Meet The Green Grok Team

Head Grok :: Dr. Bill Chameides

Bill Chameides, dean of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment since 2007, combines more than 30 years in academia as a professor, researcher, teacher, and mentor with a three-year stint in the nonprofit world as the chief scientist of Environmental Defense Fund. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s MacElwane Award, and is included in ISIHighlyCited, a compendium of “the most highly influential scientists and scholars worldwide,” comprising less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers.

Bill has served on numerous national and international committees and task forces and was named a National Associate of the National Academies in recognition of “extraordinary service.” In November, 2008, he was appointed the Vice Chair of the Committee on America’s Climate Choices, commissioned by Congress to develop a multidecadal road map for America’s response to climate change.

Bill’s research focuses on the atmospheric sciences, elucidating the causes of and remedies for global, regional, and urban environmental change and identifying pathways towards a more sustainable future. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and seven books. He earned his B.A. from SUNY Binghamton and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

A gifted communicator, Bill has been an important voice in the online world, educating the public at large about things scientific and environmental. Recognizing the power of the Internet, he inaugurated the Climate411 blog in February 2007 while chief scientist at EDF. After becoming the dean of the Nicholas School, he launched, a blog about science, sustainability and the environment. Through partnerships (e.g., the Great Energy Challenge blog by National GeographicEnsia, The Energy Collective and Conservation Magazine), guest blogging (, crosspostings (Huffington Post), and syndication (, Bill has widened his outreach efforts to help create a better informed society.

Bill is widely published beyond the Web world as well. And he has been featured in various outlets, including NPR, ABC, CNN, CNBC, and NBC.

Bill blogs regularly here at You can follow him on Twitter @thegreengrok.


Grok Editor :: Erica Rowell

A published author with more than 15 years of combined experience writing for news outlets and web sites, Erica Rowell has focused on environmental science since 2003. She spearheaded Environmental Defense Fund’s guide to energy-saving lights, creating what Smithsonian Magazine called “the best CFL guide on the Internet.”

Since February 2008, she has been the Nicholas School of the Environment’s online managing editor. Got an idea to share? Write her at yourgrok [at] thegreengrok [dot] com.


Grok Researcher :: Wendy Graber

Armed with a Masters in Geology from Duke, Wendy Graber worked in the front lines as an environmental consultant for 15 years applying science to solve real-world problems. She is happy to be back in academia, focusing on science and its role in shaping the policies of the coming decades.

You can reach her at wendy dot graber at duke dot edu.


Grok Technician :: Stephanie Guay

Director of Web Projects for the Nicholas School at Duke, Stephanie has more than 20 years experience developing and maintaining Web sites.

Technical inquiries about the blog can go to Stephanie at webmanager at nicholas dot duke dot edu.


TheGreenGrok Caricature Artist :: Richard Clark

TheGreenGrok Art Richard Clark (Zippy Studio)

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