Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education, Director of Sustainability Leadership Semester
- B.S., Indiana University, 2006
- M.S., University of Wyoming, 2011
- Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 2014
- (574) 799-5869
- Merry Lea
SUST 300: Sustainability and Regeneration
SUST 200: Sustainable Living Skills
ENED 520: Principles of Environmental Education
ENED 525: Environmental Issues and History
BIOL 340: Field Experience in Environmental Education
Pontius, J., Greenwood, D., Mueller, M. (Eds.). (Forthcoming). Hunting, Gathering, and Fishing for Food: Place Studies and Perspectives. Environmental Discourses in Science Education Book Series. Springer, NY.
Pontius, J., Greenwood, D., Ryan, J. (2014). Hunting for ecological learning. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 18, 80-95.
Pontius, J. (2014). Old relationship, new appeal: New hunters consider land and food, life and death. Wyoming Wildlife Magazine.
Pontius, J. (2013). A change of pace. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Bugle Magazine.
Schramm, J., Pontius, J. (2016, May). Awe and anger, grief and wonder: Lessons from a residential undergraduate program in sustainability. Wonder and the Natural World Conference, Bloomington, IN.
Pontius, J. (2013, Nov.). Sustainable food beyond the barcode: Eating from and giving back to wild lands. Good Mule Project, Laramie, WY.
Pontius, J., Davis, S. (2013, Oct.) Diverse ecological pathways to environmental education: Engaging our stories. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Pontius, J. (2012, Oct.). Socioecological learning through embodiment: Ungulate ecology in upper elementary environmental education. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Oakland, CA.
Pontius, J. (2012, Oct.). Becoming/hunting animals: Narratives of hunting as ecological learning. Presented at the North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium, Oakland, CA.
Pontius, J. (2012, Oct.). Exploring eating and ecological learning: A collaborative session. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Oakland, CA.
Pontius, J. (2011, Oct.). Connecting to place through nature study: Examples from summer school. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Raleigh, NC.
Pontius, J. (2011, Oct.). Environmental education in action: Mentorship for ecologically-minded hunters. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Raleigh, NC.
Parker, S., Pontius, J. (2011, March).Place-based learning in public schools: Examples from the field. Wyoming School Improvement Conference, Casper, WY.
Pontius, J. (2010, Sept.). River-based education in the Laramie Valley, Wyoming. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Buffalo, NY,.
Pontius, J., Parker, S. (2010, Jan.). Beyond field teaching: Local asset mapping for more meaningful environmental education. Wyoming Math and Science Teachers’ Conference, Casper, WY.
Holistic Ecological Learning through Hunting, Gathering, and Fishing for Sustainable Food
For most of human natural history, our species has been holistically connected to the plant and animal lives that create our moving, learning bodies. The rise of global food industries and the myriad processes that abstract people from the true sources of our sustenance have left many people feeling disconnected from earth’s living systems. Recently, in the context of the vibrant and growing local foods movement, people of diverse cultures and backgrounds are working to reclaim and reconnect with the lives of their food by hunting, gathering, fishing and gleaning for food on place-conscious scales. In my scholarly work I am exploring how diverse practices for procuring local, wild, sustainable foods provide entry points into meaningful relationships with place, culture, human and more-than-human communities, and how such practices support the growth of holistic ecological consciousness.
Transformational Learning in Residential Place-Based Higher Education
Merry Lea is home to a number of innovative residential place-based education programs. The purpose of this project is to explore a broad spectrum of transformational learning outcomes created through immersion in such learning experiences. How do thoughtfully-built learning communities contribute to transformational learning? What are the impacts of time in solitude and reflective practice on learning? What is the role of creativity, the arts and humanities, in the re-visioning of relationships with self and others? How do residential transformational learning experiences influence participants’ practices of spirituality and perceptions of interconnectedness among humans and the land?