Dr. Faith Kostel-Hughes
Faith Kostel-Hughes’ professional interests include forest ecology, science education, environmental health, the environmental impacts of food production, and children’s relationship to nature. She is a co-founder of CNR’s campus Sustainability Garden which serves as a touchstone for discussions and workshops about food-related topics such as plant biology, agriculture, health and nutrition, plant-animal interactions, and soil science. She is a member of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities, of which The College of New Rochelle is a charter member, and where Dr. Kostel-Hughes has made presentations on school gardens, place-based education, and conducting research with undergraduates on non-native earthworm species in local forests.
Dr. Kostel-Hughes promotes experiential education in her teaching, incorporating into her courses use of the CNR greenhouse and campus garden and visits to many off-campus field sites and scientific institutions.