Faculty by College

Currently, the Global Change and Sustainability Center is composed of faculty from nine colleges at the University of Utah. Click through the tabs to view affiliated faculty from each college.

Keith Bartholomew
Associate Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:

My current primary research focus is assessing the extent and nature of land-use  transportation scenario planning in U.S. metropolitan areas.

Divya Chandrasekhar

Divya Chandrasekhar
Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:

My research focuses on community and household recovery from catastrophic disasters,
with an emphasis on disaster policy and planning practice.


Reid Ewing
Reid Ewing
Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:
Reid Ewing’s research interest include urban development and climate change,
pedestrian and transit oriented design, and sprawl and obesity.

Stephen GoldsmithStephen Goldsmith
Associate Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:
Stephen Goldsmith’s research interests engage a wide but connected spectrum, including the pedagogy of urban ecology, the epidemiological impacts of the automobile, the role of ecopsychology in connecting people to place, empathy as a planning tool, and the role of ephemera in cities.

Sarah HinnersSarah Hinners
Research Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Research Statement:
Sarah Hinner’s research interests focus on the ecological, economic and social roles and value of green infrastructure in and around cities.

Joerg RuegemerJoerg Ruegemer
Assistant Professor, Architecture
Research Statement:
Joerg Ruegemer’s research focuses on highly energy-efficient and cost-effective buildings, design strategies, systems, and post-occupancy building monitoring.

Ryan SmithRyan Smith
Associate Professor, Architecture
Research Statement:
Smith’s research includes analyzing the integration process, players and collaborations toward lean and sustainable solutions to architecture.

Robert A. YoungRobert A. Young
Professor, Architecture
Research Statement:
Young’s research is based on the philosophy of “stewardship of the built environment,” investigating revitalization of the built environment and cultural landscapes; building conservation, remediation, and rehabilitation; and social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Amanda BordelonAmanda Bordelon
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Amanda Bordelon is interested in environmentally-friendly fiber-reinforced concrete pavements in human-built systems.

Reid EwingSteve Burian
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Statement:
Steve Burian’s research interests include integrated urban water management, low-impact development, green infrastructure design, stormwater and urban stream management, flood modeling and consequence assessment, climate change impacts on urban water systems, climate adaptation of cities, and the water-energy nexus.

Marc CalafMarc Calaf
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research Statement:
Marc Calaf’s research focuses on the development, understanding and modeling of wind energy with its feedbacks to the local atmosphere and surrounding environment, in order to better assess the future development of sustainable sources of energy.

Ramesh GoelRamesh Goel
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Statement:
Ramesh Goel studies processes in engineered and natural systems to accomplish environmental sustainability. His research at the interface of environmental process engineering and environmental microbiology contributes to urban water problems and water sustainability in general.

Kerry KellyKerry Kelly
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Research Statement:
Much of Dr. Kelly’s research aims to understand and address air-quality challenges, with an emphasis on fine particulate matter (PM). She was awarded an early-career grant from the NIH to study the health effects of atmospherically aged combustion particles.


Meredith MetzgerMeredith Metzger
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research Statement:
Meredith Metzger’s research interests include Development of experimental techniques and sensors for fundamental fluid dynamic and atmospheric measurements, as well as design and fabrication for renewable energy.

Eric PardyjakEric Pardyjak
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research Statement:
My research interests include fundamental and applied fluid mechanics research. In particular, the application of fundamental turbulence concepts to studies in environmental atmospheric flows. More recent interests include optimization of sustainable urban designs for air quality and energy efficiency.

Masood ParvaniaMasood Parvania
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Statement:
Masood Parvania’s interests lie at the intersection of electrical engineering, reliability/risk theory,
and operations research. He focuses on developing mathematical optimization techniques for sustainable, resilient and economic operation of electricity energy infrastructure to assure the continuity of an environmentally friendly electricity supply.

Christine PomeroyChristine Pomeroy
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Statement:
Christine Pomeroy’s research and teaching interests focus on urban systems and their interaction with natural environmental systems.

Kody PowellKody Powell
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Research Statement:
my work focuses on taking various diverse components of an energy system and finding ways to make them work harmoniously together through automation. This field of research is critical for integration of intermittent renewable energy into conventional energy systems.


Mike Scarpulla
Michael Scarpulla
Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Statement:
My sustainability research and teaching are focused on the materials science, physics, chemistry, and electrical engineering of thin film solar cells.

Mostafa Sahraei-ArdakaniMostafa Sahraei-Ardakani
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Statement:
My research lies at the intersection of energy engineering, environmental engineering, economics, and public policy. My research addresses a broad range of topics including renewable energy integration, market design for the future smart grid, energy and environmental policy development, and cybersecurity of the power system, in order to to develop the next generation of energy systems that are sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and economically-efficient.


Amanda SmithAmanda Smith
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Statement:
I am interested in building on my previously developed comprehensive analytical method incorporating emissions, energy savings, and economics to analyze and model how changes in power production affect local water resources.

Taylor SparksTaylor Sparks
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Research Statement:
My research focuses primarily on the discovery, synthesis, and characterization of new materials for energy applications. I seek to discover new and improved materials for both renewable energy as well as conventional energy applications, and to develop new materials that balance resource and performance considerations.

Rob StollRob Stoll
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research Statement:
Rob Stoll’s research interests focus on fluid mechanics in the environment: computational fluid dynamics, large-eddy simulation, atmospheric boundary layer, land-atmosphere interactions, experimental fluid mechanics, multiscale analysis, high-performance computing and hydrology.

Roseanne WarrenRoseanne Warren
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research Statement:
Roseanne Warren’s research is focused on the sustainable design of electrochemical energy storage devices, including supercapacitors and batteries.

Jennifer Weidhaas

Jennifer Weidhaas
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Statement:
My research in environmental engineering has a particular emphasis on biological processes and the fate and transport of contaminants and pathogens in the environment.

 

Wendy WescherWendy Wischer
Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Art History
Research Statement:
Through my research I am seeking a wide range of data that I can use to creatively link nature with technology, science with mythology and personal identity with universal connections while addressing our current environmental crisis in hopes of finding impactful ways to connect people more deeply with the environments they live in.

Kelly BrickerKelly Bricker
Professor
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Research Statement:
The primary focus of Kelly Bricker’s research is to understand the complex and varied nature of sustainability within nature-based tourism and recreation.


Matthew BrownleeMatthew Brownlee
Assistant Professor
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Research Statement:
Matt Brownlee’s research examines how stakeholders’ interactions and attachments to climate-sensitive and impacted environments influence their 1) attitudes towards sustainability initiatives and local conservation planning, 2) recreation behavior, and 3) opinions about global climate change.


Jeff RoseJeff Rose
Assistant Professor
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Research Statement:
Jeff Rose’s research engages with political ecology to examine nature-society relationships, engaging a justice-focused lens to a variety of settings: homelessness in parks; outdoor education; illegal marijuana production on public lands; and place attachment in protected areas.


Edward BarbanellEd Barbanell
Associate Professor (Lecturer), Philosophy Director, Integrated Certificate in Sustainability
Research Statement:
Ed Barbanell’s research and teaching interests focus on the value-theoretical aspects of the dialogue about sustainability, to identify those values that are most conducive to sustainable interactions with our environments – both cultural/political environments and physical ones – and to then find ways of inculcating those values within individuals’ existing narrative structures.


Julia CorbettJulia Corbett
Professor, Communication
Research Statement:
Julia Corbett’s area of research is science and environmental communication, primarily centering on climate change communication and human relationships with the beyond-human world. Her work involves both traditional empirical research and narrative nonfiction. She authored one of the first texts in environmental communication, Communicating Nature: How We Create and Understand Environmental Messages (2006, Island Press).


Kevin DeLucaKevin M. Deluca
Associate Professor, Environmental Humanities
Research Statement:
Kevin Deluca’s research focuses on the ways in which communication technologies mediate human relations with the natural world. Current foci include environmental activism in China, and the impact of social media on the mobilization of environmental behaviors.


image not availableIsabel Dulfano
Associate Professor, Language and Literature
Research Statement:
Isabel Dulfano’s research interests include examining models for sustainable development in Latin American rural and Indigenous communities, and the role of Indigenous feminism in preserving and sustaining the natural world.


Danielle EndresDanielle Endres
Associate Professor, Communication
Research Statement:
Danielle Endres’ research examines the rhetorical dynamics of nuclear controversies, with an emphasis on highlighting marginalized voices in these controversies, as well as the study of public controversy over climate change.


Jeffrey McCarthyJeffrey McCarthy
Director, Environmental Humanities
Research Statement:
Jeffrey McCarthy aims to guide students toward holistic understandings of nature’s function in culture and the practical solutions we can pursue toward addressing the problems we study — from environmental racism to land preservation.


Leona Yi-Fan SuLeona Yi-Fan Su
Assistant Professor, Communication
Research Statement:
Leona Yi-Fan Su’s research focus is environmental and science communication, particularly in the context of online media and policymaking. A major part of her research involves examining the potential effects of social media on public understanding of, and attitudes towards, environmental and sustainability issues.


Sara YeoSara K. Yeo
Associate Professor, Communication
Research Statement:
Sara Yeo’s research focuses on the intersection of media, science, and politics, with a specific focus on the human dimensions of and communication related to environmental issues and emerging technologies


 

Robert AdlerRobert Adler
Professor, Law
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Robert Adler’s areas of expertise include administrative law, environmental and natural resources law, and water law.


Robin CraigRobin Craig
Professor, Law
Research Statement:
Robin Craig’s research interests involve water law, including include ocean and coastal law, the Clean Water Act, legal responses to climate change, the relationships among various water issues and the U.S. Constitution, the public trust doctrine, and environmental law and public health.


Lincoln DaviewLincoln Davies
Associate Professor, Law
Research Statement:
A single question lies at the core of Davies’ research: How do legal, policy, and other social systems mediate our interaction with the environment, namely, how do those systems promote or frustrate the building of a sustainable society?


Robert KeiterRobert B. Keiter
Distinguished Professor, Law
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Bob Keiter’s areas of expertise include natural resources, public lands, and energy law and policy, as well as constitutional law, federal courts, and administrative law.


Danya RumoreDanya Rumore
Associate Director, Environmental Dispute Resolution Program
Research Statement:
Danya Rumore’s research and other academic work focus on supporting more collaborative decision-making and planning in the context of science-intensive environmental issues. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the City and Metropolitan Planning Department and a research affiliate of the Ecological Planning Center.


John RupleJohn Ruple
Research Associate Professor, Law
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John Ruple’s research focuses on law and policy respecting Western public lands and natural resources.


Michele StraubeMichele Straube
Professor, Law
Research Statement:
Michele Straube’s work focuses on environmental and sustainability policy and problem solving. She is also director of the Stegner Center Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, which promotes collaboration, mediation and other dispute resolution processes as a means to address contemporary environmental conflicts.


Amy WildermuthAmy Wildermuth
Professor, Law
Research Statement:
Amy Wildermuth’s scholarship agenda focuses on three themes: the importance of sound ecological science to the law on environmental issues, the appropriate governance mechanisms in the administrative setting, and the value of identifying and connecting to culture in order to create workable policy solutions.


 

Lauren BirgenheirLauren Birgenheier
Assistant Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Lauren studies sedimentology and stratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, geochemistry, hydrocarbon/ petroleum geology, reservoir characterization, unconventional resources, as well as sedimentary successions record of paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic change that can be used to understand current and predict future climate change


Gabriel BowenGabe Bowen
Associate Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Gabe Bowen uses light stable isotopes and other tools to study coupling between the carbon cycle, water cycle, and ecology and evolution, both today and in the geological past. He is particularly interested in understanding how the spatial structure of these coupled systems emerges from and reflects their functioning and changes therein.


Brenda B. Bowen
Associate Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Brenda Bowen’s research interests are focused on the
inter-relationships between sediments and fluids in both modern and ancient sedimentary environments and the depositional and diagenetic processes that influence paleoenvironmental records.


Paul BrooksPaul D. Brooks
Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Paul Brooks’ work integrates advances in quantifying water cycle dynamics with related disciplines of ecology, biogeochemistry, geology, and engineering to understand the resilience, resistance, and recovery of coupled human-natural systems to disturbance.


Thure CerlingThure Cerling
Distinguished Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Thure Cerling’s research focuses on the geochemistry of processes occuring at near Earth’s surface and the geological record of ecological change.


Marjorie ChanMarjorie Chan
Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Marjorie Chan’s research interests are in clastic sedimentary geology, and multidisciplinary studies using aspects of facies, basin analysis, fluid flow, and modeling (with applications toward environmental and predictive problems).


Zak FangZak Fang
Professor, Metallurgical Engineering
Research Statement:
Zak Fang’s work is focused on applying materials science in general, and powder materials in particular, to address the challenges of energy and environmental issues from a material perspective.


Diego FernandezDiego Fernandez
Research Assistant Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Diego Fernandez’s field of study includes environmental records, geochronology and geoanalytical methods.


Michael FreeMichael Free
Professor, Metallurgical Engineering
Research Statement:
My research interests are focused primarily on metals and their interactions with solution environments. I am also very involved with industrial research that is often designed to save energy, reduce emissions, and more efficiently use resources.


Tim GarrettTimothy Garrett
Associate Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Statement:
Timothy Garrett’s research focus is in the field of cloud physics, and also includes the development of simple physical models for understanding civilization growth.


Gannet HallarGannet Hallar
Associate Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Statement:
The overarching theme of my research is using high quality measurements of trace gases, aerosol physical and chemical properties, and cloud microphysics to understand connections between the biosphere, atmosphere, and climate, along with the impact of anthropogenic emissions on these connections.


Sebastian HochSebastian Hoch
Research Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
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Sebastian Hoch’s research interests include atmospheric radiation, boundary layer processes, and surface climate.


John Horel
Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Statement:
John Horel’s research is centered on the weather and climate of the western United States, data assimilation, mountain meteorology, fire weather, and Great Salt Lake studies.


Randall Irmis
Assistant Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Randall Irmis’ research investigates the evolution of terrestrial ecosystems in deep time, particularly in response to climate change. Much of this work focuses on vertebrate animals from the Mesozoic hothouse world, a possible analogue to our future human-induced climate state.


Paul Jewell
Associate Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Paul Jewell’s field of study includes surface water hydrology, surficial processes, and the fluid dynamics of earth processes.


Cari JohnsonCari Johnson
Associate Professor, Geology & Geophyics
Research Statement:
Cari Johnson’s research is broadly aimed at interpreting the sedimentary record as it relates to basin evolution, and includes sedimentary geology, basin analysis, and petroleum geology.


William Johnson
Professor, Geology & Geophysics
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William Johnson’s field of study includes geological engineering, hydrology, colloid transport, and aqueos organic chemistry.


Mark Koopman
Research Assistant Professor, Metallurgical Engineering
Research Statement:
Mark Koopman’s research focuses on using powder metallurgy and basic principles of materials engineering to facilitate advancement in the production, storage and use of energy in mechanized systems.


Steven KruegerSteven Krueger
Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Statement:
Steven Krueger’s research interests include numerical simulation of cloud systems, with particular emphasis on the interactions between large-scale and cloud-scale processes, as well as turbulence and mixing in clouds and the boundary layer, and numerical modeling of wildfires.


John Chun-Han Lin
Associate Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Statement:
John Lin’s research seeks to understand the exchange of greenhouse gases, pollutants, and water between the land and the atmosphere by combining atmospheric modeling with in-situ and satellite data.


Peter C. Lippert
Assistant Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
I utilize the unique information encoded in the magnetic and chemical properties of geological materials to understand tectonic, paleoclimate, and paleoecological processes, and to recognize feedbacks between geodynamics, climate change, and surface processes.


Huilian MaHuilian Ma
Research Assistant Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
My current research topic focuses on investigating the influences of particle shape and surface charge heterogeneity on the transport and fate of particles in groundwater and/or subsurface water systems. Potential social impacts include production of safe drinking water, water resources protection, granular material handling, printing and coating, drug delivery, aerosol and fuel filtration.


Jeffrey MooreJeffrey R. Moore
Assistant Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Jeff Moore’s primary research focus seeks to understand erosional and damage mechanics of natural rock arches, based in ambient vibration sensing. He also explores anthropogenic effects on natural arches, e.g. visitor traffic at national parks, which interfaces with management questions and needs.


Barbara Nash
Professor, Geology & Geophysics
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Barbara Nash’s research interests include volcanology, tephrostratigraphy, mineralogy, geochemistry and electron beam microanalysis.


Lindsey Nesbitt
Research Associate, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Lindsey Nesbitt teaches “Global Change Ecology”, “Global Environmental Issues”, and “Introduction to Environmental Science”. She is doing research work with Steve Burian, using RHESSys, a hydro-ecological model, to conduct spatial/temporal simulations of Red Butte Canyon watershed.


Zhaoxia PuZhaoxia Pu
Associate Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Statement:
Zhaoxia Pu’s research interests include numerical modeling, data assimilation and predictability of high-impact weather systems.


Thomas ReichlerThomas Reichler
Associate Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Statement:
Thomas Reichler is a climate modeler and analyst who is interested in large scale aspects of the atmospheric circulation and how it relates to climate change.


Kathleen RitterbushKathleen Ritterbush
Assistant Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Kathleen Ritterbush is a paleocologist researching stasis and change in marine invertebrate ecosystems of the Mesozoic and Paleozoic. She investigates how organisms influence marine habitats and how they respond to widespread environmental change


Kip SolomonKip Solomon
Professor, Geology & Geophysics
Research Statement:
Kip Solomon’s field of study includes groundwater hydrology, environmental geology, and geological engineering.


Jim SteenburghJim Steenburgh
Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Statement:
Jim Steenburgh’s research examines the weather and climate of the western United States and other mountainous regions of the world, with emphasis on orographic and lake-effect precipitation, front-mountain interactions, and weather analysis and forecasting.


Court StrongCourtenay Strong
Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Statement:
Courtenay Strong’s research interests include the relationship between sea ice dynamics and atmospheric curculation variability, Pacific atmosphere-ocean feedback, the role of tropospheric Rossby wave breaking in the North Atlantic Oscillation and Northern Annular Mode, and historical trends in the position and strength of jet streams.


David WhitemanDavid Whiteman
Research Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Statement:
David Whiteman’s research interests include meteorological instrumentation, mountain climates, and mountain meteorology.


York R. SmithYork Smith
Assistant Professor, Metallurgical Engineering
Research Statement:
My research is focused on nonferrous metals recycling and developing sustainable metallurgical processes. Current projects involve: solar panel recycling; resource, recovery, and recycling of critical materials (i.e., lithium and rare earth elements); and sensor development for food, water, and health.


Edward ZipserEdward Zipser
Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Statement:
Edward Zipser’s research interests include regional and global distribution of storms, understanding why heavy rainfall is more frequent in the deep tropics, and helping develop improved recognition and forecasting of severe storms.


 

Fred AdlerFrederick Adler
Professor, Mathematics & Biology
Research Statement:
Fred Adler’s research interests include mathematical ecology, epidemiology and immunology, urban and evolutionary ecology, and biodiversity.

 


William AndereggWilliam Anderegg
Assistant Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
My research focuses on the responses of terrestrial ecosystems to global change. In particular, I study the impacts of climate extremes, such as severe heat or drought stress, on forests and what this means for the future of forested ecosystems on Earth.


Dave BowlingDave Bowling
Associate Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Dave Bowling’s primary research interests include the ecosystem ecology of forest, mountain, and arid biomes, biogeochemistry, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, and environmental change.


William BrazeltonWilliam Brazelton
Assistant Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
The Brazelton lab studies extremophilic microbes: weird archaea and bacteria that inspire us to consider unusual ideas about ecology and evolution.


Sarah BushSarah Bush
Assistant Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Sarah Bush’s research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interations, with a particular interest in using macroevolutionary information for hosts and their co-evolving parasites to generate testable hypotheses about ecological factors determining host-specificity.


Dale ClaytonDale Clayton
Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Dale Clayton’s research interests include the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions (particularly those involving birds and parasitic insects), and the interface of microevolution and macroevolution.


Phyllis ColeyPhyllis Coley
Distinguished Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Phyllis Coley’s research interests include the community ecology of tropical forests, herbivory and the ecology and evolution of plant defenses, chemical ecology, and bioprospecting and conservation of tropical rainforests.


Denise DearlingDenise Dearing
Distinguished Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Denise Dearing’s research focuses on ecological factors and physiological constraints that influence foraging behavior, and the evolution of diet breadth in mammalian herbivores, as well as host-pathogen interactions.


Bryn DentingerBryn Dentinger
Associate Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Fungi play a critical role in terrestrial plant productivity through mycorrhizal symbiosis, yet the vast majority of fungal diversity remains unknown. Research in my lab focuses on documenting, describing and understanding the ecology and evolution of fungal diversity using collections-based molecular phylogenetic and genomic tools.


Jim EhleringerJim Ehleringer
Distinguished Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Jim Ehleringer’s research interests include the interactions between the global change drivers, ecosystem form and function, and the responses of plant species.


Colleen Farmer and subjectColleen Farmer
Assistant Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
My research aims to understand the evolutionary sequence of events involved in major vertebrate transitions, especially aspects of the evolution of the cardiopulmonary system and the transition from ectothermy to endothermy.


Don FeenerDon Feener
Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Don Feener’s research interests include the ecology of direct and indirect effects in insect communities, evolutionary and behavioral ecology of host-parasitoid interactions, and the division of labor and functional ecology of ant castes.


Kenneth GoldenKenneth M. Golden
Professor, Mathematics
Research Statement:
Kenneth Golden’s research interests lie in sea ice, climate change, composite materials, phase transitions, and inverse problems.


Tom KursarTom Kursar
Associate Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Tom Kursar’s research interests include the role of rainfall and drought in determining distributions of tropical rainforest plants; how tropical rainforests are defended against attack by herbivores and linking bioprospecting, a sustainable use of biodiversity, with conservation.


Shelley MinteerShelley Minteer
Professor, Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering
Research Statement:
Shelley’s research focus is mainly on improving the energy efficiency of energy conversion and storage devices.


Diane PatakiDiane Pataki
Associate Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Diane’s research focus is plant physiological and ecosystem ecology with an emphasis on the role of plants and soils in human-dominated and urban ecosystems.


Caroline SaoumaCaroline Saouma
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Research Statement:
Caroline’s research program is focused on developing a fundamental understanding of transition-metal mediated small molecule activation, as it pertains to energy conversion and green synthetic applications.


Jon SegerJon Seger
Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Jon Seger’s research interests include mitochondrial population genomics of whale lice and mildly deletrious mutations as obstacles to adaptation.


Cagan SekerciogluCagan Sekercioglu
Assistant Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Cagan Sekercioglu’s research interests include conservation biology, tropical biology, ornithology, and landscape ecology.


Patrick SheaPatrick Shea
Research Associate Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Patrick Shea’s interest lie in working with private property owners to achieve sustainable, exceptional, conservation practices.


John SperryJohn Sperry
Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
John Sperry’s research interests include plant ecophysiology and water relations, comparatice/ evolutionary physiology of plant vascular systems, plant water transport, causes and consequences of xylem cavitation, and plant biomechanics.


Brett TippleBrett Tipple
Research Assistant Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
Brett Tipple’s research interests are in the fields of plant ecology, isotope geochemistry, paleoclimatology, and paleoecology. He utilizes stable isotope ratios of organic materials to constrain the physical and environmental conditions of modern and ancient oceans, terrestrial ecosystems, and atmospheres.


Sylvia TortiSylvia Torti
Research Assistant Professor, Biology
Research Statement:
As an ecologist and Dean of the Honors College. Sylvia works at the interface between science, environment, communication, and education. Her research focuses on coupling science with writing and communication and exploring the relationships between humans and their environment.


Thanh TruongThanh Truong
Professor, Chemistry
Research Statement:
Thanh’s sustainability research interests are design and development of cyberinfrastructure for research and education in computational science and engineering to address environmental and sustainability issues.


Ilya ZharovIlya Zharov
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Research Statement:
Ilya’s current research s focused in areas related to sustainability by the virtue of trying to solve energy storage, production and consumption problems, as well as environmental remediation, using nanomaterials.


 

Tariq BanuriTariq Banuri
Professor, Economics
Research Statement:
Tariq Banuri’s work has focused on the interactions between human and natural systems, and increasingly in the imperatives of global change, approached from a scenarios analysis perspective, as well as from the perspective of national and global policies.


Tabitha BenneyTabitha Benney
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Research Statement:
Tabitha Benney’s research interests include International Relations, International Political Economy, Energy and Environmental Policy, and Research Methods. Her main focus is in the area of Global Governance, Energy Policy and Environmental Sustainability in emerging economies.


David CarterDavid Carter
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Research Statement:
As a public policy scholar, I study the processes by which governments (and other equivalent authorities) select, enact, and implement policies and programs. Within this scope, I focus on the design and administration of environmental regulation.


Haimanti BhattacharyaHaimanti Bhattacharya
Assistant Professor, Economics
Research Statement:
Haimanti Bhattacharya’s research interests include environmental and resource economics, development economics, and experimental and behavioral economics.


Adrienne CachelinAdrienne Cachelin
Director of Sustainability Education, U of U
Research Statement:
Adrienne Cachelin’s research explores framing in education for sustainability and critical sustainability in educational contexts. She is also an Associate Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Studies.


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Research Associate Professor, Anthropology
Research Statement:
Joan’s research interests focus on molecular techniques for the reconstruction of prehistoric subsistence patterns. She examines the effects of climate change on the sustainability of prehistoric economies.


Simon BrewerSimon Brewer
Assistant Professor, Geography
Research Statement:
Simon Brewer’s research focuses on terrestrial environmental response to climate change at large spatial and temporal scales.


Andrea BrunelleAndrea R. Brunelle
Associate Professor, Geography
Research Statement:
Andrea Brunelle is interested in the paleoecology of the western United States, with an emphasis on: fire history, climate changes, vegetations reconstructions, and long-term records of insect infestation.


Brett ClarkBrett Clark
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Research Statement:
One goal of Brett Clark’s research is to incorporate nature—its processes and ecosystems—into social analysis and social theory, in order to present a more comprehensive account of the relationship between nature and society.


Brian CoddingBrian Codding
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Research Statement:
Brian Codding’s research focuses on examining human-environment interactions among small scale societies in the past and present.


Philip E. DennisonPhilip Dennison
Associate Professor, Geography
Research Statement:
Philip Dennison’s research interests include remote sensing of vegetation physiology and phenology, imaging spectroscopy, wildfire and fire danger modeling, vegetation and the carbon cycle, and natural hazards.


Richard ForsterRichard R. Forster
Professor, Geography
Research Statement:
Rick Forster’s research primarily focuses on using remote sensing data to derive information about snow and ice conditions at the Earth’s surface. More specifically, he studies ice sheets, glaciers and seasonal snow cover response to climate change.


Leslie KnappLeslie A. Knapp
Professor, Anthropology
Research Statement:
Leslie’s current research focuses on genetic diversity, endocrinology and disease in natural populations of primates. Studies of immunity genes in natural populations living in undisturbed and fragmented habitats can help us understand the complex relationship between habitat and stress, genetic diversity, and adaptation.


Lisbeth LouderbackLisbeth A. Louderback
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Research Statement:
Lisbeth’s research brings a strong interdisciplinary background to archaeology with technical expertise in archaeobotany and paleoecology. Micro- and macrobotanical remains from archaeological sites provide biological clues to past climates and local resources that help define human subsistence patterns and how they fluctuated through time. This allows Louderback to explore how people coped with environmental change during the late Pleistocene and Holocene on a global scale.


Zachary LundeenZach Lundeen
Research Asst. Professor, Geography
Research Statement:
Zach Lundeen’s research primarily focuses on understanding the drivers of hydroclimatic variability in the West, and the impacts of climate change and variability on ecosystems.


Shane MacfarlanShane Macfarlan
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Research Statement:
Shane Macfarlan examines the behavioral ecology of cooperation, natural resource use, and economic decision-making in small-scale societies of the developing world


Dan McCoolDaniel C. McCool
Professor, Political Science
Research Statement:
Daniel McCool’s research focuses on water resource development, voting rights, Indian water rights, and public lands policy.


James O'ConnellJames F. O’Connell
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Anthropology
Research Statement:
James O’Connell’s research interests include hunter-gatherer ecology and its implications for arguments about human evolution, and archaeological method and theory.


Mitchell PowerMitchell J. Power
Assistant Professor, Geography
Research Statement:
Mitchell Power is a biogeographer with interests in present and past vegetation communities, and his research is aimed at understanding the dominant controls of natural plant distributions in the temperate and tropical latitudes.


Summer RupperSummer B. Rupper
Associate Professor, Geography
Research Statement:
Summer Rupper’s research interests are sited at the junctions of glaciology, hydrology, climatology, paleoclimatology, and geomorphology. A particular interest is quantifying natural climate variability and the response of Earth’s systems to changes in climate.


Jennifer Follstad ShahJennifer Follstad Shah
Research Assistant Professor, Geography
Research Statement:
Jennifer Follstad Shah is an ecosystem ecologist whose research examines how climate change, urbanization, altered flow regimes, and non-native species invasions affect microbial community dynamics and ecosystem processes, such as nutrient cycling and decomposition.


Eric Sjöberg Eric Sjöberg
Assistant Professor, Economics
Research Statement:
Eric Sjöberg’s current research projects include first trimester PM2.5 exposure and pregnancy outcomes; climate, cooperation, and conflict;, and federal enforcement of environmental laws.


McKenzie StilesMcKenzie Stiles
Assistant Professor, Geography
Research Statement:
My research interests are inherently interdisciplinary and center on mountain hydrology, remote sensing of the cryosphere/cryospheric change, radiative forcing by light absorbing particulates in snow, and cryosphere-climate interaction.


Yehua Dennis WeiYehua Dennis Wei
Professor, Geography
Research Statement:
Dennis Wei is an economic/ urban geographer and development specialist, with research interests in globalization, urbanization, and regional development in China.


Michael TimberlakeMichael F. Timberlake
Professor, Sociology
Research Statement:
Michael Timberlake’s research concerns urbanization in relation to globalization. His recent efforts have mapped global city networks over time, and explored the effects of the global integration of cities on social inequality within them.


Neng WanNeng Wan
Assistant Professor, Geography
Research Statement:
Neng Wan’s research interests include GIS-­-based modeling of exposure to environmental pollutants (e.g., particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, agricultural pesticides), health effects of air pollution exposure based on smartphone monitoring, and source-specific air pollution modeling..


Cathleen ZickCathleen D. Zick
Professor, Family and Consumer Studies
Research Statement:
Cathleen Zick is an applied economist whose research examines family, consumer, and social policy issues, including the impact of soft transport policies on air quality.