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Commonwealth Secondary School, Singapore
Clara was part of a 2003 group research involving an Inter-disciplinary Work Project in the Commonwealth Secondary School studying the effects of greenroofs in counter to the Urban Heat Island phenomenon. She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hyukjae Lee received a post doctoral degree from Meiji University in Japan, graduating on March 26, 2006. His particular field of study/interest in greenroofs involves the evaluation of the scenic meaning and the arrangement of rooftop greening. Contact Hyukjae at: email@example.com or 81.90.6147.7108.
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University of Auckland
Logan Whitelaw graduated with a Masters of Planning (thesis) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand at the end of 2005. Logan is particularly interested in the policy side of greenroofs and how policy can be formulated to encourage greenroof development in New Zealand. Logan has completed a Bachelor of Planning at the University of Auckland and his thesis looked at overseas policies that encourage greenroof development, focusing on Portland and New York, and the differing approaches that they have been using to assess what policy model would be most effective in the New Zealand context. Logan can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Queensland
Josh Kidd graduated in December 2005 with a Bachelor's of Engineering (civil) from the University of Queensland and did his thesis on Green Roofs and their ability to reduce storm water runoff in Brisbane, Australia, a theory based simulation of local rainfall versus soil retention and plant transpiration. Read Josh's January 2006 Student Thesis article "Optimum Green Roof for Brisbane" here. Contact Josh at: email@example.com.
Sean Kisby was a BArch Architecture student at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University in Wales, UK, and graduated in June 2005. Sean completed a dissertation on the subject of "Extensive Green Roofs in an Urban Context" with particular interest in the state of green roofing awareness and practice in the UK. Sean can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edinburgh College of Art, School of Architecture, Scotland
Tiril Solberg Thomas was a Landscape Architecture MA (Hons) student and graduated in July 2008. Tiril's thesis involved green roofs and exploring the ecological value and the effect they may have on our climate and environment, and was investigating using green roofs as carbon sinks. Contact Tiril at: +44 777 5693 556 or email@example.com.
Isnarti Jamari was a BSc in Landscape Management (Land Use) with honors student from Greenwich University, and graduated in 2007. Isnarti's particular field of study/ interest in greenroofs included: "1) To find out more on building professional opinions on the policy in UK to promote skyrise greenery (green roofs, brownfield, etc.) and what could be done more to encourage this movement. 2) For my final year dissertation I'm looking into comparing the opinions of the professional from UK and Singapore on 'techniques' used in promoting skyrise greenery in both countries." See his "Effectiveness or adequacy of current policies to promote Skyrise Greenery in UK" online survey here. Contact Isnarti at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
Andrew Brady was a student in Quantity Surveying at Heriot-Watt University and graduated in July 2005. Andrew said he is really into sustainable construction practices and, "At the moment the technical detailing of extensive sedum roofs is my interest. I am doing a final year design project and want to use this type of roof. I am using a multi pitched roof on a air cargo terminal 180 x 90m. It has a mono pitch either end and 6 valleys and 5 ridges in between. I want to know how I can produce technical accurate working drawings of the guttering at the valley. I am also finding the interface between the roof and the cladding (warehouse section - metal cladding; offices - glass curtain walling)." Contact Andrew at: 07974248041 or email@example.com.
National Technical University of Athens
Santie Siakavara was a civil engineering student at the National Technical University of Athens in Greece and graduated in 2006. Santie can be reached by phone: 00302107718843 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England
Paul Collins is Principal Lecturer and Head of Postgraduate Studies Faculty of Construction, Computing and Technology. Greenroofs are a particular passion of his, and the NTU School of Property and Construction hosts his informative Green Roofs & Earth Sheltered Buildings website. Paul may be reached at: email@example.com.
Polytechnic University of Barcelona, Spain
José Mario Calero Vizcaíno received his Doctorate – Energy and the Environment in Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona, Spain, and graduated in 2007. José Mario speaks English, Spanish and Catalan. Contact José Mario at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
Tobias Emilsson has a PhD in greenroof studies in Malmö, Sweden, in the Department of Agricultural Engineering and he may be contacted at: email@example.com. See also http://www-pot.lt.slu.se/greenroofs/.
Les Universités Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Johanna Choumert has her Master's in Economics of Environment and Natural Resource (Paris I - La Sorbonne) 2005. Currently, she is doing a PHD about public policies related to urban green space at the Institut National d'Horticulture. Her particular field of interest in greenroofs involves how public policies can create incentives for greenroofs. Contact Johanna at: Johanna.Choumert@Inh.fr.
University of East London and Centre for Alternative Technology
Naomi Durkan pursued a M.SC Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the University of East London and Centre for Alternative Technology, and graduated in January, 2007. Naomi focused on greenroof maintenance issues, wildlife roofs, and greening the urban environment. See her Green Roof Maintenance Questionnaire survey posted on livingroofs.org in English here, and in German here. Naomi said, "Your knowledge, experiences and opinions as building/ facilities managers are extremely valuable and often overlooked. I am conducting this research as part of my thesis which looks at issues to do with roof maintenance. It is particularly concerned with Green Roofs which are often advertised as low maintenance, but no real assessment of how they actually perform has been done. The needs and concerns of those who maintain them are often left unconsidered when the roof is specified. The results of this research can be used to raise awareness amongst the construction industry, architects and designers about specifying appropriate roofing systems and long term maintenance implications of design decisions. The questionnaire takes a maximum of 10 minutes to complete and I need a wide variety of responses, so no matter what type of roof you manage, your time would be greatly appreciated." Contact Naomi at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Genoa
Anna Palla received her Ph.D. in Student in Fluid Dynamics and Environmental Engineering at University of Genoa, Italy, and graduated in March 2008. Anna's particular field of study/interest in greenroofs: "My research bases on experimental investigations to understand and translate into suitable simulation models the hydrologic response - in terms of both quality and
quantity aspects - of the sub-surface flow water in outflow from single green roof installations as well as the overall hydrologic response at the urban watershed scale where such installations are located. The study will be performed at the time evolution scale of the single rainfall event as well as, through continuous simulation over long periods of time, at the seasonal and annual scale. The aim of this research is to quantify the environmental benefits of green roofs, from the hydraulic-hydrologic point of view, in reducing the pollutant loads associated with storm water runoff and in preventing flooding episodes in the urban environment." Contact Anna at: DICAT, Dipartimento di Ingegneria delle Costruzioni dell'Ambiente e del Territorio Università di Genova: email@example.com
University of London
Gyongyver Kadas received her M.SC focusing on spider populations on greenroofs, in particular relating to brownfield sites and received her PhD researching biodiversity and green roofs at the Royal Holloway University of London. She worked on the Canary Wharf Green Roof Laboratories, among other sites. Read about her work in the December 2003 Guest Feature article here on Greenroofs.com and read "Green roofs and biodiversity" by Dusty Gedge of Livingroofs.org and Gyongyver Kadas of Royal Holloway University of London, UK in Biologist Volume 52 Number 3, of July 2005. She may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Manchester
John Francis was a postgraduate student at The University of Manchester (England), Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. John's dissertation topic was "Manufactured Habitats: Architectural ecology and urban design in Twentieth-century England". The study is an historical analysis of public attitudes to architectural and technological solutions intended to address the reduction of urban green space and how those attitudes are reflected in, manipulated and acted upon by, governmental and non governmental organisations. He expects living roof technologies to play a significant part in this study. He completed his MSc in September 2005 after which hoped to expand the study into a European contextualised PhD project. Contact John at: email@example.com
University of Sheffield
Nigel Dunnett is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Landscape, and co-author of “Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls” along with Noël Kingsbury; read our review here. Read about Nigel's research at the University of Sheffield's Flowering Greenroofs in ResearchLinks, and Nigel may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 0114 222 0611.
Min-Sung Choi received her PhD from the Landscape Department at Sheffield University, and graduated in January, 2008. Her primary interest in greenroofs is restoring native biodiversity. Min-Sung can be reached at: M.Choi@sheffield.ac.uk and email@example.com.
Ayako Nagase received her PhD from the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield and her project was the investigation of plant selection for extensive green roofs in the UK. Her study included the influence of the plant species and their composition on the green roof performance (water runoff, acid rain buffering capacity and air quality). She carried out her research for four months in the Department of Horticulture in Pennsylvania State University as an exchange student. For further information, please contact Ayako at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Warwick
Nikki-Ann Wensley is pursuing her Engineering Doctorate at Warwick University (England) with an expected graduation date of July, 2010. Green roofs are only one part of her doctorate; the main subject area is research into alternative, natural, sustainable materials for use within industry. She is working part time at university and part time at Arup. Contact Nikki-Ann at: WENSLE_N@WMGMAIL.wmg.warwick.ac.uk
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Maureen Connelly holds a B.Sc., B.E.D.S., M.Arch, and MAIBC. She is Faculty at British Columbia Institute of Technology's School of Construction and the Environment, and Research Program Head of the BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology. Contact info: BCIT, 555 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC., Canada V5T 1E2; Telephone: 604.456.8045; Fax: 604.877.0163.
Richard Strong is Director of Facilities at Carleton College, and regarding his field of study in greenroofs: Richard is an architect and environmental designer. Richard led the project to build the Carleton Wind Turbine, strawbale warehouse, and is guiding the above student research project in green roofs.
Present Plans: "We have built 12 test containers of varying depths and substrate types in order to test their R-values and find a green roof appropriate for a cold climate. We are also planting Minnesotan prairie species in these tests and will measure their thermal insulating effects under various conditions." Read the article here. Contact Richard by using the Carleton Directory, or Phone: 597.646.4000.
Jake, David, and Jason (see below) are the original founders of the Carleton Green Roof Project, and their field of study in greenroofs was thermal performance, specifically R-value of different substrate materials; also cost benefit analysis. They experimented with native prairie plantings. Read the July 2005 Student Guest Feature Article by David Holman, Jason Lord, Jake Gold, and Andrew Kaplan about their successful Carleton Green Roof Project here. Read the March 2006 Student Guest Feature Article here from Sonja Mae Langton-Yanowitz.
Since many of the members graduated in 2006 and may no longer will be able to be contacted through the greenroofs.com directory, they have established an email address for the whole group, which is email@example.com. But you can still try them individually, too:
Mandi Fix was a student in Mathematics at Carleton College and graduated in 2008. She joined the Carleton Green Roof Project in Spring 2005, and was interested in energy sustainability and native species. Contact Mandi at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jake Gold was a geology major at Carleton College and graduated in 2007. He ran the Farm House garden and was the Carleton Green Roof's biology expert. Jake can be reached at: email@example.com.
Sonja Mae Langton-Yanowitz was a B.A. in Biology student at Carleton College and graduated in June, 2006. Sonja Mae was particularly interested in plant taxonomy, how species composition on a greenroof changes over time, and which plants thrive on a greenroof. Contact her at: Sonja.Mae.Langton-Yanowitz@alumni.carleton.edu; Phone: 507.281.4105.
Andrew Kaplan joined the Carleton Green Roof Project in Spring 2005, and he and graduated in 2008. Contact Andrew at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Lord was a Studio Art and Economics major at Carleton and graduated in 2006. He is an expert builder and handled many of the technical issues of the green roof. Jason can be reached at: email@example.com.
City College of New York
Hope Wright received her B.S. degree at the City College of New York School of Landscape Architecture. She may be contacted at: Design42day@aol.com.
Columbia College Chicago
Nellie Skallerup was a student at Columbia College Chicago, studying Interactive Multimedia with a concentration in Project Management and graduated in 2006. Nellie was interested in designing and creating an artistic rooftop garden which would provide organic flowers and produce, and provide a space for people in the community to volunteer or attend gardening and permaculture workshops. Nellie can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.735.3794.
Jin Ho Jo was a M.S. student in Urban Planning program (Specialization: Environmental Planning), with a B.S. in Building Construction Management from Purdue University, and graduated in May 2007. Jin was interested in greenroofs' benefits in air quality, energy savings, and economical benefits (ex: job creation). Contact Jin at: email@example.com.
Huma Daha was an Urban Planning Master's student at Columbia University, with an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, and is also one of the former editors of the program's website, www.urban.columbia.edu. Huma may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeannette Compton pursued a BS degree in Landscape Architecture and Plant Science, MS Horticulture, in the Urban Horticulture Institute, and graduated in August 2006. She is broadly interested in urban ecology, and infusing urban design with ecological functions. She writes, "My research focused on designing a green roof system to optimize for stormwater retention and cooling, through greater water holding capacities and plant selection." Contact Jeannette at: email@example.com or 203.988.2022.
Katerina Shio-Shio Mavroidis is an architect and pursued her MBA at Dartmouth, with a greenroof practice in Athens, Greece. She may be reached at: Katerina.Mavroidis@dartmouth.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Maia Saffell was pursuing a Master's of City and Regional Planning, specializing in environmental planning, and graduated in 2006. Maia's particular interest in greenroofs related to stormwater retention performance and thermal performance: "I am writing my option paper on green roof mitigation of the urban heat island phenomena and stormwater runoff in Atlanta. I currently am an intern for the Atlanta Regional Commission Environmental Planning Division (ARC EPD) and have just accepted an offer to begin full-time with ARC next month as a Senior Water Resource and Conservation Planner. I hope to present the results of my study at ARC meetings to bring further awareness to local government officials of the benefits of green roofs and the potential benefits in Atlanta." Contact Maia at: email@example.com.
Ari Velazquez is the developer of The Greenroof Directory and the developer and administrator of The Greenroof Projects Database. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) with a degree in Computational Media in 2010. Ari's interests are anime, gaming, computers and writing. Ari can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nina M. Jenkins graduated in 2008 with a Landscape Technician Diploma from Huber College in Toronto, Canada. She is in pursuit of interests in plant selection, energy analysis, water retention, and urban ecology. Contact Nina at: email@example.com.
Mass College of Art
Kristine Brennen attended Mass College of Art in Architectural Design, and graduated in May, 2006. Her thesis was rooftop landscape, researching to come up with the best hypothesis for the Boston area. Kristine can be reached at: 781.834.8490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nick Hofmeister was pursuing his MBA, at MIT Sloan and graduated in June, 2007. Your Particular Field of Study/Interest in Greenroofs: Nick is interested in the business side - how to make green roofs businesses profitable and scalable. Contact Nick at: email@example.com or 617.320.8743.
Michigan State University
Dr. Bradley Rowe, Professor, Horticulture, heads up the Michigan State University's Department of Horticulture and Green Roof Research Program. Contact Dr. Rowe at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristin Getter received her MS from Michigan State University in 2006. Her fields of greenroof study include stormwater runoff, energy analysis, and plant selection. Kristin is now part of Michigan State University's Department of Horticulture and led a study to determine the effect of the growing medium's depth on the success of green roofs. The research study, published in a recent issue of HortScience (2009), focused on Sedum, known for its drought tolerance. Contact Kristin Getter, PhD Graduate Research Assistant, Horticulture at: email@example.com.
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Pavla Mertlik is studying Industrial Design with a minor in Interior Architecture and Business at MIAD, expecting to graduate in 2012. Pavla is interested in "the start of a green roof, are funds or grants possible for this project? I just want to get a green roof started on top of my school but I think i might need some help. Contact Pavla at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Colin Manasse studied International Environmental Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, in Monterey California, specializing his studies in renewable energy development in Asia and Africa. "I am therefore conducting most of my research in those areas, both topical and geographic, but enjoy researching and studying urban and sustainable development." Colin is currently working at the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, which is a transportation planning agency. He interned at the United Nations Statistics Division in summer 2006. Read Colin's Guest Student Article for May 2006 here.
Contact Colin at: email@example.com
Marianne Sibal was an associate degree landscape management student at Montgomery College near Washington D.C. Having completed two years of formal horticultural education, twenty years experience in planning, hardscape installation and maintenance aspects of exteriorscapes, ponds, greenhouse work; IPM scouting for Brookside Gardens' indoor exhibits, and commercial micronutrient sales in the 1980s, she is looking forward to more interaction with others specifically interested in utilizing green roof developments. Marianne Sibal can be reached at: 13241 Osterport Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906; 301.946.1514 and MarianneSibal@gmail.com.
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Elsa Sonnichsen pursued a Masters of Landscape Architecture at Morgan State University. She was working on a rooftop garden design for a high school and is interested in the aesthetics as well as functionality of green roof design. Elsa's email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New School University
Juliet Gamarci was a BFA Product Design student in the Parsons School of Design, New School University. She was studying greenroof systems and community-based gardening in New York City for her senior thesis. "I am wondering about the use of hydroponics and soil alternatives in greenroofing, I am also thinking about modular systems (i.e., "bricks", frames and/or containers) for more flexible, adaptable greenroof systems that can also produce seasonal fruits and vegetables." She and graduated in May 2005; Juliet can be reached at: email@example.com, GamaJ014@newschool.edu.
North Carolina State University
Bill Hunt, Ph.D., P. E, is an assistant professor and NC Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) and and a member of the BAE Greenroof Research team. Reach him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Moran was a Graduate Research Assistant with NC State's Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department and a member of the BAE Greenroof Research team. Amy is a graduate of NC State's Civil Engineering Department with a degree in Environmental Engineering (2002). She may be contacted at: email@example.com.
Ohio State University
Reid R. Coffman, MLA, is a Lecturer in the Knowlton School of Architecture and a Graduate Research Assistant in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the Ohio State University. He pursued a post-professional doctoral degree in Urban Ecology at the Ohio State University involving academic research regarding green roofs. His working project is entitled: Vegetated Roof Systems in the Urban Context; Function, Feasibility and the Environmental Effect. See his previous research under Student Projects. For questions contact Reid at: The Ohio State University, 256 Howlett Hall 2001 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43212; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olds College Alberta
Veronica Whitney has completed a Diploma in Ornamental Horticulture, and received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Landscape Management at Olds College Alberta, Canada in 2007. Her field of study was landscape design and she was interested in the use of native plants for roof top gardens in Calgary - specifically cold climate roofs, thermal performance, energy analysis and use of unused space. Contact Veronica at: email@example.com.
Michael Levandowsky holds a B.A. (Math), M.S. Math), M.A. (Zool.), Ph.D. (Biol. Sci), and is a research scientist and adjunct professor in the Biology Department at Pace University, N.Y. He is involved in research related to a planned green roof for one of the buildings at Pace. Contact info: Haskins Labs, Pace U., 41 Park Row, N.Y., NY 10038; Telephone: 212.346.1861; Fax: 212.346.1586; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safeera Gaffar was a graduate student in the Environmental Science Program at Pace University in New York, and graduated in May 2006. Her thesis involved conducting a study on how and by how much will the installation of green roofs on buildings in NYC reduce stormwater runoff. Contact Safeera at: email@example.com.
Robert Berghage, PhD, Associate Professor of Ornamental Horticulture and Director of the Penn State Center for Green Roof Research. Dr. Berghage has been leading the research facilities here following Dr. David Beattie's retirement (Rest In Peace). Dr. Berghage may be contacted at: 814.863.2190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert D. Cameron holds a Ph.D. in Horticulture at Penn State University, with a concentration on "greenroofs of course." He and graduated at the end of 2008 and his areas of focus are sustainable technologies, including green roofs, living walls, and constructed wetlands, evaluating at a molecular level to improve design efficiencies. Contact Bob at: email@example.com.
Brett Long pursued a MS degree in Environmental Pollution Control at Penn State Harrisburg, and graduated in May, 2007. Brett is interested in water quality improvement of roof runoff utilizing greenroofs. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814.943.7667.
Katie Sanford is working on a Ph.D. in Horticulture at Penn State and plans to graduate in May 2011. She is focusing on green roof installation methods, specifically how to reduce the labor costs by researching green roof seed species. Contact Katie at: KLS460@psu.edu.
Christine Thuring, (the Greenroofs.com Student Editor), holds a MSc Horticulture from the Penn State Center for Green Roof Research (2005). Her project studied the effect of different medium types and depths on green roof plant performance under various drought conditions. Please send comments and suggestions to her at: StudentEditor@greenroofs.com.
Portland State University, OR
Darrell Dewease studied Environmental Sciences at PSU, at 57 years old with 38 years devoted to the carpentry trade, much of that time owning a custom cabinet shop in the Portland area. Darrell has an Associates Degree in architectural design technologies from PCC and is very interested in sustainable building technologies. He can be reached at 503.228.2631 or at: email@example.com.
Caran Goodall was a student at Portland State University, took a course in Urban Ecology and conducted research combining the topics of urban greenroofs and increased biodiversity. She may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harriet McDonald has a Master's degree in mechanical engineering, and graduated in Summer 2008. She ran experiments to find the thermal insulation value of different green roof systems. Harriet said, "My partner is running experiments on rainwater management of the same systems." Contact Harriett at: email@example.com.
Christopher C. Wilkins pursued a M.S. in Aero/Mech Engineering at the Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated in 2007. Christopher said, "I'm interested in making school roofs green so kids in urban environments can learn about ecology without going to the Botanical Gardens. Also I'm interested in strategies for expanding greenroof development in the government and industrial sectors. Nothing to do with my research, but passionate nonetheless." Contact Christopher at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Alex Alkhoury pursued a BA in Geographic Analysis at Ryerson University, and graduated in 2008. His particular field of study/interest in greenroofs include: UHI reduction and stormwater management; urban agriculture; green building standards and policy; research in identifying green roofs on buildings in many cities, and assessing indicators of the conditions that favour green roof adoption; and how their association with stormwater management systems, urban air-shed situation, etc., can be established and demonstrated cartographically. Contact Alex at: email@example.com.
Marianne Rukavina was studying Landscape Architecture + Public Relations. She designed and constructed a rooftop garden while specializing in ecological enhancement of the environment for the benefit of the entire community in downtown Toronto, Canada. Greenroofs are a particular passion of hers with a desire to experiment with storm water retention performance, thermal performance and plant diversity. Marianne may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.975.1655.
Saint Mary's University
Jeremy Lundholm Ph.D. is an assistant professor in Biology and Environmental Studies at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is director of the Saint Mary’s University Green Roof Assessment Facility (SMUGRAF). His research interests include: native plants on green roofs, ecosystem functions and biodiversity, thermal and stormwater benefits and air quality. His other research includes studies of plant species diversity on coastal barrens and other rocky habitats, restoration ecology and urban ecosystems. He is a member of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Research Committee. Current green roof research activities include greenhouse trials to assess drought tolerance, water uptake and growth rate of native and exotic plant species, rooftop microcosm trials to assess the influence of species diversity on green roof functions such as water uptake (100 15” x 15” roof trays with green roof substrate and drainage layers, 3”-6” growing medium), and larger green roof cells to investigate native vs. exotic species and green roof performance in 3” and 6” of growing medium. They are also constructing replicated green roof cells with conventional roof controls (12 to measure thermal benefits and 10 elevated platforms to quantify runoff) using the same instrumentation used by Karen Liu of NRC and Maureen Connelly of BCIT. This is the first green roof test facility in Atlantic Canada. Contact: Environmental Studies Program, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3, Canada; email@example.com; 902.420.5506
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)
Bill Retzlaff, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences Program, Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUe) and is currently the research coordinator of the St. Louis metropolitan area research collaboration G.R.E.E.N. – The Green Roof Environmental Evaluation Network. G.R.E.E.N has been established to evaluate the performance of green roof technologies in the Midwestern United States. "Our goal is to evaluate the performance of green roof technology and to make the information available to users for development/establishment of green roofs." Dr. Retzlaff is the G.R.E.E.N Editor here at Greenroofs.com and contributes the occassional G.R.E.E.N Research Report. Reach Bill at: Box 1651, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1651; phone: 618.650.2728 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay up to date at the website at: www.green-siue.com and see the project in The Greenroof Projects Database.
Debbie Gaffney has a B.S. in Biology and a Secondary Teaching Certificate from SIUE. She completed her Master's in Environmental Science at SIUE in 2007. Debbie's thesis involved studying the storm water retention capabilities of modular green roofs filled with six engineered mediums and planted with Sedum. Her interests include green roof plant selection, information on Sedums and restoring native biodiversity. Contact Debbie at: email@example.com.
Julie Gibbs has a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a specialization in ecology, evolution, and the environment. Julie completed her Master's degree in environmental biology at SIUE in 2007. Her particular field of study: " My thesis involves evaluating the effects of four growing media, three fertilizer treatments, and three Sedum species on green roof performance in the Midwestern U.S. Contact Julie at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mariellen Sydow pursued a degree in Biology: Medical Sciences at SIUE and and graduated in May, 2008. Her interest in green roofs includes: stormwater retention and medium depth performance. Contact Mariellen at: 618.541.8742 or email@example.com.
Southwest Florida College
Lea Taliercio is pursuing a BS in Interior Design from the Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College. She said, "I already hold a BA degree in Art History from the University of Central Florida. I am currently studying to take the LEED-CI exam. My projected graduation date is December 2009. My main interest is sustainable design in general and plant selection for green roofs." Contact Lea at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Shana Ederer was a student at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Plant biology is one of her main areas of interest and she would like to learn more about research related to green roofs, and possibly, about graduate study in this area. Shana can be reached at: email@example.com.
Texas A&M University
Christophor Faust holds a PhD in the Interdisciplinary Engineering Department of Texas A&M University from August, 2005. A nuclear engineer by trade, he has been doing advanced building energy design work for a decade now. Christophor's PhD work is in “Passive Environmental Engineering” as it relates to the built environment. "My research deals with bio-mimicry and passive thermal engine technology, and I have use it to create two living, breathing, thinking environmental systems, which are called a Hauses, or sustainable homes. These dwellings are two of the safest, healthy, energy efficient and all-around sustainable man-made structures ever built, and they both have green roofing systems. My professional interests are in global sustainability, the built environment and balanced bio-climatic building energy design. As it turns out, I don’t know anything about plants; -o …except that they consume global greenhouse gasses, produce pretty flowers and when utilized within an “interactive” building energy design strategy, can eliminate the need for conventional heating, cooling and dehumidification systems in the home. I think that Green Roofs are going to be a very big part of the solution to our global environmental problems, and look forward to meeting other like minded student/professionals who want to be a part of making that reality come true. I have a brief associated with my research work/technology that I will send anyone who is interested." Contact Christophor at: 979.587.0839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Arizona
Brent Jacobsen was a Masters of Landscape Architecture Graduate Student at the University of Arizona with an expected graduation date of May 2009. Brent says "My particular interests are in the use of green roofs for social and environmental improvement in urban areas. Topics within this interest include use of green roofs to provide open space, restore native biodiversity, and generate positive economic benefits for underserved urban areas. My upcoming thesis will study the best methodology for planning a network of linked green roofs to benefit wildlife and human habitat in urban areas." Contact Brent at: email@example.com.
University of Calgary
Kelly Learned is currently working on her Master's Degree Project (MDP) for Planning in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). Kelly's MDP title is Green Roofs: Policies, Incentives and Recommendations for Calgary. She is researching the key drivers to implement green roof policies and incentives in the Calgary context, and would love to hear from anyone with interest in or suggestions regarding green roof policy. Contact Kelly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of California Berkeley
Mara Baum holds a Master's of Architecture and Masters of City Planning, and graduated in 2005. Mara's focus of study is in green building (MArch) and environmental urbanism (MCP), and she is interested in green roofs from a holistic perspective. Contact Mara at: email@example.com.
University of Cincinnati
Christine Robertson was a graduate student here pursuing a Master of Science – Urban Planning, specialization Environmental Planning, and graduated in 2007. Christine has a huge interest in greenroofs and sustainable design, as she works for the Sierra Club as a Conservation Program Coordinator. You can contact Christine at: firstname.lastname@example.org and 859.912.2021, or at the Sierra Club at: 513.861.4001; Fax: 513.761.6140; and email@example.com.
University of Colorado at Denver
Victor Kusmin was a graduate student of Landscape Architecture at the College of Architecture & Planning and prepared a feasibility study regarding a wide-scale incorporation of vegetated structures in the Denver Metro Area (as a studio project). He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Florida
Dieter Borrell is presently working on a Master Research Paper for his Master of Architecture, focusing the MRP on vertical landscapes. "What this encompass is the use of vegetation in the design of skyscrapers, and by using the same ideas of a greenroof, I am doing a technical research on possible ways of introducing vegetation to a building façade." He may be contacted at: email@example.com.
University of Georgia
Tim Carter received his PhD from the Institute of Ecology focusing on using greenroofs as part of GIS modeling for examining remediation of urban watersheds with several test greenroofs at UGA. Tim was also involved in SEEDS - Students and Educators for Ecological Design and Sustainability - an organization created by students from UGA's new College of Environment and Design. Read his August 2003 Feature Editorial, and see both of his Student Greenroof Research Projects. Tim is the former Student Editor of the Student Forum. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; Office of Public Service and Outreach, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia; phone 706.583.0463.
University of Guelph
Alexandra Thomas was an Environmental Engineering student at the University of Guelph, and she was the VP of Finance for Engineers Without Borders Guelph Chapter. Contact Alexandra at: phone 519.820.9765; email: email@example.com.
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Publisher's Note: Hawaii is approximately 2,550 miles southwest of Los Angeles, CA, in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. Politically it is part of North America, but geographically it is not part of any continent; this is why the University of Hawaii is listed under North America.
Leyla Cabugos holds a MS in the Ethnobotany program, Botany Department, at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, 3190 Maile Way, Room 101, Honolulu, HI 96822. Leyla graduated in January 2008. Her research focused on species selection, maintenance requirements, stormwater retention capacity and thermal performance of green roofs in Hawai`i. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. See the 02.06.08 video of Leila's research in an ABC interview here on GreenroofsTV, where you can also see footage of the Princeville Resort's greenroofs.
Ryan C. Long is a student studying Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, MS, at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa with an expected graduation date of 2011. His particular field of study/interest in greenroofs is in restoring native biodiversity, plant selection, and media depths. Contact Ryan at: email@example.com.
University of Illinois
Aaron Petri was an undergrad landscape architecture student at the University of Illinois, and graduated in Spring of 2006. He studied vegetation for green roofs and design for public use. Aaron is most interested in vegetation for high rises around 30 stories, so any information you have to share with him would be most beneficial. His e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org and his phone number is 708.738.4387.
Trevor Wukasch was a graduate student at the University of Illinois and decided to do his thesis work on "Green Roofs in Arid Climates." Trevor can be reached at: email@example.com.
University of Kansas
Mickey Htoo was an undergraduate architecture student at the University of Kansas and graduated in May, 2007. Mickey's focus was stormwater, grey water collection and waste water management, aesthetics of plant integration with buildings, and agriculture. He said, "I am currently researching for integrated systems of living walls and roof systems + grey/black water management that provides better ecological and aesthetic values to our future buildings." Contact Mickey at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 785.979.9154.
University of Michigan
Cigdem Ozturk was a MBA student studying marketing and the big picture of the greenroof industry in the U.S. She may be reached at: Cigdem.Ozturk@alcoa.com.
Joel Perkovich pursued a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and graduated in May 2007. His particular field of study/interest in greenroofs: expanding plant palettes and biodiversity on green roofs to enhance their ecological value, and design/build...just getting more green roofs built. Contact Joel at: email@example.com.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Lindsey K. Zuk studied Environmental Horticulture and graduated in May 2005. She was interested in "The promotion of green rooftops for conservation by providing the public with sites they can visit that includes education which interprets the benefits of green rooftops, and inspires those who view them to promote them." Lindsey may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of New Mexico
Susannah Abbey was a Masters of Landscape Architecture student at the University of New Mexico, and graduated in Spring 2007. Susannah said, "Since discovering this field I’ve been trying to learn as much as possible. I hope to design and build a greenroof for my Master’s project." She may be reached at: email@example.com.
Nichole Carnevale was a student in Masters in Community and Regional Planning at University of New Mexico with an expected graduation date of Spring 2009. Nichole says, "I am interested in sustainable materials and community-focused design. Green roofs, rainwater harvesting systems, passive solar designs and strawbale housing have been in the forefront of my research lately." Contact Nichole at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Melanie Williams is an undergraduate in geology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Class of 2010), and is involved in SPEAK (Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville). Melanie says, "I am currently attempting to start a greenroof initiative at UTK, and have seen a promising level of interest from the student body as well as from faculty. I'd like to be included in the directory so as to have help in networking while I compose a proposal for the administration to consider." Contact Melanie at: email@example.com
University of Texas at Arlington
Emily Drake was a Masters of Landscape Architecture student and graduated in May of 2004. The title of Emily's thesis was “Development Factors of Roof-Landscapes,” and "it investigates the historic and current factors that affect the development of roof top landscapes. These factors include: desire on the part of wealthy individuals to build roof top landscapes, physical need for protection from the elements, environmental impact, economic incentive, aesthetic appeal, research, and technology. Through a survey of key contributors to the field, I hope to gain insight into the current relevance of these factors affecting the development of roof top landscapes. Emily may be contacted further at: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Texas at Austin
Dylan Siegler was a Master of Science, Sustainable Design student and graduated in May 2006. She said, "I'm working on my MS thesis right now—my research question is "What are the mechanisms by which green roofs might become more common in Central Texas?" In practice, that means I'm studying the beginnings of the green roof movement in the Austin area, interviewing regional stakeholders in policy and the building/development world about their perspectives on the green roof question in our climate and regulatory atmosphere. I'll be looking at the results of those qualitative interviews in light of some recent literature on technology transfer/diffusion of sustainable techniques, with the goal of recommending some (I hope) novel ways of getting green roofs on the fast track to more mainstream use in this area. I worked with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to help build their green roof research study in the spring of 2005 (see: www.greenroofresearch.com), and I'll be watching that study closely as it progresses. Please feel free to get in touch via email, especially if you have a policy interest in green roofs, or insight into their physical viability in the American Southwest!" Email Dylan at: dylansiegler(at)gmail.com.
University of Virginia
Amy Whitcomb was co-president of Student Alliance for Virginia's Environment (SAVE) at University of Virginia. The group is always looking for new and interesting projects and issues to tackle, and many are ecologists and/or architects interested in learning more about greenroofs. She may be contacted at: email@example.com.
University of Washington
Nancy Rottle, RLA, ASLA, is Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture at The University of Washington, who has had much much experience with greenroofs, including those at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center in Seattle. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erik Stromberg was a landscape architecture graduate student at the University of Washington who is looking at pursuing a small GIS component and a small design component. He is interested in attempting to model the most effective ordinance or incentive program for Seattle in terms of greenroofs. Eric may be reached at: email@example.com.
University of Waterloo
Kyle Vander Linden obtained his Master's of Environmental Studies in Planning at the University of Waterloo, and graduated in Spring, 2007. Kyle said, " My interest is in stormwater quantitative and qualitative performance. Further, how green roof performance can possibly equate to a tax credit if a stormwater user fee program is adopted by the local government." Contact Kyle at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone: 519.342.2609.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Melissa Guarin holds a Master's of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and graduated in May 2006. Her interests include working on direct research for UWM campus stormwater management and applications of green roofs. Melissa may be contacted at: email@example.com.
University of Wyoming
Thomas Gregory is working on his bachelors in Geography, with an estimated graduation date of Fall 2010. He says, "Right now I am working with a member of the UW horticulture department studying the best ways to maintain a green roof in the often harsh and unpredictable environment of Laramie, Wyoming. Variables being studied include plant species, substrate depth, and irrigation patterns. I am interested in all aspects of green roof benefits, however I am especially interested in the integration of green roofs with water resource management." Contact Thomas at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upper Canada College (UCC), Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Stephanie Foster is the Executive Director for the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at Upper Canada College, and writes "As part of our recent Master Plan process we identified a few opportunities for installing green roofs on our campus, and this is part of the design for a new Twin Pad Arena that we are fundraising for. We are also in the early stages of deciding what kind of a roof(s) we want, where, and some structural studies to assess whether some of our older buildings can withstand the weight without reinforcement. For a brief summary of what UCC is doing, check out our Green School website, which we are currently re-vamping and updating." Contact Stephanie at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Upper Canada College, 200 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4V 1W6; phone: 416.488.1125, ext. 2306.
Virginia Tech, College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Gregory Long pursued a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech and graduated in Fall 2007. Gregory said, "I am currently preparing my thesis on establishing 'Greenroof policies for the District of Columbia. Most of my research has been collected from greenroofs that I have designed, constructed, and have monitored while practicing landscape architecture in the D.C. Metropolitan area over the last eight years. Researchers interested in understanding how greenroof systems can be used for stormwater management in older cities with combined sewer systems will find some of the data I have collected invaluable...as part of my thesis I am also basing some of my policies on expected energy savings and the heat island benefits that these systems can be expected to achieve." Read Greg's Guest Feature/Student Guest Article of September 2006 entitled "ENVISIONING A “GREENROOF” POLICY FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - Implementing Strategies to Encourage Alternative Stormwater Best Management Practices" here. Read about Greg's company, Capitol Greenroofs, in The Greenroof Directory. Contact Gregory at: email@example.com or by phone: 301.452.1144.
Sarah Murphy graduated in May 2005 with a major in Horticulture, and is interested in working with the industry cooperatively, also looking into how we can make green roofs as sustainable as possible-using recycled, local and diverse materials, and in using green roofs as a tool in strengthening communities. Contact Sarah at: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 540.557.7693
Washington University in St. Louis
Brittany Hagedorn was an undergrad student in Systems Engineering, and graduated in 2008. Brittany writes, "I am interested in green roofs because I am a member of Engineers without Borders and we are looking to initiate some green projects in the St. Louis Area." Contact Brittany at: email@example.com.
Christopher Caldwell was a Masters student at York University in Toronto, Canada, pursuing a systems approach to urban planning for sustainable communities, and graduated in 2008. Chris continues to work part-time with OCETA (Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement) providing project work, communications and web site development. Chris has also won a national award (2006) for proposing an urban sprawl index: http://www.statcan.ca/english/liaison/impact.htm.
Federal University of Florianópolis (UFSC), Santa Catarina-Brazil
Sergio Parizotto Filho, ARQ / M. Eng, is a post graduate student in the research program (PhD program) in Civil Construction from the Federal University of Florianópolis (UFSC), in Santa Catarina, Brazil. Sergio's interest in greenroofs lies in thermal performance and energy analysis (heat and mass transfer). Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arq. Alberto Lohmann is an architect who pursued his Pós-Graduação: Projeto e tecnologia do Ambiente Construído / Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - UFSC (Post-Graduation: Design and Technology of Building Environment / Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis) and graduated in 2007. Alberto's interest in green roofs pertains to their technology and working in development of green roofs in Florianopolis, Brazil (Master's degree). His research includes plant selection, layers as membranes and substrate, the restoration of native biodiversity, etc. Contact Alberto at: email@example.com.
Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Paraná, Brazil
Wânia Nascimento is an architect and received his master's degree in the research program in Civil Construction from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), in Paraná, Brazil, with emphasis on Building Comfort and Energy Efficiency and she graduated in March, 2008. Wânia says, "I am studying the barriers for the establishment of green roofs in Brazil, but my interests concern all about the green roofs subject, specially technology transfer, thermal performance, species and substrate selection considering tropical climates." Contact Wânia at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal University of São Carlos, São Paulo- Brazil
Caroline Morais was a student of the Master course in Civil Construction from the Federal University of São Carlos, São Paulo- Brazil. She developed research about thermal performance of greenroofs, and would like to exchange information at: email@example.com.
Universidad Latina de Costa Rica
Marinelly Montoya Vásquez was an Architecture student at the graduate level in the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. She received her undergraduate degree in January, 2006. Marinelly's particular field of interest in greenroofs is with stormwater retention performance, thermal performance, energy analysis, plant selection, etc. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Christine graduated in Spring 2005 as a MSc student in Penn State's Department of Horticulture's Centre for Green Roof Research. Her project studied the effect of different medium depths on plant performance, seeking a balance between depth and effective green roof function (stormwater retention, persistent plant community). Read more about Christine in About Us.
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