Beth Choate

  • Deputy Director

Dr. Beth Choate

Beth Choate


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  • [email protected]
  • Semans Griswold Environmental Hall: 485 S. Cross Street Chestertown, MD 21620


BS, Centre College

MS, University of Kentucky

PhD, University of Maine

Areas of Interest

  • Interdisciplinary environmental problem solving
  • Education for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Evaluation and promotion of insect biodiversity

Selected Publications & Presentations (*indicates student authors)

  • Choate B. and Giannini L.* (Accepted, In process) Do Sustainable Campuses Create Sustainable Citizens? North American and European Perspectives on Sustainability in Higher Education. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG.
  • Choate B. (March 2023) Countdown to (Net)Zero: Leading Sustainability Efforts on My Campus and in My Community to Achieve Carbon Neutrality. EcoNutrition Cafe. University of Mississippi. Oxford, MS.
  • Filho WL, Salvia AL, Choate B, Pallant E, Pearce K. (Eds.) (2023) Educating the Sustainability Leaders of the Future. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG.
  • Schrock L*, Giannini L*, Choate B, Bethurem M. (2023) Student knowledge and perceptions of a green campus. In Education the Sustainability Leaders of the Future. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG.
  • Choate B. October 2022. The Value of Our Sustainable Campus in Attracting Students & Creating Sustainable Citizens. Allegheny College Board of Trustees Fall Meeting. Allegheny College. Meadville, PA.
  • Bethurem M, Choate B and Bramwell S.* (2021) Stop Piling on: Assessing Efforts to Reduce Single-Use Water Bottles at Allegheny College. Sustainability. 13 (16): 8864.
  • Emerald Publishing Impact Case Study: Pinching, J. (October 2019) “Real impact is empowering people to reject plastic bottles”.
  • Faculty Focus Live Podcast (April 2022)”For What It’s Earth…Implementing Measures to Help Campuses Go Green”.
  • Choate B, Davis B and Verrecchia J*. (2018) Campus Bottled Water Bans, Not Always the Solution. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 19:5. 987-997.
  • Choate B, Hickman P* and Moretti E* (2018) Wild Bee Abundance and Richness Across an Urban-Rural Gradient. Journal of Insect Conservation.
  • Boulton K, Pallant E, Wilson C, Choate B and Carbone I. (2017) Energy Challenges: Isolating results due to behavior change. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 18:1. 116-128


I consider myself an interdisciplinary environmental problem solver. My research spans a variety of topics and disciplines within the theme of sustainable systems. I have conducted insect biodiversity research in agricultural and urban landscapes aimed at understanding how land management impacts communities. On college campuses, I have worked to promote campus sustainability through a variety of avenues including better understanding student choices and creating systemic change to encourage environmentally-friendly behaviors. Finally, a significant portion of my research is focused on pedagogy and how best to prepare environmental science students to move forward in life and solve the ever-changing problems surrounding the environment. I find it extremely fulfilling to work with students to develop research projects that fit within their interests and meet the needs of both time and place.