Advisors

Advisor

Stephen R. Madigosky, Ed.D.

Chair of Department of Environmental Science and Sustainability
Professor of Environmental Science and Biology

Media Expertise: Science & Environment

About Me

I received my undergraduate degree in natural resources conservation from the University of Connecticut. My master’s and doctorate degrees were obtained from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, in natural resource conservation and biology, respectively. While pursuing doctoral studies at Ball State University, my work centered on honing my teaching skills and understanding the ecological habitats of ancient environments using plant spore systematics. Remnants of this theme persist in the work that I pursue today, both in the classroom and while working in tropical rainforests.
My students have always been an intricate part of my research pursuits, and I am most excited about mentoring and training them to become watchful stewards of the natural world. Early in my career, I conducted toxicological research at the Louisiana State University Center for Excellence in Cancer Research, assessing how environmental pollutants impact invertebrates and human cells. Currently, I hold a joint appointment in the Departments of Environmental Science and Biology at Widener University. Aspects of forest biology/tropical ecology and forest conservation/sustainable development have been my focus for more than two decades. The crux of this work centers on understanding how tropical forests repair themselves after small-scale disturbance. Additionally, I have monitored the forest microclimate in the Iquitos, Peru region for more than 20 years, and I have applied this information to understanding how this biologically rich environment supports a plethora of species.
My work in the area of sustainable development involves creating ventures that promote the preservation of rare and endangered tropical species. My most recent initiative focuses on creating market outlets for Central and South American coffee farmers. This project entices conventional coffee farmers to convert their operations to environmentally friendly shade grown organic conditions by paying them a higher living wage. The “cultivation to cup” program, as it is now called, creates a unique association between university faculty/students, rural coffee farmers, coffee roasters, and food service providers, all for promoting a greener environment. Students get the opportunity to travel each year to Costa Rica to conduct research as a part of this endeavor.

Advisor

Carl Smith

Ex. CEO / President of Call2Recycle

About Me

Mr. Smith heads Call2Recycle, North America’s most successful consumer battery recycling program.  As CEO / President, he oversees the organization’s strategy, its education efforts, and its stakeholder relationships.  He is known for his deep understanding of product stewardship and its impact on markets. Mr. Smith has extensive experience in strategic marketing, general management, and environmental leadership.   He has held senior positions in marketing with Fortune 500 companies, headed environmental organizations, and with major health care companies.  Along with advanced degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in public policy, he also has considerable experience in Washington D.C. including on Capitol Hill.