Current Membership

Karen McGlathery (Lead) is a Professor of Environmental Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on dynamics of ecosystem state change in shallow coastal systems, and the roles of climate change, eutrophication, and species invasions in driving these changes. Her research group is the first to show the effects of large-scale seagrass habitat restoration on the provision of ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration and water quality improvement ( Since 2004, McGlathery has served as Director of the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research (VCR LTER) program, based at UVA’s Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, which is currently funded at $6 million. The VCR LTER is one of 25 in the National Science Foundation's flagship program to study long-term change in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. With colleagues from 6 other universities and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), she has raised another $4 million in federal funding for coastal resilience research. This includes developing the TNC Coastal Resilience decision-support tool, and interdisciplinary research linking socio-economic and ecological models of future change in coastal systems. She worked with Learmonth from the Batten School on the Louisiana Coastal Resilience Game. McGlathery has served as part-time Associate Vice President for Research since 2014. She convened the Resilience Forum in May 2015, and collaborated with Willis Jenkins (Religious Studies)and Michael Livermore (Law) in organizing the Environmental Humanities Symposium in 2015-2016. McGlathery serves on the LTER Network Science Council, the Foundation of the State Arboretum Board of the Directors, and is Associate Editor of the journal Ecosystems.

Jonathan Cannon is Blaine T. Phillips Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and director of the Law School's Environmental and Land Use Law Program. Prior to joining the Law School faculty in 1998, he served in a number of senior positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including general counsel (1995-98) and assistant administrator for administration and resources management (1992-95). Prior to his work with the EPA, he was in the private practice of environmental law. Cannon has written on watershed law, institutional design for environmental protection, and climate change culture, politics and law; he is the author of a recent book,"Environment in the Balance: The Green Movement and the Supreme Court." Cannon co-teaches several interdisciplinary courses with colleagues from the College of Arts and Sciences, includingclimate change, environmental ethics, and environmental literature and law. Cannon was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on America’s Climate Choices (2009-11). He sits on the Advisory Board of the Policy Integrity Institute and recently completed a second term on the National Academy of Sciences’ Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology

Andres Clarens is Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on developing engineering strategies that mitigate the impacts of existing fossil fuel-driven energy infrastructure via geological sequestration and storage of CO2. He directs the Virginia Environmentally Sustainable Technologies Laboratory (VESTlab) that develops expertise in the complex behavior that will enable the reuse, transport, and storage of CO2 or CO2 mixtures. His current projects include: 1) developing fundamental understanding of how CO2 rises through aquifers as a means to estimate and predict leakage pathways for storage of CO2 in the deep subsurface; 2) algae-base CO2 sequestration and bio-based feedstock research using life-cycle assessment tools; and 3) creating new technology for 16 delivering mixtures of lubricants and gas to improve energy efficiency and reduce lubricant consumption. Clarens has been a faculty advisor for Engineering Without Borders since 2009, and was
a University Teaching Fellow in 2010-2011. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UVA and his M.E. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Jon Goodall is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Goodall’s research interests include water resources engineering, stormwater management, flood and drought modeling, hydroinformatics, and the application of geographic information systems (GIS) for water resources. He serves as Assistant Director of the Link Lab. The Link Lab was created as part of a new initiative at UVa to create a collaborative world-class center of research excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). The lab hosts a unique, collaborative cohort of researchers dedicated to solving the most critical problems at the intersection of the cyber and physical worlds, including smart cities. It is committed to cross-cutting research applied to real world problems like recurrent flooding in coastal cities due to sea-level rise and climate change.

Willis Jenkins is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is one of the Mellon hires in Environmental Humanities. Jenkins studies how religious traditions interpret social questions, with a particular interest in intersections of religious ethics and environmental questions. He is the author of two award-winning books: Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology (Oxford 2008), which won a Templeton Award for Theological Promise, and The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity (Georgetown 2013), which won an American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion. He teaches related courses on global ethics and climate change, on environmental ethics, and on agrarianism. Jenkins also initially proposed and currently convenes the Environmental Humanities Colloquium.

Jenny Roe is Mary Irene DeShong Professor and Director, Center for Design and Public Health. She is the DeShong Professor in Design and Health and Director of the Center for Design and Health, School of Architecture. Prof. Roe is an environmental psychologist and brings research expertise in how the environment intersects with human health and well-being. Much of her recent research has focused on what aspects of city living can best buffer stress and help foster coping behaviors that support health resilience. She currently holds grants that explore human flourishing and place interactions in ageing populations and in deprived communities living with high-level stressors. On Grounds she is building an interdisciplinary collaboration that is designed to develop a new synergistic model of health resilience and transform thinking about health. Prof. Roe delivers graduate level courses in Healthy Cities and the Psychology of Environment and Space. She is currently supervising four Ph.D. students on topics relating to human well-being and environmental attributes that cross the lifespan.

William Sherman is a Professor of Architecture, Associate Vice President for Research, and the founding director of OpenGrounds. As a practicing architect and academic leader, his work ranges from the exploration of fundamental principles underlying sustainable and resilient architecture, to the design and programming of spaces for collaboration that build new networks across disciplinary boundaries. He is a member of the executive committee of the Alliance for the Arts at Research Universities, a national organization of leading universities. His design work has been published widely, receiving numerous awards from American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He was a principal collaborator in the multi-disciplinary development of the UVA Bay Game, a participatory simulation of the interaction between social and 17 ecological systems in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. He has taught a core course in the architecture curriculum, 'Systems, Sites and Building', for over 15 years.

Mark White is Associate Professor in the McIntire School of Commerce. Professor White’s academic expertise is in the areas of corporate finance and sustainable business practices. He teaches financial management in the School’s ICE program and the McIntire Business Institute, and has developed and taught numerous courses at the McIntire School of Commerce and the Darden School of Business addressing business’s relationship with the natural environment. Professor White is actively involved in several collaborative research projects related to sustainable business, including efforts to model the environmental and financial implications of manufacturing biodiesel from microalgae, and the UVA Bay Game, an interactive simulation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Professor White believes an international experience is a “must” for a well-rounded education. He has led study-abroad trips to more than 30 countries over the past 10 years. A former Fulbright scholar, he speaks fluent German and currently holds a visiting professorship in environmental economics at the Technische Universität Dresden. Professor White has sailed twice with UVA's Semester at Sea program and serves as co-chair of the UVA Sustainability Committee.


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