Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy Faculty Highlights
The faculty of
Incorporating more science than any other MPA, the program’s faculty work in a variety of fields in science. Hydrology instructor Dr. Tobias Siegfried is a research fellow at the Earth Institute and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SIPA. He investigates the problems of freshwater depletion and degradation in the context of demographic and economic development. His work is focused on regions where resources such as soil and water are scarce and where the implementation of efficient and sustainable management strategies is difficult due to inadequate economic, political, and institutional environments. Professor Siegfried's current work centers around Upstream-/Downstream conflicts in the Aral Sea Basin, Syr Darya River; the current and future water challenge of India; and groundwater markets in India.
A new addition to the science faculty is Professor Jason Smerdon, Doherty Associate Research Scientist in Lamont’s Division of Ocean and Climate Physics. He will also serve a four-year term as a Storke-Doherty Lecturer, working jointly with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. LDEO scientists observe Earth on a global scale, from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean. Professor Smerdon’s research focuses on global and hemispheric reconstructions of climate during the past several millennia. His research aims to test the precision and robustness of current climate reconstruction techniques.
Professor Kathy Callahan comes to the program with over 30 years of experience working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), having recently served as US EPA Deputy Regional Administrator for Region II (
Other professionals who are part of the MPA ESP faculty include Gail Suchman, an environmental lawyer and a national expert in environmental justice and Paula Wilson, an acknowledged expert health care financing and financial management, who has deep experience as a public and non profit chief financial officer (CFO). Professor Sara Tjossem teaches Earth Systems and Environmental Policy in the summer semester of the MPA program, Political Context of Public and Private Management in the fall, and teaches a workshop group during the spring Workshop in Applied Earth Systems Policy Analysis. According to Professor Tjossem, her “current research explores the development of The Nature Conservancy as the premier land conservation organization in the
Dr. Heikkila brings a strong background in water resource management, water policy, and decision-making analysis to CWC. Dr. Heikkila has published several papers in recent years on water management and operational decision-making. She co-authored the book Common Waters, Diverging Streams: Linking Institutions and Water Management in
In addition to his role as the Director of the MPA ESP program, Professor Steven Cohen is also the Executive Director of
Another new book by Professors Cohen, William Eimicke, and Tanya Heikkila, The Effective Public Manager (Jossey-Bass Publishers, September, 2008), is an update of what has become a fundamental resource for public administrators and students. This fourth edition synthesizes and comprehensively outlines the current mentality in the field and presents practical lessons and tools. The text is focused on aiding real-world managers and potential managers in more easily and directly meeting the demands of their jobs rather than working around governmental obstacles and constraints.
In early February, 2008, The New York Observer, in collaboration with
For a complete listing of the faculty and their current projects and academic interests, please see: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mpaenvironment/pages/faculty.html