Global Change 2 
Instructors Winter2003 
updated 01/07/2004

Vincent Abreu

Professor Abreu was an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the Dynamics Explorer mission, which has provided valuable observations of the terrestrial upper atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere. Jointly with UNDP/ Sustainable Development Network Program (SDNP), Dr. Abreu was responsible for organizing SDNP nodes in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine. Dr. Abreu has acted in a consultant capacity and has been involved in projects with the World Bank, the Global Environmental Facility, the United Nations Development Programme/ Sustainable Development Network Programme, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), the Organization of American States, Comision Centro Americana de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD), and the National Research Council.

David Ellsworth

Prof. David Ellsworth is a tree physiologist in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and studies the process of photosynthesis and ecological regulation of photosynthesis in plants. His research focuses on the role of plants in terrestrial carbon cycling, and forest-atmosphere CO2 exchange. He is known for his work on photosynthesis in plants in locations ranging from the tropics to the tundra. He has worked in Australia, Europe, and North and South America, and hopes to climb trees in every continent where they occur.

Tom Gladwin

Tom Gladwin, the Faculty Director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program (CEMP), is the Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan Business School and School of Natural Resources and Environment. The bulk of Tom's research over the past two decades has focused on the intersection of environmentalism and globalism in relation to the behavior of industrial corporations. His more than 125 assorted publications deal variously with environmentally-oriented project planning, multinational corporate environmental management, constructive management or ecological and social conflict, and greening and sustaining of organizational theory and corporate strategy. Professor Gladwin's current and future work centers on establishing and promulgating a science of sustainable enterprise, a new transdisciplinary field addressing relationships among ecosystems, social systems, economic systems and organizational systems. His ongoing research focuses on standards and metrics of sustainable enterprise, the merging of sustainability into industrial ecology, sustainable cognition and ecological design intelligence, ecologically and socially sustainable economic globalization, and sustainable management education.

Richard Ford

Richard I. Ford is Professor at the Department of Anthropology, and Curator of Ethnology and Ethnobotany at the Museum of Anthropology. Throughout his career at Michigan, he has engaged in ethnobotanical and paleoethnobotanical research. Today, he is using past research in the above disciplines to assists Native American tribes with legal cases as an expert witness and consultant. In the area of archaeology, he identifies and interprets plants to learn about past economies and environmental adaptations, including the cultural modification of the landscape and the integration of Iberian crops into Pueblo subsistence patterns. His current research includes rock art analyses in northeastern Mexico, discerning the historic settlement system of selected bands of Jicarilla Apache, and revealing mineral resource utilization in Prehistoric Pueblos in northern Mexico.

Ben van der Pluijm

Prof. Ben van der Pluijm, a structural geologist, studies the deformation of rocks and minerals on all scales.  He joined the University of Michigan in 1985, where he has been ever since.  His interests range from materials on the (electron) microscopic scale to the evolution of mountain ranges.  The latter record the collisional history of continents when plates collide.  His research has taken him to Asia, Europe, South America and North America.  He is chief editor of the leading journal in the geological sciences (GEOLOGY), and serves on several editorial boards and (too many) committees.  He likes to think that he is an expert soccer coach.
Graduate Student Instructors
Michael Baran GSI
Peter Esselman GSI
Lesley Sefcik GSI