Center for Integral Ecology

The Center for Integral Ecology at Benedictine College exists to meet the unprecedented ecological crisis facing our world today. The Center’s vision is consistent with Catholic social teaching’s emphasis that both the created world and the most vulnerable of society are a gift from God to be cherished and cared for.

Director: Dr. Matthew Ramage

Dr. Ramage is Professor of Theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. Dr. Ramage is author, contributing author, or co-translator of a dozen books, including the monographs Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and Thomas Aquinas (CUA Press, 2013), Jesus, Interpreted: Benedict XVI, Bart Ehrman, and the Historical Truth of the Gospels (CUA Press, 2017), and The Experiment of Faith: Pope Benedict XVI on Living the Theological Virtues in a Secular Age (CUA Press, 2020), and a forthcoming textbook on ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue.  His research and writing concentrates on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, biblical hermeneutics, interreligious affairs, and the relationship of faith and science.  His current writing project is a book tentatively titled From the Dust of the Earth: Benedict XVI, the Bible, and the Science of Human Origins. When he is not teaching or writing, Dr. Ramage enjoys hiking with his wife and five children, tending his orchard, and traveling abroad to learn, lecture, and lead educational trips.

Director: Dr. Patrisha Bugayong

Dr. Bugayong earned her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Mississippi State University in 2009. Her graduate research focused on the chemical synthesis and development of innovative separation methods involving molecular tagging, ionic liquids and chiral proline with pharmaceutical and renewable energy applications. Previously, Dr. Bugayong earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. After completing her Ph.D., she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Dave Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University from 2009 to 2013. At MSU, she developed chemical materials and methodologies for the conversion of activated sludge biomass to renewable energy and value-added products. In 2013, she pursued additional postdoctoral research work at the Audubon Sugar Institute of Louisiana State University AgCenter. At LSU, she worked on lignocellulosic biomass conversion to renewable energy and value-added products. To date, she has authored/co-authored 16 peer-reviewed publications, 8 book chapters and has made over 60 paper and poster presentations. In August 2015, she joined the faculty of Benedictine College where she is an Assistant Professor in organic chemistry.


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