Academic Directors

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Linda M. Abriola

Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment

In addition to her role as the Director of TIE, Linda is a University Professor at Tufts University, where she holds appointments in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. From 2003 to 2015, she served as the Dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering.  Prior to joining Tufts, Dr. Abriola was the Horace Williams King Collegiate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.  An expert in the characterization, transport, fate, and recovery/destruction of contaminants in the subsurface, Professor Abriola is the author of more than 150 refereed publications and has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including her recent appointment as a US State Department Science Envoy. Among her numerous professional activities, she has served as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board, the NAE governing Council, the National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee, the National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, and the National Research Council Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Dr. Abriola received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University, all in Civil Engineering.





John Durant

Director, Water: Systems, Science, and Society
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tufts University School of Engineering

Tim Griffin Timothy Griffin

Steering Committee Member, Water: Systems, Science, and Society
Director, Agriculture, Food and Environment Program
Associate Professor, The Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy

David Gute

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tufts University School of Engineering

colin orians Colin Orians

Director, Environmental Studies Program
Professor, Department of Biology
Tufts University School of Arts & Sciences

chris whittier Chris Whittier

Director, Master of Science in Conservation Medicine (MCM) Program
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

For an interview with TIE’s Previous Co-Directors, please see here.