Faculty for 2016-2017
Chair of the Environmental Science Department
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Environmental Science Department
Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VA 24595
Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Ecology
B.A., Biology | Amherst College, 1980
M.S., Zoology | University of Florida, 1984
Ph.D., Zoology | University of Florida, 1989
Professor Fink’s research interests include arthropod behavior and ecology, and she has published about caterpillars, butterflies and spiders. Fink is currently working with Lincoln Brower to explore why monarch butterflies are so selective about their Mexico wintering sites, and is investigating sexual selection and sperm competition in the northern walkingstick insect, Diapheromera femorata.
Fink is concerned by the effects of invasive organisms on the ecological communities they invade and, as a field biologist on a 3,250-acre campus, researches the ecology of Sweet Briar’s hardwood forests, open fields and freshwater habitats.
Please refer to Professor Fink’s CV for more information.
Melanie Stine ’06
Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
B.S., Environmental Science | Sweet Briar College, 2006
M.S., Geography | Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2009
Ph.D., Environmental Geography | Texas State University, 2013
Professor Stine teaches and researches topics in environmental science and physical geography. Her classes have included Freshwater Systems, Mountain Environments, Physical Geography, GIS, Conservation of Resources, Biogeography, and Geomorphology. Her research focuses on interactions between geomorphology and ecology within mountain environments. Recent projects have included investigating the effects of fire in the alpine treeline ecotone in Glacier National Park, Mont., and channel morphology within wetlands of the Appalachian Mountains. Her long-term research goal is to better understand natural system processes in mountains and apply this knowledge for hazard mitigation. Before coming to Sweet Briar in 2015, Stine was an assistant professor at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She has published in Geomorphology, Progress in Physical Geography, Catena, Geography Compass, and Forest Ecology and Management.
Please refer to Professor Stine’s CV for more information.