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Qizhong (George) Guo

Civil and Environmental Engineering


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Dr. Guo's expertise is in urban stormwater management, watershed and water quality modeling, and water resources and environmental engineering. He is interested in developing structural and non-structural measures to mitigate the impacts of climate change.




Robert Kopp

Earth and Planetary Sciences
Bloustein School
Rutgers Energy Institute - Associate Director

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Bob Kopp is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and Associate Director of the Rutgers Energy Institute. His research focuses in part on understanding different past states of the Earth system and the transitions between them, in order to test models of future global change, and in part on integrated assessment of the effects of policy on energy, economic and climate systems. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Bob was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Office of Climate Change Policy & Technology. Major focuses of his work at DOE included developing approaches for incorporating climate change impacts into regulatory analysis and advancing energy efficiency through international cooperation. Previously, he was a Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy postdoctoral research fellow in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and its Department of Geosciences. Bob received his Ph.D. in geobiology from Caltech and his S.B. in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago.

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Richard Lutz

 Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

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Dr. Richard A. Lutz studies the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Since the first biological expedition to these unique ecosystems in 1979, Dr. Lutz has spent countless hours on the bottom exploring thermal vents throughout the world's oceans in a variety of deep-diving submersibles.

Observations made during the course of Dr. Lutz's ongoing studies in this unique "natural deep-sea laboratory" are dramatically altering our views of the rates at which many biological and geological processes are occurring on the face of the planet.



Kenneth G. Miller

Earth and Planetary Sciences

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My research focuses on reconstructing the history of sea-level change on all time scales from 100+ million year to the last few thousand years. I am interested in projections of sea level rise in this century and its effects particularly on New Jersey.



Robert Noland

Director - Voorhees Transportation Center (BSPPP)
Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

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Robert Noland received his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in Energy Management and Environmental Policy. Prior to joining Rutgers he was Reader in Transport and Environmental Policy at Imperial College London, a Policy Analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency and also conducted post-doctoral research in the Economics Department at the University of California at Irvine. The focus of Dr. Noland’s research is the impacts of transport planning and policy on environmental outcomes. This is defined very broadly to include not just air and water quality impacts, but also impacts on safety, climate, health, and other factors associated with overall quality of life. Active research areas include developing methods to evaluate the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with building transport projects; evaluating the impacts on the environment and other factors of transit-oriented development; analysis of walking behavior and links to other travel behavior and the built environment; analysis of traffic and pedestrian safety using spatial analysis techniques; and, assessment of the economic effects of transport investments, in particular those associated with agglomeration externalities. Dr. Noland’s research has been cited throughout the world in debates over transport infrastructure planning and environmental assessment of new infrastructure. Dr. Noland is currently the Associate Editor of Transportation Research-D (Transport and Environment) and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation and is Chair of the Transportation Research Board Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy




David Robinson

State Climatologist - Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist

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Dr. David A. Robinson is a professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University and also serves as New Jersey’s State Climatologist.  He received a BS in geology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and went on to Columbia University where he earned a doctorate in earth sciences.  He then became an associate research scientist at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory prior to heading to Rutgers in 1989.  Dave's research interests are in applied climate, especially related to New Jersey, and in climate dynamics and change, particularly focused on global snow cover.  He is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and sits on climate advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  He has chaired two National Research Council panels and the American Meteorological Society’s Polar Meteorology and Oceanography Committee, and is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists.  Dr. Robinson was recently elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has received a NOAA Environmental Hero award, as well as the Lifetime Achievement award of the Association of American Geographer’s Climate Specialty Group.

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Laura Schneider


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Dr. Schneider is a biogeographer specialized in land change science. Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics of land transformations, the drivers of land change, and how land change affects socio-ecological systems. Her research emerges from a strong background in tropical biology, ecology, remote sensing and human-environment geography, and it examines theoretical and methodological ways of linking biophysical, socioeconomic and remote sensing and GIS data in understanding landscape dynamics.

Her research interests are monitoring and modeling land transformation, biophysical remote sensing and the effect of fire, droughts and hurricanes on tropical forests of Meso-America. She is currently involved in research looking Environmental Disturbance in Greater Yucatan (EDGY) in Mexico which was funded by Moore Foundation, also she is a Co-PI in an NSF-CNH funded project looking at pastures and forest re-growth in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Rachael Shwom

Human Ecology
Bloustein School of Planning                                                                         

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Rachael Shwom is an assistant professor in the Human Ecology department who specializes in climate and society. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in Environmental Science and Policy at Michigan State University in 2008. Her dissertation research focused on how different governmental, business, and environmental organizations sought to influence U.S. policies on appliance energy efficiency over the past three decades. She is interested in energy efficiency policy because efficiency improvements are often identified as an important and politically feasible step for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. She has also researched formation of public opinions on climate change, social science’s role in enabling decision-makers to act on climate change under uncertainty, and media’s coverage of climate change. In the future, she will continue her research on environmental and energy advocacy organizations and the factors that influence their decisions. She is also interested in the role that production decisions, such as those made by real estate developers and automobile manufacturers, play in changing energy consumption patterns.


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