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Research Associates

Director

Jamie Kruse, PhD
Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Experimental economics; risk, uncertainty, and individual decision making; risk perceptions and mitigation behavior
  • Research in natural hazards: Hurricane, wind, and flooding hazards
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Assistant Directors

Scott Curtis, PhD
Associate Professor, Atmospheric Science/Geography
  • Areas of expertise: ENSO, global precipitation, tropical climatology, GIS
  • Research in natural hazards: Climatology of coastal storms, extreme precipitation events, drought
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Donna Kain, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Areas of expertise: risk and emergency communication; technical and professional discourse; new media in formal and informal educational applications
  • Research in natural hazards: Hurricane risk and emergency communication; risk perception
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Administrative Associate

Jennifer C. Harrell

Thomas Allen, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Geography; Director, RENCI@ECU
  • Areas of expertise: GIS, remote sensing, coastal geography, spatial analysis
  • Research in natural hazards: Coastal hazards, GIS in emergency management, hazard visualization
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Okmyung Bin, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental and natural resource economics, applied econometrics, real estate economics, coastal resources management
  • Research in natural hazards: Economic analysis of sea-level rise and climate change, flood risks and insurance, nonmarket valuation of coastal hazards, benefit-cost analysis
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D. Reide Corbett, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
  • Areas of expertise: Aquatic geochemistry, water quality, sediment dynamics, coastal processes, shoreline change
  • Research in natural hazards: Sediment transport, shoreline erosion, nutrient dynamics, sea level rise
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Stephen Culver, PhD
Chair, Department of Geology
  • Areas of expertise: Coastal geology; micropaleontology
  • Research in natural hazards: The geological record of sea level rise and storms
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Bob Edwards, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Areas of expertise: Social organization and community capacity, social capital and civil society, social movements, environmental in/equity, methodology
  • Research in natural hazards: Social impact of disasters, vulnerable populations and differential risk, evacuation, community and business response
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Rick Ericson, PhD
Chair, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Microeconomic theory, in particular equilibrium analysis and theoretical analysis of risk and uncertainty; economics systems; Russian economy
  • Research in natural hazards: Modeling decision making in the face of natural hazards uncertainty and extreme risks
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Paul Gares, PhD
Professor, Department of Geography
  • Areas of expertise: Geomorphology, coastal process and landform change, coastal dune systems, coastal hazards, perception of coastal hazards (hurricanes, sea level rise), coastal vulnerability
  • Research in natural hazards: Coastal erosion, hurricane hazards, physical and social vulnerability, flooding and flood insurance
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Greg Howard, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental economics and behavioral economics
  • Research in natural hazards: 
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John Howard, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Communication
  • Areas of expertise: 
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Andrew Keeler, PhD
Professor, Department of Economics; Head of Coastal Public Policy Program and Coastal Sustainability at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental and natural resource economics, climate change economics, public policy
  • Research in natural hazards: 
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Timothy R. Kelley, PhD
Chair, Department of Health Education and Promotion
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental waste management (control of biological, chemical and physical hazards associated with municipal, agricultural, and industrial wastes)
  • Research in natural hazards: Development, implementation, modification and evaluation of treatment processes to reduce hazards and associated waste management risks
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Jonathan Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental economics and industrial organization
  • Research in natural hazards: 
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Eduardo Leorri, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Geology
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental and Coastal Geology, Coastal Evolution, Sea-level Research, Coastal Pollution, Catastrophic Events (overwash deposits including Tsunamis) at Geological Scale
  • Research in natural hazards: Sea-level rise and it coastal impact at different temporal scales; coastal pollution assessment and monitoring; catastrophic events and its frequency at geological scale (10,000 years)
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Haiyong Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Applied econometrics
  • Research in natural hazards: 
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Patrick T. Long, PhD
Director, Center for Sustainable Tourism
  • Areas of expertise: Sustainable practices in tourism, tourism policy and planning strategies, and host community adjustments to tourism development
  • Research in natural hazards: Crisis management and crisis communication in tourism; impacts of tourism; impacts of second home development
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David Mallinson, PhD
Associate Professor, Marine Geology
  • Areas of expertise: Coastal processes and response to sea-level rise; Quaternary geology and climate change; Geophysics and Sedimentology
  • Research in natural hazards: Coastal response to sea-level rise and storm impacts; the record of rapid sea-level and climate change
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Alex Manda, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Geology
  • Areas of expertise: climate change and water resources
  • Research in natural hazards: 
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Ernie Marshburn, PhD
Research and Graduate Studies
  • Areas of expertise: 
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Ron Mitchelson, PhD
Professor, Provost, and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Areas of expertise: 
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Burrell Montz, PhD
Chair, Department of Geography
  • Areas of expertise: Natural hazards policy and response, water resources management, environmental impact analysis
  • Research in natural hazards: The effectiveness of structural and nonstructural mitigation measures, the flow and use of warning system information, and land use, planning and vulnerability to multiple hazards
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Anuradha Mukherji, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  • Areas of expertise: Disaster recovery planning, urbanization and housing, international development
  • Research in natural hazards: Hazard mitigation plan implementation in coastal counties (NC)
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Michael A. O'Driscoll, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
  • Areas of expertise: Surface water-ground water interactions, urban hydrology, environmental geology, groundwater pollution, stream geomorphology
  • Research in natural hazards: Urbanization effects on hydrology (stream channel erosion, stormwater generation and flood risk, effects on groundwater recharge, effects on water quality), septic system effects on groundwater and surface water pollution in coastal areas
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Enrique Reyes, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental and natural resource models, coastal resource management, ecosystem services, coastal climate change
  • Research in natural hazards: Sea level rise risk assessment; long-term simulation, planning and ecological uncertainty; ecological assessment of coastal risk-reduction; ecological simulation analysis; coastal flooding management; natural areas mitigation and restoration
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Stan Riggs, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Geology
  • Areas of expertise: 
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Philip Rothman, PhD
Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: 
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Roger Rulifson, PhD
Professor, Department of Biology; Senior Scientist, ICSP
  • Areas of expertise: 
  • Research in natural hazards: 
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John Rummel, PhD
Professor, Department of Biology and ICSP
  • Areas of expertise:
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Catherine Smith, PhD
Associate Professor, English
  • Areas of expertise: Public policy communication, public discourse analysis, weather risk communication
  • Research in natural hazards: Hurricane risk and emergency communication
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Hans Vogelsong, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Areas of expertise: 
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J.P. Walsh, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
  • Areas of expertise: Shoreline erosion, sedimentation, overwash and inlet opening
  • Research in natural hazards: Estuarine shoreline change, sediment transport and accumulation, barrier island dynamics
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Zaneta Adme
Ph.D. Student, Coastal Resources Managament

Robert J. Howard
Graduate Student, Geological Sciences

Hillary B. Huffer
Ph.D. Student, Coastal Resources Management
  • Areas of expertise: Social Sciences, Natural Resource Economics, Coastal Resources Management, Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning
  • Research in natural hazards: Deepwater Horizon Incident and Applications of Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Incorporating Risk and Hazards
Alyson Lewis
Ph.D. Student, Coastal Resources Management
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental and natural resource economics, experimental economics, behavioral economics, coastal resources management
  • Research in natural hazards: Economics of coastal beach systems and the management of coastal shoreline erosion
Christina Weigand
Ph.D. Student, Coastal Resources Management

Thomas A. Birkland, PhD
William T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy
North Carolina State University

Tom Crawford, PhD
Banpu Endowed Chair of Sustainability
St. Louis University

Chris Dumas, PhD
Associate Professor, Economics
UNC-Wilmington

Bradley Ewing, PhD
Jerry S. Rawls Professor of Operations Management
Texas Tech University

Edd Hauser, PhD
Director of the Center for Transportation Policy Studies
UNC-Charlotte

Scott Hein, PhD
I. Wylie and Elizabeth Briscoe Chair of Management and Finance Professor of Finance
Texas Tech University

Paul Hindsley, PhD
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
Eckerd College

Mohammad Jahan-Parvar, PhD
Economist
Department of Treasury, Office of Financial Research

Jeffrey Johnson, PhD
Preeminent Professor of Anthropology
University of Florida

Craig Landry, PhD
Associate Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics
University of Georgia

Jingyuan Li, PhD
Professor, Institute of High Energy Physics
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Farooq Malik, PhD
Associate Professor of Finance
Zayed University

James Porto, PhD
Director Executive Programs Health Policy Administration
UNC-Chapel Hill

Tom Rickenbach, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Geology

Mark Thompson, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics
Texas Tech University

John Whitehead, PhD
Professor, Department of Economics
Appalachian State University

Kenneth Wilson, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology

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