Warren C. Tomkiewicz

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Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

BEd, Plymouth State College; MS, Northeastern University; EdD, Boston University
Email: warrent@plymouth.edu
Homepage: http://oz.plymouth.edu/~warrent/

Contact Information

Telephone: 603-535-2573
Office: Boyd Science Center, Room 218B

About Professor Tomkiewicz: 

Warren Tomkiewicz has taught at PSU since 1988 and has been chair of the Environmental Science and Policy Department since 2008. He also coordinates the graduate programs in science education. He teaches courses in Earth system science, environmental science, ocean studies, science education and action research.  Tomkiewicz graduated from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Education degree in Biology.  He earned his Master of Science degree in Marine Biology at Northeastern University and a Doctor of Education degree in Biology and Environmental Science Education from Boston University.

His research interests include knowledge growth in science teachers through classroom-based action research, effective teaching strategies for environmental science issues, especially through field studies, and learning in science through community-based service-learning projects with undergraduates.

His environmental science students have been involved in service-learning, community-based projects concerning water conservation efforts in the residence halls at PSU, a compost feasibility study for Dining Services, and a waste minimization and recycling study for the campus.  The students identified these issues as ones they wanted to pursue and eventually published a report and poster showing water use and conservation efforts and the volume and mass of compostable food waste on campus.  This effort was part of the Engaged Department project the ES&P Department was awarded from the Northern New England Campus Compact.  During the spring semester 2012, Tomkiewicz and 14 ES&P students studied in northern Italy researching the feasibility of restoring a 16th century castle into a sustainable, working facility. Additional study involved experts in forest management, watershed ecosystems, recycling, and wastewater treatment working with these students to develop an understanding of the issues and skills needed in these areas.

Selected Publications/Presentations:

McGarry, M.A., Nisbet, A., Lyons, R., and W. Tomkiewicz.  (2013). “Sustainable Italy Semester: An Environmental Science Service-Learning Project Developing a Green Sustainable Plan for a 16th Century Castle”.  Submitted to the  Journal of Sustainability Education.

Brody, M. and W. Tomkiewicz. (2007). The Habitable Planet: Environmental Science Teacher Guide.  (2006-07).  Annenburg Science Media Group – Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Tomkiewicz, W. and M. Brody. (2002).  Park visitors’ understandings, values, and beliefs related to their experience at Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, USA. International Journal of Science Education, 24 (11):1119-1141.

Tomkiewicz, W. and M. Brody. (2000). Visitor’s understanding of geothermal features and associated thermophilic microorganisms at Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, USA.  A technical report submitted to the World Foundation for Environment and Development, Washington, DC.

Partnership for Science Inquiry.  A Math-Science Partnership Project funded by the New Hampshire Department of Education. (2009 – 2011).

Engaged Department Initiative: Environmental Science & Policy Department. Funded by the Northern New England Campus Compact. (2008 – 2010).  Service Learning Experiences for Undergraduate Environmental Science & Policy students.

The Habitable Planet: Environmental Science Teacher Guide.  (2007).  Annenburg Science Media Group – Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  In cooperation with Dr. Michael Brody, Montana State University.

Awards or Recognition:

  • PSU Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award 2010
  • President’s Good Steward Award, Campus Compact of NH Award 2010
  • Phi Delta Kappa – Boston University Chapter
  • Sigma Xi – Northeastern University Chapter

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Environmental Science & Policy
  • Environmental Field Studies
  • Environmental Science & Policy Seminar
  • Oceanography
  • Action Research in the Science Classroom
  • ES&P Internships & Independent Studies
  • Field Experience in Science Education


International programs:

  • Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute at PSU (Summers 2009-11); served as instructor in summer course
  • University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand;  ES&P coordinator for study abroad program
  • St. John International University, Torino (Vinovo),  Italy.  Visiting faculty member during Spring 2012 semester

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Contact Us

Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Chair: Mary Ann McGarry

Boyd Science Center,
Room 211
8 a.m.-4p.m. M-F

Phone: 603-535-3198
Email: dahealey@plymouth.edu
(Deborah A. Healey, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: 603-535-3180

Mailing Address:
17 High Street
MSC 67