Shellie Zias-Roe

Visiting Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies

Shellie Zias-Roe


Ph.D. Prescott College, Sustainability Education

M.A.S. University of Denver, Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management

B.S. University of Redlands, Environmental Policy & Management, Natural Resource Management

B.A. University of Redlands, Liberal Studies

A.A. The Pennsylvania State University, Letters, Arts, and Sciences


Lewis Hall
P: 909.748.8565

Dr. Shellie Zias-Roe: Website


As an environmental scientist and certified professional urban and environmental planner, I have always been interested in the environment and education. By applying knowledge of the natural world and its processes, I develop projects and programs that protect the environment while promoting the health and well-being of its inhabitants. A personal commitment to scholarly inquiry resulted in a doctoral degree from Prescott College in Sustainability Education where I engaged in transformative and experiential learning across multiple disciplines including biophilia, civic and human ecology, natural resource management, collaborative governance, sense of place, environmental & equity planning, and environmental impact assessment. Since 2006, my environmental practice has centered on environmental and community planning in Southern California. My research and engagement efforts have focused on the earth and human connection and the study of resiliency within social-ecological systems. I am interested in the application of systems thinking to transform the lives of people and the environment through multi-perspectival connections.

Courses Offered

First Year Seminar’s

Sustainability Planning

Civic Ecology

Undergraduate Courses in the Environmental Studies Department

Introduction to Environmental Studies

Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Planning

Resilient Cities: Planning for Climate Change

Professional Development for Environmental Careers


Visiting Assistant Professor & Adjunct Faculty, University of Redlands, 2013-Present

Associate Planner, County of San Bernardino: Land Use Services, 2006-2013


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Zias-Roe, Shellie (2022). Community-scale climate change policy inquiry: experiential environmental education at the University of Redlands. Journal of American Planning Association. (forthcoming)

Zias-Roe, Shellie. (2022). Actuating a sustainable paradigm by perpetuating a small-scale rehearsal for change. Journal of Sustainability Education. (accepted)

Zias-Roe, Shellie. (2018). Equity and inclusion in planning: engaging a uniquely abled vulnerable population in the participatory process. Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest.

APA Planning for Equity Policy Guide Task Force, 2019 (contributing author)

Book Chapters

Zias-Roe, Shellie (2016). Community and Ecological Resilience through Civic Ecology. In M. E. Krasny & and K. Snyder (Eds). Civic Ecology: Stories about love of life, love of place. (pp. 165-172). Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab. Ithaca NY.

Authored Environmental Planning Documents

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Documents:

Salton Sea Salinity Gradient Solar Pond Initial Study

Restoration of Red Hill Bay at the Salton Sea Initial Study

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Expansion Project Initial Study

Matich Asphalt Batch Plant Initial Study

Central Valley Juvenile Facility Redevelopment/Replacement Project Initial Study

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Documents:

Lugonia Avenue HUD Housing Project

Awards, Honors, Grants

Office of Career & Professional Development Faculty Champion Awardee, Fall, 2019

Recognized for Professional Work Integrating Diversity in Urban Planning: California American Planning Association State Conference Diversity Summit

American Planning Association Diversity Task Force – National Appointment 2019

American Planning Association Diversity Chapter Chair, 2015-2020


American Planning Association

American Institute for Certified Planners

    • Certified Planner
    • Certified Environmental Planner

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences

Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy Board Member 2022

Fun Facts

  • When I was a young girl, I would play in the woods behind my house in Western Pennsylvania. I often played alone with the chipmunks while observing the colors, smells, and sounds of the forest. One time, I caught a chipmunk and it bit me. I took it home in my pocket.
  • I joined 4-H as a teenager and helped my neighbor with their horses.
  • When I was in college at Penn State, I worked at a summer camp in the central PA mountain ranges. I would ride my bike five miles each way to go to work, as I did not have a car. Needless to say, that bike ride would invigorate me and get me ready to spend a day out in nature – especially after a night out dancing!
  • I took care of an injured raccoon who came in to my house through our cat door. The raccoon would sleep next to me most nights while I was writing my dissertation. She would lay curled up just like a cat and sleep next to me. She was my spirit animal.