Past Instructors

Upmanu Lall

Director, Columbia Water Center; Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Research Areas: Hydroclimatology, nonlinear dynamics, and applied statistics; natural hazards, water systems, and risk management; water technologies for developing countries. Email: ula2@columbia.edu


Kapil Kumar Narula

Director, Columbia Water Center India Office; Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Earth Institute

Research Areas: Water resources modeling; impacts of climate and land use change on water resources; fate and transport of pollutants and nutrients in surface and groundwater; hydrologic analysis. Email: kkn2104@columbia.edu


Francisco de Assis de Souza Filho

Director, Columbia Water Center Brazil Office; Adjunct Research Scientist, Earth Institute

Research Areas: Hydraulics, environmental engineering. Email: assissouzafilho@gmail.com


Alonso Aguirre

Senior Vice President, Conservation Medicine Program, EcoHealth Alliance; Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, EICES

Research Areas: Roe deer and Arctic fox diseases; health and conservation of sea turtles and marine mammals. Email: aaguirr3@gmu.edu


George D. Amato

Director, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genetics, American Museum of Natural History; Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, EICES

Research Areas: Genetic threats and habitat fragmentation in endangered species; molecular ecology; sampling and monitoring of endangered species using DNA based forensic science. Email: gamato@amnh.org


Howard Apsan
Director of Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management, City University of New York; Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Research Areas: Management; environmental policy. Email: hna1@columbia.edu


FelicityFelicity Arengo
Associate Director, Center for Biodiversity & Conservation, American Museum of Natural History; Adjunct Research Scientist, EICES

Research Areas: Flamingo and wetland conservation research in the Andes. Email: farengo@amnh.org


Sarah Aucoin
Director, Urban Park Rangers

Research Areas: Have ranged from breeding patterns of tadpoles to sexual bias in studies of animal behavior.


Kaitlin Baird
Assistant Director, Science Education Programs, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

Research Areas: Scientist and educator engagement best practices; Inquiry and experiential based learning in high school/secondary education. Email: kaitlin.baird@bios.edu


Mark Becker
Senior Staff Associate, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University

Research Areas: Development of GIS applications for public health programs; improving urban and regional planning through geospatial technologies. Email: mbecker@ciesin.columbia.edu


Juan Pablo Bonilla
Unit Chief, Sustainable Energy & Climate Change, Inter-American Development Bank
Email: Jbonilla@iadb.org


Rajendra Bose
Manager, Research Computing Services, Columbia University
Research Areas: scientific computational and information systems; digital data curation; and geoinformatics. Email: rbose@columbia.edu


Kathy Callahan
Associate Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Research Areas: Environmental planning and protection regarding responsibilities in water, air, hazardous waste, radiation, and environmental impact assessment. Email: kc2378@columbia.edu


William Davis
President and CEO, Ze-gen

Research Areas: Converting waste streams into a renewable synthetic gas suitable for displacing fossil fuels in a variety of commercial and industrial applications.

 


Nancy Degnan
Office of Academic Research and Programs (OARP), Earth Institute

 

 


Susan Elbin
Director of Conservation and Science, New York Audubon Society; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University

Research Areas: Over-abundant and invasive species; human-wildlife conflict; assessing the potential impacts of Mute Swans and Double-Crested Cormorants on the biodiversity of the Hudson River Estuary. Email: elbin@wildlifetrust.org


John Folchetti
CEO and Founder, Folchetti & Associates

Research Areas: Ground water resource evaluation and allocation studies, wastewater treatment, water supply.

 


Patrick Gallagher
LEED AP, Vice President of Estimating, BP Mechanical Corporation

 

 


Carter Ingram
Lead, Ecosystem Services/Payments for Ecosystem Services, Wildlife Conservation Society; Adjunct Research Scientist, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University
Research Areas: Landscape ecology; ecological responses to human impacts; the relationship between poverty and ecological condition; factors influencing social-ecological resilience to natural hazards. Email: cingram@wcs.org


Rich Lechner
Vice President, Energy and Environment, IBM

 

 


Sabine Marx
Managing Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED), Earth Institute, Columbia University
Research Areas: The use of climate information in agriculture, public health, and disaster preparedness and management
Email: sm2234@columbia.edu


Caleb McClennen
Director of Marine Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society; Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Research Areas: coral reef adaptation to climate change, marine payments for ecosystem services, seascape scale conservation. Email: cm2947@columbia.edu


Martin Mendez
Assistant Director, Latin America and Caribbean Program, Wildlife Conservation Society; Visiting Scientist, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, AMNH; Adjunct Assistant Professor, SCPS, New York University; Resource External Affiliate Faculty, E3B, Columbia University

Research Areas: Cetacean population boundaries; cetacean dispersal and population structure; species’ management units for conservation. Email: mmendez@wcs.org


David Meyers
Senior Analyst and Consultant, Green Ant Advisors
Research Areas: Business strategy and management, environmental economics, international conservation and development, environmental impact, ecology and evolution
Email: david@greenantadvisors.com


Bob Newton
Researcher, Lamont-Doherty Earth; Observatory, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Research Areas: Physical oceanography; Arctic climate change; isotope tracer distributions in the ocean; nutrient cycling in the Arctic Ocean and the Hudson Valley. Email: bnewton@ldeo.columbia.edu


Nada Petrovic
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Columbia University
Research Areas: The interpretation and use of scientific information by the general public in the context of natural disasters and environmental threats
Email: np2122@columbia.edu


Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez
Adjunct Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University.

Research Areas: Agrodiversity; impact of resource and land use systems on ecosystem structural functions; impact of urbanization and climate changes on the livelihood, environments, and resources of rural people in Amazonia and other tropical regions. Email: map57@columbia.edu


Ana L. Porzecanski
Researcher, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History; Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, EICES

Research Areas: Designing and implementing professional development opportunities & teaching materials for professors and conservationists in Latin and North America; historical biogeography of South American aridland birds; international environmental policy issues. Email: alporze@amnh.org


Michael Puma
Associate Research Scientist, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA; Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University

Research Areas: Interactions of the hydrologic cycle with climate, terrestrial ecosystems, and society. Email: mjp38@columbia.edu


David Reid
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University
Research Areas: Aquatic ecology


Eric W. Sanderson
Senior Conservation Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society; Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, EICES

Research Areas: Species conservation planning; landscape planning conservation efforts; reconstructing the original ecology of Manhattan Island. Email: esanderson@wcs.org


William Schuster
Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Executive Director, Black Rock Forest

Research Areas: Forest structure, composition, ecological processes, and how these factors change over time; the way forests are likely to change in the future; consequences of human activities for forest ecosystems. Email: blackrock@ldeo.columbia.edu


Jeff Sebo
Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Environmental Studies; Animal Studies, New York University; Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University
Research Areas: Moral, Social, and Political Philosophy; Animal and Environmental Philosophy; Philosophy of Action; Philosophy of Mind; Existentialism and Phenomenology
Email: jrs2141@columbia.edu


Courtney St. John
Associate Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED), Earth Institute, Columbia University
Research Areas: Coastal management and shoreline change policy
Email: cstjohn@ei.columbia.edu


Sree Sreenivasan
Chief Digital Officer; Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Journalism Columbia University

Email: ss221@columbia.edu

 


John Williams
Senior Vice President, HDR Engineering, Inc.; Adjunct Associate Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Research Areas: Sustainability; renewable energy; integrated solid waste planning; climate change; greenhouse gas management. Email: jfw2101@columbia.edu


Hania Zlotnik
Former Director, Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
Research Areas: International migration and development, trends in international migration, female migration, population distribution and migration, population estimates and projections, population ageing, levels and trends of urbanization
Email: zlotnik@un.org