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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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Xiaoming Liu

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

Expertise:

weathering, critical zone processes, evolution of Earth’s surface environment, environmental geochemistry, fluid-rock interactions, origin and evolution of the continental crust


Catherine Lohmann

clohmann@email.unc.edu
Teaching Associate Professor
Department of Biology

Expertise:

sensory biology, behavior, neuroethology, evolution of marine animals


Kenneth Lohmann

klohmann@email.unc.edu
Charles P. Postelle, Jr. Distinguished Professor
Department of Biology

Expertise:

behavior, sensory biology, neuroethology, and conservation of marine animals, the navigation of long-distance ocean migrants such as sea turtles, salmon, spiny lobsters, and elephant seals, magnetic field perception, magnetic maps, and use of the Earth’s magnetic field in animal navigation, geomagnetic imprinting and natal homing in sea turtles and salmon, applications of sensory ecology and movement ecology to conservation biology, neuroethology of marine invertebrates, marine megafauna of the Galapagos Islands


René Lopez

rln@physics.unc.edu
Professor
Department of Applied Physical Sciences

Expertise:

optical materials, nanofabrication, photovoltaic devices


Adam Lovelady

adamlovelady@sog.unc.edu
Professor of Public Law and Government
UNC School of Government

Expertise:

zoning, land subdivision, transportation, renewable energy, and historic preservation, city and county planning, historic districts, land use regulation, subdivision regulation


Nichola Lowe

nlowe@unc.edu
Research Professor
Department of City and Regional Planning

Expertise:

economic development


Kun Lu

kunlu@unc.edu
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Expertise:

health effects of environmental exposure and individual response by integrating the microbiome, exposome, omics profiling, and biomarker development, environmental chemicals, heavy metals, pesticide


Rick Luettich

rick_luettich@unc.edu
Director
Center for Natural Hazards Resilience

Director
Institute of Marine Sciences

Distinguished Professor
Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences

Expertise:

circulation and transport in coastal waters, storm surge, coastal hazard modeling, physical processes in coastal systems, natural hazards resilience


Jeffrey Macdonald

jeffrey_Macdonald@med.unc.edu
Associate Professor
Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

Expertise:

regenerative medicine, omic sciences, metabolomics, liver tissue engineering, environmental metabolomics, in vivo NMR spectroscopy


Douglas MacKay

dmackay@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor
Public Policy

Expertise:

justice of economic inequality – both domestic and global, the ethics of immigration policy, biomedical research, policy research, health policy, welfare policy


Douglas MacLean

maclean@unc.edu
Professor Emeritus
Department of Philosophy

Expertise:

environmental ethics, environmental risk management, moral and political theory, environmental policy


Scott Madry

madrys@email.unc.edu
Research Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology

Expertise:

spatial analysis, remote sensing, geographic information systems, GPS, modeling, Old World prehistory


Musa Manga

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

Expertise:

environmental engineering and microbiology tools to identify low-cost, scalable, and sustainable interventions to interrupt transmission of excreta-related diseases to protect public health and well-being


Adrian Marchetti

amarchetti@unc.edu
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences

Associate Professor
Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences

Expertise:

biogeochemical evolution of phytoplankton in marine environments, aquatic biogeochemical processes, microbial ecology and molecular biology, biological oceanography and marine ecology, phytoplankton ecophysiology and molecular biology


Christopher Martens

cmartens@email.unc.edu
Distinguished Professor
Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences

Expertise:

research, teaching, biogeochemical cycling, carbon and nutrient element cycling, time-series measurements in the deep sea using in situ multi-sensor systems


Mario Marzan

mmarzan@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor
Department of Art and Art History

Expertise:

exploring ideas of deconstruction and reconstruction as means by which to interpret cultures from the Caribbean, Gulf Basin, and U.S. South, migratory aesthetics, walking as an aesthetic practice, relationships of place to cultural identity, performative endurance and the expanding field of pilgrimage studies


Steve May

skmay@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor
Department of Communication

Expertise:

identity, ethical awareness, social responsibility, transparency, organizational communication


Noreen McDonald

noreen@unc.edu
Professor
Department of City and Regional Planning

Expertise:

transportation planning, how infrastructure investments and technology changes influence travel and the downstream impacts on road safety, public health, energy demand, city form


Brent McKee

bamckee@email.unc.edu
Distinguished Professor
Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences

Expertise:

research, teaching, service, outreach, rivers, lakes, coastal ocean processes and response to global change


Rich McLaughlin

rmm@email.unc.edu
Professor
Department of Mathematics

Expertise:

experimental and theoretical fluid dynamics, turbulent transport, random phenomena, stratified mixing