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April Karen Baptiste
13 Oak Drive,
Hamilton, NY, 13346
Phone: 315-228-6740 (W)
Email: abaptiste@colgate.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy 2008
State University of New York,
College of Environmental Science and Forestry,
Syracuse, New York, USA

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Fulbright Scholar 2004
GE&RI Research Fellowship (SUNY ESF) 2006
ESF Teaching Fellowship (SUNY ESF) 2007
Technology, Entertainment and Design Fellow 2009

Dissertation Title: Evaluating Environmental Awareness: A Case Study of the Nariva Swamp, Trinidad
Advisors: Dr. Richard Smardon, Dr. Brenda Nordenstam
Committee: Dr. Peter Castro

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Latin America and Caribbean Studies 2008
Program on Latin America and the Caribbean
Syracuse University,
Syracuse, New York, USA

M.Sc. in Environmental Management 2004
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine,
Trinidad, W.I.

Masters Project: Profits b4 People: A Case Study of the physical, social and economic impacts of Atlantic LNG on Point Fortin and surrounding villages.

B.Sc. in Chemistry and Management 2002
First Class Honors
University of the West Indies,
St. Augustine, Trinidad, W.I.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Assistant Professor July 2009 –  
Environmental Studies Present
Colgate University

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow Jan – Dec
African American Studies Department, 2008
Syracuse University

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Environmental Justice; Sustainability and Development; Natural Resource Conservation and Management/Policy; Environmental Thought (Attitudes, Concerns, Behaviors); Climate Change; Latin America and Caribbean

PUBLICATIONS

Most Recent Articles

  • The Impact of Oil and Gas Drilling on the Environmental Awareness of Three Rural Wetland Communities, Environmental Conservation, 2009, Vol. 36, No. 1, 14-21
  • Environmental Perceptions and Action: Villagers Response to Oil and Gas Drilling in the Wetlands of Rural Trinidad, Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, 2010, Vol. 18, 289-321
  • Abstract: “Using the Environmental Justice Frame to Understand Environmental Concern Toward Oil and Gas drilling in Trinidad”. Faculty and Student Research Diversity Symposium, June 2007.
  • Abstract: “The Impact of Oil and Gas Drilling and Environmental Concern of Wetland Communities.” Great Lakes Research Consortium Program and Abstracts, March 2007.
  • Abstract: “Evaluating Environmental Awareness: A Case Study of Nariva Swamp, Trinidad”, ESF Alumni News, Winter 2007.


Articles under Review

  • A review of the wetland use and management of the Nariva Swamp, Trinidad


Works in submission stage

  • Shall we go green? Citizen’s reception to the implementation of green infrastructure as an alternative to traditional stormwater management controls.

Work in Progress

  • Green Infrastructure implementation as an alleviation of environmental injustices: A Case Study of Syracuse, NY
  • Trouble in Paradise: A case study of aluminum smleter and environmental justice in Trinidad
  • Climate Change: Voices of the Vulnerable – The Fisherman's Plight – A documentary of the impacts of climate change on the fishing industry in Trinidad and Tobago: October 2011


ACADEMIC GRANTS AND AWARDS

Submitted

August 2011: NSF General submission proposal to Geography and Spatial Sciences and Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences Programs
Title: RUI: Understanding vulnerability, environmental psychology and adaptive capacity to climate change among the fishing community in the Caribbean

Awarded

UNESCO Climate Frontlines Grant 2010
Program on Latin America and the Caribbean Summer Grant 2006

SUNY ESF Alumni Memorial Scholarship April 2007
SUNY ESF Certificate of Accomplishment April 2006, 2007
Berger Paints Ltd Best Year II Chemistry Student Oct 2001
Chromospec Ltd Best Year II Chemistry and Management Oct 2001Student
Penta Paints Trinidad Ltd Best Graduating Student in Chemistry Oct 2002
Industrial Gases Ltd Best Year III Performance in Chemistry Oct 2002
Western Scientific Co. Ltd Best Year III Performance in Chemistry Oct 2002
and Management

U.W.I Endowment and Outstanding Academic Performance Oct 2000 and Oct
Development Fund Bursary 2001
Book Prizes Best Graduating Student Geography Oct 1999

In Preparation

Colgate Major grant
Colgate University Upstate Institute

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, African American Studies Department, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York: Designed and taught undergraduate Environmental Justice course: January to December 2008.

Public Policy Intern, The National Wildlife Refuge Program, Public Policy Department, The Wilderness Society, Washington D.C: Researched and developed a database on potential wilderness areas: June to August 2007.

High School Teacher, Trinity College, Moka, Maraval, Trinidad, W.I.: Taught Geography, Biology, Integrated Science and General Paper: September 2002 to December 2003.

Research Assistant for Dr. R. Smardon, Graduate Program in Environmental Studies Department, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF): August 2006 to January 2007

Research Assistant for Dr. A. Maxwell, Chemistry Department, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad: June 2001 to August 2001

TEACHING/INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT

Assistant Professor for Environmental Studies Courses, Environmental Studies Program, Colgate University: Various undergraduate courses related to environmental concepts: July 2009 to present.

Instructor for Environmental Justice: Theory, Case Studies and Applications (AAS 200/400), African American Studies Department, Syracuse University: Undergraduate course designed to introduce students to the concepts of Environmental Justice: January to December 2008.

Teaching Assistant for Psychological Principles of Risk Communication (EST 388), Environmental Studies Department, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Advanced Undergraduate course that introduces students to the social science approach to environmental risk communication: August to December 2007.

Teaching Assistant for American History (EST 201), Environmental Studies Department, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Lower level undergraduate course that examines the history of changes occurring in America post 1865 including land use, government, economic and international relations: January to May 2007.

Teaching Assistant for Environment and Social Justice (EST 496), Environmental Studies Department, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Advanced Undergraduate course examining the concepts of environmental and social justice as they intersect: January to May 2007.

Tutor for undergraduate Chemistry, Tutoring Centre, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY:
January 2006, 2007 to May 2006, 2007

Student Assistant and Laboratory Demonstrator for undergraduate Chemistry, Chemistry Department, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, W.I.: January 2004 to August 2004

COURSES TAUGHT

  • ENST 232: Introduction to Environmental Justice
  • ENST 321: Global Environmental Justice
  • ENST 101: Social Science Perspectives on Environmental Issues
  • ENST 390: Community Based Environmental Problems*
  • ENST 3xx: Caribbean Environments – Environmental issues via an extended study*


* Both will be new courses for the 2011 -2012 academic year

COURSES INTERESTED IN TEACHING

  • Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Conservation/management
  • Environmental Policy

 

PRESENTATIONS

Caribbean Studies Association: May 31st to June 3rd
Curacao, W.I.

“Smelters and Environmental Justice in Trinidad”

Association of American Geographers: April 12th – 16th, 2011
Seattle, WA

“Exploratory research examining the concerns, perceptions and adaptation of fishermen to climate change in Trinidad and Tobago through the use of video documentary.”

Guest Lecture: October 25th, 2010
EST 220: Urban Ecology
SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY
“Survey Methodology in understanding Environmental Issues”

Global Women’s Inventors and Innovators Network Symposium: November 1st – 5th, 2010
Abuja, Nigeria
“Invited Panel Speaker”

Association of American Geographers: April 14th – 18th, 2010
Washington, DC
“A Tale of Two Smelters: Environmental Justice in Trinidad and Tobago”

Environmental Studies Brown Bag: December 7th 2009
Colgate University, NY
“Aluminum Smelters in Trinidad: A Case of Environmental Injustice”

Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference: February 2nd – 7th, 2009
Long Beach, CA
“Climate Change as an Environmental Justice Issue in the Caribbean”

Guest Lecture: October 27th 2008
EST 220: Urban Ecology
Environmental Studies Department
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, NY
“An Introduction to Environmental Justice: A Comparative Approach”

Black Women’s Health and Environmental Justice: April 25 – 26th, 2008
African American Studies Department,
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
“Environmental Perceptions and Concerns through the Eyes of Rural Women: A Human Rights Perspective”

Science and Technology in Society Conference: April 5 – 6th, 2008
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC
“Wetland Social Characterization and Management”

Identity, Territory and Social Justice in Latin America: February 28 – 29th, 2008
Program on Latin America and the Caribbean,
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
“Environmental Action in Trinidad: Suggestions to Consider”

Guest Lecture: September 25th 2007
EST 388: Psychological Principles of Risk Communication
Environmental Studies Department
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, NY
“Perceptions of Dangers to Oil and Gas Drilling in Rural Trinidad: Implications for Risk Communication”

Faculty and Student Environmental Justice Research Symposium: June 6 – 9th, 2007
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
“Using the Environmental Justice Frame to Understand Environmental Awareness of Rural Illiterate Communities”

Great Lakes Consortium Student/Faculty Conference: March 16 – 17th, 2007
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, NY
“The Impact of Oil and Gas Drilling and Environmental Concern of Wetland Communities”

Graduate Student Conference on Latin American Social Policy: March 2 – 3rd, 2007
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
“Environmental Awareness and Concern of Rural Wetland Communities, Trinidad”

Latin American Social and Public Policy Student Conference: February 21st – 23rd, 2007
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
“Evaluating Environmental Awareness: A Case Study of the Nariva Swamp, Trinidad”
 

PLACA Graduate Brown Bag Presentation: November 9th 2006
Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
“Evaluating Environmental Awareness: A Case Study of the Nariva Swamp, Trinidad”

WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCES ATTENDED

Emerging Scholars Workshop – June 23rd 2011
Burlington, Vermont

Colgate University White Eagle Retreat – May 2011
Hamilton, NY

Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference – July 10th – 17th 2010
Oxford, England

Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences – June 16th – 20th 2010
Portland, Oregon

Colgate University White Eagle Retreat – May, 2010
Hamilton, NY

Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference – February 7th – 14th 2010
Long Beach, CA

State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Symposium on Teaching, Research and Outreach – Oct. 2006, 2007

SERVICE

Professional
Journals


Reviewer for Journal of Environmental Management
Reviewed JEMA-D-09-01630: December 2009
Reviewed JEMA-D-11-00745: June 2011
Reviewer for Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
Reviewed manuscript for JESS workshop: June 23rd 2011
Reviewer for Environmental Sciences and Policy
Reviewed D-2027: July 2011

Associations
Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences
Awards Committee
July 2010 to present

Organizations

Youth Environmental and Development Coalition
Founder and President
March 2009 to present

The Community HUB
Director of Environment
May 2009 to present

Institute for Caribbean Studies, Environmental Working Group
August 2008 to present

University and Departmental
Internal Committees and Activities


Environmental Studies Representative for Qualitative data hire  
Fall 2011
Environmental Studies Steering Committee
July 2009 – May 2012
Multicultural Affairs Admission Committee
July 2010 – present
Africana and Latin American Committee
July 2010 – May 2013
April Visit Days Faculty Panel
April 20th 2011 – Memorial Chapel

Student Committees

Carly Keller: Advisee, Colgate University
Wanjun Peng: Masters Candidate, SUNY ESF
Catherine Foley: Masters Candidate, SUNY ESF

Alternative Break Trips

New Orleans, LA – January 10th to 16th 2010
COVE
Jamaica, W.I. – March 2010
University Church
Nairobi, Kenya – May 16th – 30th 2011
COVE

General

Search Committee for Department Chair for Environmental Studies:
January 2007 to August 2007
Environmental Studies Department Graduate Committee:
October 2007 (one year appointment)
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Aide:
August 2007 (one year appointment)
Baptist Campus Ministries, Syracuse University
Mission Trip to Senegal (2006), India (2008)

MEMBERSHIPS

Association of American Geographers
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
Caribbean Studies Association
UN Online Volunteer