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Hanley Sustainability Institute

Sustainable Climate Scholars

Below you will find scholars whose work helps us take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts:

Zelalem Bedaso

Zelalem is interested in understanding the effect of climate change on water resources (water quantity, quality and sustainability). He also is interested in studying Earth's past climate from terrestrial sedimentary deposits and its perspectives on climate change. His research involves both field data collection and geochemical/isotope laboratory analyses.

Zelalem Bedaso's Bio
Robert Brecha

Robert has been publishing research related to sustainability for the past decade, ranging from topics of fossil fuel availability and how this impacts climate change scenarios, to building energy efficiency scenarios and the integration of fluctuating renewable energy resources into existing power systems. Most recently, his focus has been on access to and consumption of energy in developing countries and the connections between energy use and Sustainable Development Goal targets.

Robert Brecha's Bio
Sarah Cahalan

Sarah is interested, broadly speaking, in the intersections of sustainability and climate change with cultural heritage work. This includes disaster planning, sustainable preservation practices, reassessment of best practices including professional travel, collaborative work to preserve endangered materials and collecting the stories of endangered communities.

Sarah Cahalan's bio
Deogratias Eustace

Deogratias' interest that relates to sustainability is promoting sustainable transportation that includes walking, cycling, public transportation, car sharing, bike sharing and green vehicles.

Deogratias Eustace's Bio
Elizabeth Groppe

Elizabeth is a Catholic constructive theologian. Her areas of scholarship include theological responses to ecological degradation with particular attention to climate change, biodiversity protection and agriculture.

Elizabeth Groppe's bio
Umesh Haritashya

Umesh's research includes studying cryosphere around the world to determine the sustainable future of glacier and water resources along with natural hazards in the mountainous environment. He uses satellite remote sensing, field-collected data, mathematical modeling and artificial intelligence techniques.

Umesh Haritashya's bio
Kelly Johnson

Kelly is a scholar of theological ethics whose work explores, among other things, truthful practices of gratitude, hope and joy in the midst of the climate catastrophe.

Kelly Johnson's bio
Brad Kallenberg

Sustainability is both a material and a moral issue. On the material side, Brad teaches engineering ethics with an eye to sustainability as related to both engineering and manufacturing (extraction of raw materials, production and use of energy, our cultural addiction to petroleum-based plastic, etc.). On the moral side, his research in virtue ethics deals, in part, with a kind of cultural moral myopia that prevents us from seeing and attending to the urgency of climate change and its fallout.

Brad Kallenberg's bio
Kevin Leske

Kevin's interest is sustainability stems from his background and experience in environmental science, law and policy. He's spent his life protecting the environment, fighting climate change and promoting sustainability.

Kevin Leske's Bio
Joy Losee

Joy's interests in sustainability stem from her research in social and cognitive psychology. Her research examines people's perceptions of uncertain threats (e.g. climate change) and people's intentions to engage in behaviors (e.g. sustainable behaviors) that minimize threat.

Joy Losee's bio
Ben McCall

Ben's research interests stem from a deceptively simple question: How can we build a future that is sustainable and resilient? Put another way, what changes can we make at the household, organizational and societal levels in order to live in a way that can be sustained and that will be resilient to the increasingly severe impacts of climate change?

Ben McCall's Bio
Vincent Miller

Vincent has written and lectured extensively on climate change. In partnership with HSI, he organized “Everything Is Connected," an international conference in 2016 on the encyclical at UD and edited the resulting volume "The Theological and Ecological Vision of Laudato Si" (Bloomsbury, 2017). In 2017, he was a writer in residence at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Blue River, Ore., as part of its Long Term Ecological Reflections project.

Vincent Miller's Bio
Alexander Morgan

Alexander's research interests in sustainability focus on ensuring fire safety performance against current and new fire risk scenarios in a changing climate and built environment. This includes development of new environmentally friendly flame retardant materials as well as enabling the design and implementation of recyclable/sustainable fire-safe materials.

Alexander Morgan's bio
Rebecca Potter

Most of Rebecca's current work and research on sustainability is in the area of education and curricular development. However, her research also considers discourse and narrative through the lens of eco-criticism, focusing on the use of story to comprehend and respond to harmful environmental impacts such as climate change, environmental risk, and food insecurity. 

Rebecca Potter's Bio
Todd Smith

Todd is interested in all aspects of sustainable systems, with a special interest in alternative energy solutions and the science of climate change.

Todd Smith's bio
Muhammad Usman

Muhammad's sustainability research interests include computational methods to approximate the solution of models from climate change, water waves, engineering, biology and medicine. Most realistic models involve nonlinear differential or partial differential equations. He says in order to simulate the outcome of a model it is important to develop algorithms to solve the model. 

Muhammad Usman's bio
Shuang-ye Wu

Shuang-ye's research focuses on the potential impacts of climate change on the hydrological cycle and its regional impacts on precipitation, extreme storms, floods and droughts.

Shuang-ye Wu's bio
Chia-Yu Wu

Primary research focuses on using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and related software (such as Google Earth Engine, Python and R) as a tool to study issues related to physical geography, flood, hydrology, human-environmental interaction and environmental justice. Also involved in different projects on a variety of sustainability-related issues and community engagement.

Chia-Yu Wu's bio

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