University of Portland

Steve Kolmes PhD

Environmental Studies, Emeritus Professor, Molter Chair in Science

Steve Kolmes PhD



Dundon-Berchtold Hall 221

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Background Narrative

Steven A. Kolmes is Director of the Environmental Studies Program, Professor of Biology, and occupant of the Rev. John Molter, C.S.C., Chair in Science at the University of Portland. Dr. Kolmes has degrees in Zoology from Ohio University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests are in the areas of salmon recovery planning, combining ethical and scientific analyses in environmental policy discussions, water and air quality issues, and the sublethal effects of pesticides. He has served on government scientific advisory panels (NOAA-Fisheries Technical Recovery Team for the Willamette and Lower Columbia Rivers; Oregon Dept of Environmental Quality Toxics Technical Advisory Committee) and on the Steering Committee for the Columbia River Pastoral Letter (The Columbia River Watershed: Caring for Creation and the Common Good). Dr. Kolmes teaches courses in marine biology, invertebrate zoology, environmental science, animal behavior, and team-teaches a course entitled theology in ecological perspective with Theologian Dr. Russell Butkus.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Wisc Madison*
  • Master of Science, Univ Wisc Madison*
  • Bachelor of Science, Ohio Univ Athens