Environmental Sciences + Humanities

The Center for Environmental Sciences and Humanities

(formerly known as the Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water)

CESH puts Bard’s dedication to the environment, science, and social change into practice to support the fair management of our shared natural resources. We solve problems using tools that span academic disciplines. We conduct quantitative research in the natural and social sciences, craft communication, participate in policy making, and bridge academic inquiry with community need. In doing our work, we strive to shift the understanding of “environment” to include humans and the urban ecosystem. And we recognize that real solutions to environmental issues must acknowledge the barriers that race, class, and gender inequities present to the cultural shifts required to make real change.

The contemporary environmental movement has not successfully addressed the key environmental issues that humanity is faced with. Continuing to maintain the environmental status quo will not allow us to adapt in the ways we must to negotiate climate change while also addressing long-term issues including hunger, poverty, and income disparity.


The Center for Environmental Sciences and Humanities includes faculty, staff, and students at Bard College as well as community members from throughout the New York Hudson Valley region.


Associate Professor
Environmental and Urban Studies and Biology Programs

Mikala L'Hote '21

Community Lab Technician

Community Sciences Lab
Center for Environmental Sciences and Humanities

Andrew Patterson

Community Sciences Lab Manager

Community Sciences Lab
Center for Environmental Sciences and Humanities

Brittney James

Executive Administrator

Community Sciences Lab
Center for Environmental Sciences and Humanities
Environmental Studies
Environmental and Urban Studies

Bri Alphonso-Gibbs


Angel Ramirez


Advisory Board

Lyford Paterson Edwards and
Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical Studies
Associate Professor of Biology
Associate Professor of History
Professor of Studio Arts
Associate Professor of Biology
Visiting Professor of the Center for Environmental Sciences and Humanities
Associate Professor of Biology
Visiting Associate Professor of Writing

EUS Steering Comittee

Associate Professor of Literature 
Visiting Professor of Physics and Environmental and Urban Studies
Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental and Urban Studies
Assistant Professor of Architectural History 
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental and Urban Studies


Our research relies on collaborations with community members, including natural, social, and citizen scientists; artists; regulatory agency representatives; municipal leaders; NGO staff members; and generous funders. These collaborators reside and work in communities and academic institutions in the water-rich Hudson Valley, the people-rich New York City area, and other areas across the United States and around the world.


The following generous donors and foundations have made this research possible:

Janet Holden Adams Fund, NASA, Hudson River Foundation, Brinson Foundation, Eppley Foundation, New York State Environmental Protection Fund, NYSERDA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bard College Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences Program, Bard College Sustainability Council, Bard College Experimental Humanities Program, and the Red Hook Conservation Advisory Council.

Project Partners