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Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Center for Environmental Communication; Loyola Chair in Environmental Communication

Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D.
Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert A. Thomas is the director of the Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola. He served three years as the interim director of the School of Mass Communication. Thomas was the founding director of the Louisiana Nature Center, where he served as the liaison for the community in information pertaining to science education, environmental issues, and natural history.

Thomas is the past president of the Association of Nature Center Administrators and has served on the Accreditation Commission of the American Association of Museums and as chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Thomas received his doctorate in vertebrate zoology from Texas A&M University, did a postdoc at LSU Medical Center and has held adjunct professorships at the University of New Orleans, Tulane and LSU.


Ph.D., Texas A&M University; M.S., Texas A&M University; B.S., University of Southwestern Louisiana

Classes Taught

  • Covering the Environmental Beat
  • Environmental Communication
  • Tropical Ecology
  • Herpetology
  • Spinning the Planet
  • Environmental Audit of Loyola University

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Communication and Journalism, Science education, environmental issues, and natural history.