• E De Santo
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies



Office: HAC121C

Office Hours

I am on sabbatical leave July 2020 - June 2021.  If you would like to make an appointment to speak with me, please send an email to: edesanto [at] fandm [dot] 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.

PhD - University College London, University of London: Geography, co-supervised in Laws
MSc - London School of Economics and Political Science: History of International Relations
MEM - Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment: Coastal Environmental Management 
BA - Connecticut College: Zoology, minor in Anthropology
CNX 240 - The Whale
ENE/STS 117 - Environment and Human Values
ENE/STS 216 - Environmental Policy
ENE/GOV 320 - International Environmental Law
ENE 405 - Marine Protected Areas