Eric Fitch

Eric Fitch

Chair of the Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Associate Professor, Director of Environmental Science program

Dept: Environmental Science




Office: RICK 135

Degrees: Ph.D. in Resource Development-Environmental Policy and Law (Michigan State), 1993; Master's of Environmental Science (Miami University), 1987; Bachelor's in Biological Science (St. Meinrad College), 1981

Year appointed: 1997

Dr. Fitch has been teaching and working in the field of environmental science for more than 20 years. In 2010, Dr. Fitch was the recipient of the Icko Iben Award, which is given annually to the water resource professional who has made outstanding contributions to the promotion of communication among the various disciplines concerned with water resources problems.

At Michigan State, he worked with the Extension Service, The Institute for Water Resources, The Center for Environmental Toxicology, as well as being a teaching associate and Head of Undergraduate Advising in the Department of Resource Development.

At the University of West Florida, Dr. Fitch was the Director of the Coastal Zone Studies Program, and a member of the Public Administration and Biology faculty.

He joined the faculty at Marietta College in 1997 as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Leadership. He is the past-president and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Environmental Council, an associate editor for Water Resources IMPACT (a publication of the American Water Resources Association), and a member of the board of the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education. Dr. Fitch is a fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu, HI. He is the current president of the Interdisciplary Environmental Association.

Dr. Fitch has numerous publications in such journals as The Interdisciplinary Environamental Review and Water Resources IMPACT, and conference proceedings for the AWRA, NAAEE, and IASCP. His long term research interest areas include "Water Resource Policy and Homeland Security," "National Security and Environmental Protection," and "Impact of Religious Beliefs on Environmental Policy." Most recently, Dr. Fitch had a chapter on Land Stewardship published in a new two volume edition by Praeger Press entitled Critical Food Issues, Volume 1 & 2: Problems and State-Of-The-Art Solutions Worldwide (Praeger Perspectives). Dr. Fitch is currently involved in research on the impacts of long term sea level rise on Hawaii, American territories and possesions in the Pacific, and on the nations of Oceania

He was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2004.

Jennifer Hancock

Jennifer Hancock

Assistant Professor

Dept: Environmental Science and Biology and Biology




Office: BART 369

Degrees: Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Ohio University, 2010); B.A. in Biology (Capital University, 2002)

Year appointed: 2008

Dr. Hancock teaches anatomy, physiology and introductory biology for the Department of Biology and Environmental Science, and gross anatomy for the Physician Assistant Program. She is also an advisor for students interested in a career in healthcare.

Dr. Hancock is interested in how morphology relates to the function and ecology of a species. Her research is focused on: 1. how morphology relates to biomechanics, and 2. how the morphology of the eye relates to function and ecology.

Dr. Hancock is a member of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, the American Association of Anatomists, and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. She lives in Warren Township with her husband, Kevin, and son, Arthur, and enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and photography.

Judith Dunn

Judith Dunn

Academic Secretary

Dept: Biology




Judy Dunn has been an employee of Marietta College since 1979. For her first 25 years she served as office manager and departmental secretary for the Chemistry department. For the last seven years she has worked for the Biology, Chemistry and Environmental departments in the same capacity.

She is a past member and organizer of the Marietta College Support Council and is involved in the International Mentoring Program.

Judy is married to James W. Dunn and is the mother of two children, has seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Although we are administratively housed with Biology, our faculty comes from across the campus.

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