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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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Office Staff

Nick Duncan
Administrative Support Specialist
Okmyung Bin, PhD
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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John Bishop, PhD
Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Poverty and inequality, public finance, and public choice.
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D. Reide Corbett, PhD
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
Professor, 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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J. Randall Ethridge, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering
  • Areas of expertise: Agricultural and ecological engineering
  • Research in natural hazards: Improving the design of coastal ecosystem creation and restoration projects
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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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Jacob Hochard, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental and natural resource economics and developmental economics
  • Research in natural hazards: Storm protection services of mangroves and barrier islands
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Greg Howard, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental economics and behavioral economics
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J. Brad Karl, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Finance
  • Areas of expertise: Health insurance market operations, medical professional liability risk, and catastrophic risk.
  • Research in natural hazards: Risk management
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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
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Jonathan Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental economics and industrial organization
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Haiyong Liu, PhD
Chair, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Applied econometrics, labor economics, and health economics
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David Mallinson, PhD
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
Associate Professor, Department of Geology
  • Areas of expertise: Climate change and water resources
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Ernie Marshburn, PhD
Director, Center for Recreational Boating Research
  • Areas of expertise: Human-induced coastal ecosystem change
Ron Mitchelson, PhD
Professor, Provost, and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
 
Burrell Montz, PhD
Professor, 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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Enrique Reyes, PhD
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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Tom Rickenbach, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Geography
  • Areas of expertise: Atmospheric science
  • Research in natural hazards: How weather systems control and respond to changes in regional climate
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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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Thad Wasklewicz, PhD
Chair, Department of Geography
  • Areas of expertise: Geomorphic change detection, spatial analysis
  • Research in natural hazards: Investigating the potential risks of debris flows to urban populations as well as the examination of how engineered structures perform in reducing debris flow hazards.
Brenda Wells, PhD
Professor, Department of Finance; Director, Risk Management & Insurance Program
  • Areas of expertise: Principles of insurance, risk management, senior topics in finance
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Zaneta Adme
Ph.D. Student, Coastal Resources Management

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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