Mike Piehler is a professor, director of the UNC Institute for the Environment, chief sustainability officer and special assistant to the Chancellor for Sustainability at UNC-Chapel Hill and holds joint faculty appointments in the Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences Department, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and the Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program at UNC.
Piehler’s research focuses on material transport and processing and microbial communities at the coastal land-water interface. His research seeks to understand the effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors on the ecology and biogeochemistry of shallow water systems throughout the freshwater marine continuum. Study systems have included marshes, oyster reefs, shallow lakes, streams and rivers throughout the Atlantic and gulf coasts of the U.S. He has published more than 80 papers and advises governments, non-government organizations and industry.