Sustainability and Environmental Studies

Dr. Nancy Gift

Compton Chair of Sustainability;
Associate Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Studies;
Chair of Academic Division II

Contact Information:

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

Office Hours, Fall 2016:

Monday 3-4 pm
Tuesday 11am-12
Wednesday 9:30-10 am
Thursday 1:30-3 pm
Friday 1:30-2 pm

Class Schedule:

  • GSTR 410 A (Mon/Wed/Fri: 10:40 am-11:50 am)


  • 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

  • Raven, Hassenzahl, Hager, Gift, and Berg. 2015. Environment. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.
  • 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. Spring 2011. Good Weed, Bad Weed: Who’s Who, What to do, and Why Some Deserve a Second Chance. St. Lynn’s Press, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Gift, N. 2009. A Weed by Any Other Name: The Virtues of a Messy Lawn, or Learning to Love the Plants We Don’t Plant. Beacon Press, Boston, MA.
  • 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.

Community Service

  • Chair of the Board of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation
  • Board Member: Pine Mountain Settlement School

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