Experts by Expertise: Extreme Weather

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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 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 Anne B. Curtis.

    Anne B. Curtis

    SUNY Distinquished Professor

    Expertise: heart health, heart rhythm abnormalities, atrial fibrillation, cardiac devices, pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators, cardiac problems in winter

    Phone: 716-859-4828


  • 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 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 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 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


  • 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


  • Portrait of Riana R. Pryor, University at Buffalo heat, exercise and athlete safety expert.

    Riana R. Pryor

    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

    Expertise: heat and exercise; heat illness, including heat stroke; hydration; high school sports and athlete safety; occupational safety; exercise physiology

    Phone: 716-829-5456


  • 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 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

  • 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