Melissa Young

Assistant Professor II, Environmental Biology
Academic Divisions - Science, Engineering & Mathematics
Science Building
856-691-8600, 1415
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B.S., Environmental Science 
St. Joseph's University

M.S., Biology
St. Joseph's University

Ms. Young, holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.S in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Passionate about human impacts on the environment, her research focused on the effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations on soybean pathosystems in hopes to gain understanding of how our food crops will respond to projected environmental conditions of the future.

Ms. Young joined the faculty at CCC in 2012 and teaches the introductory biology courses, as well as many of the courses required in the Environmental Science curriculum (Environmental Science; Ecology; Energy, Environment & Society).  She was a key factor in revitalizing Cumberland’s Environmental Science program in 2013 and has been happy to see the program grow significantly over the past three years. 

Her enthusiasm and energy is witnessed beyond the classroom as the advisor of “2nd Nature”, CCC’s environmental club. From hosting an annual Earth Day fair to community clean-ups and tree plantings, from educational lectures and documentary viewings, both Professor Young and the club members try to bring awareness of local and current environmental issues to both the campus and community. 

Prior to joining the CCC family, Ms. Young was the Manager of Global Environmental Programs at ACE Group. During her time with ACE she was the project manager of two LEED Certifications – the North American Headquarter Building in Philadelphia (LEED Silver) and the Global Headquarter Building in Bermuda (LEED Gold). She also managed a global GHG Inventory/reduction strategy and the “ Going Green” employee education and awareness program.