson has taught environment-focused interdisciplinary seminars in the humanities and natural sciences at Roosevelt since 1996. Interests: urban ecology and biodiversity, water, nature writing, environmental history, Chicago.


Suhail Barot, Visiting Instructor of Sustainability Studies

An educator with masters degrees from theUniversity of Illinois in electrical engineering and natural resources and environmental science, Mr. Barot was an influential leader as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Illinois. During his time there he co-authored the University's Illinois Climate Action Plan and chaired the Student Sustainability Committee. Interests: waste and recycling, alternative energy, energy conservation, and green building design.

 Greg Buckley

Gregory Buckley, Associate Professor of Natural Science, and Interim Dean, Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies

Buckley's expertise is in paleontology and geology. He has taught interdisciplinary science seminars at Roosevelt since 1994 and his extensive research on fossil crocodile species in Madagascar has been widely published. Interests: Paleo-ecology, biodiversity, Madagascar, national parklands.

 Adjunct Professor Maris Cooke

Maris Cooke, Adjunct Professor of Natural Science

Cooke is a long-time instructor in the College of Professional Studies who has created cutting-edge service learning opportunities for students in her natural science seminars. In past years, her students have developed a “green” plan for the Schaumburg campus; recently, she was awarded a service-learning grant from the McCormick-Tribune foundation to have her students develop a website for and contribute labor to the Chicago Avenue Community Garden, an urban farm at Cabrini-Green. Interests: biodiversity, wildlife conservation, sustainable agriculture, urban farming.


Vicki Gerberich, Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Studies

, Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Studies

A professional health educator and nutritionist with masters degrees in geography & natural resources (Southern Illinois University) and nutrition therapy (Nutrition Theraphy Institute of Colorado). Ms. Gerberich previously has taught geography at Southern Illinois University and at Red Rocks Community College in Colorado. She also worked as a GIS and environmental planner for FEMA and NOAA, and as an environmental planner for the Will County Forest Preserve. Interests: food production and consumption, environmental and conservation planning.

 Michele Hoffman

Michele Hoffman-Trotter, Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Studies

A certified scuba instructor and cave diver, Hoffman combines expertise in environmental law and policy with an extensive science background. She earned a JD from DePaul University and a master's in marine science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and has worked at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Interests: environmental law, marine biology, oceanography, scuba diving, photography.


D. Bradford Hunt, Associate Professor of Social Science and History

Co-founder of the Sustainability Studies program and author of Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Planning Chicago (American Planning Association, 2013) with Jon B. DeVries, Hunt has taught at Roosevelt since 2000. Interests: public housing, city planning, urban history, and urban policy.

 Carla Jones

Carla Jones, Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Studies

An oceanographer with a PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Jones' doctoral research focused on finding new drugs from cyanobacteria in the ocean. During her postdoctoral stint at the University of California, San Diego, she worked on metabolic engineering of microalgae for production of therapeutic proteins. Jones was also involved in undergraduate education related to the field of biofuels. Her love for the ocean and the beauty of nature has led her to use her scientific background to educate people on environmental sustainability. Interests: ocean sustainability, human health, community-wide scientific literacy, and energy and the environment.

 Professor Julian Kerbis

Julian Kerbis Peterhans, Professor of Natural Science

A researcher and curator with the Field Museum's zoology division and a College of Professional Studies faculty since 1995, Kerbis Peterhans has done extensive field research on large and small mammals in Africa (including the famed Man-eating Lions of Tsavo) and published his work widely in international journals. Interests: taxonomy and evolution of mammals, biodiversity, conservation, museum studies.


 David Morley, Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Studies

An urban planner and zoning expert, David Morley, AICP, is the American Planning Association’s Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Coordinator, co-editor of Zoning Practice, and host of Tuesdays at APA–Chicago. Since 2007, Mr. Morley has written numerous case studies and articles for APA publications and more than 500 advisory briefs for PAS subscribers summarizing best practices and contemporary trends in planning practice. Interests: sustainable land use, alternative transportation, healthy communities, and development regulations.

 Dudley Onderdonk

Dudley Onderdonk, Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Studies

A planning professional and published author with over 35 years experience in urban planning, community and economic development, Dudley Onderdonk, OAICP, is an LEED Green Associate with advanced degrees in urban planning and environmental science. His career includes managing Community Development departments in suburban Chicago including Park Forest, Oak Park and Gurnee. In addition, he served as a planner in Scottsdale, AZ and Los Angeles, CA. Interests: sustainability, growth management, and urban redevelopment.

 Carl Zimring

Carl A. Zimring

Co-founder of the Sustainability Studies program, Zimring is now Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York, where he direct's Pratt's Sustainability Studies program.  He is the author of Cash for Your Trash: Scrap Recycling in America (Rutgers University Press, 2005), Zimring taught in the history and environmental studies programs at Oberlin College for four years before joining the College of Professional Studies faculty in 2008.