Experts by Expertise: Climate Change

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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 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


  • Head shot of Irus Braverman, University at Buffalo wildlife, conservation and environmental law expert.

    Irus Braverman

    Professor of Law

    Expertise: laws governing animals, zoos, wildlife, coral reefs, extinction and climate change law, law and society, law and conservation, law and the environment, environmental justice in Israel/Palestine

    Phone: 716-645-3030


  • Head shot of Jason Briner.

    Jason Briner

    Professor of Geology

    Expertise: climate change, sea level rise, glaciers, ice sheets, Greenland Ice Sheet, Arctic environmental change

    Phone: 716-645-4326


  • Portrait of Michel Bruneau.

    Michel Bruneau

    SUNY Distinguished Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: disaster resilience, multi-hazard engineering, design of infrastructure to resist extreme events, earthquake engineering, design of steel structures, structural engineering

    Phone: (716) 645-3398


  • Portrait of Holly Buck, University at Buffalo environmental policy and climate change policy expert.

    Holly Jean Buck

    Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability

    Expertise: environmental policy, climate change policy, geoengineering, carbon capture, climate adaptation, environmental justice

    Phone: 716-645-0135


  • 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


  • Head shot of Beata Csatho.

    Beata Csatho

    Professor of Geology

    Expertise: climate change, sea level rise, Greenland Ice Sheet, Antarctic ice loss, glaciers, remote sensing, using satellite data and laser altimetry to measure the Earth

    Phone: 716-645-4325


  • Portrait of Nick DiFrancesco.

    Nick DiFrancesco
    Assistant Teaching Professor of Geology

    Expertise: rocks and minerals, the geology of Mars and the Moon, lava flows, science education and outreach

    Phone: 716-645-4864


  • Portrait of Negar Elhami-Khorasani, University at Buffalo structural fire engineering and wildland urban interface expert.

    Negar Elhami-Khorasani

    Associate Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: structural fire engineering, wildfires in wildland-urban interface communities, fire following earthquake, multi-hazard engineering, disaster resilience

    Phone: 716-645-3019


  • 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


  • Head shot of Trevor Krabbenhoft, University at Buffalo faculty expert on fish ecology, aquatic ecosystems and invasive species.

    Trevor Krabbenhoft

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

    Expertise: fish ecology (especially in rivers and lakes), genomics, evolutionary biology, invasive species, climate change, Great Lakes

    Phone: 716-645-4934


  • Head shot of Howard Lasker, University at Buffalo coral reef expert.

    Howard Lasker

    Professor Emeritus of Environment and Sustainability

    Expertise: coral reefs; coral bleaching; climate change and oceans

    Phone: 716-645-4870


  • Portrait of Y. Chris Li, University at Buffalo electrochemistry and waste conversion expert.

    Y. Chris Li

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Expertise: electrochemistry, waste conversion, transforming greenhouse gases into useful products, chemistry of CO2, plastics

    Phone: 716-645-4285


  • Portrait of Charlotte Lindqvist.

    Charlotte Lindqvist

    Professor of Biological Sciences

    Expertise: evolutionary biology, evolution of polar bears, hybridization of polar bears and brown bears, genomics

    Phone: 716-645-4986


  • Portrait of Pauline Mendola, University at Buffalo pediatric and reproductive health expert.

    Pauline Mendola

    Professor and Chair of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

    Expertise: chronic diseases in pregnancy; environmental factors impacting reproductive and pediatric health; health effects of air pollution and extreme temperatures

    Phone: 716-829-5356


  • Portrait of Sayanti Mukherjee, University at Buffalo predictive analytics and critical infrastructure systems expert.

    Sayanti Mukherjee

    Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Expertise: resilient sociotechnical systems, predictive analytics, risk-informed decision-making, public health and health care, electrical grid and energy, climate change impact assessment

    Phone: 716-645-4699


  • Portrait of Sophie Nowicki, University at Buffalo ice sheets and sea level rise expert.

    Sophie Nowicki

    SUNY Empire Innovation Professor of Geology

    Expertise: climate change, ice sheet modeling, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, glaciers, sea level rise

    Phone: 716-645-4335


  • 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 Nicholas Rajkovich, University at Buffalo climate change expert.

    Nicholas Rajkovich

    Associate Professor of Architecture

    Expertise: climate change and cities; climate adaptation in the Great Lakes region; energy efficiency; renewable energy; climate refuge cities

    Phone: 716-829-6910



  • Head shot of Adam Rome, University at Buffalo environmental history and environmental movements expert.

    Adam Rome

    Professor of Environment and Sustainability

    Expertise: environmental movement in the U.S., environmental history, Earth Day, sustainable business, suburban sprawl

    Phone: 716-645-8665


  • Inho Suk.

    Inho Suk

    Associate Professor of Accounting and Law

    Expertise: corporate voluntary disclosures; accounting fraud; environmental, social and governance (ESG) accounting; mergers and acquisitions (consolidation) accounting; executive and employee turnover; accounting-marketing interface

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

  • Portrait of Kang Sun, University at Buffalo air pollution and climate change expert.

    Kang Sun

    Assistant Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: air pollution, greenhouse gases, climate change, remote sensing, molecular spectroscopy

    Phone: 716-645-6167


  • 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 Aditya Vedantam, University at Buffalo sustainable sourcing and corporate sustainability expert.

    Aditya Vedantam

    Associate Professor of Operations Management and Strategy

    Expertise: sustainability in operations and supply chains; clean energy technologies; recycling; recycled content claims, including for plastics; apparel and other resale markets; eco-certifications

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