My Service Work

In addition to serving on departmental committees, advising PhD and Master’s students, and performing related departmental duties, I am active in organizing colloquia and conferences, guest lecturing, participating in arctic working groups, and working on campus greening projects.

Click HERE for my working groups and HEREfor my greening work.

In my tenure at George Mason and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Miami of Ohio I have been excited to serve the campus and the greater community by giving guest lectures.

Not only do I like to go the extra mile but I also feel a strong commitment to making the fruits of higher education accessible to all.


Here is a partial list of guest lectures I have done:
-Featured Speaker: What "Lost" Cultures can Contribute to the Management of Our Planet. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC. George Mason University Managing Our Planet Series.

-Guest Lecturer: on the Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change, Osher Lifelong Learning, George Mason University

-Guest Lecturer: An Inconvenient Truth, Harris Theater, George Mason University

-Science and Society Seminar: Climate Change, Culture Change and Human Rights: Making a Case for Viliui Sakha of Northeastern Siberia, Russia, George Mason University

-Facilitator: Globalization & Gender: Faculty Development Day George Mason University

-Panel member: Discussion on Environmentalism George Mason University

-Speaker: Participation as Empowerment: Sustainable Communities Research. Miami University.

-Contemplating Future Sustainability in Post-Soviet Siberia, Environmental Science, Miami University.

-Russia’s Environment: History, Culture and Contemporary Issues, International Studies, Miami University.

In Fall 2005 I organized the GMU Environmental Science & Policy departmental seminar series, “Perspectives in Human Ecology,” with 6 guest lecturers speaking on various aspects of human-environment issues including:

  • October 11
    Forestalling Catastrophic Climate Change:  Our Generation's Task  
    Willett Kempton, Associate Professor, College of Marine Studies, and Senior Policy Scientist, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware
  • October 18
    Population and Development in Siberia and Northern Russia
    Timothy Heleniak, Faculty Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Maryland
  • October 25
    Bridging Human and Environmental Studies in the North: A Vision for International Polar Year 2007-2008
    Igor Krupnik, Smithsonian Institution
  • November 15
    The Search for a Past. The Prehistory of the Indigenous Saami in Northern Coastal Sweden
    Noel Broadbent, Smithsonian Institution
  • November 29
    Pipelines in Siberia: Debating Conservation, Development, and Heritage
    Kathy Metzo, UNC-Charlotte & Ellen Bielawski, UAlberta
  • November 29
    Diamonds on Dene Land: A Canadian Story
    Ellen Bielawski, University of Alberta, Edmonton

In Fall 2003 I organized colloquia and symposia for the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University including the Third Annual International Young Researcher’s Conference entitled, Russia in Global Context: Peoples, Policies, and Environments and a three-day film residency, Window to the North, by Russian filmmaker and ethnographer, Andrei Golovnev. To see a special issue of Polar Geogrpahy with most of the young researchers' papers, see 2003 Russia in the Circumpolar North. Polar Geography, 27(2).  

In fall 2002 I helped coordinate and actively direct a symposium through Miami University’s Institute of Environmental Science entitled “Russian Environmental Issues: Problems and Prospects.”