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Douglas Spieles

Professor of Environmental Studies
Denison University

Doug Spieles is a professor of environmental studies at Denison University, where he teaches courses on ecosystem management, wetland ecology and geographic information systems.  He is the author of Protected Land: Disturbance, Stress, and American Ecosystem Management, from Springer publications. His most recent book, Environmentalism: An Evolutionary Approach, was published by Routledge in 2018.


Dr. Doug Spieles (B.S. Biology, University of Dayton; M.S., Ph.D. Environmental Science, The Ohio State University) is a native of northwest Ohio. As a graduate student, Doug worked first in environmental entomology and then in wetland ecology. His dissertation work was completed with advisor Dr. Bill Mitsch, one of the leading wetland experts in the U.S.

From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Spieles was an assistant professor of environmental science at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. While in this position, he helped guide the formation of a new environmental science program, which involved curriculum design, course development, recruitment, advising, and teaching.

In his scholarship, Dr. Spieles focuses on the ecological development of constructed wetlands, primarily from the point of view of community and ecosystem ecology. He also has interests in geographic information systems, land conservation and environmentalism. Doug is a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists, the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, the Ecological Society of America and the Licking Land Trust.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    wetland ecology, ecosystem management, land conservation, environmentalism

Personal Interests

    Doug lives with his wife and two children in Granville, Ohio.


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