• Position 3

Michael Hardesty

Associate Director of Programs and Staff, Center for Environment & Society and Lecturer in Environmental Sciences and Studies

At the Center for Environment & Society, Hardesty’s primary focus is as Chesapeake Semester Program Administrator.  In addition to lecturing in Chesapeake Bay environmental policy, Hardesty works with a team of Washington College faculty to develop and implement the Chesapeake Semester’s 16-credit curriculum as well as CES staff and partners to develop and implement the program’s supporting field experiences. Although his role has changed over time, Hardesty has been actively involved in the Chesapeake Semester since its start in 2009.  Through the program’s comparative study, Hardesty has led students to Peru for 5 years, and just recently led a student trip to Caribbean to study other coastal cultures and ecosystems. 

 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 currently supporting former CES Director, Dr. Wayne Bell, on the Science and Policy Committee of EMECS Center and looks forward to the 12th EMCES conference in, St Petersburg, Russia in 2016. 

At CES Hardesty is also involved with overseeing events and internship coordination with CES staff.   Recently he has begun working with the Chester River Field Research Station to further develop the working landscapes and conservation ethic at Chino Farms by expanding habitat creation of Northern Bobwhite.

Hardesty is currently the campus advisor to the Washington College Ducks Unlimited Chapter. 



  • 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

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!

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