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Leah Dundon, J.D., Ph.D.
Director, Vanderbilt Climate Change Initiative
Phone: 615-428-0643

Dr. Leah A. Dundon is the Director of the Vanderbilt Climate Change Initiative. She is also a practicing environmental attorney with the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., and holds a research appointment in environmental engineering at the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. She has also served as the chair of the Committee on Innovations, Management Systems and Trading, a committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of the Environment, Energy and Resources. Leah completed her Ph.D. through the Center for Environmental Management Studies at Vanderbilt University and is part of a research group that focuses on climate change, risk management, and assessing the impacts of extreme weather on infrastructure adaptation.

Leah received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in 2016, her J.D. from Vanderbilt in 1997 and her B.A. from American University in 1993. Leah regularly publishes and lectures on issues related to climate change, risk, and resilience.


Craig Philip, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor, Vanderbilt Climate Change Initiative


Phone: 615-812-0300

Dr. Craig Philip is a Research Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of VECTOR.  Dr. Philip’s research focus includes infrastructure sustainability and the application of risk management tools to transportation systems, carrier safety management, and transport policy and regulation with a particular focus on Maritime Systems. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Dr. Philip spent 35 years in the rail, intermodal and maritime industries, including Conrail and Southern Pacific Railroads. He joined Ingram Barge Company, the largest US marine transport carrier in 1982 and from 1999 until 2014 served as President/CEO.  He has served as Chairman of multiple Maritime Groups and was a US Commissioner of PIANC, and Chaired the US Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Dr. Philip has served on the USDOT’s National Freight Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board and is presently a member of its Marine Board and Resilience Section.  He is a Board Certified member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.  In 2010, Dr. Philip was designated a Distinguished Diplomat in the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers, and in 2014 was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.