Dr. James English

  • Academic Director, Institute for Sustainable Practice, Lipscomb University
  • Assistant Professor of Sustainability
  • Nashville, Tennessee   
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A veteran of the United States Navy, English served as a disease ecologist and held posts directing various national and international programs including developing and heading the Navy’s West Nile Virus Program, directing a medical informatics department and serving as officer-in-charge of environmental issues including species inventory and monitoring, environmental health and conservation, and disease ecology and control including acute and chronic air-soil-biological-chemical-nuclear hazards in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In this assignment, English’s team became the first active duty armed forces unit to engage in habitat preservation and biological control and disease management while under active combat situations, illustrated by such projects as protecting culturally and ecologically significant watering sites used by Abraham and 1,000-year-old date palm groves.

English has been research assistant professor in the University of Notre Dame’s department of biology where he also served as director of an undergraduate environmental research program, a 20-week, field-based research program partially funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). While there, he served as lead investigator for a joint NSF/National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ecology of Infectious Disease program to study ecological effects of deforestation and urbanization on mammalian hosts and the sand fly vector of Visceral Leishmaniases in the Amazon Basin.

English has also worked as a consultant to educate consumers on issues related to the environmental impact of product choices based on manufacturer decisions, full life cycle characteristics, and other product analyses that reduce the environmental impact of products. He has also performed research and mentored undergraduates in a variety of field-based projects including locations on private lands, the national bison range, tribal wild lands, national parks, and state and county greenways.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

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