Advisory Committee

  • Noland, Robert

    Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

    Robert B. Noland is Distinguished Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and serves as the Director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center. He received his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in Energy Management and Environmental Policy. Prior to joining Rutgers University he was Reader in Transport and Environmental Policy at Imperial College London, a Policy Analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency and also conducted post-doctoral research in the Economics Department at the University of California at Irvine. The focus of Dr. Noland’s research is the impacts of transportation planning and policy on both economic and environmental outcomes.


  • Guo, Qizhong (George)

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Qizhong (George) Guo is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  An engineer, Professor Guo investigates green and grey infrastructure to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. 


  • Kopp, Robert

    Earth and Planetary Sciences, Bloustein School

    Robert Kopp is a climate scientist who serves at Rutgers University as a professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and co-director of the University Office of Climate Action.

    He directs the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH), a National Science Foundation-funded, 12-university consortium led by Rutgers University. MACH works within the Philadelphia-New York City-New Jersey region to both 1) facilitate flexible, equitable, and robust multidecadal planning to manage climate risk, and 2) advance the scientific understanding of how interactions among coastal climate hazards, changing landforms, and human decisions shape climate risk.


  • Miller, Kenneth G.

    Earth and Planetary Sciences

    My research focuses on reconstructing the history of sea-level change on all time scales from 100+ million year to the last few thousand years. I am interested in projections of sea level rise in this century and its effects particularly on New Jersey.

  • Robinson, David

    State Climatologist - Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist

    Dr. David A. Robinson is a climatologist and geographer with research interests in the earth’s cryosphere, particularly hemispheric and regional snow cover dynamics and interactions of snow cover with other climate elements. He maintains the longest (55year) satellite-derived database of snow cover extent over Northern Hemisphere lands and was the first to identify the progressively early loss of spring snow cover in middle and high latitudes in the late 20th century.

  • Lutz, Richard

    Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

    Dr. Richard A. Lutz studies the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Since the first biological expedition to these unique ecosystems in 1979, Dr. Lutz has spent countless hours on the bottom exploring thermal vents throughout the world's oceans in a variety of deep-diving submersibles.

    Observations made during the course of Dr. Lutz's ongoing studies in this unique "natural deep-sea laboratory" are dramatically altering our views of the rates at which many biological and geological processes are occurring on the face of the planet.


  • Shwom, Rachael

    Human Ecology, Sociology, Bloustein School of Planning

    Rachael Shwom is an assistant professor in the Human Ecology department who specializes in climate and society. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in Environmental Science and Policy at Michigan State University in 2008. Her dissertation research focused on how different governmental, business, and environmental organizations sought to influence U.S. policies on appliance energy efficiency over the past three decades.

  • Schneider, Laura


    Dr. Schneider is a biogeographer specialized in land change science. Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics of land transformations, the drivers of land change, and how land change affects socio-ecological systems. Her research emerges from a strong background in tropical biology, ecology, remote sensing and human-environment geography, and it examines theoretical and methodological ways of linking biophysical, socioeconomic and remote sensing and GIS data in understanding landscape dynamics.

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