Jennifer Tank


Jennifer Tank is the Director of 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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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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