Meet the Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Academic Advisers

Corrie Grosse

Dr. Corrie Grosse

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Office: New Science Center 112, Saint John's University
Phone: (320) 363-2552

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Courses:

  • ENVR 150: Intro to Environmental Studies
  • ENVR 250: Environmental Methods and Analysis
  • ENVR 300X: Energy and Society
  • ENVR 320: Research Colloquium
  • ENVR 395: Research Seminar

Degrees and Post-Graduate Research/Study

  • Ph.D. in Sociology with Interdepartmental Emphasis in Environment and Society, University of California Santa Barbara
  • M.A. in Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara
  • B.A. in Sociology and Spanish, University of Idaho

Corrie Grosse began teaching at CSB/SJU in the fall of 2017. She specializes in the intersection of energy extraction, climate justice and grassroots organizing. Her current research examines how communities in Idaho and California work together to resist hydraulic fracturing and tar sands. She has also conducted research with youth climate justice activists at the 2013 UNFCCC meeting, and with women who work in Fairtrade production in Ecuador. Originally from Teton Valley, Idaho, she loves being outside. Some of her favorite activities are running, biking, hiking, fly fishing, camping, and making good food with family and friends. For more information about her work and climate justice, visit her website: www.corriegrosse.com.

Dr. Troy Knight

Dr. Troy Knight

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Office: New Science Center 116, Saint John's University
Phone: (320) 363-2007

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Courses:

  • ENVR 150: Intro to Environmental Studies
  • ENVR 175: Earth Systems Science
  • ENVR 250: Environmental Methods and Analysis
  • ENVR 275: Humans in the Environment
  • ENVR 331: Science of Global Climate Change
  • ENVR 320: Research Colloquium
  • ENVR 395: Research Seminar

Degrees and Post-Graduate Research/Study:

  • Ph.D. in Geography, University of Arizona
  • M.S. in Geography, Georgia State University
  • B.A. in Anthropology and History, University of Georgia

Troy Knight began teaching at CSB/SJU in the fall of 2009. His initial academic training was in archaeology where an interest in how past societies impacted their environments, and were in turn impacted by environmental change, was ignited. His current research efforts are focused on the role of climate in past (late Holocene) vegetation change in the American West. He specializes in dendrochronology, the study of tree-rings, to learn about our planet's recent natural history.

Dr. Derek LarsonDr. Derek Larson

Environmental Studies Department Chair
Professor of Environmental Studies and History

Office: New Science Center 118, Saint John’s University
Phone: (320) 363-3247

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Courses:

  • ENVR 150: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENVR 315: American Environmental Classics
  • ENVR 320: Research Colloquium
  • ENVR 395: Research Seminar
  • HIST 360: US Environmental History

Degrees and Post Graduate Research/Study:

  • Ph.D. in History, Indiana University
  • M.A. in History, Indiana University
  • M.A. in Religion, Yale University
  • B.A. in History and Religious Studies, Lewis and Clark College

Derek Larson began teaching at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in 1998. Dr. Larson has served as Chair of the Environmental Studies Department since 2001 and holds a joint appointment with the CSB/SJU Department of History. His current research is focused on Environmental Politics in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s. Every month he writes an Op-Ed article for the St. Cloud Times and in his spare time he enjoys fishing, playing guitar, camping and woodworking.

Dr. Jean LavigneDr. Jean Lavigne

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Office: New Science Center 114, Saint John's University
Phone: (320) 363-3994

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Courses:

  • ENVR 150: Intro to Environmental Studies
  • ENVR 250: Environmental Methods & Analysis
  • ENVR 310: Environmental Geography
  • ENVR 311: Intro to Geographic Information Systems
  • ENVR 320: Research Colloquium
  • ENVR 395: Senior Research Seminar

Degrees and Post-Graduate Research/Study:

  • Ph.D. in Geography, University of Kentucky
  • M.S. in Geography, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. in Geography, Macalester College

Jean Lavigne started teaching at CSB/SJU in the fall of 2006. She has traveled extensively (especially in Asia), and as a geographer she is interested in the entire world. She spent fall semester of 2008 leading the CSB/SJU semester abroad in France. Her academic interests include the policy dimensions of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the politics of food, water resources, and environmental issues in Asia. She has two children who sometimes show up on campus, and a cat who stays at home. She is very happy to be here at CSB/SJU, where she finds her colleagues truly collegial and her students truly studious.

Dr. Joe StorlienDr. Joe Storlien

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Office: New Science Center 110, Saint John's University
Phone: (320) 363-2053

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Courses:

  • ENVR 150: Intro to Environmental Studies
  • ENVR 250: Environmental Methods and Analysis
  • ENVR 175: Earth Systems Science
  • ENVR 275: Humans in the Environment
  • ENVR 300T: Sustainable Agricultural Science
  • ENVR 320: Research Colloquium
  • ENVR 395: Research Seminar

Degrees and Post-Graduate Research/Study:

  • Ph.D. in Soil Science, Texas A&M University
  • M.S. in Environmental & Technological Studies, St. Cloud State University
  • B.S. in Environmental Studies, St. Cloud State University

Joe Storlien began teaching at CSB/SJU in the fall of 2014. Growing up in a small farming community in southwestern Minnesota gave him an early connection to his interest in environmental issues in agriculture. His early academic work focused on nutrient cycling and sustainable agriculture. His more recent work involves sustainable bioenergy/biofuel crop production, carbon cycling, soil trace gas emissions, and measuring human impact on drivers of global climate change. He can also be found biking, fishing, gardening, and attending live music performances in his free time.


Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Kyhl LyndgaardDr. Kyhl Lyndgaard

Affiliated Scholar of Environmental Studies
Director, CSB/SJU Writing Center and First Year Seminar Program
Office: Alcuin Library 355, Saint John's University
Phone: (320) 363-2392

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Courses:

  • ENVR 315: American Environmental Classics

Degrees and Post-Graduate Research/Study:

  • Professor of Writing and Director of Environmental Studies, Marlboro College (2011-15)
  • ACM-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in English and Environmental Studies, Luther College (2010-11)
  • Ph.D. in English from the Literature & Environment Program, University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.A. in English, University of California, Davis
  • B.A. in English, Saint John's University

Kyhl Lyndgaard returned to CSB/SJU in the fall of 2015. As an environmental writer and scholar, his teaching and research interests include the energy humanities, American environmental literature, popular science writing and ecocriticism. He enjoys exploring the world with his family; having recently built a small and efficient lake home, however, he is becoming an avid staycationer!


Department Staff

Jenny KutterJenny Kutter

Department Coordinator | Assistant to the Chair
Office: New Science Center 104, Saint John's University
Phone: (320) 363-3163

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Degrees:

  • B.A. in Chemistry and Environmental Studies,  College of Saint Benedict

Jenny Kutter began work in the environmental studies department in 2008. Her interests in science and the environment have taken her career in a variety of directions: analyst at the newborn screening laboratory for the State of Minnesota, lab manager at a private water testing laboratory, head baker at Saint Benedict's Monastery, and garden manager for Common Ground Garden. Her interests in the environment spill over into her home life where she and her husband have been restoring a 100-year-old farmhouse, complete with geothermal heating/cooling and solar photovoltaic electricity. A solarthermal winter greenhouse keeps her rich in greens throughout the winter, and summer gardens and a small chicken ranch help feed her passion for cooking and eating locally. Kayaking, good music, good food and spending time with her young children feed her soul.


Contributing Faculty:

Jeff Anderson, Peace Studies (Ph.D., The American University)
Richard Bresnahan, Art (B.A., Saint John’s University)
Gordon Brown, Biology (Ph.D., University of Minnesota)
Terry Check, Communications (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh)
William Lamberts, Biology (Ph.D., University of Minnesota)
Matthew Lindstrom, Political Science (Ph.D. Northern Arizona University)
Christen Strollo, Chemistry (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside)
Charles Wright, Philosophy (Ph.D., State University of New York—Stony Brook)