East, Robert M.
Areas of Study
Robert East is an associate professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program. He teaches a variety of courses covering interdisciplinary aspects of environmental studies, with areas of expertise in watershed management, agroforestry and sustainable development. To his teaching and research, he brings over a decade of experience living and working within Eastern and Southern Africa.
He served for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Kenya. He has worked in technical advisor/project leadership positions for several governmental and non-governmental organizations. He has been a consultant on projects funded by the Ford Foundation, USAID, SIDA and DANIDA. Dr. East serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Coalfield Justice, the Advisory Board for the Washington County Watershed Alliance, and the Advisory Board for the Center for Energy Policy & Management.
Dr. East's current research includes the role of agroforestry as a buffer in protecting the mist forest in the Intag Valley of Ecuador and community-based forest management strategies in Kenya and Tanzania. Dr. East is the founding Chair of the College Sustainability Committee, the faculty representative for the Morris K. Udall Scholarship, the faculty advisor for the College Green Club, and the coordinator for the endowed Mazingira ("Environment") Fund.