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Fenda Akiwumi Norma Alcantar Kamal Alsharif Roberta Baer Sean Barbeau Ambar Basu
Mya Breitbart Heide Castañeda Don Chambers Kenneth Christensen Jennifer Collins Jeffrey Cunningham
Sarina J. Ergas Kent Fanning Allan Feldman Michael W. Fountain  Victor Fung Yogi Goswami
Pamela Hallock Muller Sharon Hanna-West Albert C. Hine William Hogarth David Hollander Chuanmin Hu
Ricardo Izurieta David Jacobson John Jermier John Kuhn Patrizia La Trecchia
Shawn Landry
Philip Levy Robert M. MacLeod Clifford R. Merz James Mihelcic Frank Muller-Karger George Nolas
Yashwant Pathak
Ernst Peebles Mark Rains Stephen L. Reich Jason Rohr Stanley Russell
Jeffrey Ryan Martin Schönfeld Mark Stewart James Stock Amy Stuart Aydin Sunol
Maya Trotz Philip Van Beynen Edward Van Vleet Robert Weisberg Christian Wells Linda Whiteford
Daniel Yeh Rebecca Zarger Qiong (Jane) Zhang Yu Zhang Wei Zhang  
 

Faculty 


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Fenda Akiwumi
Professor

Professor Akiwumi's research takes a holistic approach to understanding resource utilization in sectors such as water, minerals, and forests. Her ongoing research projects are in Sierra Leone (environmental deterioration, sustainable livelihoods of women, and water conflicts in mining areas).

(813) 974-2386
fakiwumi@cas.usf.edu

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Norma Alcantar
Associate Professor

Professor Alcantar is an expert in surface force measurements and FTIR spectroscopy. Her research interests include interfacial phenomena and chemical characterization of biometric membranes, micellar surfacants, green chemistry materials, nanoparticles, and organic/inorganic thin films.

(813) 974-8009
alcantar@eng.usf.edu

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Kamal Alsharif
Associate Professor of Engineering
Professor Alsharif's research focuses on the interdisciplinary approach to the environmental decision-making process and water policy. Furthermore, he is interested in the human interactions with the environment and providing environmental benchmarks.

(813) 974-4939
kalshari@usf.edu

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Roberta Baer
Professor

Professor Baer's research interests include health and health disparities in Latin America and the United States, with her recent work focusing on cancer and diabetes. She was recently awarded an NSF grant to investigate cultural and class issues in understandings of H1N1 in Mexico and the United States

(813) 974-0805
baer@cas.usf.edu

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Sean Barbeau
Research Associate

Mr. Barbeau's work focuses on the research and development of intelligent software for mobile devices, especially GPS-enabled cell phones, to better understand and influence travel behavior and the transportation environment. One project, the Travel Assistance Device, uses cell phones to deliver personalized real-time navigation

(813) 974-7208
barbeau@cutr.usf.edu

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Ambar Basu
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Professor Basu's research explores the intersection of cultural issues and health communication. It locates culture as organic and fundamental in the framing of communicative patterns, and it examines how meanings are shared and health discourse is negotiated in the global-local context of multiple cultural, political, economic, and development agendas in marginalized spaces.

(813) 974-2145
abasu@cas.usf.edu

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Mya Breibart
Associate Professor

Professor Breitbart's laboratory utilizes molecular biological techniques to study viruses present in sewage, reclaimed water, and drinking water. Her research focuses on identifying viruses that can be used as indicators of fecal contamination that will in turn benefit sustainable communities.

(727) 553-3520
mya@marine.usf.edu

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Heide Castañeda
Associate Professor and Graduate Director
Professor Castañeda's research focuses on migrant and refugee health and its relationship to transnational labor migration. She is also interested in issues of humanitarianism and the role nongovernmental organizations play in providing aid.

(813) 974-0786
hcastaneda@usf.edu

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Don Chambers
Associate Professor

Professor Chambers specializes in using satellite observations such as radar altimetry and satellite gravimetry to better understand ocean dynamics. His primary research focus is quantifying and understanding sea level variability, especially low frequency fluctuations related to climate change.

(727) 553-3351
dchambers@marine.usf.edu

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Kenneth Christensen
Professor

Professor Christensen's research focuses on energy efficiency of computer networks - "green networks." He has made substantial contributions in technological innovation to reduce the amount of energy used by information and communication technology.

(813) 974-4761
christen@cse.usf.edu

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Jennifer Collins
Associate Professor

Professor Collins' research focuses on weather and climate - in particular, hurricane activity - where she examines the environmental factors influencing the interannual variation of hurricane numbers. She also investigates relationships between hurricane activity in the Atlantic versus part of the Northeast Pacific.

(813) 974-4242
jcollins@cas.usf.edu

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Jeffrey Cunningham
Associate Professor

Professor Cunningham's research broadly deals with the behavior of chemicals in the environment. This is manifested into several lines of research that fall under the umbrella of sustainability.

(813) 974-9540
cunning@usf.edu

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Sarina J. Ergas
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Professor Ergas conducts research in the field of environmental biotechnology, including research on domestic and industrial wastewater treatment and reuse, low-impact development technologies for stormwater management, biological drinking water treatment, bioremediation systems, and biological air pollution control.

(813) 974-2386
sergas@eng.usf.edu

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Kent Fanning
Professor Emeritus

Professor Fanning's research focuses on the mechanisms by which water-borne nutrients are consumed, regenerated, and transported, with quantification of those mechanisms being an ultimate goal. Water-borne nutrients are critical to both terrestrial and coastal marine ecosystems.

(727) 553-1594
kaf@marine.usf.edu

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Allan Feldman
Professor

Professor Feldman's research focuses on the role that K-12 teachers and students can have in authentic scientific and engineering research projects. Their participation can serve several functions such as improving workforce development for professionals in fields related to sustainability.

(813) 974-2386
sergas@eng.usf.edu

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Michael W. Fountain
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
Professor Fountain serves as the founding director of the University of South Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship. His studies focus on technology entrepreneurship, green and sustainable product innovation, and development of cost-effective delivery systems.

(813) 974-7900
fountain@usf.edu

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Victor Fung
Professor

Professor Fung's research focuses on the social psychology of music and music education. He has studied music listeners' preference responses to various types of world music. His research interests lie in the music pedagogical characteristics across different cultures.

(813) 974-2311
fung@usf.edu

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Yogi Goswami
Professor

Professor Goswami has extensive experience in the areas of solar thermal power, solar water desalination, solar photocatalytic detoxification and disinfection, distributed generation, building energy systems, and energy security.

(813) 974-0956
goswami@usf.edu

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Pamela Hallock Muller
Professor

Professor Hallock Muller examines both the geologic record and modern coral reefs. Her research interests include cell biology, coral reef ecology, environmental management, global environmental change, evolution, and paleoceanography.

(727) 553-1567
pmuller@marine.usf.edu

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Sharon Hanna-West
Instructor

Professor Hanna-West is the Exide Distinguished Lecturer of Ethics and Sustainability in the Department of Management and Organization in the College of Business. Her work focuses on engaging key stakeholders in the process of positive change and facilitating a shared strategic vision among business leaders.

(813) 974-6893
shanna@usf.edu

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Albert C. Hine
Professor

Professor Hine's research addresses the response of coastal and shelf depositional systems to sea-level fluctuations, climate, western boundary currents, antecedent topography, and sediment supply, including the geologic origin and evolution of submerged paleoshorelines, reefs, shelf sand bodies, open marine marsh systems, barrier islands, and back-burner environments and how they might have interacted with each other in the past.
(727) 553-1161
hine@marine.usf.edu

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William Hogarth
Director of Florida Institute of Oceanography and Professor of Marine Science
Professor Hogarth's administrative and research experience has focused on a wide range of environmental, scientific, and marine policy issues. He has held leadership positions with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

(727) 553-3542
billhogarth@usf.edu

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David Hollander
Associate Professor


Professor Hollander's research focuses on evaluating the influence that anthropogenic and natural climate and environmental change have on the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and other biolimiting elements in both modern and ancient lacustrine and marine settings.

(727) 553-1019
davidh@marine.usf.edu

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Chuanmin Hu
Professor


Professor Hu's research is focused on addressing coastal ocean problems using primarily optics. These topics include river-ocean interactions (transport and transform of particulate and dissolved matters), carbon cycling, algai blooms, coral reef environmental health and ecosystem connectivity, climate change, and anthropogenic influence on coastal/estuarine water quality.

(727) 553-3987
hu@marine.usf.edu

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Ricardo Izurieta
Associate Professor

Dr. Izurieta is an expert in tropical and infectious diseases. He specializes in vector-borne and water-borne diseases as well as ecological changes and emerging diseases. His research focuses on improving water and sanitation in rural areas to prevent and control water-borne diseases and gastrointestinal infections.

(813) 974-8913
rizuriet@health.usf.edu

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David Jacobson
Professor

Professor Jacobson's research focuses on areas related to immigration and citizenship, international institutions and law, human rights, and women's status in global conflict. His work concerns sustainability in two areas: the sustainability of communities in the context of social change and the implications of climate change for human institutions.

(813) 974-2893
djacobso@usf.edu

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John Jermier
Professor

Professor Jermier's interests are focused on the role of business in the environmental movement. Many believe business can play the leading role in the contemporary environmental movement - voluntarily changing practices to move from villain to hero. Professor Jermier's research is aimed at determining what business has and can accomplish with respect to protecting and restoring the natural environment.

(813) 974-1752
jjermier@coba.usf.edu

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John Kuhn
Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Professor Kuhn's interests pertain to examining forms of fuels and chemicals from renewable sources and electrochemical conversion of hydrogen and alcohols. His approach is to design materials for these specific applications. The purpose of this merger is to use the morphological control obtained by synthetic chemistry to demonstrate catalytic phenomena by reducing the polydisperity of active sites.

(813) 974-6498
jnkuhn@usf.edu

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Patrizia La Trecchia
Associate Professor


Dr. La Trecchia has studied food systems and culinary culture for over twenty years. Her interests include food security, sustainable food systems, food waste, and urban food issues. Her latest research focuses on assessing and analyzing public attitudes toward food controversies and food policy. She is a TED speaker on food waste and the Mediterranean Diet. For 2014, she holds the position of Associate Researcher at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

patrizia@usf.edu

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Shawn Landry
Professor of School of Geosciences and Director of USF Water Institute
My research contains a balance of academic and applied research, technical transfer services and community engagement. I often address issues related to water, wetlands, urban forest and land cover change. There are several themes that infuse my research: the spatial and temporal dynamics of human-environmental interactions, environmental equity, water resource management and policy, applied geospatial technology and online public education and decision support systems.

(813) 974-4590
landry@usf.edu

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Philip Levy
Professor


Professor Levy is a historian and historical archaeologist whose research and teaching focus on historical landscapes, the stories they tell, and how we work to preserve them. His current work looks at the Virginia farmstead where George Washington came of age and charts out its story from early settlement to its nearly becoming a paved over shopping plaza. He is also involved in numbers of other museum and historical preservation projects.

(813)-974-7642
plevy@usf.edu

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Robert M. MacLeod
Professor and Director of the School of Architecture and Community Design
Professor MacLeod's interests lie in exploring urbanism in the post-war American city. This constitutes the "unfinished" project of the post-industrial city, the city of sprawl. He is also interested in the emergence of the Asian Mega-City, he emergent building types, public space issues, and ecological concerns.

(813) 974-4031
rmacleod@arch.usf.edu

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Clifford R. Merz
Program Director of the Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System
Professor Merz's research focuses on providing advance severe weather warning to coastal regions through close interaction with local and regional offices of emergency management divisions. His research interests include a better understanding of the water/energy nexus and enhancing the technical knowledge and application of renewable energy and water purification techniques to isolated regions.

(727) 553-3729
cmerz@marine.usf.edu

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James Mihelcic
Professor


Professor Mihelcic's research focuses on the impact of global stressors (e.g., population, urbanization, land use, water scarcity, and climate) on issues of water, sanitation, and health. He studies how regional and global stressors impact sustainable solutions. He directs a master's international program that allows students to combine overseas research with service in the Peace Corps.

(813) 974-2011
jm41@eng.usf.edu

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Frank Muller-Karger
College of Marine Science and Director, International Ocean Institute
Frank E. Muller-Karger is a biological oceanographer (Professor) at the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, where he directs the International Ocean Institute-USA (IOI-USA)and the Institute for Marine Remote Sensing (IMaRS). Muller-Karger conducts oceanographic research using satellite remote sensing, large data sets, networking, and high-speed computing. This research helps in the location and monitoring of large-scale phenomena, understanding climate control and climate change, and in the interpretation of numerical models of the ocean.

(727) 553-3335
carib@marine.usf.edu

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George Nolas
Professor


Professor Nolas conducts research that examines how the world will meet its future energy needs in an environmentally responsible manner. His laboratory is involved in the synthesis and physical properties investigations of new and novel materials for energy-related technologies, including thermoelectrics and photovoltaics.

(813) 974-2233
gnolas@cas.usf.edu

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Yashwant Pathak
Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affiars
Dr. Yash Pathak is a nationally recognized scholar, researcher and educator in the areas of Nantechnology, Drug Delivery Systems and Nutraceuticals. He received his M Pharm , PhD from Nagpur University India his Executive MBA, and Masters in Conflict management from Sullivan University.
(813) 974-1026
ypathak1@health.usf.edu

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Ernst Peebles
Associate Professor

Professor Peebles' principal interest focuses on spatio-temporal interactions between coastal fishes and their prey. He has found that they spawning effort of zooplanktivorous fishes may actively adapt to the local zooplankton supply. This relationship has helped to explain variations in coastal-pelagic fish stocks in various places around the world.

(727) 553-3983
epeebles@marine.usf.edu

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Mark Rains
Associate Professor


An ecohydrologist, Professor Rains has nearly 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors in the science, policy, and management of water and water-dependent resources in coupled human-natural systems. His research is focused on the roles that hydrological processes play in governing ecosystem structure and function.

(813) 974-3310
mrains@cas.usf.edu

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Stephen L. Reich
Program Director, Center for Urban Transportation Research
Mr. Reich has over thirty years of national and international executive management experience in both the public and private transport sectors. Since 2000 he has been with the University of South Florida's, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) managing a program area in a university transportation center focusing on providing technical assistance and research to public transportation agencies.
Prior to joining USF Mr. Reich was senior vice president for a global tier-one automotive safety supplier. He was appointed by Governor William Donald Schaefer as Executive Secretary of the Maryland Transportation Authority in 1993 serving in that capacity until 1997.

(813) 974-6435
reich@cutr.usf.edu

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Jason Rohr
Associate Professor

Jason Rohr studies agricultural sustainability, effects of climate change and chemical contaminants on biodiversity, conservation biology and applied ecology, interactions between biodiversity and ecosystem services, and emerging infectious diseases of wildlife and humans. His research aims to understand, and develop solutions to, environmental problems to enhance the likelihood of a sustainable existence for both humans and wildlife. More details can be found at http://shell.cas.usf.edu/rohrlab/index.html

(813) 974-0156
rohr@usf.edu

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Stanley Russell
Professor and Director of SACD Design/Build Program
Professor Russell is currently conducting research on building materials and methods, renewable energy sources, and mechanical systems used in the production of Zero Energy Houses (ZEH). His research involves surveying the techniques that have already been tested and various systems that will make a more efficient and affordable ZEH.

(813) 974-4031
russell@arch.usf.edu

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Jeffrey Ryan
Professor and Chair

Professor Ryan's research interests include metamorphic geology, volcanology, and geochemistry. He examines chemical exchanges and reactions that are recorded in rocks and associated fluids, which connect to the development of mineral resources and to the nature of volcanic and earthquake hazards.

(813) 974-1598
ryan@cas.usf.edu

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Martin Schönfeld
Professor of Philosophy

Professor Schönfeld is an artist and a philosopher of nature. He studies the matrix of environmental realities and the patterns of survival, sustainability, and cultural evolution. Professor Schönfeld explores designs for our post-carbon and post-consumerist futures.

(813) 974-5698
mschonfe@usf.edu

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Mark Stewart
Professor

Professor Stewart's research interests are in hydrology, environmental geophysics, mathematical modeling of hydrologic systems, and water resource management. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in hydrology, mathematical modeling, global climate change, and oceanography.

(813) 974-8749
mark@cas.usf.edu

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James Stock
Professor

Reverse logistics is the focus of the majority of Professor Stock's research. Reverse logistics deals with all aspects of product returns, including remanufacturing, repairing, and refurbishing of products, packaging reuse, recycling, minimization and substitution, and environmental and energy implications of reverse logistics.

(813) 974-6173
jstock@coba.usf.edu

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Amy Stuart
Associate Professor

Professor Stuart's research interests are primarily related to air pollution and its impacts on human health and the environment. Through her work, Professor Stuart seeks to understand the multi-scale interactions of air pollutants with the natural and built environments, and to elucidate the effects of these interactions on public health and on sustainability.

(813) 974-6632
astuart@hsc.usf.edu

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Aydin Sunol
Associate Professor

Professor Sunol's research interests lie in green engineering and chemistry, sustainability in the chemical industry, systems engineering, and greener energy conversion processes. Recent projects include design of environmentally-friendly pathways for the development of novel materials, value-added products, and efficient fuel systems.

(813) 974-2011
sunol@eng.usf.edu

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Maya Trotz
Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Professor Trotz's research, teaching and service are at the nexus of geochemistry/water quality and global/community sustainability. Her interests are interdisciplinary and forge non-traditional university partnerships. Current research projects include the development of mineral oxide-dependent treatment technologies for contaminant remediation.

(813) 974-3310
matrotz@eng.usf.edu

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Philip Van Beynen
Associate Professor

Professor Van Beynen's research interests lie in examining how environmental indices can holistically measure human/environment interaction. He has created an index to measure disturbance in karst environments and is currently investigating an index for sustainable use of karst landscapes.

(813) 974-3026
vanbeyne@cas.usf.edu

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Edward Van Vleet
Professor Emeritus

Professor Van Vleet's research has focused on the biogeochemical cycling of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the marine environment. He investigates how these organic compounds can be used as molecular markers to study other cycles and pathways occurring in the oceans.

(727) 553-1165
vanvleet@marine.usf.edu

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Robert Weisberg
Distinguished University Professor

Professor Weisberg is an experimental physical oceanographer engaged in ocean circulation and ocean-atmosphere interaction studies in the tropics, on continental shelves, and in estuaries. His research presently emphasizes the West Florida Continental Shelf (WFS) and the interactions that occur between the shelf and the deep-ocean and between the shelf and the estuaries.

(727) 553-1568
weisberg@marine.usf.edu

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Christian Wells
Professor

Dr. E. Christian Wells is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Brownfields Research at USF, where he has served previously as Founding Director of the Office of Sustainability and Deputy Director of the Patel College of Global Sustainability. He is an environmental anthropologist with expertise in environmental justice, sustainable and equitable development, brownfields communities, water/wastewater management, and science-policy interactions.

(813) 974-2337
ecwells@usf.edu

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Linda Whiteford
Professor and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
Professor Whiteford's research focuses on sustainable practices and global policies that shape water-based and water-borne infectious and contagious diseases. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and other funding organizations and she has been a consultant for the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, and other multilateral funders.

(813) 974-8394
lwhiteford@usf.edu

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Daniel Yeh
Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Professor Yeh's research and teaching interests are related to water treatment, wastewater reuse and nutrient recovery, bio-energy (methane and algae biofuel) from wastes, rainwater harvesting, desalination, green building net-zero water strategies, sustainable urban water management, and adapting the infrastructure of coastal cities to climate change.

(813) 974-4746
dyeh@eng.usf.edu

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Rebecca Zarger
Associate Professor

Professor Zarger is a cultural anthropologist who conducts research at the interface between environmental anthropology and the anthropology of education and childhood. Her work over the last decade has explored the ways environmental knowledge and meanings are learned, taught, and transformed in Q'eqchi' and Mopan Maya communities in Belize.

(813) 974-2416
rzarger@usf.edu

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Qiong (Jane) Zhang
Assistant Professor

Professor Zhang's research and teaching interests lie in green engineering, sustainability, life cycle assessment, water/energy nexus, coupled nature-human system modeling, environmental fate and transport modeling, and water supply and treatment

(813) 974-2011
qiongzhang@usf.edu

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Yu Zhang
Assistant Professor

Professor Zhang's research and teaching interests lie in green engineering, sustainability, life cycle assessment, water/energy nexus, coupled nature-human system modeling, environmental fate and transport modeling, and water supply and treatment

(813) 974-5846
yuzhang@usf.edu

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Wei Zhang
Professor of Philosophy

Professor Zhang's research and teaching interests lie in green engineering, sustainability, life cycle assessment, water/energy nexus, coupled nature-human system modeling, environmental fate and transport modeling, and water supply and treatment

(813) 974-1882
wzhang5@cas.usf.edu