Faculty and Staff

Michelle D. Land
John Cronin

Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs
John Cronin

Program Coordinator
Donna Kowal
Andrew Revkin   Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding 
Andrew C. Revkin


Michelle D. Land
mland [at] pace.edu

Michelle Land, J.D., B.Sc., is a rare environmental leader in the world of higher education. With expertise that spans environmental law and policy, wildlife biology, interdisciplinary education, and campus sustainability, she is a unique national voice for the emerging role of colleges and universities in environmental affairs.

Land received her Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law, where she earned a certificate in environmental law and served as editor-in-chief of the Pace Environmental Law Review. She lectures regionally and nationally on environmental policy and ecosystem-based higher education.  Professor Land teaches in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ graduate environmental science and undergraduate environmental studies programs at Pace. She is also a lecturer of graduate environmental policy at New York University.

Land is known nationally for her leadership of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities. Following her appointment as its first director in 2004, she built the still-growing Consortium into a coalition that now numbers nearly 60 institutions, ranging from two-year colleges to research universities. She continues to guide the Consortium in a comprehensive program that ranges from watershed protection to campus greening to faculty training.

Land helped launch the former Pace Academy for the Environment, which has merged into the new Academy, following her graduation from Pace Law School in 2002. As its first program coordinator, she helped found the Environmental Consortium, launch the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, create River Summer, a multi-school faculty enrichment program on the Hudson River, and form the Pace University Sustainability Committee, GreenPace, which she still co-chairs.

Land’s interdisciplinary, hands-on approach was first honed at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, Missouri, where she conducted field studies, managed education programs, and propagated, rehabilitated, and released endangered birds of prey. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a specialty in wildlife biology from the Honours Program at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and she has undertaken masters-level study in ecology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

“The environment, more than any other topic, has the power to unite people of disparate interests,” she has said. “It is no longer a question of whether multiple disciplines or multiple perspectives should be part of environmental curricula and programming, but rather how to harness that rich and diverse expertise. This is the exciting challenge ahead for higher education at large, and for the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.”

Land represents Pace University on the National Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. She was appointed by Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano to the Global Warming Task Force in 2007, and served on his Climate Change Advisory Council, representing higher education. She is also an advisor on higher education to the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries.  From 2007 – 2012, she was a member of the Board of Directors for MetroPool, Inc., a transportation demand management not-for-profit organization.

Currently, Land’s areas of research interest focuses on the intersection of animal welfare and conservation policy.


Program Coordinator
Donna Kowal

dkowal [at] pace.edu
Donna KowalDonna Kowal is the Program Coordinator for Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.  She has been with Pace University since 2003 when she began volunteering her time for Pace Academy.  She worked her way to a part-time Student Assistant position, and in 2005 became the Academy’s Staff Associate until 2009 when the University’s first Center for Excellence was created and she was promoted.
As Program Coordinator, Donna helps implement projects and initiatives for the Academy, and oversees the daily operations.  The Academy serves as the headquarters for the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities, a collaborative of over 60 institutions in the Hudson-Mohawk River watershed region whose formation was spearheaded by Pace Academy.  Donna is also an Associate Member of Pace’s Sustainability Committee, GreenPace, and as a member, helped institute the inaugural offering of the ‘Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility’ at Pace University for the Class of 2009, and continues to be offered each year.  In addition she serves on Pace's Peace, Justice and Sustainability Advisory Board.  In the past, Donna participated in Westchester County’s formulation of a Climate Change Action Plan which was launched in 2008, and served as a member of the County’s Climate Change Advisory Council as a representative in the Higher Education Sector. 
In 2009, Donna received her BA in Environmental Studies summa cum laude from Pace University.  She was the recipient of the Aldo Leopold Environmental Studies Award and the Scholastic Achievement Award from Dyson College of Arts & Sciences. One of her undergraduate accomplishments involved the creation of an educational history trail at Cranberry Lake Preserve, a Westchester County park, which was headlined in the first Dyson Digital Digest (Winter 2006).  In 2012 she received a Certificate in Bioregional Studies from Green Mountain College. Prior to her time at Pace, Donna worked for more than seven years for a small law firm after obtaining an AS in the paralegal program from Berkeley College in 1994.
Donna is passionate about the natural world and helping others.  In 2007 she received the "Outstanding Volunteer" award from Rockefeller State Park Preserve "for her extraordinary leadership and stewardship on behalf of the Preserve."  She has been a volunteer for the Preserve since 2004.  From 2002-2009 Donna was a member of the Kensico Environmental Enhancement Program, a citizen led volunteer group that worked to develop educational material, organize and implement events and programs to educate the local watershed communities on how to conserve and protect the Kensico Reservoir.

Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs
John Cronin

jcronin [at] pace.edu

John CroninJohn Cronin

John Cronin is Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs at Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies in the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, editor of the Institute’s EarthDesk blog and managing faculty of the Pace Environmental Policy Clinic. He first became active at Pace in 1985 when Professors Nicholas Robinson, Richard Ottinger, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and he founded the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace School of Law.

John began his environmental career at the urging of folksinger Peter Seeger, joining the staff of Seeger’s Clearwater organization in 1973. He later went on to become the district project coordinator for Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr., and a legislative aide to New York State Assemblyman Maurice Hinchey, chair of the Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Conservation. He has authored three Hudson River state laws, including the Hudson River Estuary Management Act, considered a national model for resource management.  

In 1983, the river’s fishermen appointed John the nation's only Riverkeeper. During his groundbreaking work as Hudson Riverkeeper he helped bring cases against more than 100 environmental lawbreakers and led the investigation that uncovered the Exxon oil company practice of rinsing its tankers into the Hudson. His Riverkeeper work became the inspiration for the founding of 250 “Keepers” around the world, and earned him a Time Magazine honor as a “Hero for the Planet.”

John was the founding director and CEO of Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a research institute of Clarkson University that specializes in real-time water monitoring. He has worked as a Hudson River commercial fisherman, and business agent for the New York State Commercial Fisherman’s Association. He.

He co-authored The Riverkeepers with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., wrote and co-produced The Last Rivermen, cited as an outstanding documentary short of 1991 by the Motion Picture Academy Foundation, and has written numerous articles on environmental policy for the Op Ed page of The New York Times.

In addition to his “Hero for the Planet” honor, John’s many awards include an honorary Juris Doctor from Pace Law School, the William A. Ricker Award from the American Fisheries Society, two EPA citations, the Vanity Fair Hall of Fame, the Thomas Berry Environmental Award, and a Jefferson Gold Award, founded as the "Nobel Prize for Public Service" by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

John has been the subject of three books, and of stories and profiles by numerous print and broadcast outlets. People Magazine called John "equal parts detective, scientist and public advocate" and the Wall Street Journal praised him as "a unique presence on America's major waterways." The Knight-Ridder Newspapers called John Cronin a "hero in one of the great success stories of the modern environmental movement.”


Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding 
Andrew C. Revkin  (2009)

arevkin [at] pace.edu

Andrew RevkinAndrew Revkin has joined Pace University as a senior fellow for environmental understanding. A prize-winning journalist, online communicator and author, he has spent a quarter of a century covering subjects ranging from the assault on the Amazon to the Asian tsunami, from the troubled relationship of science and politics to climate change at the North Pole. From 1995 through 2009, he covered the environment for The New York Times.

Andrew Revkin is the senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University's Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and writes the award-winning Dot Earth blog for the Op-Ed section of The New York Times. He has spent three decades covering subjects ranging from the assault on the Amazon rain forest to the changing conditions around the Arctic, from the troubled relationship of climate science and politics to the environmental impacts of rising human populations and resource appetites.

From 1995 through 2009, he covered the environment for The Times as a staff reporter. His quarter century of coverage of global warming has earned most of the major awards for science journalism along with the John Chancellor Award for sustained journalistic excellence from Columbia University. Revkin has been a pioneer in multimedia communication, blogging and shooting still and video imagery in far-flung places. Dot Earth was created under a John Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Revkin has also carried his journalism to a new generation in The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World, the first book on Arctic climate change written for the whole family. His other books are The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest, which was the basis for a much-lauded HBO film, and Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, which accompanied the first museum exhibition on climate change, at the American Museum of Natural History, in 1992.

At Pace, he teaches courses on blogging, environmental-science communication and documentary video with a focus on sustainable development. He has written three book chapters on communication and the environment and speaks to varied audiences around the world about the power of the Web to foster progress on a finite planet. Revkin lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and two sons. In spare moments, he is a performing songwriter who occasionally backs up Pete Seeger and plays in a twangy roots jam band, Breakneck Ridge.

Follow him @revkin on Twitter or Google+ or subscribe to his Facebook feed. More: www.nytimes.com/revkin