Research at the Environmental Resilience Institute involves more than 100 faculty, post-docs, students and organizations, partnering with business, organizations and government entities across the state. This is a list of those Indiana University faculty and post-doctoral researchers from several campuses who are collaborating on research.
Grand Challenge Sponsored Faculty
Ana Bento, assistant professor, School of Public Health, Disease Ecology
Nathan Geiger, assistant professor, Media School, Environmental Communication
Ben Kravitz, assistant professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Global Climate Modeling
Jennifer Lau, associate professor, Department of Biology, Invasive Species and Landscape Ecology
Natasha MacBean, assistant professor, Department of Geography, Functional Vegetation Modeling
Travis Allen O'Brien, assistant professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Regional Climate Modeler
Landon Yoder, assistant professor, O'Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Human Ecology
Research Fellows at the Environmental Resilience Institute bring their expertise to projects that address a wealth of preparedness issues and assist in developing solutions. These faculty work independently, as well as with other fellows and ERI affiliates and collaborators.
With a recent focus on how and to what extent human-caused environmental change differs from the continual shifts the Earth has always experienced, Bertram builds models to show how complex biological systems respond to, interact with, and change their environments.
Elizabeth Grennan Browning
Midwestern/Indiana Community History
Browning studies how people in the Midwest have thought about environmental issues over time, how attitudes about the environment have formed and changed among different groups, and how evolving ideas about social justice have influenced these opinions.
In addition to designing tailor-made tracking solutions, Fudickar studies the timing of animals’ migration and reproduction to help determine which species may be more vulnerable to climate change and what threats migratory populations might pose to humans.
Midwestern/Indiana Community Studies
Houser examines how people are responding to climate change through survey research on flooding preparedness among farmers, Hoosier attitudes towards environmental threats, and more.
Through the lens of bird migratory patterns, Jahn investigates how ecosystems are changing because of environmental change and what that means for human health, food security, and environmental resilience.
Invasive Species Ecology
Through biological and community-focused perspectives, Muthukrishnan conducts research to understand, predict, and help control and prevent the spread of invasive species in Indiana and beyond.
Stable Isotope Ecology
Working with small mammal specimens, Smiley studies animal response to recent and historical warming periods in Earth’s history to map how such migratory ranges and dietary habits have changed over time in response to climate shifts.
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
With a focus on invasive species and water management, Sullivan seeks to uncover how people and groups with varying perspectives and priorities can come together to achieve meaningful progress in addressing climate change.
Species Distribution Modeling
Title creates mathematical models to test theories about how species diversify, adapt, and become extinct. This work helps guide efforts to protect ecologically important species in Indiana by indicating how a particular species is likely to respond to different types of environmental change.
Luis Inaraja Vera
Inaraja Vera is identifying and promoting laws and policies that reduce uncertainty for landowners in Indiana and beyond, and is examining voluntary programs to encourage real estate development in contaminated “brownfield” sites located primarily in city centers.
Artistic Social Practice
Engaging with animals, landscapes, and most recently fungi, Whiteman uses multiple media including photography and video to convey the deep and intrinsic ties between humans and other living things.
Spatial Analysis of Environmental Change
Infectious Disease Dynamics
Agriculture and Food Systems
Urban Green Infrastructure
Rivers and Landscapes
Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation System
Migratory Behavior and Physiology of Birds
Urban Green Infrastructure
Daniel H. Cole
James R. Farmer
Burnell C. Fischer
Vivian Nun Halloran
Alex J. Hollingsworth
Michael D. McGinnis
Vicky J. Meretsky
Jennifer Meta Robinson
Max Jacobo Moreno
Scott Russell Sanders
W. William Weeks