Environmental Research Centers

The following research centers and institutes are all pursuing environmental research as all or part of their mission at the University of Delaware or one of our regional research partners and are directed by one or more faculty affiliated with DENIN:

Center for Applied Coastal Research: a focal point for research in coastal processes and coastal engineering
Director: Nobuhisa Kabayashi

Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration: facilitating the transition to power generation using carbon-free geophysical flows, including surface wind, geostrophic winds, and ocean currents
Director: Jeremy Firestone

Center for Energy & Environmental Policy: leading institution for interdisciplinary graduate education, research, and advocacy in energy and environmental policy
Director: John Byrne

Center for Environmental Genomics: cutting-edge research in environmental genomics
Director: David Kirchman

Center for Experimental and Applied Economics: exploring a wide variety of economic and consumer behaviors
Director: Kent Messer

Center for Fuel Cells and Batteries: promote fundamental and applied research on fuel cells, batteries, and electrochemical capacitors, as well as address critical issues and barriers to commercialize these electrochemical technologies
Director: Bingqing Wei

Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER): regional networking hub in environmental and life sciences based at Delaware State University
Director: Venu Kalavacharla

Center for Remote Sensing: remote sensing of the physical, geological, and biological properties of the oceans and the coastal zone
Directors: Xiao-Hai Yan and Victor Klemas

Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy: integrating ethics and public policy inquiry with scientific research, the university curricula, private sector innovation, and government policy making
Director: Thomas M. Powers

Center for the Study of Pollutants in the Environment: multi-institutional consortium of scientists and engineers working to further the understanding of processes affecting the fate and effects of pollutants in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
Director: Dominic M. DiToro

Delaware Center for Transportation: applied research, education and training, workforce development, and technology transfer in the transportation field
Director: Chris Meehan

Delaware Energy Institute: creating and integrating new solutions to challenges in energy sufficiency and sustainability
Director: Dion Vlachos

Delaware Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Center (DEMAC): collects, organizes, archives, and disseminates data from environmental monitoring efforts across the state of Delaware
Director: Daniel Leathers

Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS):  provides state agencies and the citizens of Delaware with immediate information about environmental conditions in and around the state and archives data for historical environmental studies and research
Director: Kevin Brinson

Delaware Geological Survey: geologic and hydrologic research and exploration; dissemination of information through publication and public service
Director: David R. Wunsch

Disaster Research Center: social scientific study of disasters
Directors: James Kendra and Tricia Wachtendorf

Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy: research and policy studies on the management of ocean and coastal areas at national, regional, and global scales
Director: Biliana Cicin-Sain

Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands:  assisting the world’s governments with policy issues related to oceans, coasts, and small island developing states
Director: Biliana Cicin-Sain

Halophyte Biotechnology Center: sustainable saline agriculture and wetlands restoration
Directors: John L. Gallagher and Denise M. Seliskar

Institute for Energy Conversion:  developing the fundamental science and engineering base required to improve photovoltaic device performance and processing technologies, then effectively transferring these laboratory results to large-scale manufacturing
Director: Bill Shafarman

Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS): one of eleven regional associations of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System
Director: Carolyn Thoroughgood

Water Resources Agency: water resources planning and policy assistance to governments in Delaware, the Delaware Valley, and along the Eastern Seaboard
Director: Gerald J. Kauffman