Environment and Sustainability

At the University of Oregon, experts seek to go beyond just "Earth-friendly, " and we are developing innovations, convincing lawmakers, and transforming businesses to implement advances that will adapt with our changing planet. Find a full list of experts in sustainability below. To refine, click on one of the sub-topics listed in the menu at the left.

Adell Amos, School of Law Environmental & Natural Resources Program

Adell Amos is an expert in water law and policy, natural resource law and resource management. She is especially well-versed in policy and law related to public lands, conservation, wilderness, and hydrology. At the University of Oregon, she holds the James O. and Alfred T. Goodwin Senior Faculty Fellowship, serves as the associate dean for academic affairs at the UO School of Law, and teaches in the nationally-ranked Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. Selected by the Obama Administration in 2008 to serve a two-year appointment with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Adell developed strategies and oversaw policy issues around the nation’s public lands.

Brendan Bohannan, Department of Biology

Brendan Bohannan is an expert in microbes, from how they affect (or are affected by) climate change, to how they affect our health, especially when microbes that are meant to live outside are brought into indoor locations, like classrooms, hospitals, and schools through the air or by users of indoor spaces. At the University of Oregon, he is professor of biology and environmental studies and an affiliate of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution. 

Mark Carey, History, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Mark Carey studies the societal dimensions of climate change, natural disasters, glacier retreat, mountaineering, and water management, especially in the Peruvian Andes but also in many other parts of the world’s mountain ranges.

Bill Cresko

Bill Cresko, Department of Biology

Bill Cresko is an expert in evolution, development, genomics and molecular biology. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of biology and the associate vice president for research. Bill is interested in how the evolution of genes and developmental processes produces to the amazing diversity of life on earth.

Edward Davis, Department of Earth Sciences, Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Edward Davis is an expert in the evolution of large mammals and paleontology. He specializes in the way species respond to ongoing climate change. Most of Edward's work is on terrestrial herbivores (plant eaters, like antelope), but his research also expands into whales and carnivores.

Ihab Elzeyadi, Department of Architecture

Ihab Elzeyadi is an expert in architecture as it relates to occupant’s health, productivity, and well-being. His multi-disciplinary research area combines sustainable design, occupational health, indoor environmental quality, and employee’s productivity and well-being. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of architecture and the director of the High Performance Environments Lab (HiPE), where he develops tools and technologies for the design and assessment of High Performance Environments and the Green Building industry.

Michael Fakhri

Michael Fakhri, School of Law Environmental & Natural Resources Program

Michael Fakhri is an expert in food policy, the U.S. Farm Bill, TWAIL (Third World Approaches to International Law), and trade and development in the Middle East.

Scott Fisher, Outreach Director of the Department of Astronomy

Scott Fisher, Department of Physics

Scott Fisher is an expert about space, NASA, and all things astronomy. His particular strength is making science and STEM accessible to non-scientists. If it involves the stars and what we can learn from the universe beyond this home we call Earth, he can speak to it.

Scott Fitzpatrick, Department of Anthropology

Scott Fitzpatrick is an expert in the archaeology of islands and coastal regions, particularly in the Pacific and Caribbean. His research focuses on how humans got to islands prehistorically using different seafaring and navigational techniques and the methods used for boat construction. He is also interested in what happened once humans reached islands and the impact they had on ancient environments.

Daniel Gavin, Department of Geography

Dan Gavin is an expert in climate change and the impacts of climate change and fires on ecosystems over time (paleoecology). When talking about drought, Dan can weigh-in on the historical precedents for large or severe fires.   

Mark Gillem, Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Mark Gillem is an expert architect and urban planner, especially related to reinvigorating postindustrial cities and brownfields. He studies sustainable urbanism, which balances social, cultural, and environmental needs through architectural and landscape design.

Jessica Green, Institute of Ecology and Evolution

Jessica Green is an expert in biology, ecology, engineering and sustainability of the "built environment," (i.e., buildings, homes, apartment complexes, offices, subways, etc.). She studies ways we can improve our health by improving how and what we build. Jessica also speaks about women in STEM careers and encouraging advancement in STEM.

Samantha Hopkins, Department of Earth Sciences, Robert D. Clark Honors College

Samantha Hopkins is an expert in paleontology, climate change and evolution. She studies the evolution of ecology in mammals, primarily fossil mammals, and is interested in the role climate change and geologic activity play in mammal evolution.

Jim Hutchison

James Hutchison, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Jim Hutchison is an expert in environmentally sustainable product and energy development through the use of green chemistry, biochemistry. His nanoscience research explores solar and hydrogen energy production and storage, plus rapid recharging battery technology. Jim is also adept at translating complicated science into terms anyone can understand.

Bart Johnson, Department of Landscape Architecture

Bart Johnson is an expert in landscape architecture, conservation planning, landscape design, urbanization and ecology, with a particular emphasis on wildfire risk management and biodiversity conservation. 

Darren Johnson

Darren Johnson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Darren Johnson is an expert in environmental sustainability through green chemistry. He tackles water pollution and purification, especially related to agriculture and industrial waste water. His research has found ways to filter and capture rare earth minerals from waste water, giving us clean water for everyone and highly valuable metals for industrial use.

Craig Kauffman, Department of Political Science

Craig Kauffman is an expert in environmental politics (with a focus on climate change policy, sustainable development, and natural resource management); environmental law (particularly the development of Earth Law and rights of nature), indigenous environmental law and practices, collaborative governance of forest and watershed ecosystems, and financing forest and watershed conservation. Craig uses this expertise to examine new, alternative global governance regimes, transnational networks, and the reasons global norms change. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of political science and participating faculty in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies. 

Nico Larco, Department of Architecture

Nico Larco is an expert in sustainable construction and suburban development, including multifamily housing complexes and strip malls. He focuses on the ability of construction to adapt to the changing needs of a community over time.

Christoph Lindner, College of Design

Christoph Lindner is an expert in the impact of globalization on the space and communities of contemporary cities and can speak to the politics of urban pollution, postindustrial decay, gentrification, urban creativity, and architectural design in cities such as New York, Amsterdam, London, and Paris. At the University of Oregon, he is dean of the College of Design. 

W. Andrew Marcus, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography

W. Andrew Marcus is a geographer whose research focuses on human impacts on rivers and the use of remote sensing technology to map and understand rivers. At the University of Oregon, he is the Donald and Willie Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences. Much of Dr. Marcus’ work has been in mountain environments and the Yellowstone ecosystem; this latter expertise was a driving force behind the creation of the “Atlas of Yellowstone,” the first-of-its-kind atlas of a national park and its region.

Katie Meehan, Department of Geography

Katie Meehan is an expert in water policy and governance, infrastructure and cities and climate change adaptation. Katie examines alternative forms of urban development and water issues. In collaboration with scholars from her Fulbright NEXUS cohort, her current research explores social and behavioral adaptation to climate change.

Cassandra Moseley, Institute for a Sustainable Environment

Cassandra Moseley is an expert in natural resource policy, including forest, wildfire, bioenergy, rural development policy and federal land management. At the University of Oregon, she is a research professor and director of the Ecosystem Workforce Program.

Andrew Nelson, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

Andrew Nelson is a widely-published expert in entrepreneurship, innovation, and new technology-based fields. As associate vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation, he leads the University of Oregon’s cross-campus entrepreneurship initiatives.

Marc Schlossberg, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Marc Schlossberg is an expert in city planning and sustainable development, especially related to transportation and how to retrofit communities to better support biking and walking. 

Dave Sutherland, Department of Earth Sciences

David Sutherland is an expert in climate change and how melting glaciers and polar ice caps affect ocean temperatures, sea levels, and life in the water and along the coasts.

Doug Toomey, expert in earthquakes and volcanoes, professor of geophysics

Doug Toomey, Department of Earth Sciences

Doug Toomey is an expert in natural disasters, including earthquake, tsunami, and volcano-related events. His work develops risk assessments and early warning systems for each, especially in the Pacific Northwest. 

David Tyler, expert in the life cycles of everyday items and Charles J. and M. Monteith Jacobs Professor of Inorganic, Organometallic & Polymer Chemistry

David Tyler, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

David Tyler is an expert in sustainable materials, plastics, and natural gas. He studies the life cycles and environmental impacts of everyday items, like Keurig cups, and also studies light-sensitive materials that can transform sustainable production.

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Department of Architecture, Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg is an expert in energy efficiency, specifically with architectural design. At the University of Oregon, he is an associate professor of architecture and the director of the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory. He teaches classes in daylighting, integrated design principles, energy performance in buildings, and design.

Ray Weldon, Professor of Geological Science, expert in earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami and predicting each

Ray Weldon, Department of Earth Sciences

Ray Weldon is an expert on active earthquake fault zones and on earthquake probabilities, including earthquake early warning systems for the Cascadia and San Andreas faults on the west coast. His work in national hazard mapping is used by the insurance industry and for tsunami monitoring.

Mary Wood, School of Law Environmental & Natural Resources Program

Mary Wood is an expert in environmental law and originated Atmospheric Trust Litigation. She studies law related to natural resources, public trust, federal Indian law, public lands, wildlife, and hazardous waste. Her research related to Atmospheric Trust Litigation holds governments accountable for reducing carbon pollution, and is actively argued in courts worldwide.