Environmental Programs

Our program features majors in environmental science, environmental studies, and sustainability studies, as well as concentrations in environmental science and environmental studies. The concentrations combine with traditional liberal arts majors and can be tailored to meet individual students' career goals.

Sometimes the best classroom settings aren’t classrooms at all. Our field seminars are life-changing: you’ll travel to diverse locations around the U.S. and meet people who are working on environmental protection and sustainability causes. And through internships and research projects, you’ll explore the social, political, and scientific dimensions of sustainability and be well prepared for a career in this vital field.

Joel Zaretti

Joel Zaretti, '21, is an accounting - CPA emphasis and spanish double major with a concentration in the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. After completing an internship with Ernst & Young over an eight week period in the winter of 2020, Joel is thrilled to have the opportunity to work at the firm full time after graduation in May of 2021.

Juwan Perry

Juwan Perry, '21, is an accounting major, C.P.A emphasis. He is an Economics and Management tutor and active in Men’s Basketball, specifically part of the 2018 – 2019 MIAA Tournament Champs, 2019 – 2020 MIAA regular season Champs, and on the 2019 – 2020 NABC Honors Court.

Kelly K. Hallinger

Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S., College of William and Mary in Virginia, 2009
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2017

Appointed: 2020

Expertise Areas: Animal Behavior, Ornithology, Evolutionary Ecology

Current Courses:
  • BIOL 195: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity
  • BIOL 227: Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 248: Ornithology

Research Interests: Dr. Hallinger is an ornithologist whose research lies at the intersection of ecology and evolution. Her past research projects have examined effects of mercury contamination on songbirds and environmental determinants of life history variation in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor). At Albion, Dr. Hallinger plans to focus on environmental maternal effects — those aspects of an organism’s phenotype that are influenced by the condition or experiences of the organism’s mother — particularly in birds. Of particular interest are projects aimed at understanding the evolutionary significance of variation in eggshell pigmentation, maternal age, and the avian microbiome, all from the perspective of their effects on individual offspring.

Selected Publications:

  • Winkler, D. W.*, K. K. Hallinger*, T. M. Pegan, C. C. Taff, M. A. Verhoeven, M. J. Anderson, D. Chang van Oordt, M. Stager, J. J. Uehling, M. V. Vitousek, M. J. Anderson, D. R. Ardia, A. Belmaker, V. Ferretti, A. M. Forsman, J. R. Gaul, P. E. Llambias, S. C. Orzechowski, J. R. Shipley, M. Wilson, and H. S. Yoon. 2020. Full lifetime perspectives on the costs and benefits of lay date variation in tree swallows. Ecology 101: e03109. *co-first authorship
  • Hallinger, K. K., M. N. Vitousek, and D. W. Winkler. 2020. Perceived predation risk associated with relative size of extra-pair and within-pair offspring. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 33:282-296.
  • Duckworth, R. A., K. K. Hallinger, N. Hall, and A. L. Potticary. 2017. Switch to a novel resource influences species coexistence in human-created habitat. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 5:72.
  • Stedman, J. M., K. K. Hallinger, D. W. Winkler, and M. N. Vitousek. 2017. Heritable variation in circulating glucocorticoids and endocrine flexibility in a free-living songbird. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30:1724-1735.

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