Center On Financial Risk in Environmental Systems (CoFiRES)

People

Faculty

Greg Characklis, PhD
W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Director, Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems
charack@email.unc.edu

Website:
https://gregcharacklis.web.unc.edu//


Jordan Kern, PhD
Associate Director, Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems, Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State
jkern@ncsu.edu

Website:
https://kern.wordpress.ncsu.edu//

Projects

  • Biofuels “Designing Future Sustainable Algal Biofuel Production Facilities.”
  • Catawba Basin “Evaluating the Physical and Financial Vulnerabilities of Power Systems to Drought in the Southeastern U.S.”
  • Central Valley “The Sustainability-Productivity Tradeoff: Water supply vulnerabilities and adaptation opportunities in California’s coupled agricultural and energy sectors”
  • Columbia Basin “Leveraging Natural Resource Concentration and Conveyance in the Energy Water Food Nexus to Increase Security and Resilience”

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Simona Denaro, PhD
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
sdenaro@live.unc.edu

Projects

  • Catawba Basin “Evaluating the Physical and Financial Vulnerabilities of Power Systems to Drought in the Southeastern U.S.”
  • Columbia Basin “Leveraging Natural Resource Concentration and Conveyance in the Energy Water Food Nexus to Increase Security and Resilience”

Harrison (H.B.) Zeff, PhD
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
zeff@live.unc.edu

Website:
http://hbzeff.web.unc.edu/

Projects

  • Central Valley “The Sustainability-Productivity Tradeoff: Water supply vulnerabilities and adaptation opportunities in California’s coupled agricultural and energy sectors”
  • Galveston Bay “Decision-Making After an Environmental Emergency: Impacts and mitigation of environmental emergency-related contamination events across the-to-outcome continuum”

Graduate Students

Rachel Baum, MSPH
Doctoral Student
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
rbaum@email.unc.edu

Website:
http://rachelbaum.web.unc.edu/

Project

  • U.S. Water Utilities “Risk pooling to mitigate drought-related financial losses for water utilities”

Ben Foster, MS
Doctoral Student
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
fbenjami@live.unc.edu

Website:
http://benfoster.web.unc.edu/

Project

  • Mississippi Basin “Characterizing and managing the financial risks of drought along the Mississippi River”

David Gorelick, MS
Doctoral Student
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
degorelick@unc.edu

Website:
https://degorelick.web.unc.edu//

LinkedIn page

Project

  • Research Triangle “Integrating Raw Water Transfers Into an Eastern United States Management Context”

Andrew Hamilton, MS
Doctoral Student
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
andrew.hamilton@unc.edu

LinkedIn page

Project

  • Central Valley “The Sustainability-Productivity Tradeoff: Water Supply Vulnerabilities and Adaptation Opportunities in California’s Coupled Agricultural and Energy Sectors”

Yufei Su, MS
Doctoral Student
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
yufeisu@live.unc.edu

Projects

  • Central Valley “The Sustainability-Productivity Tradeoff: Water supply vulnerabilities and adaptation opportunities in California’s coupled agricultural and energy sectors”
  • Columbia Basin “Leveraging Natural Resource Concentration and Conveyance in the Energy Water Food Nexus to Increase Security and Resilience”

Rachel Kleiman
Master’s Student
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
rkleiman@live.unc.edu

LinkedIn page

Project

  • Biofuels “Designing Future Sustainable Algal Biofuel Production Facilities.”

Joy Hill
Master’s Student
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
jehill17@live.unc.edu

LinkedIn page

Project

  • Columbia Basin “Leveraging Natural Resource Concentration and Conveyance in the Energy Water Food Nexus to Increase Security and Resilience”

Rosa Cuppari
Master’s Student
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
rcuppari@live.unc.edu

LinkedIn page

Project

  • Columbia Basin “Leveraging Natural Resource Concentration and Conveyance in the Energy Water Food Nexus to Increase Security and Resilience”

Undergraduate Researcher

David Herskowitz
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
david.herskowitz@unc.edu

Project

  • Columbia Basin “Leveraging Natural Resource Concentration and Conveyance in the Energy Water Food Nexus to Increase Security and Resilience”

Administrative Staff

Zamira Gleason, MBA
Administrative Assistant
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
zgleason@email.unc.edu