PSM Faculty and Research Staff

Dr. Tolessa Deksissa is the Director of the Water Resources Research and the founder and current Director of the Professional Science Master’s Program in Water Resources Management and the new UDC’s Environmental Quality Testing (EQTL) Laboratory. His research expertise includes: water quality assessment and modeling, emerging contaminants, GIS based modeling of green infrastructure,  trace metal analysis in urban soils, fate and transport of organic contaminants in water, modeling integrated urban wastewater system, adaptive water resources management and fostering significant learning in sciences. Dr. Deksissa serves as a member of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Research and Outreach Collaborative Steering Committee and the emerging contaminant and agriculture working group of Potomac Drinking Water Source Protection Partnership. He is currently spearheads the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference Certification of the EQTL. Dr. Deksissa is also the co-founder of CAUSES. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Technology from Ghent University, Belgium. Contact

Dwane Jones, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and the Coordinator for the PSM concentration in urban sustainability. He is a nationally recognized expert in low impact development. His research interests include complete streets, active transportation, public health, and social interaction in public spaces. He has also taught and conducted research in the areas of water quality management, urban planning and design, low impact development, conservation design, and urban sustainability. The Center for Sustainable Development also includes a world-class water quality research lab as part of its Water Resources Research Institute. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. in Urban Design from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Matthew Richardson is the Assistant Director for Urban Agriculture Research, in the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education and the PSM coordinator of the PSM concentration in urban agriculture. He earned degrees in Biology and Entomology at the University of Delaware before completing his Master’s in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to joining CAUSES, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Crop Sciences at UIUC, a Research Entomologist with the USDA-ARS, and a Research Scientist with the Center for Conservation and Sustainability at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Richardson’s main research interests lie in understanding plant-insect relationships in human-managed, disturbed, and restored habitats. His commitment to outreach was recognized with a President’s Volunteer Service Award and a USDA Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Service Award.