Our Faculty

Dr. Sharon Benes

Sharon BenesDr. Benes is a Professor in the Department of Plant Science at Fresno State. She teaches undergraduate courses in soils and crop nutrition and graduate courses in plant nutrition and soil & water relations (salinity, trace elements, agricultural impacts on soil and water quality). Her research focuses on salinity effects on crop production and the evaluation of salt tolerant forages and halophytes for saline drainage water re-use systems on the Westside San Joaquin Valley. Dr. Benes is co-coordinator of the graduate program and was the recipient of 2001 Outstanding Research and Scholarly Activity Award for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. She joined the Department of Plant Science in 1998.

Dr. Tom Holyoke

Tom HolyokeDr. Holyoke is a Professor and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Degree in Political Science at Fresno State. A specialist in American politics, Dr. Holyoke teaches courses and conducts research on Congress, interest groups and social movements, and western water politics. He has published over two dozen research articles in prominent peer-reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Policy, and the American Journal of Education. His first book, Competitive Interests, was published in the fall of 2011 by Georgetown University Press. He is also the author of Interest Groups and Lobbying: Pursuing Political Interests in America.

Dr. Donald Hunsaker

Donald HunsakerDr. Hunsaker taught classes in introductory environmental science, oceanography/climate change, and atmospheric science in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Fresno State from 2008-2011. During that time he also served as Director of the Institute of Climate Change, Oceans and Atmosphere at Fresno State. He currently resides in Oregon and teaches at Southern Oregon University (Ashland) and Rogue Community College (Medford).

Dr. Peter K. Van de Water

Peter Van de WaterDr. Van de Water is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Fresno State and coordinator of the Water Resource Management degree program. He teaches Environmental Earth and Life Sciences (NSCI 115), Introduction to Environmental Science (EES 4), Geochemistry (GEOL 124), and Terrestrial Paleoecology (EES 126). His interests center on vegetation, ecology and paleoecology and projects that study changes in plants and plant communities from current times to the late Quaternary using macro- and micro-fossils.  

Dr. Zhi (Luke) Wang

Zhi (Luke) WangDr. Zhi (Luke) Wang is a Professor of Hydrology and Soil Physics at California State University, Fresno in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and is the Coordinator of this GIS Certificate Program. Dr. Wang teaches courses in Hydrology, Hydrogeology, GIS, Geostatistics, Soil and Environmental Sciences. He has many publications in Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, and other peer-reviewed journals.  Dr. Wang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering in China, his Ph.D. degree in hydrology from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and his post-doctoral fellowship from the University of California, Riverside. His research on watershed hydrology and environmental hydrogeology has been funded by the US Natural Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, California EPA and California Department of Water Resources.

Dr. William Wright

William WrightDr. Wright is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Civil Engineering at Fresno State. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from U.C. Davis. In 1999 Dr. Wright accepted a position with California State University, Fresno, in the Civil Engineering Program where he is currently responsible for undergraduate and graduate coursework in environmental and water resources engineering. Dr. Wright’s research interests include water and wastewater treatment with an emphasis on removal of taste and odor compounds and nitrate; conversion of food wastes to marketable products; and vapor-phase biofiltration--an air pollution control technology that utilizes microorganisms to degrade volatile contaminants.