Brian Stone, Jr.
Brian Stone, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the area of urban environmental planning and design. Stone's program of research is focused on the spatial drivers of urban environmental phenomena, with an emphasis on urban scale climate change, and is supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is Director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Tech (www.urbanclimate.gatech.edu). Stone's work on urbanization and climate change has been featured on CNN and National Public Radio, and in print media outlets such as Forbes and The Washington Post. He is author of The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live (Cambridge University Press), which received a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award. Stone holds degrees in environmental management and planning from Duke University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Perry Yang is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Architecture in the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech. Perry's research, teaching, and practice focus on Ecologically Sustainable Design in Urban Settings. His research at Georgia Tech is organized around the idea of Eco Systems Design Simulation, coupled with the concept of teaching and practice of urban design through Eco Systems Design Studio. For the area of Urban Climatic Design, he is currently working on GIS-based solar analysis to explore the relationship between three dimensional urban form and its energy performance according to different geographic conditions. His recent work has been awarded 1st prize in international competition at the World Games Park in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (2005), the Eco-city design at Maluan Bay in one of China's most important port cities Xiamen (2007), and the Green Heart design at Shunde, Guangdong, the Pearl River Delta Region of China (2010). His urban design work was recently featured in World Architecture, one of China's leading architecture magazines, under the special issue "Ecological Urbanism" (January 2010). His book, Ecological Urbanism: Scale, Complexity and Design, was recently published by China Architecture and Building Press (2010).
Dr. Subhro Guhathakurta is the Director of the Center for Geographic Information Systems at Georgia Tech and Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning. His research program focuses on modeling urban systems and the implications of these systems for water, energy and climate. He is an author of 5 books and monographs and over 70 scientific papers. His article on the interface between urban modeling and planning theory was awarded the Chester Rapkin Award for the best paper (1999) in the Journal of Planning Education and Research. His editorial contributions include books such as "Integrated Urban and Environmental Models: A Survey of Current Applications and Research" (Springer-Verlag, 2003) and "Visualizing Sustainable Planning" (Springer 2009). He has held visiting appointments at the Center for Urban Spatial Analysis at University College London, the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, and at the Center for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. More recently, he held the German National Science Foundation (DFG) Mercator Guestprofessorship at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Jason Vargo has been a member of the Urban Climate Lab since its beginning. Currently, Jason lives in Madison, WI, where he is a fellow with the University of Wisconsin's Global Health Institute and the Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment. There he is working with Dr. Jonathan Patz to quantify the health co-benefits of energy and transportation policies that cities pursue in the face of a changing global climate. In addition to measuring health co-benefits domestically, Jason works with growing cities in Ethiopia to adopt sustainable practices and to develop context-appropriate tools for understanding urbanization, environmental change, and health .
Bum Seok Chun
Dr. Bum Seok Chun is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer in the Center for Geographic Information Systems at Georgia Tech. His research interests include urban heat island modeling and analysis, urban climate change management, and 3D environmental simulation.
Dana Habeeb is a Ph.D. student in the school of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. Trained as an architect and urban designer, Dana brings a design perspective to her research in environmental planning. Specifically, she investigates ways to design the built environment to respond to current and future environmental problems by synthesizing research in climate change, public health, sea level rise and urban food systems. Her research explores how climate responsive design can help mitigate local and regional climate change challenges such as urban heat islands and sea level rise. Her dissertation research examines how urban agriculture can not only act as a vital part of the food system but also can be used as a climate mitigation strategy to cool neighborhoods during extreme heat events. She is lead author on a study finding urban heat wave trends to have doubled in large US cities since the 1960s.
Kevin Lanza is a Ph.D. student in the school of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. With a degree in Environmental Science from Emory University and work experience at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he combines the environmental and public health fields in his planning research. Specifically, he examines tree hardiness zone shifts with climate change, the relationship between land surface temperatures and air temperatures in measuring urban heat islands, and how urban heat island adaptation strategies affect thermal comfort and physical activity levels to combat America's obesity epidemic.
Evan Mallen is a Ph.D student in the school of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. With a BS in Physics and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning both from the University of Michigan, Evan focuses more on the quantitative side of planning research. Specifically, Evan is interested in the use of climate analog cities in adaptation planning. In the Urban Climate Lab, he studies urban vs. rural warming rates using weather station data across the US. Additionally, he works with a dense network of temperature sensors spread throughout Georgia Tech to study the temperature of various microclimates on campus.