Monty Hempel

Monty Hempel
Hedco Professor of Environmental Studies

Monty Hempel is the Hedco Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands, and he offers insight on a range of current environmental topics.

He can comment on sustainability, climate disruption, human population stabilization, environmental science and politics, renewable energy policy and wilderness preservation. He also offers expertise on marine environmental studies, with an emphasis on international coral reef protection.

Hempel also produces environmental documentary films, one of which received the John Muir Award for Best Environmental Film at the 2011 Yosemite International Film Festival.

Additionally, he is a former president of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Hempel earned a doctorate in government and environmental policy, as well as a master’s degree in international environmental policy from Claremont Graduate University. He earned his undergraduate degree in ecology and public policy from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental science
  • Environmental politics
  • Sustainability concepts and practice
  • Environmental documentary filmmaking
  • Climate disruption
  • Climate science
  • Policy and ethics
  • Maine environmental studies
  • Global environmental governance strategies
  • Human population stabilization
  • Solar energy policy
  • International coral reef protection
  • Sustainable community development
  • Solar energy development

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