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Kathleen D. Morrison, Faculty Co-Lead
Kathleen Morrison is the Chair of the Department of Anthropology and the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology. Her research is focused on governing regimes, agricultural change, and their environmental impacts in the Deccan Plateau of South India. Her books include Daroji Valley: Landscape History, Place, and the Making of a Dryland Reservoir System, The Vijayanagara Metropolitan Survey, and Fields of Victory: Vijayanagara and the Course of Intensification. Prof. Morrison earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992, her M.A. from the University of the New Mexico in 1987, and her B.A. From the University of Notre Dame 1984. (Learn more)
Joseph S. Francisco, Faculty Co-Lead
Joseph S. Francisco is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the president of the American Chemical Society from 2009-2010. He is currently a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In his research, Prof. Francisco has applied new tools from theoretical chemistry to atmospheric chemical problems to enhance our understanding of chemistry in the atmosphere at the molecular level. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977. (Learn more)
Melissa Brown Goodall, Senior Director
Melissa Brown Goodall joined the Environmental Innovations Initiative in 2021 as its inaugural Senior Director. In this role, she is developing a strategic vision to leverage Penn’s academic strengths and foster collaboration across disciplines to address the most pressing global environmental challenges of our time. Before coming to Penn, Melissa was at Yale University – first with the School of the Environment, then with the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and finally with the Office of Sustainability. Melissa is the Director of the Global University Climate Forum and a Strategic Advisor to the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies in 2015 and a joint degree in Resource Management and Administration in 1998 from Antioch University and her B.F.A. in Acting from New York University in 1992.
Kelley Widerman, Associate Director for Outreach
Before joining the Environmental Innovations Initiative in 2021, Kelley worked on campus for The Penn Fund team serving in both fundraising and marketing roles. In this position, she will employ her strengths in these areas to bring visibility to the Initiative while building connections to advance its mission. Kelley is also pursuing a Master of Environmental Studies at the University with a focus in environmental policy. Her capstone work will focus on communicating the effectiveness of nature-based solutions for coastal flooding as an alternative to traditional approaches. She earned her B.A. in Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University.