Experts by Expertise: Buffalo/Western New York

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  • Head shot of John D. Atkinson, University at Buffalo sustainability and air pollution expert.

    John D. Atkinson

    Associate Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution control, materials science and engineering, adsorption, life-cycle assessment

    Phone: 716-645-4001


  • Head shot of Joseph Atkinson.

    Joseph Atkinson

    Director of the Great Lakes Program

    Expertise: Great Lakes water levels, flooding and water pollution

    Phone: 716-645-2220


  • Head shot of Elizabeth Bowen.

    Elizabeth Bowen

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: homelessness, health issues affecting homeless populations, recovery from alcohol and other drug problems

    Phone: 716-645-1258


  • Head shot of Ian Bradley, University at Buffalo wastewater treatment and algal bloom expert.

    Ian Bradley

    Assistant Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering 

    Expertise: wastewater treatment, algae, algal blooms in the Great Lakes and elsewhere

    Phone: 716-645-4004


  • Portrait of Susan Spierre Clark, University at Buffalo sustainability, climate change, infrastructure and community resilience expert.

    Susan Spierre Clark

    Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability

    Expertise: climate change and sustainable development; resilient infrastructure; power outages due to extreme events; sustainability education; community resilience

    Phone: 716-645-1403


  • Portrait of Shawn J. Donahue, University at Buffalo elections, political science and Constitutional law expert.

    Shawn J. Donahue

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Expertise: voting rights, redistricting, gerrymandering, state and local politics (including New York State and Buffalo-area politics), campaigns, elections, civil liberties, Constitutional law, election law

    Phone: 716-645-8446


  • Head shot of Tildabeth Doscher, University at Buffalo addiction medicine and substance use treatment expert.

    Tildabeth Doscher

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

    Expertise: addiction medicine, substance use treatment, opioid epidemic, methadone

    Phone: 716-829-6775. Doscher can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or


  • Head shot of Stuart Evans, University at Buffalo weather, climate and atmospheric science expert.

    Stuart M. Evans

    Assistant Professor of Geography

    Expertise: climate change, dust and dust storms, weather, atmospheric science, precipitation, monsoons, lake effect snow

    Phone: 716-645-0491


  • Portrait of Venu Govindaraju.

    Venu Govindaraju

    Vice President for Research and Economic Development

    Expertise: artificial intelligence, including document analysis recognition, machine learning, pattern recognition, biometrics and generative AI

    Phone: 716-645-3321


  • Portrait of Donald A. Grinde Jr., University at Buffalo Native American studies expert.

    Donald A. Grinde Jr.

    Professor Emeritus in the Department of Africana and American Studies

    Expertise: Native American studies, Native American thought, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois history, U.S. Indian Policy since 1871, American Indian activism

    Phone: 716-645-0828


  • Portrait of Isok Kim, University at Buffalo mental health and refugee-related trauma expert.

    Isok Kim

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: mental health and wellbeing among Asian Americans; refugee-related trauma; post-resettlement challenges; culturally responsive mental health services

    Phone: 716-645-1252


  • Portrait of Wooksoo Kim, University at Buffalo immigration and refugee resettlement expert.

    Wooksoo Kim

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: immigration; refugee resettlement, acculturation; social determinants of health of Asian immigrants; community-based participatory research

    Phone: 716-645-1227


  • Portrait of Joan Linder, University at Buffalo art and drawing expert. Copyright Liz Linder Photography.

    Joan Linder

    Professor of Art

    Expertise: drawing, consumption and mass production, mundane objects, modern life, Love Canal and other toxic sites, environmental art, feminist art, power, public art

    Phone: 716-645-0539


  • Portrait of David A. Mmilling, University at Buffalo medical education expert.

    David A. Milling

    Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    Expertise: medical education; clinical skills; multicultural affairs and cultural competency in medicine; diversity in the medical profession

    Phone: 716-829-2802


    Contact: Milling can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or

  • Head shot of Thomas Murdock, University at Buffalo startups and entrepreneurship expert.

    Thomas Murdock

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

    Expertise: emerging entrepreneurship, business incubation, economic development (particularly technology-based), startups as economic drivers, startup business plans/business models, customer discovery, social entrepreneurship

    Contact: Thomas Murdock can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or

  • Head shot of Heather Orom, University at Buffalo health disparities expert.

    Heather Orom

    Associate Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: health disparities, illness risk perception

    Phone: 716-829- 6682


  • Portrait of Kelly Patterson, University at Buffalo housing and urban development expert.

    Kelly Patterson

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: social welfare policy; cannabis policy; residential segregation; fair housing; gentrification; homelessness; poverty and economic inequality; race and class

    Phone: 716-645-1248


  • Head shot of Kristin Poinar, UB faculty expert on ice sheets and climate change.

    Kristin Poinar

    Assistant Professor of Geology

    Expertise: climate change, Greenland Ice Sheet, ice sheet modeling, sea level rise, Antarctica, Great Lakes ice cover

    Phone: 716-645-4286


  • Head shot of Samina Raja.

    Samina Raja

    Professor of Urban and Regional Planning 

    Expertise: food access, food systems planning, food and urban planning, local government food policy

    Phone: 716-829-5881


  • Head shot of Adel Sadek.

    Adel Sadek

    Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: traffic, traffic at border-crossings, traffic in bad weather, smart cities, electric, autonomous and conventional vehicles

    Phone: 716-645-4367


  • Head shot of Robert G. Shibley.

    Robert G. Shibley

    SUNY Distinguished Professor

    Expertise: urban design and planning, urban revitalization, postindustrial cities, Buffalo and Western New York, the Rust Belt

    Phone: 716-829-3981


    Contact: Shibley can also be reached through David Hill in UB Media Relations (716-645-4651, or Rachel Teaman in the School of Architecture and Planning (716-829-3794,

  • Head shot of Robert Silverman, University at Buffalo affordable housing and gentrification expert.

    Robert Silverman

    Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

    Expertise: shrinking cities, fair housing, affordable housing, licensing and siting of cannabis dispensaries, gentrification, community development, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods

    Phone: 716-829-5882


  • Portrait of Jennifer Surtees, University at Buffalo genomics and genetics expert.

    Jennifer A. Surtees

    Professor of Biochemistry

    Expertise: genomes, genetic diversity, DNA, science communication, COVID-19 genomic surveillance and genetic variants

    Phone: 716-829-6083


  • Head shot of Henry-Louis Taylor Jr., University at Buffalo urban development and gentrification expert.

    Henry-Louis Taylor Jr.

    Director of the Center for Urban Studies

    Expertise: urban development, housing, gentrification, underdeveloped neighborhoods, shrinking cities, race and class, U.S.-Cuba relations

    Phone: 716-829-5458


  • Head shot of Elizabeth, University at Buffalo faculty expert on climate change and precipitation.

    Elizabeth K. Thomas

    Associate Professor of Geology

    Expertise: climate change, Arctic ice sheets, precipitation, lake effect snow, sea level rise, monsoons

    Phone: 716-645-4329


  • Head shot of Lillian S. Williams, University at Buffalo U.S. social and urban history expert.

    Lillian S. Williams

    Associate Professor of Africana and American Studies

    Expertise: U.S. social and urban history; African American history in the U.S. and Western New York; women’s history

    Phone: 716-645-0798


  • Portrait of Annette Wysocki.

    Annette Wysocki

    Dean of the School of Nursing

    Expertise: wound care, delayed healing in chronic wounds, federal funding of nursing programs, media representation of nurses, ethical guidelines.

    Phone: 716-829-3308