Taking you to New Heights

Colby-Sawyer faculty are active investigators who conduct research in a broad range of academic areas. Not only will you learn from experts who are passionate and connected to the greater academic community — you can also roll up your sleeves and partner with them on their projects.

Join forces with faculty who get up close and personal with flora and fauna in a variety of ecosystem, and who challenge you to consider how your personal integrity fits into the world of environmental ethics. Get ready to follow trusted trails and navigate new pathways with professors who share your thoughtfulness for the world’s ecological balance, economic stability, social justice, and personal wellness.

  • Nicholas A. Baer

    Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    Biology Program Coordinator
    603.526.3066 | nbaer@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined the faculty in 2004. Received B.A. from University of Vermont and Ph.D. from University of Maryland. Teaching interests include freshwater biology, conservation biology, ecology, water resources, and environmental studies. Research interests are in freshwater foodweb dynamics, aquatic macroinvertebrates, water quality, ecosystem structure and function, particularly relating how aquatic organisms respond to changes in water parameters such as pH, conductivity, and nitrogen, phosphorus, dissolved organic carbon concentrations.

    Professor Baer teaches courses in ecology, freshwater biology, conservation biology, community and environmental studies, and other sciences. Courses concentrate on exploring the surrounding landscape, flora, and fauna, as well as how humans interact with natural resources. Professor Baer leads activities and field trips throughout New Hampshire, and takes advantage of the natural resources in the lakes around New London.

    Professor Baer's research interests in water quality and how human derived impacts affect water resources allow him to incorporate students in his on-going studies in the region. Professor Baer is currently collaborating with a community-based lake association, as well as several other researchers from additional institutions to investigate how water quality changes in the Lake Sunapee watershed affects the foodweb dynamics in streams, and heavy metal transport within the foodweb. read more…

  • Leon-C. Malan

    Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    603.526.3632 | lmalan@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined faculty 1994. Ph.D., Antioch University New England and University of New York, Albany. Teaching topics in natural history, environmental policy, sustainability and the relation between organizations and the natural environment. Currently pursuing research in biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture. Professor Malan holds the M. Roy London Endowed Chair. read more…

  • Harvey Pine

    Associate Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    Environmental Science & Studies Program Coordinator
    603.526.3059 | hpine@colby-sawyer.edu

    Professor Pine joined the faculty in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. at Auburn University where he focused on shrimp aquaculture and environmental impacts associated with inland low-salinity aquaculture. He currently teaches Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Soil and Water Chemistry, Community Based Research, Alpine Communities, and Desert Communities. Dr. Pine contributes to aquaculture research through undergraduate research projects and collaboration with the University of New Hampshire. He is also involved with aquaculture development overseas, facilitating farmer trainings in Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Senegal. read more…

  • Laura Sykes

    Academic Vice President & Dean of Faculty,
    Professor, School of Arts & Sciences
    603.526.3760 | laura.sykes@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined faculty in 2001. Ph.D., Antioch University New England. Professor Sykes is well versed in the flora of New England, able to identify hundreds of species, including invasive plants. Visit the Virtual Herbarium, which Professor Sykescreated and maintains.

    A frequent visitor to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Professor Sykes is well informed about its history, recreational opportunities, and the current issues facing this national forest. In addition, she has become an expert in the use of Geographic Information Systems, particularly in the context of landscape geography and environmental studies. read more…