Sustainability and Environmental Studies

Dr. Nancy Gift

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

Contact Information:

Draper, Room 401
Phone: 859-985-3362
CPO 2025

Office Hours, Spring 2015:

Mon/Fri: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Tuesday: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Or By Appointment

Note: Please call or email first to confirm that I am in, especially if meeting me is urgent!

Class Schedule:

  • GSTR 410 L (Mon/Wed/Fri: 10:40 am – 11:50 am)
  • SENS 100 A (Mon/Wed/Fri: 1:20 pm – 2:30 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 Taught

  • ENG 280
  • Ecology
  • Ecological Weed Management
  • GSTR 210
  • MAT 108
  • SENS 100

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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