Sustainability and Environmental Studies

Nancy Gift

Program Chair for Sustainability & Environmental Studies; Compton Chair of Sustainability; Associate Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Studies

Draper, Room 314A
CPO 2025
Phone: 859-985-3362


Office Hours:
Monday: 9:00- 9:50 a.m.
Wednesday: 9:00- 9:50 a.m.
Thursday: 9:00- 9:50 a.m. and 10:00- 10:50 a.m.
Friday: 9:00- 9:50 a.m.

Class Schedule:
BIO 310  (Thur: 12:00 pm – 2:50 pm) (Mon/Wed/Fri: 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm)
SENS 100 B (Mon/Wed: 10:00 am – 11:50 am)
SENS 310  (Thur: 12:00 pm – 2:50 pm) (Mon/Wed/Fri: 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm)


  • A.B. Biology, Harvard-Radcliffe,
  • M.S. Crop Science, University of Kentucky,
  • Ph.D. Crop and Soil Science, Cornell University,

Honors and Awards

  • Buhl Professor of the Humanities, 2010-2011, Chatham University

Courses Tought

  • SENS 100, ENG 280, GSTR 210, planning Ecological Weed Management

Special Interest

  • vegetable gardens, biking and hiking, horses


  • Association of Environmental Studies and Science (journal editorial board)
    Agronomy Society (Agronomy Journal Associate Editor)

Papers and Publications

  • Black, B., Hassenzahl, D.M., Stephens, J., Gift, N, and Finewood, M.
    2013. Encyclopedia of Climate Change Volumes 1 – 4. ABC-Clio,
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • Gift, N. Good Weed, Bad Weed: Who’s Who, What to do, and Why Some Deserve a
    Second Chance.  St. Lynn’s Press, spring 2011.
  • Gift, N. A Weed by Any Other Name: The Virtues of a Messy Lawn, or Learning to Love
    the Plants We Don’t Plant.  192 pp. Beacon Press, 2009.
  • Gift, N. and F. Izaguirre “Home pesticide use, revolutionized?” Chapter for Silent Spring
    50th Anniversary Essay Collection.  Editor: James Bernard Kelley.  Rodopi Press. (forthcoming)
  • Traw, B. and N. Gift. 2010. “Environmental Microbiology: Tannins and the microbial
    decomposition of leaves on the forest floor” The American Biology
    Teacher. 72: 506-512.
  • Gift, N., R.R. Hahn, and J. Mt Pleasant. 2008. Quackgrass managed as a cover crop
    in herbicide-resistant silage corn.  Weed Biology and Management 8(3): 154-160.
  • Gift, N. and M. Krasny. 2003.The great fossil fiasco: teaching about peer review.The American Biology Teacher 65: 270-278.


  • A native of Lexington, I am thrilled to return to the Bluegrass region.  I find myself in the odd position of being a soccer mom to 2 daughters, and we look forward to exploring the outdoors and the arts opportunities.

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