Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies


Hood-Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies (Hood-CCWS) studies all aspects of coastal environments. We use science to find solutions for environmental problems in a socially responsible manner. Starting locally and expanding regionally, we work with communities and organizations to improve water quality, while fostering valuable experiential learning for our students. As a center of excellence within Hood College, we strive to connect students with coastal environments, research important issues, and provide local opportunities to make a positive change. Our work is primarily divided into three focus areas:

Read our most recent Quinquennial Report (2018-2022) for the latest happenings in the Center!








Our past and future come together in coastal environments. In keeping with the best of Hood’s liberal arts tradition, our aim is to provide a framework for multi-disciplinary learning and research by students and faculty with the goal of understanding the genesis, complexities, and possible solutions to environmental and social issues that impact the coastlines and watersheds of our region, nation, and world. Simultaneously, we prepare our students to use state-of-the-art technologies and practices that can lead them into productive careers and lives of service within our communities.

Learn more on his Faculty Bio Page.

Email: dferrier@hood.edu 

Phone: 301-696-3660 

Office: Hodson Science & Technology Center, Room 308E 

Office Hours: By Appointment.


Katie (BA '06) is a Coastal Studies Program alum ('04 & '06) and has been an adjunct professor for the Coastal Studies program since 2013.  Katie joined the team in 2021 as the CCWS Academic Program Coordinator for the Sustainability Major and Coastal Studies Program.   

Email: huy@hood.edu

Phone: 301-696-3318

Office: Hodson Science & Technology Center, Room 308F

Office Hours: By Appointment.

Catherine has been at Hood for 3 years, serving as a Field and Lab technician on many environmental service contracts, with a BS in Environmental Science (Washington College, '19). 

Email: gaudlip@hood.edu

Phone: 301-696-3652

Office: Hodson Science & Technology, Room 308F

Office Hours: By Appointment.

Jen manages the upkeep of the many greenhouses and gardens with FFSN.

Email: jc32@hood.edu

Phone: n/a

Office: Gardens/Greenhouses!

Office Hours: By Appointment.

Learn more on his Faculty Bio Page.

Email: kindahl@hood.edu

Phone: 301-696-3659

Office: Hodson Science & Technology Center, Room 156

Office Hours: By Appointment.

Emily Southgate was formerly a Research Associate Professor at Rutgers University, where she did research at the intersection of ecology and history. She has worked extensively with the National Park Service in their cultural parks, providing historical ecological background to guide management of their natural resources. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, where, together with colleagues, she integrated data from palynological research in the northeastern United States to arrive at a composite picture of changing forest composition over the last 500 years. Her book, “People and the Land Through Time. Linking Ecology and History” (Yale Univ. Press, 2019) has inspired both ecologists and environmental historians to incorporate each others’ fields in their research. She is also active in the environmental community in Virginia, serving on the Board of the Virginia Native Plant Society and as a “citizen scientist” sampling stream macroinvertebrates, birds for the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas, and grassland vegetation.

Email: ewbsouthgate@gmail.com

Phone: n/a

Office: n/a

Office Hours: By Appointment.


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Life after Hood for Coastal Studies Alumnus, Shane Simms

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" Anyone who is going back and forth about their major… trust your gut and don’t be afraid to try new things and open up to people… you never know where they can take you."

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Angel Boardley

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Angel Boardley ’24 is a current pre-medical biology student in the 4PLUS dual B.A./M.S. program. Currently, she is completing an internship with KamTek, Inc., and she was recently named Intern of the Month by the Maryland Technology Internship Program. In this Q&A, Boardley discusses her background and goals for a career in biotech.

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