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About our Experts

The Carolina environmental expert listing consists of all researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill engaged in educational, research and/or community engagement activities related to environmental science and studies. They collectively make up the interdisciplinary community of environmental scholars on campus, providing a group to which students, faculty, administrators and outside organizations can turn to for expertise in environmental education, research and/or community engagement. Learn more about Carolina’s Environmental Programs.

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Rachel Noble

rtnoble@email.unc.edu
Mary and Watts Hill Jr. Distinguished Professor
Institute of Marine Sciences

Expertise:

research, teaching, service, outreach, water quality, pathogen quantification, risk assessment, aquaculture, commercialization, stormwater, hydrology, microbial ecology, bioinformatics, water and shellfish markets, technology transfer, quantitative microbial risk assessment, drinking water


Amanda Northcross

amandaln@email.unc.edu
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Expertise:

environmental exposures to understand their impacts on the health of communities


Janet Nye

jnye@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor
Institute of Marine Sciences

Expertise:

quantitative fisheries ecology


Leena Nylander-French

leena_french@unc.edu
Director
Occupational Exposure Science and Industrial Hygiene Program

Director
NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center

Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Expertise:

human exposure to toxic substances, inhalation and skin exposure, xenobiotics


Caela O’Connell

caela@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology

Expertise:

environmental anthropology, human-environment relationships, socio-ecological interdependencies, risk, crisis, change, anthropologies of water, economics, disaster, and engagement, interdisciplinary and mixed research methodologies, food and agricultural studies, rural and agrarian communities, the Caribbean and the Americas


Andrew Olshan

andy_olshan@unc.edu
Associate Director, Population Sciences
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Adjunct Professor
Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology
Department of Epidemiology

Expertise:

cancer and reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology, including examination of environmental, social, and genetic risk factors


Betsy Olson

eaolson@email.unc.edu
Professor
Department of Geography and Environment

Expertise:

geography, ethics, environment and health, aging


David Owens

owens@sog.unc.edu
Gladys Hall Coates Professor of Public Law and Government
School of Government

Expertise:

land-use law and planning, coastal management, urban growth management, planning legislation


Hans Paerl

hans_paerl@unc.edu
Professor
Department of Earth Marine and Environmental Sciences

Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor
Institute for Marine Sciences

Expertise:

freshwater and marine microbial ecology, nutrient cycling, water quality, algal bloom dynamics, atmospheric nitrogen deposition as a new nitrogen source supporting estuarine and coastal eutrophication, modeling, phytoplankton


John Papanikolas

john_papanikolas@unc.edu
Professor
Department of Chemistry

Expertise:

ultrafast spectroscopy, ultrafast microscopy, solar energy conversion


Tamlin Pavelsky

pavelsky@unc.edu
Professor
Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences

Expertise:

research, teaching, service, hydrology, climate, remote sensing


David Peden

david_peden@med.unc.edu
Medical Director
Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology

Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research
School of Medicine

Harry S. Andrews Distinguished Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Expertise:

air pollutants, respiratory disease


Robert Peet

peet@unc.edu
Research Professor
Department of Biology

Expertise:

plant community and population ecology, biogeography, ecoinformatics, vegetation classification, vegetation of the Carolinas


Shane Peterson

shrpeter@unc.edu
Teaching Assistant Professor
Department of English and Comparative Literature

Expertise:

environmental studies


Karin Pfennig

kpfennig@unc.edu
Professor
Department of Biology

Expertise:

research, ecology, evolution, behavior, biodiversity


David Pfennig

dpfennig@unc.edu
Professor
Department of Biology

Expertise:

evolution, ecology, development


John Pickles

Earl N. Phillips Distinguished Professor
Department of Geography and Environment

Expertise:

global production networks, European economic and social spaces particularly post-socialist transformations in Central Europe and Euro-Med Neighborhood policies in Southern Europe, cultural economies of maps and mapping, counter-mapping, and the use of maps in social movements, science, nature, society, technology of representation


Michael F. Piehler

mpiehler@email.unc.edu
Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Professor
Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences

Chief Sustainability Officer and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Sustainability
UNC Chapel-Hill

Director
UNC Institute for the Environment

Expertise:

research, service, teaching, outreach, coastal ecology, biogeochemistry, limnology


Joseph Pinto

joepinto@unc.edu
Adjunct Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Expertise:

research, atmospheric chemistry and physics, exposure assessment, measurement methods


Morgan Pitelka

mpitelka@unc.edu
Bernard L. Herman Distinguished Professor
Department of History

Expertise:

late medieval history, early modern Japan, material culture, environmental history, urban history