Faculty Scholarship

Art and Art History Department

Daniel P. Bruggeman
Dan Bruggeman teaches observational and figure drawing. His own work reflects an interest in the portrayal of natures complexity and the challenge of presenting a whole comprised of parts belonging to different dimensions. Bruggeman has recently exhibited his paintings and dioramas at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis and Bridgewater, Lustberg, Blumenfeld Gallery in New York. His work can be found in public and private collections including The Minnesota Historical Society. He has also received McKnight, NEA and Minnesota State Arts Board fellowships.

David Lefkowitz
Carleton College, B.A., University of Illinois, Chicago, M.F.A David Lefkowitz teaches painting, drawing and the Jr. Seminar: Critical Issues in Contemporary Art. In his own work, Lefkowitz combines Western traditions of representational oil painting with the flotsam and jetsam of consumer culture to draw attention to the complex relations between image and object, past and present, and nature and culture. His work can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Miami Art Museum, and The Langen Foundation in Neuss, Germany. He is represented in Minneapolis by Thomas Barry Fine Arts and in Chicago by the Carrie Secrist Gallery.

Stephen Mohring
Amherst College, B.A., Rhode Island School of Design, M.F.A. Stephen Mohring teaches sculpture, woodworking, and critical theory. He runs the college sawmill program which he developed in collaboration with the Arboretum, producing sustainably harvested lumber for the art department. He also works as the resident set designer for Ten Thousand Things a Twin Cities based company that brings lively, intelligent theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts. Previously Stephen helped found and direct The Soap Factory, a Twin Cities nonprofit organization that supports emerging artists. His sculpture has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and has received numerous awards.

Linda Rossi
University of Minnesota, B.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art, M.F.A. Linda Rossi teaches photography, digital photography and the Junior Seminar Critical Issues in Contemporary Art. Her work is primarily in large-scale photo installation including video and sculpture to illuminate both historical and current issues. She has received numerous Jerome, McKnight and Minnesota State Arts grants. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Strogonvo Palace, Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran.  Her work can be viewed in the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  View an exhibition of her work at Carleton: Sound Suspended

Biology Department

Sarah Deel
Sarah is trained as an invertebrate biologist with a focus on endosymbiotic relationships in marine invertebrates. She is interested in how students best learn new concepts and skills in biology, and in how students utilize research experiences to deepen their understanding of biology. At Carleton, she has been involved with laboratory sections of Intro Biology, Animal Physiology, and Genetics. Currently she is developing, preparing, and teaching labs for Intro Biology I: Energetics and Genetics (Biol 125).

Mark McKone

Dr. McKone is an evolutionary ecologist and pursues research on the interactions between insects and plants. Particular interests include the pollinator community of prairie composites and the evolutionary impact of pre-dispersal seed predators of grasses. He teaches Evolution, Population Ecology, Tropical Rainforest Ecology, and part of Introductory Biology.

Dan Hernandez
Dr. Hernandez received his B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas (2001) and his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota (2007).  He did postdoctoral work  at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Environmental Studies Department. Dan is an ecosystem ecologist interested in the role of aboveground-belowground interactions on carbon and nutrient cycling.  His current research investigates the effects of nitrogen deposition and herbivory on plant communities and soil processes with the goal of understanding how restoration and management efforts influence ecosystems.

Environmental Studies

Kimberly Smith
University of Michigan, AB; University of California (Berkeley), JD; University of Michigan, PhD. Professor Smith is trained in political theory, American political institutions and policy, and constitutional law, but her research and teaching focuses mostly on environmental studies.  She currently teaches courses in environmental ethics, environmental justice, environmental law and policy, and constitutional law.

Geology Department

Mary Savina
Carleton, B.A.; California (Berkeley), M.A., Ph.D. Dr. Savina teaches geomorphology, geology of soils, hydrology, and environmental geology. She is active in the Archaeology and Environmental Studies programs and is also the geology department liaison for students seeking teacher certification in earth sciences. Her professional work centers on geological education and on the archaeology of Greece.