Professor and W. H. Gardner, Jr., Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Surface hydrology and boundary layer meteorology; semi-arid vegetation dynamics; Large eddy simulation of turbulence and turbulent transport; urban air quality; hydroclimatic controls on infectious disease dynamics.
Computational mechanics, including computational inverse problems and their applications in engineering and biomedicine, chemo-mechanics, machine learning in mechanics, multiscale problems, fluid-structure interaction, acoustics-structure interaction, and generalized finite element methods.
Physics of water cycle processes in mountainous regions with a focus on cloud formation and precipitation; remote sensing of the environment using microwave and infrared sensors; long– range predictability and risk analysis of natural hazards; computational environmental fluid mechanics and...
My research seek to develop an understanding of how the engineering, environmental and petrophysical properties of porous media (soils, fractured rock, biological tissues) affect measurable geophysical responses, and subsequently develop methodologies by which these properties can be obtained from...
Dr. Deshusses' broad research interests are related to the design, analysis and application of processes for the bioremediation of contaminated air, water and soils. One area of on-going research is bioreactors for air pollution control. Results from this work have resulted among others in a better...
Professor (primary appt: Nicholas School of the Environment) and Director, Superfund Basic Research Center; Director, Integrated Toxicology Program.
Yoh Family Professor of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Modeling quasi-static and dynamic fracture of structural components, the evolution of interfaces with nonlinear constitutive laws, and developing models for stimulus-responsive hydrogels
Professor of River Science and Policy and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
River processes (hydraulics, hydrology, sediment transport, ecology) River policy (Clean Water Act, hydropower relicensing, large river management)
Associate Professor (joint with Nicholas School of the Environment)
Environmental analytical chemistry and applications of high resolution mass spectrometry to trace organic contaminant analysis, environmental fate and effects of carbon nanomaterials in the aquatic environment, proteomics in environmental toxicology, and mechanisms of environmental endocrine...
Associate Professor and Bass Fellow
Structural dynamics, structural control, and related applications of controllable materials, especially the use of electrorheological and magnetorheological dampers for structural vibration suppression. This work encompasses rheology, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, visco-elasticity, non-linear...
Associate Professor of the Practice for Sustainable Systems Analysis (primary appt: Earth and Ocean Sciences) and Faculty Director Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Systems Analysis, Director of the Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce
Identifying genetic adaptation mechanisms resulting from anthropogenic contaminant exposure; developing biosensors capable of pathogen and contaminant detection in water and air; studying the impact of emerging contaminants on aquatic microbial ecology; and the development of novel techniques for...
Assistant Professor (primary appt: Nicholas School of the Environment)
Environmental fluid mechanics, shallow-water physical oceanography, physical-biological interactions in marine environments, and marine technology
Aquatic chemistry and geochemistry, trace element environmental chemistry, nanogeoscience, mercury biogeochemistry, water-particle surface processes.
mechanics of materials, theoretical soil mechanics, rock mechanics, and environmental geomechanics, theory of plasticity
Assistant Professor - Microbial Ecology of Marine Science and Conservation and Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor of Public Policy; Faculty Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute (primary appt: Sanford School of Public Policy)
Stochastic and deterministic theory of fluid flow and contaminant transport in saturated and unsaturated heterogeneous porous media, theory of related measurements, field and laboratory studies in subsurface hydrogeology, stochastic fields and processes, numerical and analytical methods and...
Professor (primary appt: Biology)
Atmospheric chemistry, Regional and Global Modeling and Atmospheric chemical data analysis
Associate Professor (primary appt: NSOE & Earth Sci - Office of Dean)
Micrometeorology and surface hydrology, Carbon and water cycling, and Environmental fluid dynamics
Assistant Professor of Watershed Hydrology and Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jeffrey N. Vinik Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Nonlinear dynamics and vibration utilizing analytical, numerical, and experimental techniques. Fundamental investigations of phenomenon and application areas where dynamical systems theory plays an important role.
Professor (primary appt: Nicholas School for the Environment)
My research interests include: understanding, through observations and modelling how the interaction between vegetation species and erosion/deposition processes leads to observed intertidal landforms, vegetation patterns, and biodiversity; development of an observational and a modelling...
Contaminant transport hydrology, specifically modeling flow and mass transport across surface/subsurface interfaces and interactions; and international water issues which include transboundary contaminant transport.
Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Theoretical and applied mechanics, micromechanics, composite materials, and probabilistic methods
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Environmental engineering, cyberinfrastructure networks, sensors, geotropospheric interactions, engineering systems optimization. Professor Jeffrey Peirce has been a member of the environmental engineering faculty in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University for 28 years. He received...
Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor
Structural engineering; design; interrelationship between success and failure in design; nature of invention; history of engineering and technology
My research interests focus on improving the development of novel chemicals and engineered systems to include environmental objectives, along with traditional performance and cost metrics. In particular, I seek to (1) predict and mitigate environmental damage through physiochemical understanding of...
Near-wall turbulence, nonlinear analysis of hydrologic time series, stochastic soil moisture dynamics and water balance, soil-atmosphere interaction, and ecohydrology, complexity in the environment, sustainable use of soil and water resources.
Professor of Resource Ecology (primary appt: Nicholas School of the Environment) and Director
Dr. Richardson's research interests are in the area of applied ecology and are centered on wetlands ecology and restoration. The objectives of his research are to utilize ecological principles to develop new approaches to environmental problem solving. The goal of his research is to provide...
Professor of the Practice and Associate Chair
Current research focuses on sustainable engineering, community development, water and wastewater treatment design, stormwater retention/detention and treatment design, hazardous waste remediation, urban hydrology, constructed wetland and stream restoration design, ecological stabilization,...
Finite element methods, computational fluid and solid mechanics, multiphase porous media flows, computational methods for fluid and solid materials under extreme load conditions, turbulent flow computations, instability phenomena.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry (primary appt: Nicholas School of the Environment)
Experimental verification of low-order nonlinear dynamical behavior (including chaos) using mechanical models. The interaction between dynamics and buckling including secondary bifurcation. Time series analysis in the context of condition monitoring...
(1) All aspects of land-atmosphere and air-sea interactions (modeling and experiments) at all scales, including atmospheric dynamics, regional and global climate changes, hydroclimatology, soil-plant-atmosphere relationships, material dispersion and diffusion, and ecosystem modeling. (2)...
Physical chemistry of organic, inorganic, and heterogeneous contaminants; physicochemical properties of surfaces; mechanisms of coagulation and flocculation; water and wastewater treatment
Turbulence in fluids and its representation. Multiscale decompositions of turbulent flows. The Navier-Stokes, the Large Eddy and the Reynolds equations. Reynolds modeling and subgrid scale modeling for the Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent flows. Hybrid RANS/LES modeling.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Effect of ambient aerosol on global climate and how the aerosol hygroscopic growth affects the magnitude of the climate forcing; relationship between the particulate mater and the adverse health effects; and development of new automatic measurements techniques to study properties and...
Natural and man-made systems with coupled phenomena. Environmental Geomechanics, Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering, Mechanics of Multiphase Porous Materials. Area of activities at Duke University: Thermo-mechanical behavior of soils, soil desiccation and shrinkage.
Adjunct Professor (primary appt: NSOE & Earth Sci - Earth & Ocean Sciences)
Seismic propagation in planetary crusts, Borehole investigation of seismic sources and signals, and Environmental Geology
Design and operation of aerobic and anaerobic biological wastewater treatment systems
Adjunct Associate Professor
Relation between nanostructure of materials and their reactivity and toxicity. Characterization of the structure of ultra-small (colloids and molecular clusters), and/or amorphous and highly divided materials down to the molecular scale.