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.

Ana Wieman


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

Ana works with students in the Environmental Studies major as well as those considering the major. As the academic advisor, Ana works collaboratively with students in developing meaningful educational goals that align with each student’s values, abilities and life goals. She encourages students to think critically and build a framework that identifies resources and guides their action steps. Ana brings to her position a strong background in industry and a passion for student development, multicultural education, accessibility and community.

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. She is also the alumni relations contact and program events coordinator. Monali has a background in sustainable business and strategic communications and an interest in social justice, food and responsible travel.

Clara Burnett

Administrative Specialist




Clara provides administrative support for the program, focused mainly on human resources and budget issues. She is passionate about all things in the natural world, as well as other cultures and diversity, and has an insatiable curiosity about all the ways they may intersect. Clara is especially interested in the environment, sustainability and recycling.