Environmental Fellows

Faculty Fellows

Pete Andrews, Department of Public Policy

Richard (“Pete”) Andrews is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Public Policy, UNC College of Arts and Sciences; he also holds joint appointments in the Department of City and Regional Planning and in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, and the Carolina Institute for the Environment. From 2004 to 2009 he held the first Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Professorship in Public Policy.

Pete Andrews

Nikhil Kaza, Department of City and Regional Planning

Nikhil studies the phenomena of plans and their uses in public and private decision-making. Of particular interest are urban development processes, energy planning, and land use impacts.

Nikhil Kaza

Post-doctoral Research Fellows

Jordan Kern

Jordan’s research is grounded in a real world understanding of our world’s growing energy challenges. His current research focus is on changes underway in the electric power industry, such as market deregulation, the coal to natural gas transition at thermal power plants, and the growth of renewable energy.

Jordan Kern

Graduate Fellows

Kaylyn Gootman, Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology

A critical uncertainty in our understanding of river functioning is the impact fine particles have on streambed filtration. Fine particles that settle in pore spaces may inhibit hyporheic exchange between streams and their underlying aquifer, thus clogging natural filtration. A recent North Carolina coal ash spill exposes how little we know about streambed fine particle thresholds and provides the motivation for Kaylyn’s work. Her dissertation research seeks to evaluate streambed responses to a series of fine particle additions and quantify fine particle tipping points. The Duke Energy Progress Graduate Fellowship provides Kaylyn with the opportunity to expand her exposure to a variety of energy fields and contribute to a broader dialogue on energy generation in North Carolina.

Advisor: Professor Jaye Cable

Kaylyn Gootman

Megan Schutt, Department of Marine Sciences

Megan is studying boundary layer meteorology in a coastal environment. With the Duke Energy fellowship, she will continue this work by developing a model to improve the offshore wind energy resource assessment in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The estimation of the wind power potential in a given area often ignores the atmospheric stability in a region, in favor of a simple extrapolation of surface wind speeds. Megan’s research will aggregate measured wind profiles and ancillary meteorological data to assess the effect of stability on the wind shear using Monin-Obukhov Similarity Theory.

Advisor: Professor Harvey Seim

Megan Schutt

Timothy Weigand, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Timothy is examining the physics involved when supercritical carbon dioxide is injected into the subsurface for the purpose of long-term storage. Using modern averaging theory, a precise formulation of a closed set of partial differential equations will be developed and solved using higher order methods in time and discontinuous Galerkin methods. The resultant model will be validated by comparison to very large scale computations based on the solution of microscale equations known to describe the physics for cases in which the pore morphology and topology is known.

Advisor: Professor Casey Miller

Timothy Weigand