College of Earth, Ocean and Environment

Saleem Ali

Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment
Center for Energy and Environmental Policy

Research: Causes and consequences of environmental conflicts and how ecological factors can promote peace.

Wei-Jun Cai

Mary A.S. Lighthipe Chair of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Research: How changes in land use and energy consumption elevate carbon and nutrient levels in estuaries and the coastal ocean, marine chemistry, ocean acidification
The Lighthipe professorship honors Mary A.S. Lighthipe, a native of Sussex County with a longtime interest in the inland bays of Delaware. Lighthipe established the named professorship in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment to recognize the college’s research and teaching concerning the waters of and around Delaware.

Charles Epifanio

Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies
School of Marine Science and Policy

Research: The biology of marine larvae and early juveniles, and the physical and biological factors that drive year-to-year variations in populations of ecologically and commercially important fish and crustaceans.
The professorship honors Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington, Delaware natives with a special love for the coast. Mr. Harrington graduated from Delaware in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

David L. Kirchman

Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies
School of Marine Science and Policy

Research: Microbial ecology.
The professorship honors Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington, Delaware natives with a special love for the coast. Mr. Harrington graduated from Delaware in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

George W. Luther III

Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies
School of Marine Science and Policy

Research: Redox reactions in the environment, trace element speciation in marine waters and sediments, biogeochemical processes in marine environments, application of molecular orbital theory to geochemical processes.
The professorship honors Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington, Delaware natives with a special love for the coast. Mr. Harrington graduated from Delaware in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Holly Michael

Unidel Fraser Russell Career Development Chair in Environment
Geological Sciences

Research: Coastal groundwater dynamics, submarine groundwater discharge and associated chemical fluxes, groundwater-surface water interaction, water supply sustainability, water resources in developing countries and hydro-economics
The Unidel Fraser Russell Chair for the Environment is a five-year career development chair named in honor of T.W. Fraser Russell, Allan P. Colburn Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Matthew Oliver

Patricia and Charles Robertson Distinguished Professor of Marine Science and Policy

Research: Using underwater robots and satellites to examine how organisms use marine environments, and in studying the impact of climate change on ocean processes
The endowed chair, funded through a generous gift from UD alumna Patricia Robertson and her husband Charles, is meant to reward exceptional young faculty talent.

Xiao-Hai Yan

Mary A.S. Lighthipe Professor of Marine Studies
School of Marine Science and Policy

Research: Satellite oceanography, ocean circulation and climate change, environmental remote sensing.
Mary A. S. Lighthipe, a native of Sussex County, had a longtime interest in the inland bays of Delaware and established a named professorship in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment because of its research and teaching concerning the waters of and around Delaware