COA faculty are published scholars, active artists, and engaged advocates.

Our 35 faculty members include one Guggenheim and two Fulbright fellows. Since 2013, faculty members have published six books, written/directed/produced a feature-length film, and have authored or presented dozens of peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, performances, and installations.

Nearly all COA faculty are engaged with sustainability research.

Read more about faculty research and accomplishments:

  • NEWS
    Research Paints New View of Tropical Forests
    A global study of the deep evolutionary history of tropical forest plant species that includes research by College of the Atlantic plant sciences professor Dr. Susan Letcher is providing a new perspective on the major divisions between tropical forests around the world.
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    Crisis and Continuity: A Critical Look at the “European Refugee Crisis” (Allegra)
    Anthropology Professor Heath Cabot delves into the current refugee situation in Europe, describes the ethnographic process, and illuminates the challenges of writing about people in crisis.
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    Flurry of Diverse Publications from COA Faculty
    Books on botany, chaos, religion, ethnography among recent publications.
  • NEWS
    Well Testing Offered

    Private well owners on the northern half of Mount Desert Island who are curious about the potential presence of arsenic and other elements in their drinking water are encouraged to join a water study led by College of the Atlantic earth sciences chair Dr. Sarah Hall.

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    Eagles Make Comeback, Seagulls See a Decline (MD Islander)
    Accompanied by a team of student researchers, professor John Anderson spends his summers studying bird life on Great Duck – a small, remote Atlantic Ocean island 11 miles south of the entrance to Frenchman Bay.