BSEC researchers and partners talk during our January 12, 2023 kick off meeting

BSEC is a collaborative research project that is made up of nine research institutions, community groups, non-profits, and city agencies in Baltimore. Below is a list of team members, their affiliations, and work areas.

Institutional PIs

Ben Zaitchik, Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

James Hunter, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, Morgan State University

Claire Welty, Professor, Environmental Engineering, UMBC

Ken Davis, Professor, Atmospheric and Climate Science, Penn State

Michael Waring, Professor, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel

Dan Ricciuto, Research Staff Member, Environmental Sciences, Oak Ridge National Lab

Jiazhen Ling, Researcher, Mechanical Engineering, NREL

Larry Band, Professor, Environmental Science, University of Virginia

Peter Groffman, Microbial Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, City University of New York


Equitable Pathways Steering Committee

Ava Richardson, Director, Office of Sustainability, City of Baltimore

Dr. Doris Minor-Terrell, President, New Broadway East Community Association

Kelly Cross, Old Goucher Community Association

Mateusz Rozanski, Old Goucher Community Association

Farmer Chippy, Plantation Park Heights Farm

Terris King, Temple X Schools

Cynthia Gross, CARE Neighborhood Association

Ballington Kinlock, Resident member, East Baltimore

Matt Oberdier, Resident member, East Baltimore

Alex Smith, Division St. Landscaping


Collaborators

Ava Richardson, Director, Office of Sustainability, City of Baltimore

Kim Grove, Chief, Office of Research and Environmental Protection, Department of Public Works, City of Baltimore

Dr. Doris Minor-Terrell, President, New Broadway East Community Association

Kelly Cross and Mateusz Rozanski, Old Goucher Community Association

Melissa Finucane, Senior Social and Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation and MARISA

Alice Volpitta, Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, Blue Water Baltimore


Core Project Leaders

Mike Bader, Associate Professor, Sociology; Director, 21st Century Cities Initiative, Johns Hopkins University

Mac McComas, Senior Program Manager, 21st Century Cities Initiative, Johns Hopkins University; Project Manager, BSEC

Tonya Sanders, Associate Professor, Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning, Morgan State University; Senior Engagement Lead, BSEC

Antonia Hadjimichael, Assistant Professor, Geosciences, Penn State University; Decision Science Lead, BSEC


Theme Team Leads

Atmospheric Dynamics: Ying Pan (PSU) and Darryn Waugh (JHU)

Water and Water Quality: Shirley Clark (PSU), Larry Band (UVA), and Claire Welty (UMBC)

Vegetation, Soils, and Ecosystems: Meghan Avolio (JHU), Peter Groffman (CUNY), Dan Ricciuto (ORNL)

Data and Software Management: Chris E. Forest (PSU) and Yaxing Wei (ORNL)

Community Engagement: Samia Kirchner (MSU), Genee Smith (JHU), and Lisa Iulo (PSU)

Greenhouse Gases: Scot Miller (JHU) and Jon Duncan (PSU)

Buildings and Energy: Rahman Azari (PSU) and Wangda Zuo (PSU)

Health: Meredith McCormack (JHU), Kirsten Koehler (JHU), Kristin Sznajder (PSU)

Air Quality: Peter DeCarlo (JHU)


Personnel by Institution

Johns Hopkins University

Darryn Waugh, Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences

Meghan Avolio, Assistant Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences

Genee Smith, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health & Engineering

Scot Miller, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health & Engineering

Meredith McCormack, Associate Professor, Environmental Health & Engineering

Kirsten Koehler, Associate Professor, Environmental Health & Engineering

Peter DeCarlo, Associate Professor, Environmental Health & Engineering

Mike Bader, Associate Professor, Sociology

Ben Zaitchik, Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Mac McComas, Senior Program Manager, 21st Century Cities Initiative

Kathy Szlavecz, Research Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Jaime Madrigano, Associate Professor, Environmental Health and Engineering

Ben Hobbs, Theodore M. and Kay W. Schad Professor, Environmental Management

Mahdad Talebpour, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Bianca Corpuz, Graduate Student, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Ali Eyni, Graduate Student, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Mahmoud Osman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Morgan State University

James Hunter, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

Tonya Sanders, Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning

Samia Kirchner, Associate Professor, Urban Design

Celeste Chavis, Associate Professor, Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies

Chunlei Fan, Professor, Biology

Yi Liu, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Richard Damoah, Assistant Professor, Physics

Donghee Kang, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Xiaowen Li, Senior Research Scientist, Earth Sciences Technology and Research

UMBC

Claire Welty, Professor, Environmental Engineering

Andy Miller, Professor, Geography & Environmental Systems

John Lagrosa, Environmental Data Manager, Urban Environmental Research and Education

Mary McWilliams, Staff Research Assistant, Urban Environmental Research and Education

Oak Ridge National Lab

Dan Ricciuto, Group Leader, Earth Systems Modeling

Yaxing Wei, Lead Scientist, ORNL DAAC

University of Virginia

Larry Band, Professor, Environmental Science

Roy Zhang, Ph.D Candidate, Environmental Sciences

Drexel University

Michael Waring, Professor, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

Bryan Cummings, Research Scientist, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

NREL

Jiazhen Ling, Research Engineer, Mechanical Engineering

US Forest Service

Morgan Grove, Research Forester, Urban Forests, Human Health, and Environmental Quality

MICA

Katie O’Meara, Registered Architect and Researcher, Architectural Design

City University of New York and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Peter Groffman, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Penn State University

Ken Davis, Professor, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Ying Pan, Assistant Professor, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Shirley Clark, Program Chair, Civil Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Chris E. Forest, Professor, Climate Dynamics

Lisa Iulo, Associate Professor, Architecture

Jon Duncan, Assistant Professor, Hydrology

Rahman Azari, Associate Professor, Architecture

Wangda Zuo, Professor and Associate Director, Research of Global Building Network

Kristin Sznajder, Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences

Antonia Hadjimichael, Assistant Professor, Geosciences

Kelly Lombardo, Associate Professor, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Lauren McPhillips, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Natasha Miles, Research Professor, Meteorology & Atmospheric Science

Ray Najjar, Professor, Oceanography

Rob Nicholas, Associate Research Professor, Earth and Mineral Sciences

Esther Obonyo, Associate Professor, Architectural Engineering

Scott Richardson, Research Professor, Meteorology & Atmospheric Science

Hong Wu, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

Colin Zarzycki, Assistant Professor, Meteorology and Climate Dynamics

Rebecca Bascom, Professor, Medicine

Mahsa Adib, Ph.D. Candidate, Landscape Architecture

Tasneem Tariq, Grauate Assistant, Architecture

Eliott Foust, Ph.D. Graduate Student, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Jason Horne, Ph.D. Graduate Student, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Ismaila Diallo, Assistant Research Professor, Earth Science Modeling, Analysis, and Data

Erica Smithwick, Distinguished Professor, Geography and Ecology

Tieyuan Zhu, Associate Professor, Geosciences

Meetpal Kukal, Assistant Research Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Alfonso Mejia, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lilliard Richardson, Professor and Director, Public Policy

Maria Hermann, Associate Research Professor, Marine Biogeochemistry

Xianbiao Hu, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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