Gregory W. Characklis

Dr. Characklis has been on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering since 2001. 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.

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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