NSF NNA PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS
Howard Epstein, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, specializing in the ecology of arctic tundra, dry grasslands and shrublands, and temperate forests. His research focus is on vegetation dynamics, nutrient cycling, and plant-soil-atmosphere interactions. Dr. Epstein received his B.A. degree in Computer Science from Cornell University. He received an M.S. degree in Rangeland Ecosystem Science from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State.
Leena Cho is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia, co-director of Arctic Design Group (ADG), and co-principal of design office KUTONOTUK. Cho’s research is focused on the design of arctic landscapes and infrastructure, and scientific practices that organize and produce new cultural landscapes. She received her B.A. in Women’s Studies at Wellesley College and M.L.A. with Distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Matthew Jull, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, co-director of Arctic Design Group (ADG), and co-principal of KUTONOTUK. With a background in geophysics and architecture, Jull’s research explores the potentials of design within the frame of extreme environments, emergent technologies, and the increasing friction between the built environment and the forces shaping our planet. Jull received his M.Arch. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and his Ph.D. in Geophysics from University of Cambridge.
Luis Felipe R. Murillo, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Fellow at Technology Ethics Center at the University of Notre Dame. Dr.Murillo is dedicated to the study of computing from an anthropological perspective, exploring questions of ethics, openness, sharing, and collaboration in contemporary science and technology projects. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Social Anthropology from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, and Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining Notre Dame, he was a research associate at the School of Data Science, University of Virginia.
Caitlin D. Wylie, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia. She studies how non-scientists, such as technicians, students, and volunteers, contribute to research in science and engineering. This topic includes who works in laboratories and field sites and what they do, who receives recognition for research work, how students learn to conduct research, and how research workers define expertise. Wylie has studied the interactions between science and society at the University of Chicago, the University of Cambridge, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
NSF NNA POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS & PHD CANDIDATES
Claire Griffin, Postdoc; Ph.D. in Marian Science, U. of Texas at Austin
Expertise: Response of aquatic and estuarine ecosystems to climate change and human activities, with a focus on organic matter dynamics.
Hannah Bradley, Postdoc; Ph.D. in Anthropology, Princeton University
Expertise: Social-ecological topics with a focus on local knowledges, technological mediation, and landscape change.
MacKenzie Nelson, Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
Mirella Shaban, Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Sciences and Data Science, University of Virginia
NSF NNA RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Marantha Dawkins (Landscape Architecture), Ray Ma (Architecture), Patrick Sardo (Architecture), Keren Shi (Landscape Architecture)