Experts by Expertise: Disasters and Emergency Response

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  • 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


  • 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 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 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 Joana Gaia, University at Buffalo digital security and privacy expert.

    Joana Gaia

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Science and Systems

    Expertise: health information systems; business intelligence; digital security and privacy; data analytics; emergency management; girls and STEM careers

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

  • Head shot of Tracy K. P. Gregg.

    Tracy K. P. Gregg

    Professor and Chair of Geology

    Expertise: volcanology, volcanoes on Mars and Venus, the search for water on Mars, volcanism on the moon, deep-sea eruptions, basaltic lava flows

    Phone: 716-645-4328


  • Head shot of Gregory Homish, University at Buffalo substance use and mental health expert.

    Gregory Homish

    Professor and Chair of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: substance use and misuse; substance use among military personnel; substance use and families; emergency preparedness and response; health of emergency responders

    Phone: 716-829-6959


  • Head shot of Dave Hostler, University at Buffalo human performance expert.

    Dave Hostler

    Chair of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

    Expertise: effect of diving on human health; environmental physiology; hyperthermia; hypothermia; firefighter and emergency responder health and safety

    Phone: 716-829-6795


  • 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 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


  • 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 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 Charlotte Lindqvist, University at Buffalo evolutionary biology expert.

    Joann Sands

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Expertise: disaster response education and training; emergency preparedness and management; the role of nurses in disasters

    Phone: 716-829-2342


  • Head shot of Natalie Simpson, University at Buffalo emergency management and supply chain expert.

    Natalie Simpson

    Chair of Operations Management and Strategy

    Expertise: emergency services and disaster response; supply chain risk and resilience; creative and temporary operations; complex networks

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

  • Photo of Nallan Suresh.

    Nallan Suresh

    UB Distinguished Professor and Chair of Operations Management and Strategy

    Expertise: global supply networks; supply chain disruptions; U.S. and global manufacturing; international trade; logistics; infrastructure; economic development

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

  • Head shot of Greg A. Valentine.

    Greg A. Valentine

    UB Distinguished Professor of Geology

    Expertise: volcanoes, volcanic eruptions, disaster preparedness, supervolcanoes

    Phone: 716-645-4295


  • John Violanti at night in front of a blurred police car with lights on.

    John M. Violanti

    Research Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

    Expertise: police stress, health and suicide; PTSD

    Phone: 716-829-5481


  • Head shot of Andrew Whittaker.

    Andrew Whittaker

    SUNY Distinguished Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: earthquake engineering; seismic protective systems; blast engineering; bridge engineering; infrastructure; design and assessment of nuclear power plants; performance-based engineering; risk engineering

    Phone: 716-645-4364


  • Head shot of Janet Yang, University at Buffalo health, science, environmental and risk communication expert.

    Janet Yang

    Professor of Communication

    Expertise: science, health, environmental and risk communication

    Phone: 716-645-1169