Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Doran is an environmental engineer and scientist with expertise and experience in engineering, modeling and sustainability, modeling. Her research employs systems thinking and an engineering approach to address challenges at the human-nature interface. Examples include urban climate and the built environment, energy use and efficiency, production and consumption in mega urban systems, and the influence of land use and land cover on freshwater systems.


Doran, Elizabeth M. B., Asim Zia, Stephanie E. Hurley, Yushiou Tsai,
Christopher Koliba, Carol Adair, Rachel E. Schattman, Donna M. Rizzo, V.
Ernesto Mendez. (IN PRESS) “Social-Psychological Determinants of Farmer
Intention to Adopt Nutrient Best Management Practices: Implications for
Resilient Adaptation to Climate Change.” Journal of Environmental

Doran, Elizabeth M. B., Jay S. Golden, and Billie Turner, II. (2017)
“Coupled Systems and Challenge Nexus: Two Emerging Approaches to
Sustainability Science.” Current Opinion In Environmental Sustainability,
29:138-144. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.01.013.

Doran, Elizabeth M. B. and Jay S. Golden. (2016) “Climate and
Sustainability Implications of Land Use Alterations in an Urbanizing Region:
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.” Journal of Environmental Protection,
7(7):1072-1088. DOI: 10.4236/jep.2016.77096.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Urban climate; land use and land cover change;
social-ecological systems; systems modeling


  • Ph.D. Earth Science, Duke University
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Duke University
  • B.S. Env. Engineering, Tufts University


  • 802-656-7352
Office Location:

23 Mansfield Ave. Rm 210