Research Team

Wie Yusuf

Dr. Wie Yusuf is Associate Professor in the School of Public Service at Old Dominion University. She is Chair of the ODU Resilience Collaborative Steering Committee and leads a university-wide, interdisciplinary initiative pursuing engaged research and practice in the area of resilience. She is a policy scholar who focuses on policy issues that emerge at the intersection of governments, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, businesses, and civil society. She teaches courses in public policy, public budgeting and finance, ethics, and multi-sectoral public service.

Michelle Covi

Michelle Covi is an assistant professor of practice in the Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at Old Dominion University and is a Virginia Sea Grant extension partner, helping to connect expertise in our universities to address climate change and sea level rise adaptation issues. She has a PhD in Coastal Resources Management from East Carolina University and focuses her research on climate change and sea level rise risk perception, communication and public participation in regional decision-making.

Gail Nicula

Dr. Gail Nicula is an adjunct professor in the School of Public Service, Strome College of Business, Old Dominion University. She developed and currently teaches two courses in ODU’s MPA program: Community Participation and Wicked Problems in Public Administration. She spent most of her career as a Federal civilian in a Dept. of Defense graduate military university. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Studies Management from Old Dominion University. She is committed to fostering civic engagement at the local level.

Daniel Richards

Daniel P. Richards is Associate Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Old Dominion University. He is co-editor of Posthuman Praxis in Technical Communication (2018) and editor of On Teacher Neutrality: Politics, Praxis, and Performativity (2019). His work has appeared in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, Communication Design Quarterly, Composition Forum, and several edited collections. His current research is split between the politics of writing instruction and communicating environmental risks to the public, with an emphasis on visual modes of communication.

Afi Anuar

Afi Anuar is the Data Scientist for this research team. He provides technical (i.e. weTable troubleshoot) and data analytics support for the community outreach events. He is also the designer for this website. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University.