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Who We Are

Sections: Faculty - Postdoctoral Fellows - Collaborators - Graduate Students - Research Assistants - Former Students


whiteboard photoVIEE faculty come from a number of Vanderbilt's schools and departments, bringing the collective skills and expertise necessary to address today's tough energy and environmental problems, while simultaneously educating tomorrow's leaders.

  • Mark Abkowitz , Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • John Ayers , Professor & Chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Jack Barkenbus, Visiting Scholar in VIEE and Climate Change Research Network
  • Janey Camp , Research Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • James Clarke , Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Mark Cohen , Professor of American Competitive Enterprise & Professor of Law
  • James Fraser , Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Development
  • David Furbish , Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Jonathan Gilligan , Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Steven Goodbred , Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • David Hess , Associate Director of VIEE & Professor of Sociology 
  • George Hornberger , Director of VIEE & Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • David Kosson , Co-Director of CRESP & Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Dave Krantz , Visiting Scholar in VIEE and Climate Change Research Network
  • Euguene LeBoeuf , Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • David Owens , Professor for the Practice of Management and Innovation
  • Charles Powers , Co-Director of CRESP & Professor of Environmental Engineering
  • Jim Rossi , Professor of Law and Director, Program in Law & Government
  • JB Ruhl , Professor & Chair of Law
  • James Schorr , Adjunct Professor of Management
  • Michael Vandenbergh , Director of Climate Change Research Network & Professor of Law
  • W. Kip Viscusi , Professor of Law, Economics and Management

Postdoctoral Fellows

VIEE postdoctoral fellows have a unique blend of expertise in the social and natural sciences. The postdoctoral fellows work closely with each other and with VIEE faculty and students to conduct cutting-edge research on energy and environmental issues.

Josh Bazuin
Research Focus
: Post-conflict transitions, international community development efforts (especially around housing, poverty alleviation, and the environment), and the role of religion in peace-building and development.

Alexander Maki
Research Focus:  When and how individuals spread their proenvironmental behaviors to others (the “spread of behavior”), the factors that make it more likely people will engage in a range of proenvironmental behaviors across contexts (the “spillover of behavior”), and why some people successfully engage in proenvironmental behaviors over time (the “maintenance of behavior”). 


Amanda Carrico
Research Focus: The psychology of environmentally significant behavior; common pool resource management; behavioral dimensions of climate mitigation and adaptation policy

Debra Perrone
Research Focus: Water, energy, and food in a changing climate

Kaitlin Toner Raimi
Research Focus:
How people explain away harmful behaviors, how people compare their own beliefs and behaviors to those of other people, and how people’s desire to make a good impression can influence them to adopt climate mitigation behaviors.

Sharon Shewmake
Research Focus: Environmental economics, energy economics, resource economics, transportation, and economic development

Lanka Thabrew
Research Focus: Life cycle assessment, multi-stakeholder environmental decision making, and international sustainable development research

Heather Barnes Truelove
Research Focus: Psychological underpinnings of individual behavior to reduce climate change, and attitudes toward nuclear energy and nuclear facilities

Graduate Students

Our students are pursuing graduate degrees in environmental engineering, management, policy, science, and other related areas. Each student is taking a customized curriculum and is engaged in research initiatives in his or her area of study.

Emily Burchfield , Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Engineering, Management and Policy
Research Focus: How water allocation decisions, and socioeconomic, institutional, and environmental factors, affect cropping patterns and the distribution of crop health 

Leslie Lyons Duncan , Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Engineering
Research Focus: Local and regional hydrological and subsurface conditions in regulation of the mechanical behavior of landslides and in relation to changing river flows

Thushara Gunda , Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Engineering
Research Focus: Spatial and temporal patterns in water quality along cascade systems in the Mahaweli River Watershed, Sri Lanka

John Nay , Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Engineering, Management, and Policy
Research Focus: Modeling social-ecological system resilience to climate change impacts in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Ann Olsen, Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Management
Research Focus: Regional variation in performance of the LEED green building rating system using technological innovation system and socio-technical sustainability transition perspectives

Chelsea Peters , Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Science
Research Focus:  Anthropological impacts on water quality

Scott Worland , Ph.D. Student, Environmental Engineering–Hydrology
Research Focus: Analyzing the complex interactions of political, demographic, economic, hydrologic, and climatological factors that affect decisions that either advance or retard the development of water conservation policies.

Former Students

Laura Mahoney Benneyworth , Ph.D., Environmental Management
Research Focus: Evaluation of land use and drinking water quality in southwestern Bangladesh and implications for sustainability and community resilience.

Alexandra Ewing , Ph.D., Environmental Management
Dissertation Research Focus: Life cycle analysis of alternative corporate sustainability strategies

Elise Hunter , Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Engineering
Research Focus:  Regional variations in freshwater supply in the US, urban drinking water management and planning, perceptions of water use and climate change

Yi Mei, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
Dissertation Research Focus: Hydrological regulation on dissolved organic carbon (DOC) transport from agricultural and forest soils to streams
Current Position: Catastrophic Modeler, Risk Management Solutions, Inc.
Job Description: Develop physically based and statistical models to evaluate the loss caused by flood, hurricane and surge for East Asia and the United States.
Ongoing Research: Hillslope control on DOC-concentration discharge relationships

John H. Jacobi, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
Dissertation Research Focus: Adaptive Actions to Climate Change
Current Position: Catastrophe Risk Analyst at Aon Benfield
Job Description:  Analyze multiple perils (hurricanes, earthquakes, severe storms, terrorism risks, etc.) to determine insurance company exposure and potential losses from catastrophic events.
Ongoing Research:  Changing monsoon patterns over Sri Lanka and agent-based modeling of farmer behavior.

John Crane, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
Dissertation Research Focus:
The Thermo-climatic Cost of a Lush, Green Lawn: Characterizing N2O emissions from lawns

Deb Perrone, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
Dissertation Research Focus: Characterizing Water, Food, and Energy Interrelationships
Current Position: Post-doctoral fellow, Water in the West, Stanford University

Elizabeth Stone , M.S., Earth and Environmental Science
Research Focus: Variations of climate, soil properties, and paddy cultivation practices in the Mahaweli River Watershed and the effects on rice yields, greenhouse gas emissions, and the percolation of nitrogen species into groundwater and canals