Dr. Brian Eisenhauer has been named interim director of the Center for the Environment. The change in leadership, according to University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Julie Bernier, will ensure the Center for the Environment continues to develop partnerships and work together to provide applied research on behalf of the lakes region and White Mountains. Brian was an inaugural member of the President’s Commission on Environmental Sustainability (PCES) and its co-chair, as well as having served as Associate Director of the Center for the Environment. Bernier said Eisenhauer is well-qualified and respected by his peers.
“Brian has been an exceptional Associate Director for the Center,” said Bernier. “I am confident in his ability to work with the team and our partners to move the mission of the Center forward.”
Established in 2004, the Center was created to address the science, policies, culture and economics of the natural environment in northern New England through research, education and collaboration, and to build research capacity in environmental science at PSU.
Among the projects Eisenhauer has been involved with is a recent study on the watershed plan for Newfound Lake, developed with the eventual goal of keeping the lake as clean as possible for future generations. Working in partnership with the Newfound Lake Region Association, the University of New Hampshire, Jeffery Taylor and Associates, the Environmental Protection Agency and the N.H. Department of Environmental Services, Eisenhauer developed a survey for residents in Bristol, Bridgewater, Hebron, Alexandria, Groton, Orange, Danbury, and Plymouth about their perception of Newfound Lake and its future. The survey results were a key piece of a comprehensive analysis about issues in the watershed, as well as local master plans, policies and regulations. The work is part of “Every Acres Counts: The Newfound Lake Watershed Management Plan.”
“These are the kinds of partnerships that the Center for the Environment will focus on,” said Eisenhauer. “We want to embody the Plymouth State mission ‘to serve,’ not only for the benefit of the region, but for the students to apply their academic knowledge in answering important questions for our region.”
Eisenhauer joined the PSU faculty in 2003 after receiving his Ph.D. in environmental sociology from Utah State University, and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Humboldt State University and Colorado State University, respectively. His expertise is in the area of Natural Resource Management and Environmental Sociology and his recent work has focused on sustainability, grassroots activism, environmental communications, conservation, and program evaluation. He has a passion for collaborating with students to facilitate the development of their professional skills.
June Hammond Rowan, stepping in as interim Associate Director, has been with the Center for the Environment since its inception. As outreach and development coordinator for the Center, she has been involved in the creation of the MS in Environmental Science and Policy, developing the partnerships, and coordinating a number of projects. She has previous experience as a land use planner for the communities of Berlin and Plymouth, NH and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography, a certificate of advanced graduate studies in educational leadership and is currently in the process of completing her doctorate in education at PSU.