The Institute is advised by a Faculty Advisory Committee drawn from across the university, and by a Board of Visitors composed of distinguished Carolina alumni and friends with extensive environmental experience.


Michael F. Piehler – Director, UNC Institute for the Environment


Jaye Cable – Chair, Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology; Professor, Marine Sciences

Greg Characklis – Director, Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems; Philip C. Singer Distinguished Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering


Richard Andrews – Professor Emeritus, Public Policy, City and Regional Planning, Environmental Sciences & Engineering and Curriculum for Ecology and the Environment; Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Environment

Michael Emch – Professor, Epidemiology; Professor and Chair, Geography

Carol Hee – Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Sustainable Enterprise, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Donald Hornstein – Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law, School of Law

Jeff Hughes – Director, Environmental Finance Center ; Lecturer, School of Government

Pamela Jagger – Associate Professor, Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, Public Policy

Heidi Hennink-Kaminski – Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, School of Media and Journalism

Doug MacLean – Professor, Philosophy

Rachel Noble – Director, Morehead City Field Site ; Hill Distinguished Professor of Marine Sciences, Marine Sciences, Institute for the Environment

Tamlin Pavelsky – Associate Professor, Geological Sciences

Robert Peet – Professor, Biology

Conghe Song – Professor, Geography

Danielle Spurlock – Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning

Jill Stewart – Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering

J. Jason West – Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Richard Whisnant – Professor of Public Law and Government, School of Government

Peter White – Director, North Carolina Botanical Garden ; Professor, Biology

Erika Wise – Assistant Professor, Geography