Gregory W. Characklis

Dr. Characklis joined the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in March 2001, and currently serves as the Philip C. Singer Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering.  His primary research interests involve developing solutions to water resource challenges through systems-based approaches that integrate consideration of both engineering and economic principles. Specific areas of interest include the development of more efficient (e.g., market-based) approaches for managing water resources, the economic and environmental tradeoffs associated with energy production, and the development of new tools and strategies for managing environmental financial risks. In the past, he has also directed several laboratory and field studies that explore the role particles play in microbial transport, research with particular relevance in the development of water quality models used to evaluate the location and severity of microbial contamination.

In addition to his faculty appointment, Dr. Characklis serves as the Director of the Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems, an entity that bridges UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health and Institute for the Environment.  He also serves as an Editor for the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, as well as on the Editorial Board of the journal Water Security.  In 2012, he was elected to the Board of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and was subsequently selected by the Board to serve as AEESP President in 2015-16.  In 2014 he was selected as a Fellow by the Kavli Frontiers of Science, an initiative of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2010 he was named a Leopold Environmental Leadership Fellow by Stanford University's Woods Institute. 

Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Characklis spent two years as Director of Resource Development and Management at Azurix Corp., where his responsibilities centered around assessing the technical and financial merits of water supply development projects throughout the U. S., including most of the western states. Before entering the private sector, he spent two years in Washington, D.C. as a fellow with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) where he co-authored a study on industrial environmental performance metrics for U.S. manufacturers and conducted work related to market-based reform of environmental policy.

Dr. Characklis holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Rice University and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.  He and his wife Raquel have three children, daughters Katie (born 1999) and Kayla (born 2002), and son Will (born 2009).

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