Dr. Elizabeth Doran is an environmental engineer and scientist with expertise in engineering research, sustainability, and social-ecological systems modeling. Her research employs systems thinking and an engineering approach to address challenges at the human-nature interface including 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. In her recent research affiliation with the Vermont EPSCoR Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) Project, Elizabeth focused on the role of diverse actors in affecting downstream water quality using both agent-based and integrated modeling approaches.
Dr. Doran currently holds a Research Assistant Professor appointment in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Vermont where she is also a member of the Transportation Research Center. She completed her dissertation work at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in the Division of Earth and Ocean Science, and she holds a masters in mechanical engineering from the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. Her recent book, Innovations in Home Energy Use: A Sourcebook for Behavior Change is available from Amazon or by request.