Impact Award Recipients Archive


Emanuela Del Gado, Joanna Lewis: Climate-focused Policy Strategies for Construction 3D printing, Biology. Read in Communications Engineering (a Nature journal); and on the College website

Kai Liu: Metallic Nanostructures for Fluid and Brackish Water Filtration, Physics

Judith Miller: Modeling control of invasive species as a social-environmental system, Mathematics

Naresh Neupane, Colin McCormick: Deep AI learning for macro-scale ecological research: a pilot study on caterpillars

Timothy Newfield: From the Ground Up: Towards New Histories of Pathogenic Disease and Environmental Change, A Study from Poggio Gramignano, History & Biology

Leslie Ries: Tracking butterfly abundances across North America over 150 years using natural history collections and historical accounts, Biology

Sarah Stoll, Chris Albanese, Ed Van Keuren: Nanoplastics GUMC, Chemistry, Physics


Abigail Marsh, Janet Mann: Wildlife empathy; What psychological mechanisms promote human empathy for wildlife?

Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò: Climate Colonialism Workshop

Sarah Johnson: Identifying Human Impacts on Antarctic Ecosystems

Emanuela Del Gado, Joanna Lewis: Exploring Green Cement Modifications; From Material Science to Climate Policy

Clare Fieseler: Urban Carnivore Ecology; A Pilot Project Investigating Changes in D.C.’s Carnivore Populations and Human Perceptions of Nature

Rosemary Sokas, Joseph McCartin: Immigrant Worker Safety and Health; Expanding Access and Information through the Ventanillas de Salud Network

Catherine Novelli: The Wealth of Nature Environmental Podcast Team


Kai Liu: Multifunctional Porous Metal Foams as Efficient Air Filters

Kathryn de Luna: Historical Disease Ecology on the Millennial Scale: Insights from/for Africa

Colin McCormick, Christian Wagner: Global Air-Quality Networking with Jesuit High Schools

Toshihiro Higuchi, Evagelia Laiakis, Tomoko Steen: A Multidisciplinary Study of Ionizing Radiation Protection; Science and Society in the Nuclear Past, Present, and Future

Sonia de Assis: Paternal exposure to the pesticide DDT and programming of obesity in children

Matthew Fortier, Charles Johnson III: Plan-It Earth

Kathryn de Luna: Firing Up Climate History in Central Zambia

Dagomar Degroot, Timothy Newfield: Little Ice Age Lessons:  Resilience and Adaptation in Past Climate Changes

Emily Mendenhall, Timothy Newfield: Ecological Trajectories of Syndemics Over Time

Janet Mann: Bottlenose Dolphins in the Potomac River-Chesapeake Bay: Charismatic Megafauna in an Iconic Estuary

Lahra Smith, Douglas Howard: Assessment of the Environmental Impact of Protracted and New Refugee Camps in Diverse Ecological Contexts; A Study in Zambia

Arik Levinson (MDI-GEI Joint Award): Environmental Benefits of Energy Efficient Appliances


Vicki Arroyo, Peter Byrne, Jessica Grannis, Uwe Brandes, Sheila Foster, Elizabeth Ferris: Symposium on Coastal Retreat Policies as a Strategy for Adapting to Coastal Change

Sheila Foster: Seeding Commons Research at Georgetown

Mark Giordano, Irfan Nooruddin: Impact Evaluation of the Paani (“Water”) Foundation

Kelly Kryc, Rebecca Hamilton, Sarah Stoll: DYEnasty; Transforming the textile industry by returning it to its roots

Judith Miller, Leslie Ries: Empirical test of a theory of evolutionary range dynamics

Randy Bass: Building Student Capacity on the Science of Climate Change through a Virtual Commons in the Core Curriculum

Timothy Newfield, Peter Armbruster: Pathogens and Climates in Motion: Plague and Malaria in the Late Antique Little Ice Age, Western Eurasia, 500-750 CE

YuYe Tong: Investigation of Anodic Interface Reactions in Operating Li-Ion Batteries by a Novel In Situ IR Spectroscopy

Edward Van Keuren: Construction of an apparatus for the characterization of solar cells

Martha Weiss: The Chrysalis in the City – Improving the Fate of Urban Pupae

Gina Wimp: Impacts of thin layer sediment deposition on salt marsh resiliency

Pedro Gete, Robin Dillon-Merrill (MDI-GEI Joint Award): Government guarantees, credit risk and natural catastrophes

Leslie Ries, Lisa Singh, Ali Arab (MDI-GEI Joint Award): Cyber-infrastructure to support environmental research at Georgetown


Gina Bulett: Empowering Youth Through Environmental Justice;  The Anacostia Watershed and Surrounding Communities

Raphael Calel, Paasha Mahdavi: The Political Economy of Flaring

Emanuela Del Gado, Marlene Towns: Reducing environmental impact of concrete; A seed project for an interdisciplinary challenge

Sarah Johnson: Habitability of Basaltic Environments

Evagelia Laiakas: Using a Systems Biology Approach to Elucidate Pathophysiological Mechanisms Underlying the Bat Disease, White Nose Syndrome

Christian Wolf: Stereoselective Synthesis in Water

Francis Slakey (MDI-GEI Joint Award): Creating a Community Energy Savings Platform

Bryan McCann: Brazil’s Rio Doce Disaster; Building a Website and Database about Brazil’s Worst Environmental Disaster

Paasha Mahdavi: Oil and local government; Political participation in Alaska Native communities

Jong-in Hahm: Development of Environmentally Friendly Photodetectors

Kaveh Jorabchi: Organochlorides in Arctic Soil; A Source of Climate Impact

Karah Knope: Water Sustainability; Chemists in Pursuit of Clean Water

Dagomar Degroot: “Tipping Points: Climates of Crisis” A New Approach to Climate Change Communication


Dagomar Degroot: Establishing the Climate History Network at Georgetown University

Arik Levinson: GEI Case Studies in Environmental Policy

Leslie Ries: Climate hindcasting and forecasting: building infrastructure to make rigorous predictions about how systems will respond to global climate change

Richard G. Weiss: Iron(0) Nanoparticles in Polysiloxane Matrixes for Remediation of Chlorinated Pollutants in Water Supplies

Andria Wisler, Kevin O’Brien: “We Are Skipping the Bad Stuff”: Jesuit Sustainable Livelihood Initiatives in the Highland Communities Outside Cusco, Peru

Shweta Bansal: Understanding the socio-environmental drivers of disease transmission among bottlenose dolphins

Mahlet Tadesse: Modeling species differential responses to disturbances in the Congo Basin forests

Jennifer Swift: Environmentally Friendlier Chiral Syntheses – A Crystal Surface Approach

George Shambaugh: Cleaning Holy Waters: Toxic Tanneries and Treatment Plants on a Sacred River in India

Caroline Wellbery: Creating an institutional coalition for the development and implementation of medical education curricula on the health implications of climate change

Catherine Evtuhov: Exploring Russia’s Environmental History and Natural Resources: An International Network

Elena Silva: Environmental metals and nuclear receptors


Xinran Zhang: Toward Inexpensive and Flexible Organic solar Cells Made From Phthalocyanine Nanoparticles and Polymer Semiconductors

Rodrigo Maillard: Role of metals in breast cancer

Matt Hamilton: Laying the foundation for an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site program in environmental biology

Robin Dillon-Merrill: Individual Perceptions of Climate Change, Heat Waves, and Near-Misses and the Impact on Community Resilience and Health

Chiranjeev Dash: Development of a Community-Based Risk Communication Intervention on Endocrine Disruptors


Wolfgang Rennert: Indoor pollution and health: evaluating the effects of smokeless stoves on rural communities in central Honduras

Joanna Lewis: Adaptation and Mitigation Linkages in the United States and China: Comparing Climate Resilience Initiatives and Implications for Sub-National Policy

Rosemary K. Sokas: Evaluating environmental interventions by hospital-based environmental service workers: a participatory action research partnership

Richard Weiss: Are Hydrocarbons Gelated Using Ammonium Salts and Aminopolysiloxane Addults Dispersed by Wave Action?

Peter Armbruster: Development of genetic markers (RAD tags) to elucidate the molecular basis of adaptive evolution during invasion and range expansion

YuYe J. Tong: Towards Submission of an IGERT Proposal Focusing on Chemical Catalysis for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability

Laura Anderko: Partnerships for Environmental Health & Justice: Risk Communication Strategies to Reduce Climate-Related Asthma Events in Disadvantaged Communities in DC


Paul Roepe, Laura Anderko: Translating Science into Practice: Collaborating to Reduce Harmful Chemical Exposures

Ali Arab: Partnership with the North American Bird Phenology Program (NABPP) to Study Long Term Patterns of Bird Migration in North America

Vicki Arroyo: Developing Academic Partnerships and Collaborations to Help Policymakers Plan for and Adapt to Our Changing Climate

Catherine Evtuhov: Russian Environmental History: A Pilot Workshop in St. Petersburg

Matthew B. Hamilton: Testing for Ecological Impacts on Intraspecific Genetic Variation in Tulip Poplar in a Forest Regeneration Experiment

Douglas A. Howard: Jökulhlaups in the Modern World: Environmental and Policy Implications of Catastrophic Flooding

David Konisky: Public Attitudes on the State and Federal Role in Climate Change Policy

Bahram Moasser: Chemistry In and On Water

Martha Weiss: Tritrophic Interactions and the Temporal Stability of Host-Use by an Oligophagous Herbivore

Caroline Wellbery: Creating Locally, Connecting Globally: Using Art to Raise Awareness and Communicate about Climate Change

Ali Whitmer: Environmental Investments and Justice in Washington, DC and Baltimore City

Gina Wimp, Ali Arab: Do Altered Species Interactions Drive Population and Community Responses to Habitat Fragmentation?