Dr. Adriaens is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Ross School of Business, where he is affiliated with the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. He is past-President of the Association of Environmental Science and Engineering Professors, a member-by-eminence of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering (AAEE), and Member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Applied Sciences, where he was recognized for bridging engineering and business entrepreneurship in academia and practice. Most recently, he was awarded a Finnish Distinguished Professorship, focused on portfolio financing models for CleanTech. Following a 20-year career in environmental technology development and validation, his current work focuses on financial innovation and risk analytics for industrial renewal and green growth.
Behavior, Education and Communication, Environmental Policy and Planning, Sustainable Systems
Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise; a position that holds joint appointments at the School for Environment and Sustainability and the Ross School of Business. He also also serves as education director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. His research focuses on corporate strategies that address environmental and social issues. His disciplinary background lies in the areas of organizational behavior, institutional change, negotiations and change management. He has published more than 100 articles and eleven books, two of which have been translated into five different languages. Prior to academics, he worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency, Metcalf & Eddy, the Amoco Corporation, and T&T Construction and Design, Inc. In 2004, he was a Senior Fellow with the Meridian Institute.
Professor Hunter is the Earl E. Werner Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1984 and his doctorate in 1988, both from the University of Oxford in England. After serving as a NATO International Fellow and an NSERC International Fellow, he joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1995. While at UGA, he served as Professor in the Institute of Ecology and as founding Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes. He joined the University of Michigan in January 2006. His research interests include plant-animal interactions, ecosystem ecology, biodiversity, and population dynamics. His research links population processes with ecosystem processes in terrestrial environments and explores the mitigation of global environmental change. Professor Hunter has published over 140 research articles and written or edited six books. He is the recipient of both a CAREER Award and an OPUS award from the National Science Foundation, and in 2014 was elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. From 2007 to 2012, he served as the first Director of the award-winning Frontiers Master’s Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, which fosters graduate student diversity at the University of Michigan. Media coverage of his research includes The BBC, CNN, CBC, The Times, The Business Standard, The LA Times, Science Podcast, Nature World News, The National Geographic, and National Public Radio/Public Radio International.
Larsen is an associate professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Program (URP) at the University of Michigan. She teaches graduate classes in environmental planning, land use planning, and physical planning and design. She regularly oversees graduate community-based capstone projects in Detroit neighborhoods. Larissa is the Physical Planning and Design Concentration Coordinator for the Master of Urban Planning Program. Larissa holds an appointment in the School for Environment and Sustainability.
Larissa's research focuses on identifying environmental inequities in the built environment and advancing issues of urban sustainability and social justice. Some of her past research has examined urban heat islands, water consumption, and neighborhood mobilization against environmental problems. Most of her current work involves climate adaptation planning and urban heat island studies. In 2012, she and her students worked with the US Green Building Council to write a publication entitled, Green Building and Climate Resilience. More recently, she collaborated with Marie O’Neill in the School of Public Health to conduct urban heat vulnerability assessments for the National Institutes of Health. In the last year, she began a green infrastructure planning project with collaborators in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and looks forward to returning with graduate students in summers to come.
Larissa grew up on a farm in Ontario. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Guelph, Ontario. Larissa received her Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After completing her Ph.D., she worked as a landscape architect and urban planner for a private firm in Chicago, Illinois. She is a registered landscape architect and has a passion for native plants. Before coming to the University of Michigan, she taught at Arizona State University for two years.
Marshall is a biological anthropologist, tropical ecologist, and conservation biologist primarily interested in the ecology and conservation of primates and tropical forests. His principal research areas are the ecology, evolution, and conservation of primates and their rainforest habitats, and application of the knowledge gleaned from these studies to advance understanding of human evolution. Marshall's study subjects are chiefly diurnal primates (particularly orangutans, gibbons, and leaf monkeys) and tropical forests in Indonesia; the majority of his empirical work is based on data collected at his long-term research site in Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan. His formal academic appointment is split between the Department of Anthropology and the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan, where he is also affiliated with the School for Environment and Sustainability and the Graham Sustainability Institute.
Courtesy Appointment, Lecturer
Nalepa’s research focuses on understanding changes in the structure, function, and health of lake bottom ecological communities in response to a variety of factors, including invasive species. Nalepa joins the U-M Water Center after working for 35 years at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). Nalepa is probably best known for his seminal work on invasive mussels, including zebra and quagga mussels, and their effects on Great Lakes communities. This work stands out as some of the most widely cited and respected in the huge body of literature on the impacts of invasive species. It is because of his long term efforts that we have a clear picture of the invasion history, as well as the effects following the invasion, of zebra and then quagga mussels. Zebra and quagga mussels can colonize the surface of many things, causing serious harm and disruption to water supplies, recreation-based industries, and native ecosystems. Through their highly efficient filter-feeding, they decrease the food available for fish and other organisms, disrupting fisheries and harming native aquatic communities. Some of Nalepa’s recent research has focused on examining changes in lake bottom communities in Lakes Huron and Michigan. He has led efforts to determine why the shrimplike Diporeia spp. are rapidly disappearing throughout the Great Lakes. Diporeia spp. were a major food source for commercially important fish species like lake whitefish and also prey fish that species such as salmon and walleye depend upon. Nalepa’s work has greatly improved our understanding of the connections between lake bottom communities, invasive species, and fish communities in the Great Lakes.
Barry Rabe is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy; J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy; Professor of the Environment, College of Literature, Science and the Arts; Professor of Environmental Policy, School for Environment and Sustainability; and Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Barry's research examines the intersection of environmental protection and energy development in federal systems, with special interest in the role of American states and Canadian provinces in policy development and implementation. Much of his work in recent years has examined sub-federal climate policy and public opinion on climate issues, including ongoing collaboration in the development of the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment (NSEE). He has also expanded research in the past few years to consider policy issues related to state and local development of shale gas resources and serves on the 2013-14 National Research Council Committee on Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Development.
Professor Rood, who is the Dow Sustainability Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the College of Engineering, teaches a class on climate change and the interface of climate change with all aspects of society. This has evolved into a class on climate change problem solving. This is a graduate class, taught in concert with the School for Environment and Sustainability. The class includes business students, policy students, as well as students from several science and engineering departments. Because of this class, more and more, his research interests are on the use of information from climate projections in adaptation to global warming. It's the future. Web link below. In 2014, Paul Edwards, of the School of Information, and Rood introduced a new course called Climate Informatics. The challenge of global climate change presents crucial issues that demand the expertise of both scientists and information professionals. Among these are: Retrieving and presenting complex climate data to non-expert users with specific needs; Building decision-support tools for planning and management; Communicating climate science to broader audiences through simulations, games, or educational software; Establishing reputation and trustworthiness for web-based information sources managing vast Earth system datasets, including curation, provenance, metadata,openness and reproducibility; Designing green IT, such as power-aware computing, smart controllers and smart grids.
Joe Trumpey is an Associate Professor of Art at the Stamps School of Art & Design and an Associate Professor of Natural Resources at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. He also served as Director of International Engagement for Art & Design for six years and successfully implemented the University’s first International Experience Requirement for all Art & Design students. He is a faculty associate with the University of Michigan’s African Study Center, Program in the Environment, and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. While at U-M, Trumpey created a BFA Science Illustration Concentration / Curriculum that was successfully offered from 1995 to 2006. He also founded and currently directs Michigan Science Art, one of the largest groups of science illustrators working together in North America. Their most notable achievement is the completion of approximately 5,000 illustrations for the award-winning, 17-volume Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia. As a freelance design consultant and illustrator, Trumpey has worked with numerous zoos, museums and publishers across the country including: the Toledo Zoo, the Detroit Zoo, the Smithsonian / National Zoo, the North Carolina Zoo, Houghton Mifflin Publishing, Wolfe Publishing, Lippincot Publishing, Gale / Thompson Publishing, Mosby Publishing, ScienceWorks, Inc., Appleton and Lang Publishing, Glaxo-Welcome Pharmaceuticals, Not A Book Inc., and Stackpole Publishing.
Professor Vandermeer is the Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in LSA's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He has been involved in research and teaching in food and agriculture related topics for the past 40 years. His research has concentrated on the ecology of the coffee agroecosystem in Mexico, elaborating the complex ecological structures involved in complicated dynamics of the pest control system there. He has authored 15 books, mainly concerned with agroecosystems and more than 200 publications in theoretical ecology, tropical ecology and agroecology. He is a founding member of the New World Agriculture and Ecology Group. Currently he teaches an elementary course (Bio/Environ 101 – Food, energy and the environment) and two advanced courses (EEB 477 -- Field Ecology and EEB 498 – Ecology of agroecosystems).