Thinking Across Departments

The Environmental Resilience Institute hosts monthly events as part of the student-led, ERI supported, Graduate Research Forum (GRF). The GRF is open to all hosts activities that advance novel frameworks, theories, models, and applications that are transformative and have societal impacts. We hope you can attend this and other GRF events!

Water Futures is a pan-university initiative working on solutions to major socio-environmental challenges in water security. It is designed to achieve synthesis across disciplines and sectors in a problem-oriented framework. Water Futures focuses on 3 themes that address critical societal challenges: Water Security, Justice and Politics; Urban Water; and Coastal Land Margins. The initiative is based on interdisciplinary, multi-institution collaborative teams which are led by a pair of Faculty Fellows, one from a partner institution and one from UVA. Each team also hosts a a Postdoctoral Fellow, and student researchers. 

The Water Futures Postdoctoral Fellows presented April 21st at 12:30pm. They discussed their work inside the initiative. Attendees also discussed, with panelists, challenges and lessons learned in carrying out interdisciplinary research. 

Kazi Tamaddun

Kazi Tamaddun is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Engineering Systems and Environment at UVa. He works in the Resilient Urban Water System (ReUWS) project supervised by Lawrence Band, Garrick Louis (internal PI), and Charles Vörösmarty (external PI). He received his PhD and MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His BSc in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. 

Elliott White

Elliott White is a research associate at UVA where he uses remote sensing to understanding the effects of sea level rise and saltwater intrusion on coastal vegetation. He received his PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida (2019) and BS in Biology and Animal Ecology from Iowa State University (2015).

Ali Glassie

Ali Glassie is Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities. Her research explores the ways that the ocean’s biology, physical dynamics, and cultural histories influence the literature of the Americas. She is currently working on a book entitled Atlantic Shapeshifters: Sea Literature’s Fluid Forms. Ali has taught courses in global Anglophone literature, literature of the Americas, cultural studies, and literature and the environment; she has also taught aboard sailing vessels in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Ali has published most recently in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment; Coriolis and Blue Water Sailing have also published her work.