Dr. Bratton's scholarly goals are to conduct research in the conservation of biodiversity, and the interface between religion and environmental ethics. She is committed to offering courses providing quality field and laboratory experiences for majors and non-majors, and to developing curricula based on interdisciplinary environmental perspectives. Dr. Bratton is currently the Director of URSA, the all campus organization fostering undergraduate participation in professional level research. She is active in campus strategic planning, and in fostering a more diverse social and cultural environment at Baylor. Dr. Bratton was the Chair of Environmental Science at Baylor from 2001 to 2011, leading the department in an expansion of laboratory-based courses, undergraduate major options, research infrastructure, and publication rates.
Having grown up in a rural environment in the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland, Dr. Bratton was always interested in land and water management. As an undergraduate, she began field training, attending courses in Scotland and the Colorado Rockies. Then as a graduate student, she studied at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, and conducted research on forest dynamics in the Adirondacks and the Great Smoky Mountains. She has served as a scientist with the US National Park Service, and conducted research on the Georgia and North Carolina coasts. She has held faculty positions at other institutions, including University of Georgia, and Whitworth University. Her hobbies include hiking, fishing, visiting natural areas, and supporting Baylor basketball, particularly the Lady Bears. Dr. Bratton is a member of First Methodist Church, Waco
Dr. Bratton is the author of four books on religion and environmental ethics. The most recent is The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail (University of Tennessee Press, 2012). She also authored Environmental Values in Christian Art (SUNY Press), Six Billion and More: Human Population Regulation and Christian Ethics, and Christianity Wilderness and Wildlife: The Original Desert Solitaire, now in a second edition. Dr. Bratton has also published over 40 book chapters, and more than 100 refereed articles, on topics ranging from Rachel Carson and ocean ethics, to the spirituality of outdoor experience, to fire management in parks, the impact of wild hogs, and restoration of disturbed high mountain floras. Her current research continues to focus on conservation ecology and environmental ethics -- incorporating a new book on Christianity and landscape management, and student investigations of the role of plastics in aquatic ecosystems, impacts of invasive plants, and the interaction between hiking styles and environmental perceptions.
To see Current Activities, Current Research, and Blog Page, visit my Home Page at: http://blogs.baylor.edu/susan_bratton/