Tufts Institute of the Environment is proud to work with faculty from across Tufts’ different departments and schools and with professionals world-wide. This is a full list of faculty that we have worked with and who support our initiatives.


Julian Aygeman, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Professor Agyeman is both an ecologist/biogeographer and environmental social scientist. His science and social science background help frame his perspectives, research and scholarship. His more than 150 publications include books, peer reviewed articles, book chapters, published conference presentations, reports, book reviews, newspaper articles and Op-Eds and articles in professional magazines and journals. Additionally, Professor Agyeman is a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.E-mail Professor Aygeman
Linda Abriola, University Professor
Dr. Abriola’s research involves the integration of mathematical modeling and laboratory experiments to understand and predict the fate and transport of contaminants and to develop methodologies for subsurface remediation and characterization. Active in many professional societies, she is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.E-mail Dean Abriola
Amahl Bishara Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Professor Bishara research focuses on borders, water, and the environment; journalism as knowledge production; the Middle East; and ethnography of place. She is also a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.E-mail Professor Bishara
Sean Cash, Associate Professor, Agriculture, Food and Environment Program, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Professor Cash is an economist and Associate Professor in the Agriculture, Food and Environment program at the Friedman School. His research interests include consumer interest in environmental aspects of food, invasive species management in food trade, and tradeoffs between various goals in food regulation. He also conducts research in dietary behavior and policy.E-mail Professor Cash
Wayne Chudyk Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Chudyk is interested in ground water monitoring and water treatment (of both drinking water and wastewater). He is a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary WSSS program.E-mail Professor Chudyk
Ujjayant Chakravorty Professor, Economics
Professor Chakravorty has studied the economics of fossil fuels, clean energy, and water resources, as well as the effect of environmental regulation on energy prices. Current research interests include modeling the supply of nuclear power and the effect of biofuel mandates on food prices and poverty. In addition, Professor Chakravorty is an advisor for the Environmental Studies Program at Tufts, and a Fellow at the Toulouse School of Economics and CESifo. His research has been published in journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and he co-edited the book “India and Global Climate Change.” Professor Chakravorty is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Resource and Energy Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies and past associate editor of Water Resources Research.E-mail Professor Chakravorty
Mary Davis Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Dr. Davis is an economist by training, and her research is broadly focused on environmental health issues, including air pollution, occupational health, children’s health, and biostatistics. Dr. Davis is also interested in the link between the economy and changes in environmental exposures, and has recently been working on a project in Haiti to improve working conditions in factories there. Dr. Davis is currently the chair of a National Academy of Sciences research panel investigating the effect of noise on children’s learning outcomes, and has testified on multiple occasions at state legislative panels as an advocate for pro-children’s health legislation. She teaches a graduate-level environmental health course in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning each fall, and is also a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.E-mail Professor Davis
Julie Dobrow Director, Communications and Media Studies Program
Julie Dobrow’s research centers on media effects on children, issues of gender and ethnicity in media, and on the intersection of history and communication studies. She is currently working on a dual mother/daughter biography of 19th century writers/editors/environmental advocates Mabel Loomis Todd and Millicent Todd Bingham and how they used the media of their day to promote social causes and their own careers.E-mail Professor Dobrow
John Durant, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Durant studies the chemical exchange between surface waters and aquatic sediments; transport and transformation of pollutants in wetland systems; watershed-scale chemical fate and transport processes; watershed management for parasite control; and particulate airborne pollution measurement. He is a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary WSSS program.E-mail Professor Durant
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Graduate Program Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos’ research uses principles of heterogeneous catalysis to solve problems in the production of clean and sustainable energy, and green chemicals. Aimed at designing catalysts that “do more with less”, research at the Nanocatalysis and Energy Laboratory, under her direction, focuses on the understanding of the atomic-scale interaction of metal-metal and metal-oxide supports. New practical catalysts that maximize the yield of desired products while using only trace amounts of precious metals are the desired outcome of this research. In 2009, she was named the inaugural Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability in the School of Engineering.E-mail Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
Kelly Gallagher, Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, and Director of the Energy, Climate, and Innovation (ECI) research program in the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy. Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China. She is particularly interested in the role of policy in spurring the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally.E-mail Professor Gallagher
Timothy Griffin Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Professor Griffin’s primary research interest is the intersection of agriculture and the environment, and the development and implementation of sustainable production systems. Additional current research interests include environmental impacts of agriculture, impacts of policy on adoption of agricultural practices and systems, and development and implementation of equitable food systems at the local to regional scales. Professor Griffin is also active in the Water: Systems, Science and Society program as a Steering Committee member.E-mail Professor Griffin
David Gute Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Gute studies the intersection of public health and engineering. Current projects include the identification and control of occupational health risks among immigrant populations in Somerville, Mass. and the primary prevention of urinary schistosomiasis in the eastern region of Ghana. Additionally, Professor Kenny is a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary WSSS program.E-mail Professor Gute
Justin Hollander Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Professor Hollander studies role of planning and public policy in managing land use and environmental changes associated with economic decline and shrinking cities. He is also interested in the intersection between technology and planning using virtual, Internet-based communities as laboratories.E-mail Professor Hollander
Shafiqul Islam Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Islam’s teaching and research is focused on characterizing, measuring, and modeling water issues ranging from climate to cholera to water diplomacy with a focus on scale issues and remote sensing. Professor Islam is also the Director of the Water Diplomacy Initiative and a faculty advisor for the Water: Systems, Science and Society program at Tufts. For more information on Professor Islam, please see his departmental website.E-mail Professor Islam
Jonathan Kenny Professor, Department of ChemistryProfessor Kenny and his research group concentrate on the uses of multidimensional fluorescence to solve analytical problems in the environment as well as the fundamental photophysics of fluorescence spectroscopy.  Present projects include photophysics of oxygen quenching of fluorescence and developing chemometric methods to analyze three-way data to characterize dissolved organic matter in natural waters and other complex mixtures. Professor Kenny participates in the WSSS program as a faculty advisor.E-mail Professor Kenny
Sheldon Krimsky Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Professor Krimsky’s research has focused on the intersections of science/technology, ethics/values and public policy. Aside from being a faculty advisor for TIE’s Water: Systems Science and Society program, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Responsible Genetics, as a Fellow of the Hastings Center on Bioethics and on Committee A of the American Association of University Professors. Professor Krimsky has published over 180 essays and reviews that have appeared in many books and journals.E-mail Professor Krimsky
Stephen Levine Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Levine focuses on industrial ecology. Present research areas include the use of economic input-output models in analyzing the flows of resources and products in industrial systems and the use of computer simulation to evaluate alternative policies for controlling feral cat populations. Professor Levine is also a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.E-mail Professor Levine
Penn Loh Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Penn Loh is Professor of the Practice at Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. He works in partnership with Boston area community, labor, and environmental organizations to advance strategies for just and sustainable (“justainable”) cities and new community economies. He serves on the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board and Energy Efficiency Advisory Council.E-mail Professor Loh
Andrew McClellen Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs, Department of Art and Art History.
Professor McClellan is interested in the history of museums and collecting as well as European art of the 17th-19th centuries. He has published extensively, and his books include: Inventing the Louvre (University of California Press, 1999), The Art Museum from Boullée to Bilbao, (University of California Press, 2008), and Art and Its Publics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2003). He is planning to redesign his course “Nature into Art” for students interested in the intersection of Art History and Environmental Studies.E-mail Professor McClellan
Gilbert Metcalf Professor, Department of Economics
Professor Metcalf is interested in applied public finance, with a focus on taxation, energy, and environmental economics. Research interests include policy evaluation and design in the area of energy and climate change. Professor Metcalf is currently on leave from Tufts and serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy in the US Department of the Treasury. In that position, he oversees activities to develop, coordinate, and execute Treasury’s role in the domestic and international environment and energy agenda of the United States. He has published many works, including several book chapters on climate, energy, and tax policy.E-mail Professor Metcalf
William Moomaw Professor and Director, The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at Fletcher
William Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy and Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. He holds a PhD in physical chemistry from MIT. Professor Moomaw works on global Sustainable Development issues including climate change mitigation, adaptation and policy, international forestry, fisheries, agriculture, water, energy and nitrogen management. He is working with practitioners in governments, international organizations and corporations to create strategies for addressing the losses that have occurred to global resilience through Restorative Development and the Sustainable Development Diplomacy and Governance required to achieve it.E-mail Professor Moomaw
Elena Naumova Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Naumova is a statistician working at the interface of environmental epidemiology, water quality and sanitation. Her area of expertise is in modeling of transient processes applied to infections sensitive to climate variations and extreme weather events. She facilitates the use of novel data sources, including remote sensing and satellite imagery to better understand the nature, ecology, and etiology of water-related diseases. She collaborates with scientists and public health professionals in India, Kenya, Ecuador, Japan, Canada, UK, and Russia. She is a Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean for Research at the Tufts School of Engineering. Dr. Naumova holds secondary appointment at Tufts School of Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. She is a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.Email Professor Naumova
Colin Orians Professor, Environmental Studies Program
Professor Orians’ research focuses on the dynamic responses of plants to environmental heterogeneity. Through the use of a combination of physiological, chemical and isotope (stable and radio) techniques, he hopes to understand plant response to spatial and temporal variation in environmental factors. Additionally, Professor Orians is a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.Email Professor Orians
Barbara Parmenter Lecturer, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Barbara Parmenter teaches GIS courses in the Fletcher School and in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, as well as a course on the history of US urban policy. As a member of Tufts’ Geospatial Technology Services group, she also provides guidance in spatial analysis for researchers across the Tufts system, and develops university-wide GIS. Her interests focus on the evolution of cities and metropolitan regions. Recent research collaborations include a National Institute of Health grant to study the influence of neighborhood factors on the maintenance of physical activity in minority women in Texas, and two EPA grants examining the impacts of urbanization on regional climate change. She is also a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.Email Professor Parmenter
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Jan Pechenik Professor of Invertebrate Zoology and Marine Biology, Department of Biology
Professor Pechenik works with a wide variety of marine invertebrates, studying the ways in which stresses experienced by embryos and larvae can affect various aspects of fitness after the animals metamorphose.Email Professor Pechenik
Kurt Pennel Professor and Chair,Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Pennell is interested in the fate and transport of engineered nanomaterials and non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) in the subsurface, the development and testing of in situ remediation technologies including thermal treatment, surfactant flushing and bioremediation, and the relationship between chronic exposure to persistent organic pollutants and human health. He is also is a member of the environmental health (EH) and Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) research groups in CEE and is an investigator in the Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory (IMPES) at Tufts University. Additionally, Professor Pennell is a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.Email Professor Pennel
Mark Pokras Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Population Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Mark Pokras is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Medicine, former Director of the Tufts Wildlife Clinic and one of the founders of Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine (TCCM). Dr. Pokras’ current areas of interest are medicine and surgery of native wildlife (especially birds and reptiles), wildlife (especially aquatic birds) as indicators of environmental health, conservation biology, and allometric scaling. His work with the Center for Conservation Medicine includes research on the effects of lead poisoning and the bioaccumulation of mercury and synthetic chemicals in loons and other aquatic animals. Mark works closely with many of the private, state and federal conservation organizations in the region to foster multidisciplinary collaborative educational and research efforts. Professor Pokras is a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.Email Professor Pokras
Kent Portney Professor, Department of Political Science
Professor Portney teaches courses in environmental politics and policy, sustainable cities, political behavior, judicial politics, and survey research. He has published many books, including: Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities, second edition (MIT Press, forthcoming 2013), Approaching Public Policy Analysis (Prentice-Hall, 1986), and Controversial Issues in Environmental Policy (Sage Publications, 1992). He is also a faculty advisor for the WSSS program, and co-principal investigator and core advisor in the Water Diplomacy doctoral program.Email Professor Portney
Ann Rappaport Lecturer, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Ann Rappaport is interested in the relationship between environmental laws and regulations and innovations in environmental technology and corporate management of environmental issues. Currently, her research focuses on enterprise-level decision making with respect to the environment, institutional responses to climate change, voluntary initiatives related to companies and the environment, and contemporary issues in corporate social responsibility. She also co-directs the Tufts Climate Initiative, the university commitment to meet or beat the emission reductions associated with the Kyoto Protocol.Email Professor Rappaport
Michael Reed Professor, Avian ecology and conservation biology, Department of Biology
Most of Professor Reed’s research focuses on identifying characteristics of species that put them at risk to human-caused threats, understanding why (or how) these characteristics put a species at risk, and on determining how best to reduce the risk. He is also a faculty advisor for TIE’s WSSS program. To read more about Professor Reed’s work, see here.
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Jack Ridge Professor, Department of Geology
Professor Ridge’s research interests lie in the reconstruction of the receding ice sheet and climate change events during the last deglaciation (20,000-12,000 yr before present) in the northeastern U.S. primarily as indicated by glacial deposits, especially the annual layers (varves) of sediments from glacial lakes. This work involves not only the characterization of the sediment for its climate record but also the development of a calibrated chronology of deglaciation using radiocarbon ages and paleomagnetic records. He and his undergraduate students in the Earth and Ocean Sciences Department have also studied environmental changes, both natural and anthropogenic, in Boston Harbor for the last 2000 yr recorded in peat cores from salt marshes.Email Professor Ridge
Albert Robbat Professor, Department of Chemistry
Professor Robbat’s research interests include the development of innovative analytical instruments, methods, and data analysis software used to solve a wide range of environmental problems, including: a subsurface sampling and analysis probe that detects pollutants without bringing soil or groundwater to the surface for analysis. This technology is used to rapidly characterize hazardous waste sites and to provide monitoring data during cleanup. 2-dimensional gas and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC-GC/MS and LC-LC/MS) to produce libraries of compounds in complex environmental samples. Professor Robbat is also working on a novel plant-based material that efficiently extracts crude oil and coal tar from contaminated soils, sands, and water as well as oil from tar sands used to make energy.Email Professor Robbat
Beatrice Rogers Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Program Director of Food Policy & Applied Nutrition Program
Professor Rogers studies economic determinants of household food consumption, consumption effects of economic and pricing policies, design and impacts of food assistance, and determinants of program effectiveness. Her current research topics include: the effectiness of exit strategies for US food assistance programs; the assessment of vulnerability to food insecurity and malnutrition in Latin America; and reviewing the quality, micronutrient content, and systems of procurement and delivery of fortified, enriched, and blended foods provided through under US food assistances Title II. Furthermore, Professor Rogers is a faculty advisor for TIE’s WSSS program.Email Professor Rogers
Michael Romero Professor, Department of Biology
Research in Dr. Romero’s laboratory aims to improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying stress in wild animals. Combining laboratory and field studies in the areas of physiology, ecology, and neuroscience, Professor Romero works to increase our comprehension of the causes and effects of stress. For more information on Professor Romero’s work, see here.Email Professor Romero
Beth Rosenberg Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Family Medicine, School of Medicine
Professor Rosenberg is interested in occupational and environmental health, creating systems of production that do not harm workers or the environment and in public health improvements as social change. Her current research projects include an investigation into the health and safety systems and safety culture in former nuclear weapons production sites and analyzing green innovation programs in companies. She has recently explored the effect of corporate social responsibility programs in Asian garment and footwear factories on a project lead by Dr. Drusilla Brown (Economics) with Dr. Ann Rappaport (UEP) and Dr. Francine Jacobs (UEP).Email Professor Rosenberg
Rusty Russell Lecturer, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Professor Russell focuses on the intersections of environmental law, policy and communications. Since 2004, he’s been a core faculty member of the Tufts graduate Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP), teaching environmental law (he holds a J.D.); and seminars on air and water policy, as well as nuclear energy. In addition, Professor Russell is on the Steering Committee of the interdisciplinary Water: Systems, Science and Society program, and directs (and teaches) its Practicum component. He also coordinates and co-instructs the UEP Field Projects curriculum, in which teams of first-year planning students take on projects sponsored by local community groups and agencies. In the past, he has taught environmental economics, property law and energy law at Brown and Northeastern Universities, and Boston College Law School. His publications include law review articles on the environmental impacts of affordable housing and on the development of offshore wind energy.Email Professor Russell
George Saperstein Professor and Department Chair, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Professor Saperstein studies sustainable agriculture, and environmental and population health. Research interests include studies into the preservation of germplasm from endangered livestock breeds, congenital and hereditary diseases of large animals, and international veterinary medicine.Email Professor Saperstein
Amy Schlegel Director, Galleries and Collections
Amy Schlegel, Ph.D. is the Director of Galleries and Collections at Tufts, and specializes in contemporary art. Her current research interests include contemporary art and globalization; visual literacy; museum studies; and the women’s movement in the arts in the U.S. since the 1960s. At Tufts, she has curated and project directed many exhibitions, such as Cross-currents in Recent Video Installation: Water as a Metaphor for Identity (2006), Empire and Its Discontents (2009), and Mildred’s Lane: Renovating Walden (2011).Email Dr. Schlegel
Christopher Swan Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Swan’s current research interests lie in the areas of engineering education, waste reuse, and unique soil behaviors.  Specific research projects include: the impacts of community engagement on the education of engineering students (current areas of research focus on the differences, if any, in development of technical skills and knowledge, changes in self-efficacy, attitudes, identity, and well-being between engineering students engaged in service-based efforts and those that are not); research on the plausibility of using service-based pedagogies to teach sustainable engineering concepts; research on the reuse of fly ash from coal burning facilities with waste plastics, which has led to the development of synthetic lightweight aggregate (SLA) a new, innovative construction material that can be used in place of traditional sand and gravel (Patent Number 6,669,773); the potential of porous concrete as a method for CO2 sequestration.Email Professor Swan
Grace Talusan Professor, Department of English
Professor Talusan writes fiction and narrative nonfiction. She teaches expository writing, fiction, and Asian American Literature. She has published prose in Boston Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Colorlines, Tufts Magazine, and The Boston Globe. A recent article includes a piece in the Boston Magazine on the MIT nuclear reactor, which you can read here.Email Professor Talusan 
Shinsuke Tanaka Assistant Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Professor Tanaka studies development economics with a focus on environment and public health. Broadly, he is interested in the interactions between environment and human and economic activities, and how it affects economic development in low income countries. Currently, he is investigating how environmental regulations in China have impacted air pollution and infant mortality. Professor Tanaka also advises students as a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.Email Professor Tanaka
Richard Vogel Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Vogel’s current research program highlights the areas of watershed modeling and management, water quality, regional hydrology, environmental statistics and the new field of hydromorphology. Hydromorphology deals with improving our understanding of how hydrologic systems have evolved due to anthropogenic influences including climate change, water infrastructure and urbanization. Professor Vogel is Director of the Steering Committee of the WSSS program.Email Professor Vogel
Giovanni Widmer Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Professor Widmer’s current research interests include the molecular biology of protozoan parasites, waterborne pathogens, the genetics of Cryptosporidium parvum, and the analysis of complex microbial populations using high-throughput sequencing. He has published extensively in journals such as Parasite Immunology, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, and the Journal of Water Health. He is a faculty advisor for the WSSS program.Email Professor Widmer