Meet A Student


Joseph Townsend

Joseph Townsend
Class of 2016

Joseph Townsend is a junior from Charlotte, NC.

Joseph is a communications/biology major and is participating in UNC’s Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) program. Read more about his time at UNC and his experience with the IDEA program. Learn more about the IDEA program

Research Spotlight


Limei Ran
Limei Ran is a Research Associate with IE's Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development.

Her current research focuses on the impact of land cover changes and fertilizer application. As part of that work, Limei is evaluating the changes in land conversion in the Midwest for biofuels production and how those changes impact air quality and ecosystems. Read more about her work.

The Institute for the Environment (IE) catalyzes and advances interdisciplinary environmental research to solve local to global challenges, educates the next generation of leaders committed to the health and stewardship of our planet, and informs and engages the public to enable environmental problem solving.

IE seeks solutions to critical environmental issues - including those related to water resources, public health, energy, climate change, air quality, land-use change, and biodiversity - to enable sustainable human communities and their coexistence with natural systems.