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.


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