Dr. Spencer S. Stober is a Professor of Biology and Educational Leadership, Alvernia University (USA). His primary areas of interest include environmental sustainability, and the intersection between religion and science.

(See my biography page for more information).


Latest publications:
Close Encounters of the Natural Kind: Eco-Composition, Citizen Science, and Academe

Eco-composition encourages reflection on natural phenomena, and if creatively linked to a “citizen science” project, becomes a tool that can cause college students to develop plans for a sustainable environment.

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Sustaining Gaia through Learning Communities: A Case Study in Higher Education

A quest to promote sustainable communities through aggressive activism caused graduate professors to develop an interdisciplinary master’s program in the liberal arts tradition.

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Academic Service Abroad: Confronting our Limitations

An academic service project in the Dominican Republic by health care professionals earning their MBA caused this professor to reflect on limitations imposed by worldviews and the academic culture.

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Mother Nature and Her Discontents: Gaia as a Metaphor for Environmental Sustainability

Gaia (the Greek goddess of Mother Earth) came to life in modern times as Lovelock’s Hypothesis. Her discontents are revealed to us as global warming and she deserves our consideration.

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Ecuador: Mother Nature’s Utopia

Political and cultural factors may explain Ecuador’s recent move to include environmental provisions that protect ecosystems by recognizing Pachamama (“Mother Earth”) in its 2008 Constitution.

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Environmental Memes: Form, Function, and Reasons for Optimism

This paper describes environmental memes as creating principles in the minds of people, and these principles are used as benchmarks to judge and mediate our interactions with nature.

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Interdisciplinary Teaching: Confessions of a “Biologian”

This paper will offer pedagogical suggestions for the interdisciplinary teaching of the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging genetic technologies.

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Universities and Community Engagement for a Sustainable Community

This paper discusses community engagement pedagogy and efforts by a university with a local community to develop an environmental education center and wetland habitat.

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Nature-centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative

Nature-centered Leadership is a book for those who aspire to reflect on their relationship with Nature while influencing others to do the same.

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Nature-Centered Leadership: Viewing Nature as a Stakeholder in Strategic Planning

Leadership is not just about people, strategic planning with nature in mind will help us to fulfill our obligation to future generations, human and otherwise.

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