Affiliate Faculty

Students: ESP Affiliate Faculty are approved to sit on thesis and dissertation committees as an external committee member however, all committees must have at least one core faculty member in the committee (who are also often the chair of the committee).

The following individuals are affiliated with the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in that they might serve on thesis and dissertation committees (note that a CV is required for all outside committee members), engage in ongoing research with our graduate students, or assist in some other non-teaching capacity. They are not to be confused with University Affiliate Faculty. For a detailed explanation on the difference between University Affiliate Faculty and Affiliate Faculty, please visit


      1. Please note that Mason does not allow an individual to be an Adjunct Faculty and Affiliate Faculty member concurrently.
      2. The ESP department strives to maintain the most current list of Affiliate Faculty and their contact email addresses, but Affiliate Faculty are appointed on an annual basis, and must renew each year to maintain their affiliation with the department.
      3. If you need to correct any information on this list, please send an email directly to the ESP webmaster.
      4. Names in Red – new affiliates awaiting approval (pending documentation)

Name Organization (current/previous) OR specialization Email
Akob, Denise M. United States Geological Survey Click Here
Bauer, Erika Smithsonian Institution Click here
Brown, Janine Smithsonian Institution Click here
Buchanan, Claire Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin Click here
Buchino, Judith AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. Click here
Campana, Michael G. Smithsonian Institution Click here
Comiskey, James A. National Park Service Click here
Cook, Geoffrey. Florida Fish & Wildlife conservation Commission Click here
Favaro, Brett Research – Marine Institute, Newfoundland, Canada Click here
Fisher, Andmorgan (Amy) U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Click here
Helgen, Kristofer M. Smithsonian Institution Click here
Kress, John W. Smithsonian Institution Click here
Laurance, William James Cook University Click here
Luksenberg, Jolanda George Mason University Click here
Manca, Germana GIS Click here
Maldonado, Jesus Smithsonian Institution Click here
McShea, William J. Smithsonian Institution Click here
Megonigal, James P. (Pat) Smithsonian Institution Click here
Monfort, Steven Smithsonian Institution Click here
Muniganondh, Chulaporn Lake Sumter State College Click here
Murray, Jason Environmental Economist Click here
Noe, Gregory B. United States Geological Survey Click here
Ogburn, Matthew Smithsonian Institution Click here
Perrier, Gregory Northern Virginia Community College Click here
Salerno, Jennifer Marine Biology Click here
Seidensticker IV, John C. Smithsonian Institution Click here
Smith, Clint U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Click here
Smith, Kirk A. Northern Virginia Community College Click here
Sohmer, Seymour (Sy) Sohmer and Associates Click here
Songsasen, Nucharin Smithsonian Institution Click here
Thornhill, Jennifer National Science Foundation Click here
Verissimo, Diogo Georgia State University Click here
Waters, Nigel George Mason University Click here
Wright, Andrew J. Aarhus University Click here