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AMU's Expertise in Environmental Studies and Emergency and Disaster Management on Display at Clean Gulf Expo

Charles Town, W.Va., October 18, 2010 – The classroom skills learned from faculty with real-world experience  in such areas as emergency and disaster management and environmental studies can help individuals  play a successful, hands-on role in major initiatives like the Gulf oil spill clean-up, according to American Military University (AMU), an American Public University System (APUS) institution.

As part of the 2010 Clean Gulf Expo, several AMU faculty and students will participate in a live interview on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. EST at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. They will discuss the lessons learned from the Gulf oil spill and make policy recommendations that could help prevent future disasters, clearly highlighting the benefits of blending specialized on-the-job expertise with classroom instruction.  AMU subject matter experts include:

  • Dr. Carol Pollio, AMU program director of environmental studies  and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist;
  • Tony Wood, director of the National Spill Control School and AMU graduate student, and
  • Dr. Chris Reynolds, dean of APUS’s Center for Teaching and Learning and former director of  AMU’s emergency and disaster management program.  Reynolds deployed to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, where he commanded an aeromedical evacuation liaison team, and also served on the state disaster response committee and assisted in the development of the Florida Statewide Disaster Response Plan in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.

AMU will also be exhibiting (booth #728) at the annual conference, Oct. 18-20 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Fla.

“It’s a privilege to participate in this year’s Expo,” said Reynolds, “Clean Gulf is a valuable opportunity to demonstrate to the disaster management industry the practical value of an AMU education.”

Founded in 1991 to provide relevant and affordable education to the U.S. military, American Military University today serves a variety of students specializing in homeland security, national security, intelligence, and emergency and disaster management. AMU’s emergency and disaster management programs address topics such as incident command, crisis action planning, consequence management, public policy, interagency disaster management, hazard mitigation, health management, and a variety of other topics that prepare students for careers in fire fighting, emergency medical services, emergency and disaster preparedness, disaster relief, and emergency management. For more information, visit:

AMU’s environmental policy and management programs address such topics as ecosystems management, the impact of industrialization on the environment, economics and resource availability, regulation and law, environmental ethics, landscape-level conservation, political ecology, and environmental technology and management.  Students also have the opportunity to focus on several emerging fields of study, including global environmental change, environmental planning, fish and wildlife management, and environmental sustainability. For more information about AMU’s Environmental Studies programs, visit: