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Who We Are

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

Faculty

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
  • Hiba Baroud , Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Corey Brady , Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development
  • Janey Camp , Research Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Yuche Chen, 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
  • Bradley Hawkins , Practicum Director, Vanderbilt MPH Program, Health Policy
  • David Hess , Associate Director of VIEE & Professor of Sociology 
  • George Hornberger , Director of VIEE & Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Kejia Hu , Assistant Professor of Operations Management, Owens Graduate School of Management
  • Bruce Jennings , Adjunct Associate Professor in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society and the Department of Health Policy at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • 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
  • Michelle Marcus , Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Yolanda McDonald , Assistant Professor, VU Department of Human and Organizational Development
  • David Owens , Professor for the Practice of Management and Innovation
  • Craig Philip , Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director, Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resilience (VECTOR)
  • 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
  • Zdravka Tzankova , Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Michael Vandenbergh , Director of Climate Change Research Network & Professor of Law
  • W. Kip Viscusi , Professor of Law, Economics and Management
  • Eugene Vorobeychik , Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering
  • Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins , Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Carol Ziegler , Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Community and University Collaborators

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.  

Thushara Gunda
Research Focus:
Analyzing natural and social drivers (including climate and governance) on water security. Evaluating the complex interactions between water, food, energy, and waste resources.

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”). 

Collaborators

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.

Thushara De Silva , Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Engineering
Research Focus:
developing decision supporting models for water resources and energy infrastructure planning & management of Sri Lanka

Ke "Jack" Ding , Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Engineering
Research Focus:
the inter-relationships of the Water-Energy-Food nexus, and providing sustainable solutions to the WEF issues globally

Claire Evans , Ph.D. candidate, Political Science
Research Focus: Comparative Politics, Political Methodology

Ethan Gibbons , Ph.D. candidate, Sociology
Research Focus: medical sociology and environmental sociology

Megan Jordan , Ph.D. candidate, Sociology
Research Focus: environment, policy, labor and culture

Rachel McKane , Ph.D. candidate, Sociology
Research Focus: Environmental Justice, Environmental Sociology, Stratification and Health, and Quantitative Methods

Kate Nelson , Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Engineering, Management and Policy
Research Focus: Social-environmental system resilience and sustainability, geospatial statistics and modeling, agent-based simulation, social vulnerability, adaptation

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

Magdalena Sudibjo , Ph.D. candidate, Sociology
Research Focus: environmental sociology, economic sociology, science and technology, and immigration

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.

Kate Pride Brown , Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Focus:  Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy

Emily Burchfield , Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Research Focus: How water allocation decisions, and socioeconomic, institutional, and environmental factors, affect cropping patterns and the distribution of crop health

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

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.

Leslie Lyons Duncan , Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
Current Position: Hydrologist with USGS in Nashville TN
Research Focus: Local and regional hydrological and subsurface conditions in regulation of the mechanical behavior of landslides and in relation to changing river flows

John Nay , Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
Research Focus: Modeling social-ecological system resilience to climate change impacts in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University and CEO of Skopos Labs, Inc.

Deb Perrone, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
Dissertation Research Focus: Characterizing Water, Food, and Energy Interrelationships
Current Position: Assistant Professor at University of California, Santa Barbara

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