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Environmental Studies

Eileen Sylvan Johnson

Lecturer in Environmental Studies

Contact Information

Environmental Studies

Adams Hall - 108

Teaching this semester

ENVS 2301. Building Resilient Communities

Eileen Sylvan Johnson
Examines efforts by communities and regions to build resilience in the face of changing environmental and social conditions. Examines how local leaders can work in complex settings to set goals and mobilize federal, private, and non-profit resources to achieve specific, cross-cutting objectives that include strengthening local economies, safeguarding important environmental values, protecting public health, and addressing issues of economic and social justice. Provides students with firsthand understanding of how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are playing an increasingly important role in understanding and informing effective approaches for expanding resilience at a community level by integrating social and natural data to inform policy decision. Students learn GIS as part of the course.

Eileen Johnson - Bowdoin College


  • PhD, University of Maine (Ecology and Environmental Science)
  • MRP. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Regional Planning)
  • BS. Cornell University

I teach courses that incorporate spatial analysis and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and remote sensing with a community based focus. I also oversee the ES program’s endowed summer fellowship program.