Jennifer Jacobs is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Jacobs received her Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University in 1987, an M.S. from Tufts University in 1993, and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1997. Her research focuses on characterization of hydrologic processes including evapotranspiration, soil-water dynamics, snow melt, and stream water energy) across scales through experimentation and modeling. She uses emerging technologies and large data sets to enhance the understanding of distributed hydrological processes. She currently using microwave remote sensing and dynamically down-scaled AOGCM model output to understand continental scale patterns in snow accumulation and melt. She has over 50 published journal articles on these topics. She recently completed service as a member of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) Executive Committee and Board of Directors and as Director of UNH’s Environmental Research Group. She is the PI of the NSF RCN SEES ICNet project.
Jo Sias Daniel
Dr. Daniel’s research focuses on the characterization of asphalt concrete materials and pavements containing recycled materials, specifically RAP and RAS, as well as the application of viscoelastic continuum damage mechanics models (VECD) for understanding mixture behavior. Dr. Daniel is currently the lead investigator on TPF 5(230): Evaluation of Plant-Produced High-Percentage RAP Mixtures in the Northeast to evaluate the performance of plant produced RAP mixtures in the laboratory and field in terms of low temperature cracking, fatigue cracking, and moisture sensitivity. She is also currently working with the NHDOT on two projects related to evaluating the laboratory and field performance of mixtures containing RAP and RAS. Dr. Daniel is a member of FHWA Mixture ETG, a past member of the FHWA Models and RAP ETGs, and is currently the chair of TRB Committee AFK50: Characteristics of Asphalt Paving Mixtures to Meet Structural Requirements.
Ellen Douglas is a hydrologist and engineer at the University of Massachusetts Boston with broad expertise in the analysis of water-related issues. Her research utilizes computer modeling and data analysis to define and support sustainable management policies and practices related to water resources and climate change adaptation. Current research topics include 1) evaluating the impacts of climate change on New England hydrology, 2) assessing the vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure to flooding due to extreme precipitation and sea level rise and 3) improving methods for monitoring the performance of river restoration through dam removal. Dr. Douglas is particularly interested in updating statistical methods and modeling approaches used in hydrologic design to accommodate a nonstationary climate.
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist with an expertise in high-resolution regional climate projections and climate impact assessment. She is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, part of the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center. Katharine’s work has resulted in over 50 peer-reviewed publications and many key reports including the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s 2009 report, “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States”; the U.S. National Academy of Science 2011 report, “Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia”; and the upcoming 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment. In addition to these reports, she has led climate impact assessments for a broad cross-section of cities and regions, from Chicago to California and the U.S. Northeast. Katharine has a B.Sc. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois.
Linda Silka, PhD, directs UMaine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and is a professor in the School of Economics. Prior to moving to the University of Maine, Dr. Silka was a faculty member for three decades at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where she directed the Center for Family, Work, Community and served as the Special Assistant to the UML Provost for Community Outreach and Partnerships. A social and community psychologist by training, much of her work has focused on building community-university research partnerships. Recent research partnerships she has facilitated include the NIEHS-funded Southeast Asian Environmental Justice Partnership and the New Ventures Partnership, the HUD-funded Community Outreach Partnership Center and Diverse Healthy Homes Initiative, and the Center for Immigrant and Refugee Community Leadership and Empowerment. She has been principal investigator on over million of federal grants from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Education. Silka has written extensively on the challenges and opportunities of building research partnerships with diverse groups and has consulted internationally on how to build community-university research partnerships.