Administrative Contacts

Center Director: Stephen Moysey, Geological Sciences

Associate Director: Mike O’Driscoll, Coastal Studies

Center Scientist and Research Coordinator: John Hoben, Biology

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Faculty Affiliates

Natasha Bell, Asst. Professor, Engineering (website) – My research focus is on the development of resilient best management practices that inform decision-making and policies within the water-energy-food nexus. Specifically, this research investigates the efficacy of and biogeochemical processes underlying ecological treatment technologies and green infrastructure to remediate urban and agricultural nonpoint source pollutants. The ultimate goal of this research is to understand water quality and quantity issues in eastern NC and beyond, investigate potential barriers that may limit the adoption of ecological treatment technologies, and quantify the ecosystem services that these technologies provide.

David Collier, Professor, Pediatrics (Brody School of Medicine) – Physician scientist with access to regional patient populations, surveys, health outcomes and ability to obtain biological samples.

Hannah Cooper, Asst. Professor, Geography, Planning & Environment (website) – I am interested in the rapidly changing developments in geospatial and remote sensing technologies. I use these cutting-edge technologies to help understand and predict how natural and human coastal systems are being altered by various climate change-related influences (e.g., sea-level rise, nuisance flooding, and tropical storms).

Scott Curtis, Professor, Geography, Planning & Environment (website) – Scott Curtis is an atmospheric scientist working on water related issues of flooding, drought, storm surge and riverbank erosion in response to climate variability and change. His projects have focused how these hazards affect communities in the Caribbean, South Asia, and eastern North Carolina.

Randall Etheridge, Asst. Professor, Engineering (website) – Developing sustainable engineering solutions to water quantity and quality issues faced by communities in eastern North Carolina. I have worked on a wide variety of issues including addressing flooding caused by sea level rise, treating agricultural drainage using constructed ecosystems, and managing waterfowl impoundments to reduce nutrient export.

Erin Field, Asst. Professor, Biology (website) – I am a geomicrobiologist that focuses on the role of microbes in water treatment and water quality. My areas of interest include metal-microbe interactions, microbial iron oxidation and contaminant mobility, heavy metal bioremediation, and biocorrosion.

Jacob Hochard, Asst. Professor, Economics; Asst. Research Scientist, Coastal Studies Institute (website) – Examining rural homeowners’ behavior to self-protect against environmental exposures.

Greg Howard, Assoc. Professor, Economics (website) – Dr. Howard is an economist who specializes in the use of discrete choice experiments and stated preference surveys in the valuation of nonmarket resources and policy analysis.

Charlie Humphrey, Assoc. Professor, Health Education & Promotion – I have experience evaluating the pollutant treatment efficiency of onsite wastewater systems, groundwater transport of various contaminants, and managing urban runoff.

Guy Iverson, Assist. Professor, Health Education & Promotion – Surface water and shallow groundwater quality; nutrient cycling; wastewater management; geospatial analysis.

Susanne Lea, Assoc. Professor, Public Health (Brody School of Medicine) (website) – My research focuses on how environmental quality impacts human health. With a background in environmental health and epidemiology, I often serve as the public health expert for environmental epidemiology studies. I often seek collaborators with expertise in water quality measurement and analysis for exposure assessment in human health research. Recently, I’ve completed research related to resiliency from hurricane-induced flooding and how to improve communication to communities for obtaining information about recovery.

Alex Manda, Assoc. Professor, Geological Sciences (website) – Coastal hydrology, borehole geophysics, groundwater modeling, citizen science, water resources management, and geoscience education. In the recent past, Dr. Manda’s research has focused on saltwater intrusion, groundwater management of coastal aquifers, impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on coastal water resources, nutrient transport in groundwater and public participation in scientific research.

Sid Mitra, Professor, Geological Sciences (website) – research interests involve applying organic molecules to understand coastal water quality impairment, coastal plain wildfires, and Holocene climate change.

Burrell Montz, Professor, Geography, Planning & Environment (website) –  I have extensive teaching and research experience relating to natural hazards, water resources management, and environmental impact analysis, with particular emphasis on floodplain management and policy, vulnerability to hazards, responses to warnings, and environmental decision-making.I also have both research and practical experience with land use and nonpoint source pollution management.

Samantha Mosier, Asst. Professor, Political Science (website) – Dr. Mosier’s expertise lies in the area of governance, administration, and public policy development. Her research evaluates local sustainability initiatives, food and agricultural policies, and university-community engagement.

Stephen Moysey, Professor, Geological Sciences (website) – My interests are primarily in the area of hydrogeophysics where I focus on environmental sensing and model-data synthesis to understand mechanisms of flow and transport in porous media.  I am particularly interested in using data and models to scale from the pore to watershed and understanding linkages between the unsaturated zone, groundwater, and surface water.

Mike O’Driscoll, Assoc. Professor, Coastal Science (website) – Utilizing tracers and other hydrogeological, geochemical, and geophysical techniques to develop insights into the geological controls and land-use effects on surface water-groundwater interactions and contaminant transport. Recent work has focused on evaluating onsite wastewater contaminant inputs to nutrient-sensitive Coastal Plain and Piedmont watersheds.

Yoo Min Park, Asst. Professor, Geography, Planning, & Environment (website) – My research interests focus on examining the effect of environmental/social stressors on human health and social disparities in health risks using GIS, geospatial/mobile sensing technologies, and spatial statistics.

Ariane Peralta, Asst. Professor, Biology (website) – I am an interdisciplinary microbial ecologist. My research program examines ecological patterns and processes of the ‘unseen (microbial) majority’ to advance our understanding of environmental microorganisms and their nutrient cycling functions at the land-water interface. This knowledge can inform the conservation and sustainable management of soil and water resources.

Jacob Petersen-Perlman, Asst. Professor, Geography, Planning & Environment (website) –  water resources geographer who investigates political institutions and organizations responding to global environmental change, specifically the changing distribution and increasing degradation of water resources. Within these interests, he studies security, governance and management aspects of water resources planning; and mechanisms and processes that foster natural resources cooperation and mitigate conflict.

Ciprian Popoviciu, Asst. Professor, Technology Systems (email) – Industry expertise and experience with IOT, IT and Cloud infrastructure and services. Interested in sensor instrumentation projects and data analysis.

Tom Rickenback, Assoc. Professor, Geography, Planning & Environment (website) – Dr. Tom Rickenbach is an associate professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Jeffrey Skibins, Assist. Professor, Recreation Sciences (website) – I use conservation psychology frameworks to develop population level models for pro-conservation behaviors. Often, this includes evaluating communication and education strategies for behavior change efficacy.

Joi Walker, Assist. Professor, Chemistry, (website) – Current research projects include: 1) cross-disciplinary practice focused undergraduate laboratory transformation (X-Labs), 2) increased access to authentic undergraduate Research (ChemCUREs), 3) assessment design and validation, 4) undergraduate teaching assistant preparation. Chemistry faculty member on STEM Collaborative for Research in Education (STEM CoRE).

Rui Wu, Asst. Professor, Computer Sciences (website) – My major research interests are data mining and data visualization. I have been involved in hydrologic research projects, such as nitrate predictions and model accuracy improvement. I am also interested in data visualization. For example, 2D fire spreading data visualization and watershed grid system visualization.

Hua Xu, Asst. Professor, Political Science (email) – Experienced in rural public health and health policy, environmental health, telehealth, rural and community development, state and local public finance and budgeting, e-government, public policy and administration.