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Hanley Sustainability Institute

Sustainable Habitats Scholars

Below are scholars whose work would help us conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development; as well as protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss:

Donald Chase

Donald's areas of interest are varied, but generally revolve around applying computer simulation models to evaluate the behavior of water resource systems. He is interested in applying low impact development techniques to reduce stormwater runoff and improve stormwater runoff quality and in applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to water resource systems.

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Garry Crosson

Garry's sustainability interests are mostly related to studying the environmental fate and transport of contaminants (and emerging contaminants) in soils. An additional component of his environmental sustainability interest involves designing, synthesizing, and testing solid-phase materials for removing dissolved contaminants from drinking (and presumably waste) water.

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Jennifer Hellman

Jennifer uses aquatic organisms, particularly fish, to understand how the environment experienced by one generation influences behavioral, physiological, morphological, and life-history traits in future generations. This transgenerational plasticity can benefit organisms by allowing them to develop phenotypes that match future environmental conditions, and help organisms cope with environmental change, both natural and human-induced. 

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Leanne Jablonski

Leanne's sustainability interests are in education, outreach and advocacy while engaging the general public and faith communities on climate change issues, working with faith communities on environmental concerns and spirituality and climate change's impacts on terrestrial ecosystems and plant reproduction.

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Jeffrey Kavanaugh

For over 15 year, Jeffrey's ecology laboratory has been conducting research projects on stream restoration, wetland restoration and monitoring impacts of low dams and kayak chutes on the biodiversity of fish, macroinvertebrates and birds in the Great Miami River Watershed. He has had honors thesis students and environmental interns, and he specializes in working with students across departments and disciplines.

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Bill Marvin

Bill's sustainability-related interests are in environmental ethics.

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Ryan McEwan

Ryan's lab focuses on environmental sustainability as it relates to natural resource management with a particular emphasis on forests and streams. Research in the lab is based in tropical, temperate and arctic systems and is interwoven with management questions in the Miami Valley. 

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Allen McGrew

Allen's research interests include the areas of safe and sustainable natural resource development and natural hazards, particularly the problem of anthropogenically-induced earthquakes. He is also active in sustainability education and maintains an interest in landscape restoration, volunteering with Beavercreek Wetlands Association. At the national level his sustainability interests include service on the Steering Committee of Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW), the principle Earthcare outreach of the Religious Society of Friends, in which capacity he chairs their Mini-Grants program.

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Viorel Paslaru

Sustainable development presupposes ecological explanation of why certain actions are acceptable while others must be avoided. One of Viorel's research projects examines the implicit and explicit standards of ecological explanations, some of which inform decisions for sustainable development. 

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Chelse Prather

Chelse is interested in the sustainability and ecology of food systems, particularly in rangeland ecosystems and the potential for using insects as a sustainable protein source. She also studies the ecology and restoration of grassland ecosystems, particularly focusing on the insect communities in grasslands.

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Andrew Rettig

Andrew's interests include research and development of Internet of Things for both resource efficiency and conservation beginning with the Smart Campus, and including Internet of Things in all disciplines for student enablement from applied experience.

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Daniel Vandersommers

Daniel examines how Americans conceptualized animals and ecologies in the 19th and 20th centuries. Employing environmental history, animal studies, science studies and posthumanism, his research seeks to extend ecological thinking to show how all categories of thought are always interconnected. His research focuses on zoological parks and aquariums from 1840-1920.

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Alan Veliz-Cuba

Alan is interested in using computational and mathematical models to study interactions in populations and ecosystems. He also is interested in how external intervention affects the behavior of populations and ecosystems.

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