Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Robert Sanford Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Rob Sanford

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Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Environmental Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse
  • M.S., Environmental Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse
  • B.A., Anthropology (Summa cum laude), SUNY, Potsdam


Rob Sanford received his B.A. in anthropology from SUNY-Potsdam in 1982. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) after several years of conducting impact assessments.

Rob spent nine years as an environmental hearing officer in Vermont. Rob has been an adjunct faculty member at SUNY-ESF, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, and Antioch New England Graduate School.

Rob has been on the faculty of the Department of Environmental Science & Policy since 1996.

Courses Taught at USM:

ESP 101 Fundamentals of Environmental Science

ESP 102 Fundamentals of Environmental Science Lab

ESP 110 Introduction to Nature Tourism

ESP 125 Environmental Ecology

ESP 150 Field Immersion

ESP 200 Environmental Planning

ESP 280 Research Methods

ESP 305 Community Planning Workshop                                    

ESP 401 Environmental Impact Assessment

ESP 417 Site Planning and Assessment

ESP 445 Environmental Education and Interpretation

ESP 542 Environmental Science Concepts for Teachers

ESP 545 Environmental Education & Interpretation

Research Interests

Environmental Planning, cultural resources management, and environmental education.

Recent Publications

Sanford, R. M. 2015. Reading Rural Landscapes: A Field Guide to New England's Past. Tilbury House. Thomaston, ME.

Neumann, T. W., B. Bates and R. M. Sanford. 2011. Setting up the basic archaeology     laboratory. In M. Sutton and D. Arkush (eds.), Basic Laboratory Methods in     Archaeology, 5th Ed. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, IA. pp 351-368.

Wagner, Travis and Robert Sanford, 2010. Environmental Science: Active Learning Laboratories and Applied Problem Sets, 2nd Ed. John Wiley & Sons, NY.

Neumann, Thomas W., Robert M. Sanford, and Karen Harry, 2010. Cultural Resources Archaeology: An Introduction, 2nd Ed. AltaMira Press. Lanham, MD.

Neumann, Thomas W. and Robert M. Sanford, 2010. Practicing Archaeology, 2nd ed. AltaMira Press. Lanham, MD.

Sanford, R., S. Plummer and R. Mosher. 2009. Presumpscot River Watershed CD Resource Guide for Teachers. Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Cumberland County Soil and Water District, Gorham, ME. 

Wagner, T, S. Langley-Turnbaugh, R. Sanford and M. Cartwright. 2007. A public university science department’s experience with problem-based cohort-learning.  In K.K. Karakstis and T. Elgren (eds.), Developing & Sustaining a Research-Supportive Curriculum: A Compendium of Successful Practices. Council on Undergraduate Research, Washington, D.C. pp. 295-313.

 Sanford, R. M. 2007. Introduction to environmental problems: P x A x T = I. In E. Wells, G. Fisher, K. Lionberger, D. Goodwin, M. Harriger, V. Okereke, and H. Staples  (eds.), Instructor’s Guide for AP Environmental Science, 15th Ed. Thomson Learning/Brooks-Cole. pp.1-7.

Sanford, R. M. 2007. Environmental education, environmental awareness, and comparison with the Elizabeth Kübler-Ross stages of grief in dealing with death and dying. New England Journal of Environmental Education. 20. Fall 2007. 

Stroud, H. B. and R. M. Sanford. 2006. Platted lands and growth management in the Evergreen State. The Pennsylvania Geographer 43(1): 36-48.

Wagner, T., S. J. Langley-Turnbaugh and R. M. Sanford. 2006. Using a scientific paper format to foster problem-based, cohort-learning in an undergraduate environmental science department. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education 35: 53-61.