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Media Resources for Earth Day 2024: Experts on Climate Change, Sustainability, Environmental Issues

Montclair faculty experts are available to offer commentary on a range of climate-related topics

Posted in: Faculty Voices, Science and Technology

The theme for Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastic,” and Montclair State University has several faculty experts available (see below) who can speak on this and other climate-change and sustainability related story topics, including:

  • Climate change
  • Environmental policy
  • Urban environmental issues
  • Ecology
  • Freshwater biology
  • Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
  • Physical geography

To set up an interview, please contact the Media Relations team:

Andrew Mees
Media Relations Director
Phone: 973-655-3101
Cell: 201-317-1361

Elyse Fernandez
Media Relations Coordinator
Phone: 973-655-4334
Cell: 201-416-9588

Montclair’s Earth Day Experts

Photo of Amy Tuininga

Amy Tuininga is Director of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies in the College of Science and Mathematics, growing partnerships among faculty, students, administrators, government agencies, private corporations, and community groups to solve sustainability problems. Her research focuses on how ecosystems respond to human perturbations such as climate change, invasive species and urbanization.
Key topics: Building sustainable communities, ecosystems, natural resources
Recent media: Think Tank with Steve Adubato, “Sustainability Challenges Facing the Garden State.”

Photo of Matthew Schuler

Matthew Schuler is Assistant Professor of Biology, and uses experimental and observational approaches to understand how patterns of community assembly, coexistence, and diversity are altered by human-induced changes to the environment. List background and expertise here. Recent research includes how anthropogenic stressors such as salinization, climate change, and invasive species affect freshwater environments, as well as an investigation into the impact of road salts on heavy metal contamination in private drinking wells in New Jersey.
Recent Media: Opinion
Key topics: Ecology, Limnology, Aquatic Ecology, Community Ecology, Freshwater Pollution, Wildlife Management, Road Salt Management

Joshua Galster out in the field

Joshua Galster is Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies. His current research is focused on rivers and watersheds and how we interact with them. Projects including flood mitigation, river surveys, and watershed-scale GIS projects.
Recent Media: Governing, “The Racial Dynamics Involved in Flood Risk Aren’t What You’d Expect”
Key topics: Rivers, Watersheds

Meiyin Wu

Meiyin Wu is Director of the New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology and Professor of Biology, and is an expert on ecological restoration, invasive species, and the Passaic River.
Recent Media: The Record,
Key topics: Lake and River Management, Harmful Algal Blooms, Water Quality, Drinking and Recreational Water Safety, Habitat Connectivity

Greg Pope headshot

Greg Pope is Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies, with expertise in physical geography and environmental geology.
Recent Media: CBS News, NJ Spotlight News
Key topics: Earth surface processes, Physical Geography, Environmental Geology, Geo-archaeology