more camera action!

Hi all,


While some of our ES majors become celebrities in front of the camera, others have been busy behind the camera too.


Alum Brian Kelley (2010) continues to win accolades for his environmental filmmaking.  His latest achievements include three Emmys (outstanding documentary, photography, and editing) for a collaborative project conducted at American University’s Program for Environmental Filmmaking.  The film, Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay ( has also aired on Maryland PBS and is currently screening at the Chesapeake Bay Museum.


Emily Constantian (2013) began her foray into environmental filmmaking with this short video that’s practice for a longer documentary related to her senior thesis project on one rural community’s efforts to fight food insecurity: .


Go majors!




Salma Monani, Assistant Professor 

Environmental Studies Department

Gettysburg College

Campus Box 2455

300 N. Washington St.

Gettysburg, PA 17325



From sea to shining sea: ES alums = media stars!

Hi, ES folks –

            ES alums Ben Grupe and Danielle Bates Haulsee sent me the following messages and links (see below).  They have both been on TV shows that highlighted their grad school research projects.

Ben is doing deep-sea oceanographic work in the Pacific, and Danielle is tagging Atlantic sharks and tracking them with satellites.

So cool!  ES rocks!

See you soon.  I wish you all a terrific fall semester!

– John

John A. Commito


Environmental Studies Department

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA


Phone:    717-337-6030

Fax:        717-337-8550




From: Benjamin Grupe []
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2012 1:01 AM
To: John Commito; Peter Fong
Subject: My 15 minutes of fame…

Hi Doc and Peter,

I haven’t sent much of an update in a while, but this seems like a good week to do it. I was part of a grad student-led cruise here at Scripps, which led to our discovery of a methane seep off San Diego. It’s turned into sort of a big local story, so I wanted to share the press release and a link to our tv/radio interviews at the local PBS station yesterday.

I’m chief scientist for another student cruise in December, which will hopefully be our first chance to see this new seep. It’s the continuation of what’s been opportunity after opportunity by being at Scripps, though it will make this year incredibly busy since I’m trying to finish my dissertation by next summer. I just wanted to share the news, say hello, and hope all is well with you and the Bio & ES departments at Gettysburg.


From: [] On Behalf Of Danielle Haulsee
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 3:35 PM
To: John Commito
Subject: I’m almost famous. <-radio <-video, we are chapter 4

Please pass these links along. A couple weeks ago some people from WHYY tagged along on the boat and did some interviews with me, and (mostly) my PI’s about our shark fishing project. There is a video, in which you can see me perform some shark surgery, as well as a radio segment, where I sound like an idiot. 

Rumor is Jeff Corwin is coming to film next week for a segment on one of his shows… Don’t spread any rumors about it until I follow up with a confirmatory picture though. 

Miss everyone! I will try to visit in the fall, and will definitely be able to give some sort of seminar/talk thing about the ridiculous grad project I have gotten myself into. 

Miss you all!


Danielle Haulsee

Graduate Student

College of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

University of Delaware

The ES Department is hiring an environmental scientist


Gettysburg College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Department ( to begin August, 2013.  The successful candidate must have a PhD in an environmental science discipline, have a commitment to teaching and advising in the liberal arts tradition, and aim to involve undergraduate students in his or her research.  Specialization may be in any environmental science, but expertise in wildlife ecology or restoration ecology in terrestrial ecosystems is preferred.  The successful candidate will teach introductory courses to majors and non-majors, as well as upper level courses in his or her area of expertise. To apply, send a pdf-format curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research goals, and three letters of reference, including at least one that addresses teaching effectiveness to: Dr. Rud Platt,, subject: scientist search.  Priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2012. 

Gettysburg College is a highly selective liberal arts college located within 90 minutes of the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. Established in 1832, the College has a rich history and is situated on a 220-acre campus with an enrollment of approximately 2,700 students. Gettysburg College celebrates diversity and welcomes applications from members of any group that has been historically underrepresented in the American academy. The College assures equal employment opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability.