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Environmental Center Staff

Erin Largo-Wight, Ph.D. - Director

Dr. Erin Largo-Wight Dr. Erin Largo-Wight is a professor in the Department of Public Health and the Interim Director for the Environmental Center. She earned a BS from University of South Florida, MS from University of Delaware, and a PhD from the University of Florida in Health and Human Performance with a minor in Psychology and graduate certificate in Environmental Education and Communication.

Dr. Largo-Wight brings years of leadership experience as the former director of a large academic program; over a decade of experience facilitating student and community partnerships to solve environmental and health issues in Jacksonville; interdisciplinary research, teaching, and world view; and the Health by Design: Nature and Health Laboratory and research. Dr. Largo-Wight studies the impact of nature on stress, health, and well-being. Past studies explored the impact of outdoor classrooms on children, nature in the workplace, clinical settings, and home, and outdoor exposure and health, for example. She also studies environmental health behaviors such as recycling, active commuting, gardening, and others. Erin is passionate about the health of the environment and connecting faculty, students, and community partners to find solutions.

James W. Taylor - Assistant Director

James W. Taylor James W. Taylor serves as the coordinator for academic programs and research development. Taylor has received a B.A. in sociology and a Master of Public Administration from UNF. 

Growing up in Florida, Taylor is an outdoor enthusiast and spends most of his time exploring nature. His favorite activities include camping, biking, kayaking, and has recently become an avid birder. Taylor also enjoys teaching others about the natural environment and recently became a Florida Master Naturalist. In addition to spending his time outdoors, Taylor is an active volunteer with the St. Johns Riverkeeper, and was recognized as its volunteer of the year in 2015.

Kelly Rhoden - Coordinator, Student Engagement and Retention

Coordinator Kelly Rhoden

Kelly Rhoden serves as the coordinator for the Environmental Center's Student Engagement and Retention Programs, including the Leadership Program. Rhoden earned a Bachelor of Science in Health from the University of North Florida and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. 


Rhoden previously served as the Alumni Event Coordinator in the University Development and Alumni Engagement office at the University of North Florida. She was a past participant in the Environmental Center Leadership Program, completing a project focused on environmentalism and health. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking, gardening and learning more about natural environment.

Executive Board  

 Name Department College 
Amber Barnes, Ph.D.  Department of Public Health Brooks College of Health
Chris W. Baynard, Ph.D. Department of Economics and Geography Coggin College of Business
Jeffrey Chamberlain, Ph.D.   Hicks Honors College
Chiradip Chatterjee, Ph.D. Department of Economics and Geography Coggin College of Business
Charles E. Closmann, Ph.D. Department of History College of Arts and Sciences
Raphael W. Crowley, Ph.D. Taylor Engineering Research Institute College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
Josh Gellers, Ph.D.      Department of Political Science and Public Administration College of Arts and Sciences
Katrina W. Hall, Ph.D. Department of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL College of Education and Human Services
Kelly Smith, Ph.D.      Department of Biology College of Arts and Sciences
Heather Truelove, Ph.D. Department of Psychology College of Arts and Sciences

Student Staff

Name Job Title Major
Taia Harris      Communications Assistant Public Relations
Noah Koflowitch Program Assistant  Biology - Coastal and Marine Biology
Shannon Latimer Program Assistant      International Studies
Emilee Seigworth  Program Assistant  Biology - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology