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When disaster strikes, UM’s experts can help make sense of it. Although hurricanes are understandably one of our specialties, we have experts who can talk about flooding, fire, tsunami, earthquakes and other wild weather too.

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Dr. Eberli is an expert on geology and geophysics of carbonates; geology of the Bahamas, Florida and Cuba; sea level changes in the modern and ancient; deep-water coral reefs in the Caribbean and especially in the Straits of Florida and petroleum geology and its dangers. He is  the director of the CSL – Center for Carbonate […]

Department of Psychology College of Arts and Sciences Director of Clinical Training at the University of Miami. Dr. La Greca focuses on children’s reactions to trauma (especially natural disasters), adolescent peer relations (including peer victimization) and on anxiety and coping in children and adolescents. Dr. La Greca’s research team documented the effects of post-traumatic stress […]

Senior Research Associate Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Brian is an expert on hurricanes and is knowledgeable about severe weather and tornadoes. He has blogged for the Washington Post since 2012 as their tropical weather expert, and has been a tornado chaser since 1998. Department Website/CV RSMAS Blog: Tornadoes vs. Hurricanes 

Associate Professor, Department of Meterology and Physical Oceanography Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Dr. Nolan studies the fundamental mechanics of hurricanes – how they work, what causes the rapid changes in hurricane intensity, and how the frequency and intensity of hurricanes may (or may not) change with a changing climate. He also focuses on […]

Terri A. Scandura, Ph.D., is a professor of Management at the University of Miami School of Business Administration and also serves as the dean of Graduate Education at the University of Miami. Her specialty areas include organizational behavior and leadership and motivation. Her research focuses on work relationships—enhancing personal and organizational performance, including supervisor-subordinate relationships, mentoring, […]

A professor of geography and regional studies in the College of Arts and Sciences,  Dr. Sheskin specializes in the geopolitics of the Middle Eastern region. He also serves as director of the Jewish Demography Project at the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. Office: (305) 284-6693 Home: (954) 435-7070 Cell: (954) 558-2933 […]

Dr. Solo-Gabriele is the associate dean for research at the College of Engineering. She has extensive experience in an array of areas, including microbes in ocean water and beach sand, water flows within the Everglades watershed, and metals in pressure treated wood. She is an expert on the infrastructure of Cuba, specifically water and wastewater systems. She […]

Harold R. Wanless, Ph.D., is chairman and a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Cooper Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is available to discuss effects of hurricanes on coastal environments, coastal erosion and post hurricane recovery processes.  He has an active research program documenting hurricane effects on coastal environments; […]

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