The University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) welcomes several new faculty and staff.
“Hiring the right people is essential to keeping our programs robust,” said Nancy Targett, CEOE dean and director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program (DESG). “We are extremely fortunate to be bringing in such high caliber researchers and educators. They are welcome additions to the college and to Sea Grant.”
Cristina Archer is an associate professor in CEOE’s School of Marine Science and Policy and the Department of Geography. Archer previously worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at California State University, Chico, and as a consulting assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.
Archer received a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy), a master’s in meteorology from San Jose State University, and a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University. Her research interests include renewable energy, wind power, meteorology, climate change, air quality and numerical modeling of the atmosphere.
Jonathan Cohen joins CEOE as an assistant professor of marine biosciences. Previously an assistant professor at Eckerd College, Cohen has a doctorate in biology from Duke University. His research interests include comparative physiology and behavior of marine animals, neurobiology, visual ecology and zooplankton ecology.
Helga Huntley is an assistant research professor of physical ocean science and engineering. She uses mathematical and numerical models in connection with data to study the dynamics of the ocean-ice-atmosphere system, with a focus on predictability, transport processes, and Arctic oceanography. She has doctoral and master's degrees in mathematics from New York University.
Youngsang Kwon is a visiting instructor in the Department of Geography. He is in the process of completing his doctoral dissertation at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interests are in vegetation dynamics and terrestrial carbon cycling with a specific focus on the application of remote sensing and field inventory data to derive biophysical properties for vegetation analysis.
Ed Lewandowski joins DESG as its new coastal communities development specialist. His primary role will involve working with local community leaders, developers, and others in the protection and preservation of coastal natural resources while still allowing for economic growth. Formerly executive director of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, Lewandowski has a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Wilmington University.
Teresa Messmore joins CEOE’s Marine Public Education Office as a communications specialist responsible for public relations, outreach, communications, and marketing for both CEOE and DESG. Most recently with the Delaware Museum of Natural History, she has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Chris Petrone joins DESG as a marine education specialist. Formerly a classroom teacher and then specialist with Virginia Sea Grant, he earned his master’s degree in marine studies at CEOE. Petrone will help spearhead efforts to bring CEOE research and data-based ocean science resources into Delaware’s K-12 classrooms. His interests include coastal and ocean literacy, program evaluation, and K-12 professional development.
Brooke Uhde is a college/division sponsored program coordinator with CEOE’s Finance and Administration Office. Her responsibilities include working with researchers and the UD Research Office to submit proposals, monitor budgets, and report back to funders. Formerly with UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, she has a bachelor’s degree in food and agribusiness management.
David Wunsch is the new director of the Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) and Delaware state geologist. He succeeds John Talley, who retired in June after more than 38 years of service. Wunsch came to DGS from National Ground Water Association, where he was director of science and technology. He holds a doctorate in hydrogeology from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in geology from the University of Akron.