Faculty and Staff
Michelle D. Land
Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs
Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding
Andrew C. Revkin
Consulting Faculty for Academic Affairs
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.
After graduating summa cum laude from Pace University’s Environmental Studies program with a minor in Political Science, Caroline Craig joined Pace Academy as a Research Assistant in June 2012.
While at Pace University, Caroline was selected for the Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship, a competitive 3-year program that provides internships, mentoring, and enriched educational opportunities to promising New York City undergraduates. In Caroline’s first year in the Fellowship, she served as a Teaching Fellow in the Education Department of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. After that, she interned at the Public Affairs Office of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, where she wrote regular press releases and speeches for the Parks Commissioner. As her final internship in the program, Caroline traveled to Guatemala to work with Semilla Nueva, a non-profit organization specializing in community organizing and sustainable agriculture in the country’s poor rural areas. As the Community Development and Relations Intern, she interviewed indigenous farmers and mapped out communication strategies between the young NGO and its American donors.
As an undergraduate, Caroline was one of the founding student leaders of the Dyson College Green House, a new administrative initiative to get first year students more involved in the school community in a way that also positively connected them to the natural world. In 2009, Caroline was accepted into the Political Science Department’s Inauguration Internship, blogging her experiences with The Washington Center during President Obama’s first inauguration. In her junior year, she spent a semester abroad in Spain, receiving C.E.A.’s Global Education Scholarship. Throughout her academic career, she contributed as a writer to the Pace Press student newspaper and as a photographer to the Aphros Student Literary Magazine. At graduation, she received the distinction of the Aldo Leopold Environmental Studies Award.
Since joining Pace Academy, Caroline has helped oversee the implementation, integration and marketing of the university-wide .007% Campaign, a year-long water awareness initiative inspired by the importance and scarcity of fresh clean water around the world. She has also aided in the preparation of the first Mock Senate Hearing at Pace University, which will bring together undergraduates and Pace Law School students in the aim of improving and modernizing the nation’s Clean Water Act.
In her spare time, Caroline volunteers with the Emergency Rescue of her local Lake Carmel Fire Department and is working on her Emergency Medical Technician Certification.
For 35 years, John Cronin has dedicated his career to public service and the environment. The Wall Street Journal has called him “a unique presence on America’s major waterways,” a distinction affirmed by the breadth of his career. As an advocate, lobbyist, legislative and congressional aide, commercial fisherman, author and filmmaker, Cronin has tackled a wide range of frontline issues, such as Clean Water Act enforcement, disposal practices at Love Canal, estuary and fisheries management, and protection of the New York City watershed.
Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding
Andrew C. Revkin (2009)
arevkin [at] pace.edu
Andrew 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.
Melissa Grigione is Associate Professor and Director of Pace University’s Graduate Program in Environmental Science. Her primary research interest is mammalian spatial ecology -- understanding how ecological and manmade elements influence home range size and location for particular species. In her lab, tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing technology, and molecular genetic techniques are employed to better understand these questions.
Professor Grigione’s research emphasizes conservation biology. The species she studies are ones whose populations have been seriously altered as a consequence of habitat degradation and fragmentation. In addition to wildlife biology, conserving these species requires an intimate knowledge of political and legislative systems, and community-level human dimension practices.
Grigione, co-founder of The Bordercats Working Group, has worked with a range of species, including mountain lions, Florida panthers, bobcats, coyotes, and Florida burrowing owls. Her international research includes conservation projects for the puma, guanaco, and vicuna in South America and conservation of neotropical cats (ocelots, jaguars, jaguarundis) along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Grigione holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biogeography and Environmental Science from McGill University, and a Master of Arts in Wildlife Ecology from Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. In 1998 she earned her PhD from the University of California, Davis Graduate Group in Ecology.