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Universities focus more on clean energy sources

Story via The Columbus Dispatch, Scott Miller quoted

Laura Arenschield Jul 6, 2014

3rd Annual State of the Region Conference

Perfectly Positioned for Opportunity

Mathew Roberts Jun 27, 2014

New Carbon Emission Rules Add To Legacy Of Clean Air Act

Scott Miller, CE3 Director, quoted

Tom Borgerding, NPR News Managing Editor Jun 5, 2014

36th Annual 2014 NAAMLP Conference: Call for Paper & Presentation 

Sheraton Hotel at Capitol Square 75 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 
Sun, Sep 21 8:00 AM

  
 

CE3 Researchers

David J. Bayless, Ph.D., P.E. (Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

bayless@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/people/bayless/
Bayless is the Gerald Loehr Professor of mechanical engineering and holds graduate faculty status in chemical engineering. He is director of the Ohio Coal Research Center, director of the Robe Leadership Institute, director of the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Wright Project on Algal Engineering Research and Commercialization, and faculty fellow at the Voinovich School. Bayless’ research interests include: the recycling of carbon dioxide emissions by biological sources; the use of coal to produce gas for conversion in solid oxide fuel cells; electrostatic precipitation using novel wet membrane collectors; combustion of solid fuels and slurries; and particulate emissions from coal and waste combustion. Bayless is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Areas of Research: Energy, Water


Gerardine G. Botte, Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina)

botte@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/ceer/
Botte is an associate professor of chemical engineering and director of the Electrochemical Engineering Research Laboratory. She is also affiliated with the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology and currently serves on the advisory board for the development of a new curriculum in Fuel Cell Technology at Hocking College and Stark State College. Her research interests include: electrochemistry; fuel cells and battery technology; and the application of electrochemistry to generate hydrogen from coal and ammonia.

Areas of Research: Energy


Jennifer Bowman, M.S. (Geology, Ohio University)

bowmanj2@ohio.edu

Bowman is senior environmental project manager at the Voinovich School and works regularly with the School’s environmental, water and GIS teams. She has developed an online interactive evaluation system for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resources Management to track successes of acid mine drainage remediation in Appalachian coal watersheds. She also teaches the course “Credible Data Training for Chemical Water Quality Assessment” and coordinates the training of area watersheds volunteers in family-level macroinvertebrate sampling. Other research interest include: evaluating headwater streams’ biological health, PCB contamination of stream sediments, and long-term monitoring of surface water to show trends in chemical and biological changes.

Areas of Research: Water, Data, Land, Shale


Roy Boyd, Ph.D. (Economics, Duke University)

boydr1@ohio.edu

Boyd is a professor and current chair in the Department of Economics. His major fields of study include: natural resources and the environment; public finance; international trade policy; and industrial organization and regulation. Boyd’s research involves constructing computable general equilibrium models and using them to explore the impacts of various environmental and resource problems in both developed and developing countries. Boyd is also a member of the International Energy Economics Association and the American Environmental and Resource Economics Association.

Areas of Research: Policy


Geoffrey L. Buckley, Ph.D. (Geography, University of Maryland)

buckleg1@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/people/buckleg1/
Buckley is an associate professor of geography. He has served as the chair of the Faculty Senate Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee and also as a member of the non-profit organization Rural Action’s Environmental Learning Program Advisory Council. His research interests include: historical geography and environmental history; examining environmental problems using a historical perspective; natural resource conservation; American environmentalism; public lands; the interaction of nature and society; and the effect of coal mining on Appalachia’s forest and water resources.

Areas of Research: Land, Water


Annie Laurie Cadmus, M.S. (College Student Personnel Administration, Illinois State University)

cadmus@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/sustainability/index.html
Cadmus currently serves as the director of sustainability at Ohio University. Most recently, she served as the sustainability specialist at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL where she worked closely with the Illinois Green Economy Network. Her interest in the role sustainability plays in the student leadership development process was refined during her previous work experiences at both Alliance for Climate Education in Chicago, IL and Green Mountain College in Poultrey, VT.

Areas of Research: Land, Water, Energy, Data


Ariaster Chimeli, Ph.D. (Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

chimeli@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/people/chimeli/
Chimeli is an associate professor of economics and serves on the board of advisors for OU’s Environmental Studies program. He has also advised several Master’s students from Latin American Studies, Environmental Studies and International Development. He specializes in environmental economics and does research on environment and development economics, energy economics, climate and economics, and tropical deforestation. Chimeli teaches environmental economics, energy economics and microeconomics.

Areas of Research: Energy, Data


Gary Conley, M.S. (Geography, Ohio University)

conleyg@ohio.edu

Gary Conley is a research supervisor with the Voinovich School providing project support for the environmental and GIS teams as well as the Center for Air Quality with the Institute for Sustainable Energy & the Environment and CE3. He operates the Athens Supersite which monitors air pollution transported through and deposited in Athens. The monitoring site measures atmospheric and wet-deposition mercury, meteorological data, and regionally-transported gas pollutants. Conley also supervises student research that includes the identification of pollution sources and evaluation of environmental impacts. Conley’s interdisciplinary research interests include landscape ecology, biogeochemistry, and environmental restoration in an effort to understand the issues surrounding resource utilization and ecosystem services on both local and global scales.

Areas of Research: Air, Energy, Data


Kevin Crist, Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering, University of Iowa)

cristk@ohio.edu

 Crist is a professor of chemical engineering and a faculty fellow at the Voinovich School. He is also director of the Air Quality Center at the Institute for Sustainable Energy & the Environment, which supports and coordinates research, educational programs and community outreach in order to meet the challenges of protecting environmental quality and jobs in the Ohio River Valley Region. Crist’s research interests include: urban- and regional-scale air-quality monitoring; emission inventory assessments; and photochemical, dispersion, and radiative transfer modeling.

Areas of Research: Air, Energy, Data, Shale


Geoffrey Dabelko, Ph.D., Director, Environmental Studies

dabelkog@ohio.edu

Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Ohio University Voinovich School Environmental Studies program. He joined the School in August 2012 and was previoulsy director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program, a nonpartisan research-policy forum on environment, population, health, development, and security issues. He is also an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. For the past 20 plus years, he has brought together policymakers, practitioners, journalists, and scholars grappling with complex links among environment, population, development, conflict, and security. His current research focuses on climate change, natural resources, and security as well as environmental pathways to confidence-building and peacebuilding, with a special emphasis on water resources. Geoff has held prior positions with the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He currently leads two Wilson Center efforts supported by USAID: the Health, Environment, Livelihoods, Population, and Security (HELPS) Project and the Resources for Peace Project. Geoff is co-editor with Ken Conca of Environmental Peacemaking and Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics (4th edition). He is an IPCC lead author for the 5th assessment (Working Group II, Chapter 12), and member of the UN Environment Programme's Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. He holds an AB in political science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland.

Areas of Research: Energy, Land, Policy


Sarah Davis, Ph.D. (Biology, West Virginia University)

daviss6@ohio.edu

Davis, an ecosystem ecologist with expertise in energy bioscience, biogeochemistry and eco-physiology, is an assistant professor of environmental studies. Her research analyzes greenhouse gas fluxes of managed landscapes, the potential for sustainable bioenergy development, and carbon sequestration. Active research projects include (i) an experiment testing Agave spp., a group of obligate CAM plants, as bioenergy feedstocks in semi-arid regions, (ii) a study of the environmental and economic viability of advanced cellulosic bioenergy on abandoned agricultural land, (iii) development of a model for long-term carbon sequestration in forests that incorporate age-related physiological changes and responses to climate change, and (iv) a global analysis of bioenergy resources. Davis teaches graduate courses in ecology and environmental issues and bioenergy systems.

Areas of Research: Energy, Land, Policy, Air, Data


Jared L. DeForest, Ph.D. (Soil Ecology & Biogeochemistry, University of Michigan)

deforest@ohio.edu

http://www.plantbio.ohiou.edu/index.php/directory/faculty_page/jared_deforest/
DeForest is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. His research goals are to improve our understanding of how the soil environment alters the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems, either natural or anthropogenic. Most of his research involves investigating the influence of soil microorganisms mediating the availability and cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. One active project, funded by NSF, involves understanding the impact of soil pH and phosphorus on nutrient cycling and productivity in acidic hardwood forests. Another project is investigating the impact of weather and micro-climate on capacity of forest ecosystems to sequester carbon. DeForest’s research draws from soil science, ecosystem ecology, microbial ecology and forestry.

Areas of Research: Land


James Dyer, Ph.D. (Geography, University of Georgia)

dyer@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/people/dyer/
Dyer is a professor in the Department of Geography. His expertise is in biogeography, landscape ecology and forest dynamics. Dyer’s research focuses on eastern North American forests, especially the patterns that emerge from the interactions of the physical environment, biotic processes and disturbance. He explores vegetation-site relationships to assess the impact of future climatic change and evaluate changes related to historic land use patterns. He examines the role of historic land use in shaping the present-day flora of central Appalachian forests. Dyer served as a co-PI on an EPA STAR grant that developed a classification system for gauging stream health.

Areas of Research: Land, Water


Cheryl Hanzel, B.S. (Field Biology, Ohio University)

hanzel@ohio.edu

Hanzel is the program manager and academic advisor for the Environmental Studies program at the Voinovich School. She also works in the Voinovich School Office of Student Academic Services supporting students and working on academic and administrative issues. Hanzel has an Associate of Applied Arts and Science in Medical Laboratory Technology from Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, WA, a B.S. in field biology from Ohio University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in education.

Areas of Research: Policy


R. Patrick Hassett, Ph.D. (Oceanography, University of Washington)

hassett@ohio.edu

http://bios.ohio.edu/archives/author/hassett
Hassett is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. His research interests include: plankton physiological ecology, focusing in particular on the nutritional ecology of marine and freshwater copepods and cladocerans. His past research has included effects of toxic algae on copepod physiology, and more recently the role of dietary sterol limitation in copepods and cladocerans.

Areas of Research: Water, Data


John C. Hoag, Ph.D. (Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Ohio State University)

hoagj@ohio.edu

Hoag is associate professor in the McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems and his research interests include Smart Grid and security. Hoag's projects include cybersecurity and performance for SCADA and AMI metering networks, for which he is developing lab capabilities. He is a senior member of the IEEE and active in Columbus and Cleveland chapters of IEEE PES.

Areas of Research: Data


Kelly S. Johnson, Ph.D. (Entomology, Michigan State University)

johnsok3@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/biosci/profiles/johnson.html
Johnson is an associate professor of biological sciences. Her research interests include: environmental toxicology, insect physiological ecology, and plant-herbivore interactions. Johnson's current research revolves around understanding the responses of aquatic macroinvertebrates to acid mine drainage, improving bioassessment tools for headwater and wadeable streams, and explaining patterns of ecological recovery of impaired streams and rivers. Much of the work is in collaboration with the Appalachian Watershed Research Group and has been funded by the U.S. EPA (STAR) program, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Department of Energy and the American Electric Power foundation. She also has interests in improving science, technology and math education in the region, and has participated in several K-12 projects supported by the Ohio Board of Regents and the National Science Foundation. Johnson provides training for the MAIS biological assessment protocol, organizes twice-annual Ohio River sampling excursions for high school classrooms as part of the Boat of Knowledge project, and teaches courses in field entomology, animal physiology, and aquatic biology.

Areas of Research: Water


Brad Jokisch, Ph.D. (Geography, Clark University)

jokisch@ohio.edu

Jokisch is an associate professor of geography. His research interests lie within geography's tradition of nature-society studies, such as agricultural systems, land degradation, cultural change and landscape modification. As an offshoot of his interest in agricultural systems and rural landscapes, he has developed research interests in international migration and population studies. Jokisch's primary regional interest is Latin America, especially the Ecuadorian Andes.

Areas of Research: Land


G. Jason Jolley, Ph.D. (Public Administration, North Carolina State University)

jolleyg1@ohio.edu

Jolley will serve as an assistant professor of rural economic development for the School beginning in January 2013. He most recently served as an adjunct assistant professor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School and as the senior research director for the Carolina Center for Competitive Economies (C3E) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He led C3E’s research activities in local/state economic development incentive policy evaluation and development, strategic planning, impact analysis, and industry cluster characterization to address issues of economic competitiveness. Jolley received his M.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee and his B.A. in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Areas of Research: Data, Land, Policy


Taeil Kim, Ph.D. Candidate (Computer Technology, Ohio University)

kimt@ohio.edu

Kim works as a lead software development engineer at the Voinovich School where he develops data visualization tools which aim to significantly improve viewers’ understanding of information and database-driven web-based applications. In addition to developing these tools, Kim helps clients learn how to incorporate new technologies to better communicate with their local, regional and international audiences and train them in the maintenance and upkeep of the Web sites developed for them by the School. He uses a wide range of computer languages and tools (JavaScript, Perl, ColdFusion, VisualBasic, ASP, ASP.NET, SQL, MySQL, Oracle, and ArcGIS) in his work.

Areas of Research: Data, Energy, Shale


Aleksey Kolpakov, Ph.D. candidate (School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University)

kolpakov@ohio.edu

Kolpakov will bring his unique educational background that combines European and American traditions of organizational behavior and organizational theory to the School in January 2013 as an assistant professor of public management and leadership. In his research, Kolpakov primarily aims to understand processes leading to formation and sustainability of public management networks. He has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level courses and has extensive professional experience working as a consultant for the United Nations agencies and other public, international and nonprofit organizations in his home country and abroad to improve their collaborative and learning capacity. He graduated from London School of Economics and Political Science with Master of Science degree in organizational and social psychology.

Areas of Research: Data, Policy


Greg Kremer, Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati)

kremer@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/people/kremer/
Kremer is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is the associate director of the Ohio Coal Research Center, chair of the UCC Programs Committee and advisor to the Society of Automotive Engineers and Engineers Without Borders. His expertise is in design and experimentation related to: automotive and advanced propulsion systems; alternative fuels; CO2 reduction from power plants emissions; and appropriate technology. In 2005-2006, he received the prestigious designation of Carnegie Scholar for his work on integrative learning.

Areas of Research: Energy, Air


Natalie Kruse, Ph.D. (Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University)

krusen@ohio.edu

http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~krusen/
Kruse is an assistant professor of environmental studies at the Voinovich School. She has worked on projects studying post-mining and post-industrial pollution for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resources Management, the U.S. Department of Energy, the UK Coal Authority, Coal India, and many local watershed groups. Her research interests include prediction, characterization and mitigation of mining and industrial pollution.

Areas of Research: Water, Land, Data


Eung Seok Lee, Ph.D. (Hydrogeology, Indiana University)

leee1@ohio.edu

Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. His research interests include: KMnO4 treatment of DNAPLs in groundwater, especially large, dilute, or deep plumes; smart green technologies for best management of nonpoint source pollution; acid-mine drainage; flow and geochemical evolution of water in karst terrain; isotope hydrology; environmental controlled-release system; and hydrologic modeling.

Areas of Research: Water


Sunggyu "KB" Lee, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)

lees1@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/people/lees1/
Lee is the director of the Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Laboratory, and since September 2010, he has held the positions of Russ Ohio Research Scholar in Syngas Utilization and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. He worked previously at the University of Akron, the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Lee is the recipient of numerous awards, has authored, edited and published countless publications, and received research grants for more than 100 projects.  He has received 31 U.S. patents and over 80 international patents. His research specialties are in the areas of transportation and alternative fuels, advanced coal technology, remediation of contaminated soil, treatment of wastewater and drinking water, chemical process engineering and design, advanced supercritical fluid technology, and polymer synthesis and processing.

Areas of Research: Energy, Water, Land


Dina L. Lopez, Ph.D. (Geology, Louisiana State University)

lopezd@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/geology/lopez/
Lopez is a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. Her research interests include the geochemistry and hydrogeology of geothermal systems, including diffuse soil degassing and heat flow studies. Her areas of research are in Central America, Mexico, Colombia, Brasil, and in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. She is also interested in environmental problems associated with mining and resource exploitation. In Ohio, she investigates the chemistry, fluid flow and mass transfer associated with acid mine drainage from coal mines.

Areas of Research: Energy, Water


Amy Mackey, (Wildlife and Fish Conservation and Management, University of Rio Grande)

mackey@ohio.edu

Mackey is the Raccoon Creek Watershed Coordinator at the Voinovich School. She has a background in fish and wildlife management and worked several related jobs before coming to the Voinovich School. Among these was a natural resources management internship with Geauga Park Districts, where she learned to conduct primary headwaters assessments, and a position doing fish sampling for Midwest Biodiversity Institute, where she learned to sample fish in streams.

Areas of Research: Water, Data


Nancy Manring, Ph.D. (Natural Resource Policy and Administration, University of Michigan)

manring@ohio.edu

Manring is an associate professor of political science. She is also the director of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program and associate director of the Master of Science in Environmental Studies Program. Her research interests include: the institutionalization of collaborative dispute resolution processes in natural resource management; and the organizational and political dimensions of ecosystem management.

Areas of Research: Policy, Land


Loraine McCosker, M.S. (Environmental Studies, Ohio University)

mccosker@ohio.edu

McCosker is an advocate for environmental and sustainability education and has worked with the Environmental Studies Program since 2007, creating educational connections related to sustainability with faculty and staff on the Athens and regional campuses. McCosker coordinates the Kanawha Project, an environmental sustainability literacy project to educate faculty from diverse disciplines throughout the university. She also teaches a freshman university community class on sustainability and the introductory graduate seminar for incoming Environmental Studies students. McCosker also acts as advisor to graduate students and collaborates with the undergraduate certificate in Environmental Studies at Ohio University.

Areas of Research: Policy


Scott Miller, M.S. (Environmental Studies, Ohio University)

millers1@ohio.edu

Miller is director of energy and environmental programs at the Voinovich School and oversees Ohio University’s Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3); the Appalachian Watershed Research Group; and applied research projects for the Environmental Studies program. He works with many stakeholders to shape and implement programs that elevate and enhance Ohio University’s research; serves on numerous local and statewide public and private boards to improve the natural environment of the region and accelerate the deployment of energy technology; and acts as a liaison to connect state and federal agencies and local stakeholders to the university’s resources to improve the quality of life of all Ohioans. Miller was recently named a 2010 National Energy Executive with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden Colorado; he is board chair for the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio; he is the principle program manager for the State of Ohio’s Climate Change Action Plan in partnership with The Ohio State University; and he serves on a management team that administers Ohio University’s research and community involvement with demolition and decontamination activities at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, a cold-war era uranium enrichment facility.

Areas of Research: Energy, Land, Water, Policy, Air, Data, Shale


Michele Morrone, Ph.D. (Environmental Planning, The Ohio State University)

morrone@ohio.edu

Morrone is an associate professor, coordinator of the nationally-accredited Environmental Health Sciences program, and director of the Environmental Studies Program. Her research interests include: environmental and occupational health and safety; public perception of environmental risk; the role of the environmental health scientist in policy decision making; risk and uncertainty in decision making; and underserved audiences and environmental education. She is a registered sanitarian, and has served as an expert panelist on risk issues for the U.S. EPA and the American Chemical Council.

Areas of Research: Policy


Jesus Pagan, M.S. (Welding Engineering, The Ohio State University)

paganj@ohio.edu

Pagan is the assistant director and chemical hygiene officer for the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment at Ohio University. He also works as program manager for the newly created Center for Algal Engineering Research and Commercialization (CAERC). CAERC was funded by a 2010 Third Frontier Wright Projects grant in collaboration with the University of Toledo and various industry partners. Prior to his work at ISEE, he was a visiting professional in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and founder of Zeus Robotics, an arc welding and automation company at the Ohio University Innovation Center.

Areas of Research: Energy


Steven Porter, M.S. (Geography, Ohio University)

porters1@ohio.edu

Porter is a data and GIS specialist with the GIS team at the Voinovich School. His research interests include: open source GIS technology, using maps to convey public information and awareness, and web design and development. Porter is an instrument rated private pilot working towards a certification in flight instruction.

Areas of Research: Data


R. Guy Riefler, Ph.D. (Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut)

riefler@ohio.edu

Riefler is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. His research interests include: the biodegradation of TNT and other nitroaromatic compounds; acid mine drainage treatment; iron nanoparticles for the cleanup of groundwater pollution; phytoremediation; sediment transport in streams; and the use of molecular tools to identify bacterial communities in the environment.

Areas of Research: Water


Willem Roosenberg, Ph.D. (Biology, University of Pennsylvania)

roosenbu@ohio.edu

http://www.biosci.ohiou.edu/faculty/roosenburg/
Roosenburg is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. His research interest is in the evolution of vertebrate life histories. Roosenburg uses a combination of demographic, experimental and phylogenetic techniques to study how historical and ecological processes produce variation in life history traits within and among individuals, populations and species.

Areas of Research: Land


Guarav Sinha, Ph.D. (Geography, SUNY Buffalo)

sinhag@ohio.edu

Sinha is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography. His research interests are in the field of Geographic Information Science. He focuses on the ontology and geospatial semantics of environmental features and phenomena. His other research interests include GIS database modeling, cartographic generalization, terrain modeling, spatial statistics, multi-criteria analysis, and participatory GIS.

Areas of Research: Data


Gregory S. Springer, Ph.D. (Geology, Colorado State University)

springeg@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/geology/springer/
Springer is an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. Springer researches the changing state of human-impacted rivers, particularly the effects of changes in water and sediment regimes, with implications for river management and regulation. He studies headwater streams on the western margin of the Appalachian Mountains, in particular how basin size influences channel type and morphology for different rock types. Springer is currently working on an EPA-funded project focused on stream health in southeastern Ohio.

Areas of Research: Water, Land, Data


Robin Stewart, M.P.A. (Ohio University)

stewarr7@ohio.edu

Stewart is a senior project manager at Ohio University’s Voinovich School and manages economic development projects focused on community revitalization and economic growth within the Appalachian Ohio region. In addition, Stewart conducts feasibility studies and qualitative research, and provides technical assistance to nonprofit and government organizations. Prior to joining the Voinovich School in 2003, she was a research assistant in the Governor's Office of Appalachia and has worked for private nonprofit organizations focused on substance abuse and behavioral healthcare.

Areas of Research: Data, Land, Shale


Ben J. Stuart, Ph.D., P.E. (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University)

stuart@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/civil/
Stuart is an associate professor of civil engineering and also serves as executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, as well as director of the Biofuels Research Lab. Stuart’s research interests include biofuels production from renewable feedstocks, specifically algal biomass, CO2 capture using a novel photobioreactor, and biomass gasification. Other current and recent research projects have focused on arsenic removal using recycled waste materials as novel sorbents and the characterization, abatement, and treatment of acid mine drainage sources on abandoned mine lands. He is the author of 20 refereed publications including two books and contributions to two additional books, and has presented over 50 papers on his work.

Areas of Research: Energy, Water, Data


Matt Trainer, M.A. (Geography, Ohio University)

trainer@ohio.edu

Trainer is a data/GIS specialist at the Voinovich School. He got his start in the GIS field in Wilmington, NC working for American Geographic Data, Inc. Trainer has also taught two different GIS courses for the Department of Geography at Ohio University as an adjunct instructor during the 2005-6 and 2006-7 academic years.

Areas of Research: Data


Jason P. Trembly, Ph.D.

trembly@ohio.edu

Trembly serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Areas of Research: Energy, Shale, Water


Morgan L. Vis, Ph.D. (Phycology, Memorial University of Newfoundland)

vis-chia@ohio.edu

Vis is a professor of phycology in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. Her research interests include: freshwater algal ecology and evolution; systematics and biogeography of freshwater red algae; and the impacts of acid mine drainage on stream diatom communities in southeastern Ohio. She collaborates with other researchers to study the impacts of acid mine drainage on aquatic life and hydrogeology of these streams, in order to contribute to a more complete understanding of acid mine drainage pollution effects on ecosystems. She also works with the group of engineers at OU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment on photobioreactor design, CO2 mitigation technology, and other devices needed to utilize algae as a next generation fuel.

Areas of Research: Water, Energy, Land


Lezlee J. Ware, Ph.D. (Experimental Social Psychology, Ohio University)

warel@ohio.edu

Ware is a research associate for Ohio University’s Voinovich School and works within applied research on projects employing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods and analyses. Ware has a broad range of experience, including program evaluation and strategic planning, within a variety of disciplines. Her work can be found in peer-reviewed journals within the fields of public health, nursing, diabetes, applied and legal psychology. Ware has led several regional needs assessments for Federally Qualified Health Centers, and her work has been incorporated into numerous competitive grant applications and used to tailor health services to the needs of low-income residents in Ohio.

Areas of Research: Data, Shale


Mark Weinberg, Ph.D. (Political Science, University of North Carolina)

weinberm@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/voinovichschool/
An original CE3 faculty member, Weinberg is a professor of political science, founding director of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and faculty director of the Ohio University Executive Leadership Institute. His research interests include: public budgeting; financial management; public administration; strategic leadership; and management and performance measurement in the public and non-profit sectors.

Areas of Research: Policy


Elissa E. Welch, M.P.A. (Environmental Policy & Natural Resource Management, Indiana University)

welche@ohio.edu

Welch is a project manager for the Voinovich School. She serves as a coordinator for externally-funded projects and research endeavors related to energy for CE3. Additionally, Welch is a liaison between the Voinovich School and external academic, non-profit, public, and private sectors and promotes Ohio University's advanced energy expertise to enhance protection of environmental resources. Her research interests include international climate change policy, alternative energy development, carbon offsets and rural economic development and outreach.

Areas of Research: Policy, Energy


Matthew M. White, Ph.D. (Evolutionary Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

whitem@ohio.edu

http://www.biosci.ohiou.edu/faculty/white/About_Me.html
White is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He has research interests in phylogeography, fisheries genetics and conservation genetics of freshwater organisms, particularly fishes. As part of his field research, White measures variation in mitochondrial and microsatellite DNA sequences and identifies the historical and ecological influences on its distribution. His studies include: genetic variation in stream fish populations; stock structure in Ohio River walleye and Ohio muskellunge; population genetics, systematics, and molecular evolution of brook lampreys; and conservation genetics.

Areas of Research: Water, Data


Valerie Young, Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

youngv@ohio.edu

http://www.ohio.edu/chemical/people/person.cfm?person=youngv&org=che
Young is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She is the faculty advisor for the Ohio University chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon (the chemical engineering honor society) and for the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization. Young’s research interests include finding a better understanding of the chemistry of the troposphere in North America; the way human activities affect this chemistry; and the effects of atmospheric chemistry on human endeavors. She has been involved in major regional ozone investigations such as the Southern Oxidant Study, as well as studying chemistry in remote areas such as northern Michigan, Saskatchewan and the Arctic.

Areas of Research: Air, Data


Michael Zimmer, J.D. (University of Baltimore School of Law)

zimmerm@ohio.edu

In his more than 30 years of legal service, Michael Zimmer has advised domestic and international energy companies, utilities, manufacturing companies and state and local governments regarding a range of energy issues related to fuels, financing, efficiency, corporate sustainability, product analysis, renewable energy project development and more. Mr. Zimmer also has extensive experience working with business groups on understanding changes in energy and environmental policies and regulations, capital formation and advanced energy technology issues. He is regularly invited to testify before congressional committees, federal departments and agencies, and state commissions and agencies on electric energy, renewable energy, natural gas and energy tax proposals. He has served on prestigious committees, advisory boards or Boards of Directors for several energy and clean tech companies and national trade groups. His recent work has focused on energy and environmental issues in Ohio, Michigan, California, New Jersey and Rhode Island for the manufacturing, buildings and commercial sectors. He holds a J.D. from University of Baltimore School of Law. For additional detail, click here.

Areas of Research: Air, Energy, Policy