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Robert Sanford

Affiliated Faculty, Professor of Environmental Science & Policy
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Office Location

106A Bailey Hall


(207) 780-5756


  • 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 a district environmental board coordinator for Vermont's Act 250 land development law. 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 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 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
  • EPA 542 Environmental Science Concepts for Teachers
  • EPB 545 Environmental Education & Interpretation

Research Interests

Environmental Planning, cultural resources management, and environmental education

Recent Publications

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.

Sanford, R. M. 2006.Profiles of Intentional Teaching and Liberal Learning. University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME.

Sanford, Robert M. and Dana H. Farley. 2004. Site Plan and Development Review: A Guide for Northern New England. (Putney Press, Newfane, VT .

Sanford, Robert M. and Hubert B. Stroud, 2004. "Master plan review in resort development: The case of Stratton Mountain , Vermont ," The Pennsylvania Geographer . 41(2):3-24.

Sanford, Robert M. and Mark B. Lapping, 2003. "The Beckoning Country: Act 200, Act 250 and Regional Planning in Vermont." In O. Furuseth & M. Lapping, (eds),Big Places, Big Plans: Perspectives on Rural Policy and Planning

Sanford, Robert M., 2001. "Humor in teaching." In Brady, E. M. and D. H. Larson,The Spirit of Teaching. University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine.

Sanford, Robert M. and Hubert B. Stroud, 2000. "Evaluating the effectiveness of Act 250 in protecting Vermont streams," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 43(5): 623-641.