Michael Hardesty

  • River and Field Campus Director; Associate Director of Programs and Staff 


At the Center for Environment & Society, Hardesty’s primary focus is as the River and Field Campus Director.  Although his role has changed over time, Hardesty began his work with CES in 2009, actively involved in start of the Chesapeake Semester, lecturing in Chesapeake Bay environmental policy, and working with faculty to orchastrate the 16-credit semester long course.  

Since 2010, Hardesty has been involved in the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS) conferences through the Schools and Students Partnership Program. Students of the Chesapeake Semester have attended the last two EMECS conferences hosted in Baltimore 2011, and Marmaris, Turkey, 2013.  Hardesty is previously supported former CES Director, Dr. Wayne Bell, on the Science and Policy Committee of EMECS Center at the 12th EMCES conference in, St Petersburg, Russia in 2016.   


  • M.S., Johns Hopkins University 2015, Environmental Science and Policy,  
  • B.S., Washington College 2005, Biology. Double major Environmental Studies 

Professional background 

  • U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Africa (2006 - 2008) working in community based natural resource management of protected forests. 
  • Clinton Hunter Development Initiative (2008 - 2009) as a district business officer developing sustainable business interventions for subsistence farmers in Northern Malawi, Africa 

Areas Of Interest 

  • Environmental policy 
  • Agricultural policy 
  • Ecological economics 
  • Sportmanship (hunting) and conservation 
  • Natural resource management 
  • Food production and farming 
  • Tropical agro-forestry 
  • Health 

Favorite Activities 

Hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, gardening 

Campus Involvement

Washington College Ducks Unlimited Chapter, Advisor 

Community Involvement 

  • Chester River Association Board Member, 2011 - 2013 
  • Chester River Association Policy Committee Member, 2013-present 
  • Member: Ducks Unlimited, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Chester River Association, Sassafras River Association, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy 


Favorite places so far: Fjordlands of New Zealand; hiking Nyika National Park of northern Malawi; white water rafting the Zambezi, Zambia; hiking the pampas of northern Bolivia, studying at Punta San Juan, Peru; studying in Tombopata National Park, Peru; and most recently touring and studying in Tikal, Guatemala and the coral reefs of South Water Caye, Belize!