Jennifer Tank


Jennifer Tank is the Director of the Environmental Change Initiative. Tank has been actively involved at ND-ECI, serving as the Research Lead for the Land Use Program and the Director of the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF).

Tank is the Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on nutrient and carbon cycling in streams and rivers, and her recent efforts have been to quantify the effects of conservation practices on water quality in the agricultural Midwest.

An international authority on the cycling of nutrients in freshwater ecosystems, Tank has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles on nitrogen and carbon cycling in streams and rivers. Tank received her doctoral degree from Virginia Tech and she is a 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow.

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Patrick Regan 


Patrick Regan is the Associate Director of the Environmental Change Initiative for ND-GAIN. In this role, Regan leads academic scholarship around ND-GAIN by amplifying faculty engagement in climate adaptation, identifying funding opportunities to enhance the University’s climate research capacity, directing scholarly output and products, as well as other responsibilities to promote the shared goals of ND-ECI and ND-GAIN.

Regan is a Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His primary research has focused on the role of external actors in managing armed conflict. He studies how interventions shape conflict, paying particular attention to the interaction between military interventions and diplomatic mediation in civil wars. Regan is also exploring the conditions under which water scarcity driven by climate changes influences the likelihood of observing armed conflict. 

He is the author of four books, The Politics of Global Climate Change (Paradigm, 2014), Sixteen Million One: Understanding Civil War (Paradigm, 2010), Civil Wars and Foreign Powers (Michigan, 2000), and Organizing Societies for War (Praeger, 1994).

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Joanna McNulty


Joanna McNulty serves as Business Manager of the Environmental Change Initiative. She plays a crucial role at the organization in helping coordinate ECI’s activities on a wide variety of portfolios including grant writing, grant management, budgeting, and personnel. When she’s not busy running the day-to-day operations of the Initiative, she also develops and coordinates many of the ECI’s outreach activities and workshops, as well as participating in research.

A 1990 graduate of Notre Dame, Joanna holds a BS in biology and was a secondary science teacher for several years before returning to the University in 2002.

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Alex Gumm


As program associate, Alex Gumm provides marketing and communications support for the Environmental Change Initiative. In addition to activity development and management, Alex is responsible for the development, implementation and creative direction of all marketing and communications strategies designed to reach both internal and external audiences.  She also provides administrative assistance to ECI management staff and affiliated researchers.  

A recent graduate of Ball State University, Alex holds a BS in public relations. She has prior experience in graphic design and event planning. 

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Affiliated Faculty

A number of faculty from a wide variety of fields of study work with the Environmental Change Initiative.

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