Environment Experts

David "Butch" Irick

David “Butch” Irick

Research Associate Professor of Mechanical Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering

David “Butch” Irick focuses his research on alternate forms of transportation, fuels, and engines, as well as being the faculty sponsor of the university’s EcoCar program.

Daniel Simberloff

Gore-Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies

Daniel Simberloff is one of the world’s leading experts on invasive species.

Frank Loeffler

Governor's Chair for Microbiology and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Loeffler is an environmental microbiologist whose research centers on discovering ways to clean the environment, counter the damage humans do to ecosystems, and improve environmental health.

Terry Hazen

Governor's Chair for Environmental Biotechnology

Terry Hazen is the Governor’s Chair for environmental biotechnology and specializes in bioremediation and bioenergy.

Robert Hatcher

Robert Hatcher

Distinguished Scientist, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Bob Hatcher is a distinguished scientist and professor of earth and planetary sciences. He is an expert in geology, earthquakes, landslides, and other geological events in Appalachia and the Southeast.

Louis Gross

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Director of the Institute for Environmental Modeling (TIEM), Director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)

Louis Gross is professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and mathematics, director of the Institute for Environmental Modeling, and director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.

John Drake

Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

John Drake uses advanced mathematics and analysis to come up with models of climate change.

Chris Cherry

Chris Cherry

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chris Cherry focuses his research on a wide variety of transportation issues, with an emphasis on those that are eco-friendly.

Gary Sayler

Director of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Director of Joint Institute for Biological Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Microbiology

Gary Sayler has more than twenty-five years of experience in multidisciplinary laboratory and field environmental research and biodegradation of organic pollutants.

Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks

Associate Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, UT Space Institute

Steve Brooks helps the UT Space Institute study the atmosphere and turbulence, and has personal service experience at both poles.