Rick Keil

Director, Environmental Studies
Professor, School of Oceanography

phone: (206) 221-0743
Keil Lab website

Rick is Director of the Program on the Environment and also professor of chemical oceanography in the School of Oceanography. Rick brings to the directorship a diverse background of university service including stints as associate director of oceanography and as chair of the UW’s faculty sub-council on Academic Programs. His research focuses on a changing ocean with specific emphases on low oxygen environments (oceanic ‘dead zones’) and on the changes humans impart upon the ocean’s carbon cycle. His lab group also studies ocean pollution with emphasis on the chemical contaminants associated with plastic.  Rick teaches a variety of courses ranging from Introductory Oceanography to Ocean Pollution.  One of his goals as Director of Program on the Environment is to foster community between people studying and working in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Ann Corboy


phone: (206) 221-4895
office: 15H Wallace Hall

Ann provides administrative support for Environmental Studies and the Program on the Environment. Ann has worked in several departments on the UW campus – Forestry, the Law School, the Information School – and is delighted to now be a part of the POE community.

Ana Wieman


phone: (206) 616-2461
office: 12E Wallace Hall

Ana works directly with students in the Environmental Studies B.A. degree program and the graduate level Environmental Management Certificate. As the program adviser, Ana helps students create an academic program that prepares them for a professional career addressing today’s most pressing environmental questions. Ana brings to her position a passion for student development, multicultural education, accessibility, and community. When she’s not working with students she’s busy being a competitive veganic vegetable grower. Go ahead. Ask.

Monali Patel

Communications Specialist

phone: (206) 616-1208
office: 15G Wallace Hall

Monali leads communications and marketing initiatives for Environmental Studies. She is passionate about conveying information in compelling ways and sharing the good work that comes out of the program as well as fostering community with students, faculty, alumni and staff. She manages online content and connects students with learning opportunities, news and careers related to environmental studies. Monali has a background in sustainable business and strategic communications and an interest in social justice, food and responsible travel.