Environmental Studies Faculty
Brett Werner returned to Centre in 2013 as assistant professor of Environmental Studies after spending two years at Centre as an Associated Colleges of the South/Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Environmental Studies from 2009-2011. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2017.
Werner teaches widely in Environmental Studies, including the core Introductory and Senior Seminar courses, along with disciplinary courses in Environmental Policy and Environmental Ethics. His topical courses include Thailand, Aquaculture, and the Environment; Rivers and Adaptive Ecosystem Management; and the Human Dimensions of Climate Change. Since 2014, Werner and his colleagues have received two grants from the Henry Luce Initiative for Asian Studies and the Environment totaling $450,000 to develop a number of learning experiences that scaffold High Impact Practices, from language and culture to study abroad and research and internships abroad.
Werner’s research addresses a number of emerging environmental issues, including the effects of climate change on prairie wetlands, wetland and grassland restoration, floodplain forests, and most recently the interplay of science and policy on the topic of wetland conservation and agricultural drainage. His research has been funded by a number of federal agencies, and he has published in BioScience, Climatic Change, and the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. His current research project investigates human relationships with rivers, streams, and water.
He received a B.A. from Saint Olaf College in mathematics and models of the environment, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric and scientific & technical communications from the University of Minnesota.
File last updated: 5/18/17