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Center for Natural Hazards Research


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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

 
Craig Landry, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental and natural resource economics, experimental economics, behavioral economics, coastal resources management
  • Research in Natural Hazards: U.S. National Flood Insurance Program; risk, uncertainty, and individual decision making; economic valuation of risk-reduction; benefit-cost analysis; coastal erosion management; community hazard mitigation
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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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ECU Research Associates

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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Alice Anderson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Education and Promotion
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental health science; documenting environmental health hazards
  • Research in Natural Hazards:  Environmental health disaster aftermath issues; documenting environmental health hazards such as vector borne disease potential (collecting evidence of mosquitoes, rats, bees, wasps, fleas, etc.) in order to qualify the political entity for disaster aid and assistance. 
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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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Tom Crawford, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Geography
  • Areas of expertise: Land use change, coastal development, coastal hazards, GIS, geo-visualization
  • Research in Natural Hazards:  Hurricane risk perception and behavior, impacts of sea level rise on future land use, shoreline change
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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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Mohammad Jahan-Parvar, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
  • Areas of expertise: Statistical models and econometrics
  • Research in Natural Hazards:  Insurance and risk management
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Donna Kain, PhD
Assistant 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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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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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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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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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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Tom Rickenbach, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Geology
  • Areas of expertise: Storm system formation and evolution, regional climatology of storm system structure, cloud system influence on regional and global climate, radar and satellite meteorology
  • Research in Natural Hazards: Monsoons, rain system hydrology, environmental controls on severe weather
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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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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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Kenneth Wilson, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Areas of expertise: Social psychology of change, quantitative research methods, inequality
  • Research in Natural Hazards: The impact of social inequality on decision making, communication, and the adoption of new technology
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Graduate Student Associates

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
Jennifer E. Jones
Graduate Student, MA in Maritime Studies
  • Areas of expertise: Historical Archaeology, Bereavement and Commemoration
  • Research in Natural Hazards: Disaster landscapes in North Carolina; loss versus survivability of coastal communities in relation to severe weather hits; GIS applications of weather tracking, maritime cultural landscapes; maritime resource management; risk assessment and mitigation

Jingyuan Li
Ph.D. Student, Coastal Resources Management

  • Areas of expertise: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Coastal Resources Management, Natural Hazard Mitigation
  • Research in Natural Hazards: U.S. National Flood Insurance Program, Community Rating System, Coastal Erosion Management, Community Hazard Mitigation
Gary Monitz
Graduate Student, MA in Geography
  • Areas of expertise: Environmental/Coastal Planning, Geomorphology, Natural Hazards, Climatology
  • Research in Natural Hazards: Using Vulnerability and Planning to Measure Sustainability in Three North Carolina Coastal Communities, Hurricane Vulnerability of Migrant Worker Populations in Eastern North Carolina, Inland vs. Coastal Vulnerability-Lessons from Hurricane Charley
Kelsey J. Mulder
Graduate Student, MA in Geography
  • Areas of expertise: Atmospheric Sciences, Communication of weather events, Risk perception of weather events
  • Research in Natural Hazards: Risk Perception of Flash Flooding in Boulder, Colorado

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External Research Associates

Thomas A. Birkland, PhD
William T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy
North Carolina State University
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Chris Dumas, PhD
Associate Professor, Economics
UNC-Wilmington
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Bradley Ewing, PhD
Jerry S. Rawls Professor of Operations Management
Texas Tech University
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Edd Hauser, PhD
Director of the Center for Transportation Policy Studies
UNC-Charlotte
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Scott Hein, PhD
I. Wylie and Elizabeth Briscoe Chair of Management and Finance
Professor of Finance
Texas Tech University
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Paul Hindsley, PhD
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
Eckerd College
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Farooq Malik, PhD
Assistant Professor of Finance
University of Southern Mississippi-Hattiesburg
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James Porto, PhD
Director Executive Programs Health Policy Administration
UNC-Chapel Hill
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Mark Thompson, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics
Texas Tech University
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John Whitehead, PhD
Professor, Department of Economics
Appalachian State University
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