• E De Santo
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Program Chair of Environment Studies



Office: HAC121C

Office Hours Fall 2019

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:45-2:00PM and 3:45-5:00PM
Book appointments here: shorturl.at/IMOT8
Other days/times by appointment (edesanto@fandm.edu)


Elizabeth De Santo is a human geographer with training in environmental law, history of international relations, environmental management, and marine zoology.  Her teaching and research focus on marine conservation and environmental governance, critically examining: (1) the efficacy of spatial approaches to conserving marine species and habitats, and (2) improving the science-policy interface in environmental decision-making.  She is particularly interested in the challenges of effectively implementing Marine Protected Areas and biodiversity conservation worldwide. 

Prior to joining F&M, she taught in the Marine Affairs Program  and the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia, Canada.  She has also held positions with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Environment Center, consultancies with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and she is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.   She is also a member of the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association, and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

For more information on Dr. De Santo's teaching, research and publications, please see her website.