Instructor Information

Mark Croatti, M.A., University of Southern California, has taught Comparative Politics at The George Washington University since 2002 and also taught courses in 2012 and 2013 within the School of Law as part of the University of Oregon's Conflict & Dispute Resolution Master's Program. Last year he authored an editorial in The Annapolis Capital arguing that a statue of President Thomas Mifflin (president under the Articles of Confederation) should occupy the spot on the grounds of the Maryland State House where a statue once stood of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, who wrote the decision on the Dred Scott case.
Howard Ernst, Ph.D., University of Virginia, is Professor of Political Science within the Political Science Department of the United States Naval Academy. Dr. Ernst teaches classes in environmental policy and directs the Political Science Department's Honors Program. He also represents the University of Virginia's Center for Politics as a Senior Scholar in the area of environmental policy and directs the Environmental Leadership Program at Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute.
Tom Pelton is a national award-winning environmental journalist and host of the public radio program "The Environment in Focus." He is the author of the book, The Chesapeake in Focus: Transforming the Natural World, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. A resident of Baltimore, Pelton is Director of Communications at the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting public health.
Gerald Winegrad, J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, is a former Maryland State Senator and attorney with 50 years of environmental advocacy experience. Senator Winegrad chaired the Environment and Chesapeake Bay Subcommittee and was called the "environmental conscience" of the Senate by The Washington Post, where Tom Horton wrote that "He is the person who more than any other set Maryland's environmental agenda over the past 16 years." Gerald also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, where he authored and taught graduate courses on Chesapeake Bay Restoration and Wildlife Management. He writes a weekly environmental column for The Capital and Baltimore Sun newspapers.
Fred Tutman holds the title of Patuxent Riverkeeper. He has taught courses in Environmental Law and Policy at St. Mary's College of Maryland and served as a Graduate Studies Advisor at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. He is the recipient of numerous regional and State awards for his various environmental works, and is the longest serving Waterkeeper in the Chesapeake Bay region, and the only African-American Waterkeeper in the nation.