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Personable and Professional

Drinkard, Maureen

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies/ Coordinator of the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies Majors

Maureen Drinkard, PhD, is trained as a Community Ecologist. Better known around campus as "Dr. Mo", she is a student’s advocate above all. She has guided countless students on their environmental journey via courses, club advisorship, internship programs, pursuing grants to fund programming, and mentorship. She works hard to help her students find a holistic, meaningful, and deeply personal environmental perspective. Dr. Mo is a tinkerer with a variety of interests including kid wrangling, chicken and beekeeping, making lots of stuff (food, beer, art, furniture, and fixtures), gardening, writing, sustainable living, natural building methods, and traveling abroad.

Dr. Mo's teaching philosophy:

INSPIRATION: To inspire students to action by engendering a passion for environmental and ecological issues.
EMPOWERMENT: To empower students by instilling in them a sense of accomplishment, ability, and confidence in their knowledge.
EXPERIENTIAL: To use experiential and hands-on methodologies to convey important concepts.
AFIELD: To use real world and field opportunities when possible.


Ph.D. in Biology/Ecology, Kent State University
B.S. in Conservation, Kent State University


Peer reviewed: 

 Drinkard, M.K., J.E. Nieset, A.M. Romito, M.W. Kershner, and F.A. de Szalay. 2011. “Responses of plants and invertebrate assemblages to water-level fluctuation in headwater wetlands.” Journal of North American Benthological Society 30 (4): 981-996.

Blog Posts: 

“Organic lawn care basics.” Kent Patch. 13 April 2012.

“Cure the winter blues with a green hobby!” Kent Patch. 31 January 2012.

“You get what you pay for: Why Kent’s water is worth it.” Kent Patch. 29 November 2011.

 “Green meat is good meat.” Kent Patch. 19 October 2011.

Community Presentations: 

 2015. Finding Our Way to a Sustainable Future: Personal, regional, and global scales. Brevard College Lecture Series at Connestee Falls, NC.

2013. “The Green Life 101” A series of community lectures in conjunction with Kent State Trumbull’s Earth Day Events. Warren, Ohio.

Drinkard, M.K. and R. E. Donley. 2011. “A day in the life of a green college student.” Keynote speakers for multi-organization event working towards integrating the City of Kent and the College in “Green Efforts” Event name: “Let’s Take a Ride”.

2011. “The Bottom Line is Green.” Kent Regional Business Alliance. Kent, Ohio.

2010. “A vision of sustainability in Ohio” Bioneers Conference: Cleveland, Ohio.

2010. “Ecological Costs of Consumerism.” Kent Environmental Council. Kent, Ohio.


Contact Information

Phone Number: 828-883-8292


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