Faculty, Staff, and Fellows
Director, Middlebury School of the Environment
Steve Trombulak is the director of the Middlebury School of the Environment. He holds the Professorship of Environmental and Biosphere Studies at Middlebury College, where he has been on the faculty since 1985. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of conservation biology, environmental science, and natural history. He is the author or editor of several articles and books, including The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History and, most recently, Landscape-scale Conservation Planning. He is one of the founders of the Ghana Antelope Project, a non-profit organization working to promote community-scale captive-rearing of native antelope in Ghana, West Africa, for the conservation of both cultural heritage and wildlife, as well as science education in local public schools. He is a founding member of the Natural History Network and is the editor of its Journal of Natural History Education and Experience. Over the last 30 years he has participated in numerous conservation organizations and initiatives, including the Biodiversity Working Group of the Northern Forest Lands Council; the Vermont Biodiversity Project; the Board of Governors for the Society for Conservation Biology; and Two Countries, One Forest, a confederation of conservation organizations dedicated to landscape-scale conservation planning in the Northern Appalachian region of the U.S. and Canada.
His greatest passions, however, are directed toward his teaching. At Middlebury College he teaches Conservation Biology, Natural Science and the Environment, Vertebrate Natural History, and the Environmental Studies senior seminar; he also teaches MiddCORE, Middlebury’s mentor-driven experiential learning program. He has served as both director of Middlebury’s Environmental Studies Program and the chair of its Biology Department.
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Video: Meet Cat Ashcraft
Catherine (“Cat”) Ashcraft is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Middlebury College, specializing in international environmental governance, negotiation, and dispute resolution, particularly as relates to water. Having worked as a mediator and helped facilitate international water dialogues, Cat combines teaching environmental science and policy with learning about applied negotiation theory and skills needed to solve environmental problems. Cat has conducted extensive field research in Europe and Africa. Cat is the author of several negotiation simulations, including Indopotamia: Negotiating boundary-crossing water conflicts, used for teaching water diplomacy concepts and skills, and co-author of How to Reach Fairer and More Sustainable Agreements in Negotiate, published by IUCN. Her Ph.D. research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on adaptive governance of international river basins. Cat has received prestigious grants and fellowships in support of her research, including the MIT Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability Fellowship, the Joseph L. Fisher Dissertation Fellowship from Resources for the Future, and a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Program on Negotiation. Cat holds a Master’s in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Video: Meet Gregory Rosenthal
Gregory Rosenthal specializes in global environmental history with a focus on migrant labor, indigenous peoples, and human-environment relations in historical perspective. At the State University of New York at Stony Brook, his Ph.D. research examines the history of Native Hawaiian migrant labor in the nineteenth-century global economy. He has published in Environmental History and World History Bulletin and received grants and fellowships from the American Historical Association, the Huntington Library, and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. In college, Gregory studied traditional Chinese music and indigenous ethnomusicology (and even attended Middlebury's Chinese Language School!). He holds a Masters degree in Public History from the State University of New York at Albany and formerly served as Education Coordinator at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in upstate New York. He also previously worked as a Park Ranger in New York City, and when not at Middlebury, Gregory continues to lead historic walking tours of Manhattan's streets while also enjoying hiking, birding, swimming, and clamming in the city's urban forests and coastal waters.
Sandra A. Bonomo
Coordinator, School of the Environment
Middlebury Language Schools Budget and Personnel Coordinator
Sandy first came to Middlebury in 1986 as coordinator of the summer Italian School and the academic year department of Spanish and Italian. In 2003, she assisted in the launching of the Portuguese School and has served as its coordinator ever since. She also serves as the Budget and Personnel Coordinator for all of the summer Language Schools and Graduate programs. She is excited to be a part of the fledgling School of the Environment and is looking forward to helping Middlebury bring its academic year focus on sustainability issues to the forefront of environmental education during the summer session.
Sandy is an avid quilter, was recently certified as a Studio 180 Design teacher, and enjoys kayaking and biking.
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During the session we will be joined by several guests who will contribute to our curricular offerings through workshops, lectures, and small-group discussions about their work as environmental practitioners. Through the participation of these Fellows, students at the School of the Environment will be exposed to a much larger range of skills and subjects than might be apparent from just the names of the formal classes offered by the School. And importantly, Fellows will share with students their own experiences with developing and using leadership skills to make positive change in the world.
As a Fellow with the School of the Environment, Martin Bridge has accepted a commission to paint an original piece to commemorate the inaugural session of the School. This image will be used on the School’s t-shirt (a tradition that I hope will continue with future artists-in-residence in the coming years), and the original will be placed on display at Middlebury College. Martin will also present an installation lecture, during which he will talk not only about the commissioned piece itself but about how it contributes to his larger exploration of arts and the environment.
Martin Bridge brings to this subject a diverse set of skills and world views that transcends traditional approaches to studies of art and the environment. He is a painter, sculptor, musician, architect, landscape designer, and mycologist … all of which both inform his practices and come together to create a more integrative reflection of the arts than any one practice alone could do. More than anyone else working in this area today, Martin Bridge lives his art, and his art comes alive (often literally) through him.