Faculty and AdministrationAdministration
Ginny Clancy, Program Coordinator
Ginny Clancy has 25 years of experience at Stony Brook University, including 10 years of administrative support in the Office of the President before joining the Sustainability Program. She was part of the administrative team which launched the programs at the Southampton campus and was the operations manager for the Center for Wine, Food & Culture at Stony Brook. Ginny received her Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, as well as her Masters degree in Liberal Studies at Stony Brook University. She is currently completing the Master of Higher Education Administration program.
Michael Sperazza, Director Geospatial Center
Michael Sperazza is an Assistant Professor of sedimentary geology in the Department of Geosciences and the Faculty Director for the Coastal Environmental Studies major and minor. Additionally, he is the Director of the Geospatial Center at Stony Brook and the advisor for the students in the Geospatial Science programs. He earned a Ph.D. in Geology and a Master's in Physical Anthropology from the University of Montana.
His current research interests focus on paleoclimatic reconstructions, understanding the driving forces of past climate change, and the analytical evaluation of the methods used to measure these data. This research has field work based at Flathead Lake, Montana. Additionally, he is using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to exam climate change in the Turkana Basin, Kenya and role climate has played on evolutionary adaptations of early hominids. On Long Island, Dr. Sperazza is examining the glacial processes that built Long Island and how climate change is impacting the stability of the barrier island sediments.
Sung-Gheel (Gil) Jang, Lecturer
Sung-Gheel Jang teaches both fundamental and applied topics in geospatial sciences/geographic information systems (GIS). He received his Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and both an MA in City Planning and a BS in Landscape Architecture from Seoul National University in South Korea. Before joining Stony Book, he taught at the Cleveland State University and served as program coordinator of a graduate certificate program in urban geographic information systems. He previously worked as a research associate with the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory and the Expert Planning Information Systems Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His professional experience includes the development of 'ISO 19134:2007 Geographic information - Location Based Services - Multimodal routing and navigation' as a leading contributor. His research interests encompass sharing geospatial information, urban sustainability and public health, and geospatial and human dimension on sustainable development.
Maria Brown, Lecturer
Maria Brown received a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Long Island University. She received a BS in Geology and a BA in Biology from CUNY Queens College. She worked as an Environmental Scientist and Certified Professional Wetland Scientist for 10 years in local engineering and consulting firms before becoming a science teacher at Sayville High School in 1999. She is certified in general science, biology and Earth science (7-12), and taught Advanced Placement Environmental Science for 7 years.
She has been the full time Science Research teacher at Sayville for the past 4 years. She engages high school students in an Enrichment course in Costa Rica each February where the main focus of the course is sustainability. Maria has received numerous teaching awards including: Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction (2010), Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Outstanding Teacher Award (OSSP, 2010), Noyce Scholars Teaching Award (2010), Leadership, Research, Service Award (Phi Delta Kappa, 2010), Stewardship & Action Award (South Shore Estuary Reserve, 2008), Fran File Educator Award (Great South Bay Audubon Society, 2007) Environmental Science Teaching Award (US EPA, 2006), News 12/Dowling College Educator of the Month Award (2006), and the High School Science Teacher of the Year Award (Suffolk County Science Teachers Association (2004). Maria is a voting member (Legislative Appointment) on the Suffolk County Wetland Stewardship Committee and the Vice President of the Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island. She will be completing a 3-year summer fellowship at Brookhaven National Laboratory this summer where she conducts molecular ecology research on dragonflies and southern flying squirrel populations in the Town of Brookhaven.
Emily Fogarty, Lecturer
Emily A. Fogarty teaches courses in demography, geospatial analysis, geographical information systems (GIS) and geography. She earned her Ph.D., master’s and BS degrees in Geography (with minors in statistics and urban/regional planning) from the Florida State University.
Dr. Fogarty has several years of experience teaching spatial data analysis and world regional geography courses at the undergraduate level. She has been an adjunct professor at Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, Dowling College and Suffolk County Community College. She has also worked for the Peconic Estuary Program as the Environmental Analyst working on various projects related to climate change, sea level rise, green infrastructure, coastal resiliency, agricultural inputs into drinking water, water quality related to public health, and issues surrounding valuation of ecosystem services. She is particularly interested in investigating how well public institutions that focus on mediating human/environment relationships are communicating. Her past research focused on spatial and temporal variation in tropical cyclone activity related to large scale climate variability, and she published a book chapter entitled “Network analysis of U.S. hurricanes", in Hurricanes and Climate Change.
Trina Weilert, Lecturer
Trina Weilert teaches classes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Trina Weilert received her bachelor's degree in Geography and a Masters of Liberal Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences from Fort Hays State University. She is completing an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Geosciences and Social Sciences at the University of Missouri Kansas City. She has over ten years of experience serving as a GIS consultant within private industry as well as the government sector. She has been an adjunct professor at Fort Hays State University, Maple Woods Community College, and Longview Community College. She is currently working on a flood inundation mapping study at the USGS in Kansas City, Missouri as well as performing research on urban riparian area landscape change within the Kansas City area.
Haluk Resit Akcakaya, Professor
Haluk Akcakaya is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, his Ph.D. is from Stony Brook University. Dr. Akcakaya’s research focuses on developing and applying quantitative methods to address questions in conservation biology and environmental risk assessment. Research topics include: Climate change impacts on biodiversity, Status and trends of biodiversity, Species conservation, and Population dynamics
Henry J. Bokuniewicz, Distinguished Service Professor
Henry J. Bokuniewicz is a Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, he received his Ph.D. from Yale University.
Dr. Bokuniewicz’s research is concerned primarily with the behavior of coastal sedimentary systems and coastal groundwater hydrology. His students are working with the dynamics of coastal processes, exploring, now, the role of infragravity waves and edge waves in modulating coastal conditions especially the occurrence of rip currents. We are involved with monitoring programs for ocean beaches to investigate shoreline changes, beach dynamics and responses to storms. Other research is being done on wakes of large ships moving across shallow harbors. Field work also is undertaken to quantify the seepage of groundwater across the sea floor especially around oceanic islands as well as to investigate the global impact of coastal groundwater seepage.
Robert M. Cerrato, Associate Professor
Robert Cerrato is an Associate Professor in the School of marine and Atmospheric Sciences, he received his Ph.D. in Geology from Yale University. Dr Cerrato’s research has tried to identify factors that contributed to the decline, and more recently it has focused on the loss of function created by the decline and its consequences on populations of large suspension feeding bivalves such as the hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria have declined in the shallow, enclosed bays that are common features on Long Island. In addition, recently developed high-resolution acoustic methods such as side-scan and multibeam sonar provide a whole new class of environmental variables that can be related to benthic community structure.
Kamazima M.M. Lwiza, Associate Professor
Kamazima Lwiza is an Associate Professor in the School of marine and Atmospheric Sciences, he received his Ph.D. in Marine Phyics from University of Wales. His research interests are the structure and dynamics of the shelf-seas, remote sensing oceanography and biological-physical interactions, which affect larval transport. He has designed field experiments to observe these processes by incorporating modern technology, with a particular emphasis on the acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP), GPS-tracked Lagrangian drifters, ocean gliders and satellites. Dr. Lwiza is currently working on three projects. In the first one we are using IKONOS satellite data (1-m resolution) to study vegetation changes in mosquito habitat in Suffolk County in New York. The second project involves analyzing all water column data in Long Island Sound collected on monthly basis by Connecticut DEP from 1991 to present. We have so far been able to demonstrate that horizontal heat exchange with the adjacent coastal ocean is more dominant (>80%) than local surface heat exchange in controlling the interannual variability of temperature. The third one we want to examine characteristics of internal waves in estuaries (our case study will be conducted in the Hudson River) produced by the small-amplitude topography regimes (h << U/N) where h is the topography amplitude, U the tidal velocity and N the buoyancy frequency.
Jaymie R. Meliker, Associate Professor
Jaymie Meliker is an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Graduate Program in Public Health, he received his masters and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Meliker’s research contributes to the fields of exposure science, health geography, and environmental epidemiology. His scholarship falls into two lines of inquiry: (1) identifying environmental factors that play important roles in disease morbidity, and (2) developing space-time methods that improve our ability to investigate exposure-disease relationships. Highlights of his work include pioneering development of space-time information systems for lifetime exposure reconstruction, and epidemiology of low-level exposure to arsenic in drinking water. He has published on drinking water contaminants, air pollutants, arsenic, cadmium, asthma, osteoporosis, stroke, and different types of cancers, and enjoys tackling environmental epidemiologic and spatio-temporal methodological problems to advance population health.
Glenn Richard, Education Coordinator for the Mineral Physics Institute
Glenn Richard has Maters of Science degree from Stony Brook University in Mineralogy and Sedimentology and a Masters of Arts from Brooklyn College in Computer Information Science. His research interests include Earth science education, geospatial technology, coastal processes and the natural history of the Pine Barrens ecosystem.
A. Deanne Rogers, Assistant Professor
Deanne Rogers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences, she earned her Masters and PhD at Arizona State University and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at California Institute of Technology.
Dr. Rogers research involves the use of remote sensing techniques and laboratory spectroscopy to investigate planetary surface processes. Through site-specific, integrated spectral and geologic mapping, she is working to develop a stratigraphic, compositional and geologic framework for interpreting the style and duration of environmental conditions in which these various minerals formed. Other research includesinfrared spectral characterization of sedimentary rocks and their constituent phases the objectives of this research are to 1) characterize the mid-infrared spectral properties of chemically precipitated phases and matrix materials in sedimentary rocks as a function of composition and particle/crystal size, and 2) understand the mid-infrared spectral mixing behavior of sedimentary rocks and their constituents.
Elizabeth C. Stone, Professor
Elizabeth Stone is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Dr. Stone's research has been directed towards the ways in which urban structures reflect the underlying social, political and economic organization of their civilizations. This interest has been pursued on both the theoretical level and through field research. To develop a theoretical understanding of the relationship between urban form and society, she has been examining the organization of a number of well documented urban societies. These data suggest that city states differ radically from territorial states in both interpersonal relations and the nature and organization of their cities.