Current Faculty Research Initiatives
Dr. Li is currently working with Dr. Ceylan Oner and Dr. Jaap Vos on the business inventory and opportunity analysis of the Wellington Living Lab Project. Other current projects include post foreclosure housing resale market and neighborhood change, housing affordability of renters during the economic recession, and how neighborhood change is linked to the location of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and Community Land Trust (CLT) projects. Her students from the "Public Sector and Economic Development Planning" class are now working on the market analysis of Lauderdale Lakes Town Center and North Bay Village commercial corridor planning.
Dr. Mitsova’s research focuses on the built environment and its interactions with natural systems. She has a background in research design, statistical analysis, as well as environmental planning and modeling using Geographic Information Systems, and interactive computer simulation. Dr. Diana Mitsova was involved as Co-Principal Investigator in a USGS- funded project entitled “Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Framework for USGS Ecosystem Portfolio Model” (with Dr. Esnard as PI). She also co-authored a white paper on water resources management and adaptation in the face of climate change (http://floridaclimate.org/docs/water_managment.pdf). She collaborated with faculty from computer engineering and multimedia studies on teaching and developing prototype Android Apps on a variety of urban/ coastal sustainability topics. Dr. Mitsova collaborated with Dr. Esnard (as PI) and Dr. Sapat (as Co-PI) on a research grant funded by NSF focusing on the conceptualization of the Displacement Risk Index due to Catastrophic Hurricanes. She was also Principal Investigator of a research grant entitled “Seasonal Flushing of Oil and Grease from Urban Runoff to the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve” funded by the National Park Service through FAU Environmental Sciences Everglades Fellowship Initiative. Her current projects include:
- "SE Florida Living Shorelines Geodatabase," PI -The Nature Conservancy, (06/01/14 – 12/31/14)
- "Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Public Health in Southeast Florida," Co-PI, Kresge Foundation,$250,000 (PIs, Deborrah Kerr, Florida Public Health Institute, and Dr. Len Berry, FAU), (12/2013 – 12/2015)
- "Evaluation of Shoreline Changes Using LiDAR and InSAR Data," PI - NASA SAR Data Center (2013-2014)
- DOE Rooftop Solar Challenge Phase II, Removing planning and zoning barriers to solar, with Broward County as the lead agency, (09/13-03/15)