Javier Francisco-Ortega is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, where he teaches and studies plant systematics with a focus on using molecular tools to establish phylogenetic relationships among taxa. He is also the head of FIU/Fairchild Plant Molecular Systematics Laboratory for the Center for Tropical Plant Conservation at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Girma Bitsuamlak is an assistant professor whose background is in building engineering, with a focus on wind engineering. At present he is active in Wall of Wind (WoW) full scale experimental hurricane research as well as CFD-based computational research. He is also active in application of wind engineering and building science principles towards achieving sustainable built environment goals.
Anuradha Godavarty is an associate professor of biomedical engineering focused on optical-based molecular imaging and tomography. She is currently developing a frequency-domain optical imaging system for imaging studies on phantoms and small animal models, designing and testing new fluorescent contrast agents for optical-based molecular imaging, and continuing her lifetime-based optical imaging and tomographic studies.
Heidi Scott is an assistant professor of English. Her area of expertise is literary ecocriticism, with special consideration of 19th-century British literature. Her interests include the history of the industrial revolution, resource consumption, and climate change, and she has published on science and rhetoric, evolutionary theory, and the history of ecological science.
Shlomi Dinar is an assistant professor of international relations at FIU. His area of research pertains to the intersection between international environmental politics, security studies and international negotiation. Dinar directs the Middle East Society, which brings local and international experts to FIU to speak on matters related to the Middle East.
Roberto Rovira is chair of the landscape architecture department and a registered landscape architect. His teaching, research and creative work explore the field of landscape architecture and the shifting relationship among cities, communities and ecologies. Rovira’s projects often test the concepts of time and transformation through design and fine art.
Pete Markowitz is a physicist with expertise in electromagnetic production of quarks. As a researcher, he is involved with one of the largest scientific experiments in the world at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. The experiment involves 1,940 scientists and engineers from 38 countries, including a number of FIU undergraduate and graduate students.
Steven Oberbauer is a biology professor at FIU. His research focuses in the response of plants and vegetation to stress and climate change and regularly takes him to the Alaskan tundra and the Costa Rican rainforest. A published author, he has received more than $2 million in external funding for his research in the last two years.
Nadja Schreiber Compo is a forensic psychologist, exploring the minds of witnesses often deemed the most vulnerable. This includes everything from young children to intoxicated adults. Her goal is to explore how investigative interviewing techniques can influence these witnesses and to provide real-world data on the reliability of these witnesses and their statements.
Mary Jo Trepka is an associate professor of epidemiology in the Roberty Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. Her research focuses on racial disparities in AIDS survival and seeks to find the reason why African Americans diagnosed with HIV/AIDs have lower survival rates than Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites diagnosed with the disease.
Paula Matthusen is a composer of electroacoustic and acoustic music. In addition to writing for a variety of different ensembles, she collaborates with choreographers and theater companies and creates sound installations. She writes for diverse instrumentations, such as ping-pong balls and electronics. Her work often considers discrepancies in musical space – real, imagined and remembered.
Dionne Stephens is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research examines the socio-historical factors shaping minority populations’ sexual health processes, with emphasis on gender and ethnic/racial identity development. Her research examines the sexual script development's influence on sexual risk outcomes and aims to identify developmental factors promoting resilience and buffering negative sexual health outcomes.
DeEtta Mills directs FIU’s research in DNA profiling of non-human organisms including animals, plants, microbial communities and hallucinogenic mushrooms. She has had the opportunity to undertake some of the most unique and bizarre DNA cases imaginable, including profiling the wild mustang populations out west and overseeing testing of a bullet thought to have passed through Big Foot.
Wendy Silverman is a professor of psychology and director of the Child and Family Psychosocial Research Center at FIU. Her research interests are in the area of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Her funded research (with Bill Kurtines) has focused on designing and evaluating psychosocial interventions to help reduce youth who suffer from these problems.
Angela Salmon is assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Her interest in the interplay between cognition and language and literacy development has led her to conduct research in such areas as children’s theory of mind, metacognition, language and literacy development, teacher’s discourse in the classroom, music and thinking, and the development of communities of practice.
Michael Heithaus is a marine biologist who loves exploring the world’s oceans. He investigates potential impacts to our ecosystems as the population numbers of the oceans’ predators continue to drop. His goal is to not only find solutions to help these populations, but also educate the general public about the role these animals play.
Randall Roark is an assistant professor of nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at FIU. He coordinates the university’s participation in Project HOPE, an initiative that takes nursing students aboard naval hospital ships for medical missions. Randall also serves on the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Committee.
Joel Trexler is a professor of biological science and the director of the Marine Science Program. His research interests include ecology of fishes, population and community dynamics of fishes and aquatic invertebrates, the role of tropic interactions and physical-environmental variation in community regulation, evolution of life history patterns, and phenotypic plasticity and population genetics, among other areas.
Dharam Persaud is a doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering, focusing on biomaterials and cell and tissue engineering. Currently, he is working with Dr. Norman Munroe and Dr. Anthony McGoron on a project he developed involving new biomaterials that can be used as endovascular medical devices for the treatment of neurovascular aneurysms.
Marilys Nepomechie is an associate professor in architecture. Her design, research, and writing focus on the subject of cultural identity and architectural form. In both her teaching and practice, she focuses on design that renders communities truly sustainable ¬– financially, environmentally, culturally and socially. Nepomechie also leads the multi-disciplinary FIU solar decathlon team.
Jerry Haar is the director of the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center and associate dean for International Programs at the FIU College of Business. Although his teaching and research activities focus on macro issues such as competitiveness, political economy and trade, and multinational enterprises, he pays equal attention to small and medium size entrepreneurial firms.
David Cohen’s research seeks to develop lines of critical thought as alternatives to bio-psychiatric conceptions of distress and misbehavior and to conventional views about the “safety and efficacy” of psychiatric drug treatment. His contributions to clinical practice including elaborating professional and self-help methods aimed at clients withdrawing from the use of psychiatric drugs, and helping clinicians assess clients’ medication histories.
Richard Olson is a professor and director of extreme events research at FIU. His early work focused on economic sanctions and coercion, primarily in First World-Third World relations. Starting in the 1980s, Olson moved into the multidisciplinary field of disaster research, arguing for understanding and analyzing disasters and catastrophes as inherently and inescapably political, and often as crises.
Arvind Agarwal is a professor and materials engineer. His research focuses on plasma spraying, carbon nanotube-based nanotechnology, coatings and advanced materials. Applications include biocompatible coatings for orthopedics, ultrahigh temperature aerospace materials and coatings for solar cells. He is currently studying the mechanical behavior of biological materials and developing new diagnostic techniques in association with biologists.
Hugh Willoughby is a distinguished research professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, where he teaches meteorology. His hurricane-research interests include analysis of aircraft observations, formulation of theoretical models of motion and intensification, and analysis of economic and human impacts. Much of his passion for meteorology stems from his days with the Navy and NOAA.
Ranu Jung is professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She was at the forefront of the emergence of computational neuroscience and neural engineering. Her personal research effort has established and expanded a program that fuses the two fields to develop biologically-inspired neurotechnology – translating laboratory research into clinical application.