This summer, ODU is hosting a summer research team led by NSU faculty Dr. Camille Okpodu and Dr. Bernadette Holmes as part of an interdisciplinary, multi-institution collaborative summer research project.  The project, titled “A Systems Approach:  Developing Cross-Site Multiple Drivers to Understand Climate Change, Sea-level Rise and Coastal Flooding for an African American Community in Portsmouth, VA,” is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team (SRT) Program. The program aims to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS.

ODU Resilience Collaborative (ODU-RC) researchers Dr. Wie Yusuf (School of Public Service), Dr. Michelle Covi (Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, and Virginia Sea Grant), Dr. Joshua Behr (VMASC), Dr. Larry Atkinson (Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) and Dr. Gail Nicula (School of Public Service) are also working with the NSU team, representing the DHS Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina.

Several NSU and ODU students are involved in the project.

  • Raisa Barrera, Graduating Senior, Biology (NSU)
  • Mikel Johnson, Rising Senior, Sociology (NSU)
  • Bryan Clayborne, Rising Senior, Sociology (NSU)
  • Donta Council, Doctoral student, Public Administration and Policy (ODU)
  • Isaiah Amos, Master’s students, Ecological Sciences (ODU)

The student researchers will be presenting their research on Friday, July 28th from noon-2pm.

The presentations will be held in the Learning Commons (attached to the Perry Library) Room 1310-1311 on the ODU campus. (A map of the ODU campus is available here:

Presentations are also available via WebEx at, and will be recorded.