A number of faculty are engaged in sustainability research (based on STARS v2.2).

Sustainability research is research and scholarship that explicitly addresses the concept of sustainability, furthers our understanding of the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems, or has a primary and explicit focus on a major sustainability challenge.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals illustrate the breadth of sustainability and major sustainability challenges.

This list is meant to serve as a guide for students interested in doing sustainability research while at Elon. It is organized by academic department. This may not be an all inclusive list. Please let us know if someone should be added to the list.


Hani Tadros


Samantha DiRosa


David Vandermast

Dave Gammon

Linda Niedziela

Brant Touchette

Mike Kingston


Karl Sienerth

Justin Clar

Jen Dabrowski

Anthony Rizzuto


Barbara Miller

Brian Walsh ‡


Casey DiRienzo ‡

Tina Das

Steve DeLoach

Brooks Depro

Education & Wellness

Scott Morrison ‡


Cassie Kircher


Elena Kennedy ‡

Environmental Studies

Robert Charest

Amanda Chunco

Janet MacFall


Raj Gupta ‡

Chris Harris ‡

History and Geography

Honglin Xiao

Ryan Kirk

Human Service Studies

Carmen Monico

International Business

Carri Tolmie


Christy Benson

Susan Manring

Matthew Perrigino

Rosey Bao

Brittany Mercado

Jay O’Toole


Martin Fowler

Political Science and Policy Studies

Aaron Sparks


Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler

Religious Studies

Toddie Peters

Geoffrey Claussen

Sociology and Anthropology

Rissa Trachman

Robert Perdue

Tom Mould

Sport Management

Young Do Kim

‡ Indicates a faculty member who teaches in one of the graduate programs.

Learn more about each faculty member listed above

Sustainability Research Grants are available on a competitive basis for students who are or will be engaged in independent, faculty-mentored undergraduate research related to sustainability.