Terri Hogue

Headshot of Terri HogueTerri Hogue currently serves as the Dean of Earth and Society programs at the Colorado School of Mines. She also holds a professor position in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. Her research focuses on understanding hydrologic and land surface processes, with an emphasis on human interactions with water cycling and management. Projects include urban-ecosystem dynamics, wildfire impacts on water supply, and hydrologic response to climate variability. Much of her work has involved development of decision support tools and optimization of hydrologic systems. She has received research funding from EPA, NSF, NASA, USGS, NOAA, USDA, BLM and The Nature Conservancy, as well as various state and local agencies. She currently leads a $2.6M EPA National Priorities grant on development of decision support tools for optimization of gray-green urban infrastructure and life cycle assessment. Dr. Hogue recently completed a 6-tyear term on the National Academies Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) and also has served as the AGU Hydrology Section Secretary. She was recently awarded the 2020 Robert E. Horton lectureship in Hydrology from the American Meteorological Society.





Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

Headshot of Catherine NordensonCatherine Seavitt Nordenson is a full professor and director of the graduate landscape architecture program at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York. A registered architect and landscape architect, she is a graduate of the Cooper Union and Princeton University and a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Brazil and received the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. Her work explores adaptation to climate change in urban environments and the novel transformation of landscape restoration practices. Previous academic appointments include lecturer at Princeton University, design critic at Harvard University, visiting professor at the Cooper Union, Nadine C. Russell Visiting Chair at Louisiana State University, and Harry S. Shure Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia.

Seavitt Nordenson’s research, scholarship, and design work examines the intersection of political power, environmental activism, and public health, particularly as seen through the design of equitable public space and policy. Her work explores adaptation to climate change in urban environments and the novel transformation of landscape restoration practices. Many of her academic design studios explore toxic landscapes and disturbed ruderal sites, examining the social, cultural and ecological underpinnings of toxicity while addressing the possibility of landscapes, communities, and ecologies to both regain value and prepare for climate-adaptive futures. Seavitt Nordenson’s research also examines a broader history of the role of landscape architects as significant participants in environmental advocacy, political power, and the design of public space.

Seavitt Nordenson’s books include Depositions: Roberto Burle Marx and Public Landscapes under Dictatorship (University of Texas Press, 2018); Structures of Coastal Resilience (Island Press, 2018); Waterproofing New York (Urban Research Press, 2016); and On the Water: Palisade Bay (Hatje Cantz, 2010). Her research foregrounds the role of natural and nature-based systems as alternatives to traditional hard-engineered solutions, and explores a multi-layered approach to storm protection and coastal resiliency that includes natural systems. Her work at Jamaica Bay, New York—part of the research project and subsequent book, Structures of Coastal Resilience—was developed through collaborative conversations with the US Army Corps of Engineers’ North Atlantic Division and the New York District as they developed a comprehensive report on the regional impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Her research has been published widely, including numerous book chapters and essay contributions to the journals Architectural Review, Artforum, Avery Review, Harvard Design Magazine, JoLA, LA+, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and Topos.

As director of the City College of New York’s Graduate Landscape Architecture Program, Seavitt Nordenson has developed a mission statement that emphasizes the essential role that the landscape plays in connecting social justice and equity to environmental design—indeed, this mission reflects the historic vision of the College. For Seavitt, teaching and research provides a privileged platform from which to educate the next diverse generation of urban landscape architects and activists, promoting resilience and environmental justice in our twenty-first century cities.



Fatemah Shafiei

Headshot of Fatemah ShafieiFatemeh Shafiei, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Environmental Studies. She also serves as Co-Chair of Sustainable Spelman Committee.

Dr. Shafiei served as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) from 2012 to 2018. She is a co-founder of the Greater Atlanta Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development-officially acknowledged in 2017 by the United Nations University. She has served as an environmental justice consultant for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Shafiei has served as an invited speaker, panelist, chair, section chair, panel organizer, moderator, and discussant in numerous conferences and forums. Shafiei has successfully secured several federally funded grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and UNCF/Mellon Program for her research in environmental policy and education areas and has served as the principal investigator for those projects.

Dr. Shafiei has been an expert and a leader in advancing integration of sustainability into college, university, high school, and middle school curricula for more than two decades. To advance education for sustainability, she has planned, developed, and conducted numerous workshops and institutes for college and university faculty, and for high school and middle school teachers. In addition, Dr. Shafiei has received funding for her research in the environmental policy area from US Environmental Protection Agency for “Environmental Policy an Innovation Grant: Emergency Planning and Preparedness”.

Dr. Shafiei has organized and led a broad spectrum of advocacy and educational projects. She has hosted and directed many projects such as, “Toxics Release Inventory Regional Workshop”; “Reimagining the Twenty-First Century through Advancing Education for Sustainability”; “Environmental Justice Summit”; “Environmental Lecture Series;” and “The Atlanta Environmental Summit: Linking Priorities from a Minority Perspective,” among others.

Her research and teaching interests are in international relations, environmental policy, environmental justice, and environmental education. Shafiei’s work on environmental policy, particularly within the state of Georgia, resulted in her extensive analysis of environmental laws passed by the Georgia Legislature, documented in nine chapters on environmental policy in Georgia Legislative Review, an annual publication that analyzed broad public policy issues in the state. In addition, she also has published in the area of environmental determinants of health disparities and environmental education.



Eric Stein

Headshot of Eric SteinDr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects. Dr. Stein has authored over 100 journal articles and 75 technical reports and participates on numerous technical workgroups and committees related to water quality and wetland assessment and management. Prior to joining SCCWRP in 2002, Dr. Stein spent six years as a Senior Project Manager with the Regulatory Branch of the Los Angeles District Corps of Engineers, and four years with a private consulting firm.






Larry Weber

Headshot of Larry WeberDr. Weber earned a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in civil and environmental engineering in 1993, and he is currently the Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics and a full professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. Dr. Weber’s current area of research focus ranges from fish passage to large-scale water resources projects, includes coupling computational fluid dynamics models to community and individual-based behavioral models to further understand fish behavioral decisions in the immediate vicinity of passage facilities. These models have been applied to natural river reaches and hydraulic structures both for fundamental advancement of scientific understanding of fish swim path selection and for practical application to the design of successful fish passage facilities.

From 2004 to 2017, Dr. Weber served as the Director of IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering, the nation’s oldest academic research program focused on hydraulics, hydrology, and fluid mechanics. He has extensive knowledge in community resilience and planning; flooding; flood mapping; flood mitigation; river hydraulics; fate and transport of nutrients; hydropower; coupling individual-based ecological and fluid mechanics models; fish passage facilities; environmental hydraulics; hydraulic structures; and river restoration and sustainability. Through these research programs, Dr. Weber’s impact has ranged from theoretical numerical model development and scientific discovery (as demonstrated in over 60 peer- reviewed scholarly publications) to the broad application of numerical models and systems-level design approaches to solve complex large-river ecological challenges.

Given Dr. Weber’s demonstrated leadership of IIHR, service as co-founder of the Iowa Flood Center and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, he is considered a thought-leader on water resources program development throughout the state and across the country. The technology developed through this research has led to significant partnerships with state and federal agencies. Dr. Weber currently serves as the principle investigator of a $96.9M grant awarded to the State of Iowa from U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition. The State of Iowa project is seen as leading the nation in watershed resilience through The Iowa Watershed Approach. Through these integrated model development and application projects, Dr. Weber has gained a deep scientific understanding and visionary approach to systems-level integrated design and development, and a genuine understanding of the complexities of engineering physics, river mechanics and ecological behavior and ecosystem response.