Faculty & Staff Notes - Fall 2013

In Print - Recent publications by Nicholas School faculty or staff

Bryan W. Clark, postdoctoral associate

  • “Compound- and Mixture-Specific Differences in Resistance to PAHs and PCB-126 Among Fundulus heteroclitus Subpopulations Throughout the Elizabeth River Estuary (Virginia, USA),” Environmental Science and Technology, 2013 (lead author w/E.M. Cooper, H.M. Stapleton, and R.T. Di Giulio)

Charlotte Clark, lecturer and faculty director in sustainability education

  • “An Exploration of Future Trends in Environmental Education Research,“ Environmental Education Research, 2013 (coauthor)

Richard DiGiulio, professor of environmental toxicology

  • “Ecotoxicology,”  In: Klaassen, C.D., ed. Casarett and Doull’s Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons, 8th edition, McGraw-Hill, N.Y., 2013 (coauthor w/ M.C. Newman)

Timothy Johnson, associate professor of the practice in energy and the environment

  • “Advancing Sustainable Bioenergy: Evolving Stakeholder Interests and the Relevance of Research,” Environmental Management, 2013 (lead author)
  • “Integration of Agricultural and Energy System Models for Biofuel Assessment,” Environmental Modeling and Software, 2013 (coauthor)
  • “Comparing Scales of Environmental Effects from Gasoline and Ethanol Production,” Environmental Management, 2013 (coauthor)

Tewodros Rango Godebo, postdoctoral associate 

  • “Mobilization of Arsenic and Other Naturally Occurring Contaminants in Groundwater of the Main Ethiopian Rift Aquifers,” Water Research Journal, 2013 (lead author w/A. Vengosh, G. Dwyer et al.)

Michelle Nowlin, supervising attorney and senior lecturing fellow

  • “Sustainable Production of Swine: Putting Lipstick on a Pig?” In: Vermont Law Review, Vol. 37:1079, 2013 

Stuart L. Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

  • “Achieving the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Goals for Plant Conservation,” Science, September 2013 (coauthor)
  • “Global Patterns of Terrestrial Vertebrate Diversity and Conservation,” PNAS, June 2013 (coauthor)

John R. Poulsen, assistant professor of tropical ecology

  • “Ecological Erosion of an Afrotropical Forest and Potential Consequences for Tree Recruitment and Forest Biomass,” Biological Conservation, 2013 (lead author w/C.J.Clark et al.) 
  • “Roles of Seed and Establishment Limitation in Determining Patterns of Afrotropical Tree Recruitment,” PLoS ONE, May 2013 (coauthor w/C.Clark et al)
  • “Inorganic Carbon Speciation and Fluxes in the Congo River,” Geophysical Research Letters, 2013 (coauthor)

Curtis J. Richardson, professor of resource ecology, and director, Duke University Wetland Center

  • Methods in Biogeochemistry of Wetlands, Published by Soil Science Society of America,  co-editor with R.D. DeLaune, K.R. Reddy, and J.P. Megonigal

James Salzman, Samuel F. Mordecai Professor of Law and professor of environmental policy

  • Turning the World Upside Down: How Frames of Reference Shape Environmental Law,” Environmental Law, (coauthor w/M. Doyle)
  • “The Next Generation of Trade and Environment Conflicts: The Rise of Green Industrial Policy,Northwestern Law Review, 2013 (coauthor w/M. Wu)
  • “Endangered Species Protection in a Changing Climate,” Adapting to Climate Change, Carl Bauer and Lance Gunderson, eds., 2013 (coauthor w/C. Parmesan et al.)

Brian Silliman, Rachel Carson Associate Professor of Marine Conservation Biology

  • Marine Community Ecology and Conservation, Sinauer Press, 2013, co-editor with Bertness, M.D., J. Bruno, and J.J. Stachowicz (The leading textbook for graduate level classes in marine ecology.)
  • “Coastal Adaptation with Ecological Engineering,” Nature Climate Change, 2013 (coauthor)

Jennifer Swenson, assistant professor of the practice of geospatial analysis and director of professional studies 

  • “Estimating Above-Ground Carbon Biomass in a Newly Restored coastal Plain Wetland Using Remote Sensing,” PLoS ONE, 2013 (coauthor)

Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality

  • “Isotopic Imprints of Mountaintop Mining Contaminants,” Environmental Science and Technology, 2013, (lead author w/ T.T. Lindberg, B.R. Merola, L. Ruhl, N.R. Warner, A. White, G.S. Dwyer, and R.T. Di Giulio)

Memberships, Appointments, and Awards

Professor of Ecohydrology Marco Marani has been elected to the prestigious Istituo Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti. The Istituto belongs to the circuit of the National Academies worldwide.  Being elected a member is among the highest honors bestowed on European scientists, writers and artists. The ceremony—Adunanza Solenne'—was held May 26 in the Doge's Palace in Venice. (For more: http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/news/marco-marani-elected-to-prestigious-european-science-academy)

Michelle B. Nowlin, supervising attorney and senior lecturing fellow with Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and the Nicholas School, received an award for Outstanding Leadership in Sustainability for her emphasis on sustainable agriculture and food systems in her class “Food and Agricultural Policy and Law.” Nowlin is a participating member on the Duke Campus Farm Board of Advisors. She received the award at Duke’s inaugural Sustainability Awards held in April.

In June, the Center for Sustainability & Commerce at Duke was selected as one of the world’s top sustainable solutions for Sustainia100 an annual guide to innovative solutions from around the world that presents tangible projects, initiatives, and technologies at the forefront of sustainable transformation.  The center, under the direction of Jay Golden, associate professor of the practice for sustainable systems analysis, was selected for the Education Sector of the guide because it “helps close the gap between vision and reality by advancing new knowledge to help businesses innovate. It builds new knowledge on multiple levels and educates students, graduates, and executives from around the world to help businesses meet global sustainability challenges.” Golden says “universities play a critical role in developing and distributing technologies, policies, and industry leaders to address sustainability challenges.”  As part of the Nicholas School of the Environment, the center is dedicated to engaging with industry to serve as a catalyst for creating a new generation of knowledge, solutions, and products that can bring sustainability into the marketplace. 

All 100 solutions selected are nominees for the Sustainia Award, which is given to a solution, technology, or initiative with a significant potential to help build a more sustainable future and honored at an award at ceremony in Copenhagen in November.

In February, Martin D. Smith, Dan and Bunny Gabel Associate Professor of Environmental Economics, began a three-year appointment on the National Academies’ Ocean Studies Board. The board explores the science, policies, and infrastructure needed to understand, manage, and conserve coastal and marine environments and resources. In addition to exercising leadership within the ocean community, the board undertakes studies at the request of federal agencies, Congress, or other sponsors, or upon its own initiative.


Grants of $100,000 or more awarded to faculty in the past six months

Paul A. Baker, professor, NSF, $2,440,000, “FESD Type I: Dynamics of Mountains, Landscapes and Climate Biodiversity Amazon/Andean Forest.”

Martin W. Doyle, professor of river science and policy, Army Corps of Engineers, $200,000, “Reallocation of Reservoir Storage Under Changing Conditions: Climate, Sedimentation, and Environmental Flows.” 

Richard T. Di Giulio, professor of environmental toxicology, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), $1,205,672, “University Program in Environmental Health (a T-32 doctoral training grant);” R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, $286,448, “Leon Goldberg Fellowship in Toxicology” (a post-doctoral training grant).

Pat Halpin, associate professor of marine geospatial ecology, Pew Charitable Trusts, $252,159, Collaborative Research: “Connectivity in Western Atlantic Seep Populations: Oceanographic and Life-History Processes Underlying Genetic Structure”; U.S. Geological Survey, $139,000, “Expanding Biological Data Holdings and Enhancing the Functionality of OBIS-USA for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning.”

Dana E. Hunt, assistant professor microbial ecology, NSF, $99,999, "OCE-RIG: Biological activity on particulate organic material in the coastal ocean." 

Zackary I. Johnson, assistant professor of biological oceanography and marine biotechnology, Cornell University, $331,386, “Large-Scale Production of Fuels and Feed from Marine Microalgae.” 

M. Susan Lozier, Ronie-Richele Garcia-Johnson Professor of Physical Oceanography and Bass Fellow, NSF, $839,163, “Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic-the Labrador basin: Collaborative Research;” NSF, $239,940, “Collaborative Research: Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic-the Irminger and Iceland Basins;” NASA, $95,783, “A Mentoring Workshop for Junior Women in Physical Oceanography.

Richard G. Newell, Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics, Harvard University, $52,167, “Advancing Energy-Efficiency Research, Policy, and Practice.” 

Brad Murray, professor of geomorphology and coastal processes, NSF, $21,843, Collaborative Research: “Sea Level Rise and Vegetation Controls on Deltaic Landform Evolution: A Coupled Experimental and Numeric Modeling Study.”

Michael Orbach, professor of the practice of marine affairs and policy, Oak Foundation, $137,000, “Integrated Program in Marine Conservation with Global Fellows.” 

Douglas P. Nowacek , Repass-Rodgers University Associate Professor of Conservation Technology, Office of Naval Research, $421,450, “A Moored System for Measuring the Temporal Variability of Prey Fields of Deep Diving Predators off Cape Hatteras and Response to Gulf Stream Fronts”; HDR, Inc. by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, $289,266.00, “North Atlantic Right Whale Tagging and Tracking on the Southeast US Calving Grounds.”

Andrew J. Read, Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology, HDR Engineering, Inc., $384,672, “HDR—Marine Mammal Monitoring—supplement.”

Cindy L. Van Dover, Harvey Smith Professor of Biological Oceanography, director, Duke University Marine Laboratory, NSF, $199,694, Collaborative Research: “Connectivity in Western Atlantic Seep Populations: Oceanographic and Life-History Processes Underlying Genetic Structure”; NSF, $141,101, “A SAFE Vessel: Advancing Research Capabilities to the Gulf Stream.”