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 list of faculty that we have worked with and who support our initiatives.
- School of Arts and Sciences & School of Engineering
|Art, Art History, and Galleries||English|
|Chemical and Biological Engineering||Political Science|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering||Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning|
- Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
- Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
- Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
- Tufts School of Medicine
Professor Bishara’s research integrates and dissects political and physical borders and barriers, water and the environment, journalism as knowledge production, the Middle East, and ethnography of place. She is also a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
Art, Art History, and Galleries
Professor, Invertebrate Zoology and Marine BiologyProfessor 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.
Professor, Avian Ecology and Conservation 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.
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.
Chemical and Biological Engineering Department
ProfessorProfessor 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 TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society, as a faculty advisor.
ProfessorProfessor 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.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate ProfessorProfessor Chudyk is interested in ground water monitoring and the treatment of drinking water and wastewater. He is also a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
Associate ProfessorProfessor 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 and a Steering Committee member for TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
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 graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
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 TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society at Tufts. For more information on Professor Islam, please see his departmental website.
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 TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
ProfessorDr. 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 TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
Professor and Department Chair
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 forTIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
Dr. Swan’s current research interests are in engineering education, waste reuse, and unique soil behaviors. Research projects include the impacts of community engagement on the education of engineering students, the plausibility of using service-based pedagogues to teach sustainable engineering concepts, and the reuse of fly ash from coal burning facilities with waste plastics. The latter of which has led to the development of synthetic lightweight aggregate–a new, innovative construction material that can be used in place of traditional sand and gravel with potential use as a method for carbon dioxide sequestration.
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.
ProfessorProfessor 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.
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 TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
Political Science Department
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Professor and Chair
Professor Agyeman is both an ecologist/bio-geographer 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, Op-Eds and articles in professional magazines and journals. Additionally, Professor Agyeman is a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
Dr. Davis is an economist by training who focuses her research on environmental health issues including air pollution, occupational health, children’s health, and biostatistics. Interested in the nexus between changes in economic and environmental exposure, Dr. Davis has recently been working on a project in Haiti to improve working conditions in Hatian factories. She is the chair of a National Academy of Sciences research panel investigating the effect of noise on children’s learning outcomes. She is a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
Professor Hollander studies role of planning and public policy in managing land use and environmental changes associated with economic decline and shrinking cities. He has worked in land use and environmental planning at the local, regional, and federal levels, most recently for the Public Buildings Service of the U.S. General Services Administration as a Presidential Management Fellow. He is also interested in the intersection between technology and planning using virtual, Internet-based communities as laboratories, and is regularly called upon as an expert for a variety of media sources on urban issues.
Professor Krimsky’s research has focused on the intersections of science and technology, ethics and values, and public policy. At TIE, he is a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society. Professor Krimsky also serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Responsible Genetics, a Fellow of the Hastings Center on Bioethics, and on Committee A of the American Association of University Professors. He has published over 180 essays and reviews that have appeared in many books and journals.
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.
Barbara Parmenter teaches Geographical Information Systems (“GIS”) courses in the Fletcher School and the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, in addition to a course on the history of urban policy in the United States. 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 TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
LecturerAnn 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 co-directs the Tufts Climate Initiative, the university commitment to meet or beat the emission reductions associated with the Kyoto Protocol. Additionally, she is on the Steering Committee for TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
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. 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.
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Population HealthDr. 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 and Department Chair
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.
ProfessorProfessor 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 TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Professor, Energy and Environmental Policy
Director, Center for International Environment & Resource Policy
Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China. From June 2014-September 2015 she served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office at the U.S. State Department. 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.
Professor and Director, The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP)
William Moomaw 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.
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 TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Professor Cash is an economist whose research includes consumer interest in environmental aspects of food, invasive species management in food trade, and tradeoffs between various goals in food regulation. A theme throughout his research is the impact of food, environment, and agricultural policy and intervention on consumers and producers.
Professor and Director
Agriculture, Food, and Environment MS Program
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 TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society, as a Steering Committee member.
Professor and Program Director
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 effectiveness of exit strategies for US food assistance programs; the assessment of vulnerability to food insecurity and malnutrition in Latin America; and reviewing the quality, micro-nutrient content, and systems of procurement and delivery of fortified, enriched, and blended foods provided through under US food assistance’s Title II. Furthermore, Professor Rogers is a faculty advisor for TIE’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Water: Systems, Science, and Society.