Zoé Hamstead

Dr. Zoé Hamstead is an Assistant Professor of environmental planning at the University at Buffalo. Building on interdisciplinary approaches in urban planning, geography, urban ecology and landscape ecology, Zoé’s current work explores vulnerability to extreme heat and cold events. Her research supports equitable climate adaptation planning approaches through vulnerability mapping in communities. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities program, Environmental Protection Agency STAR program, the RENEW Institute and the National Science Foundation IGERT program. Zoé teaches courses in environmental planning & policy, environmental justice and geographic analysis of environmental problems. Dr. Hamstead holds a Ph.D. in Urban & Public Policy from The New School, a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.


Nicholas B. Rajkovich, PhD, AIA

Nick is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo in the Department of Architecture. His research investigates the intersection of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate change in buildings and communities. Prior to earning a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, he was a Senior Program Engineer at the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company Customer Energy Efficiency Department. At PG&E, he was responsible for coordinating a new Zero Net Energy Pilot Program. He has a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.


Lauren Darcy

Lauren is a Master of Urban Planning candidate at the University at Buffalo focused on environmental planning. Lauren's academic and professional interests are in the interaction between land uses, urban systems and water quality, particularly in the Great Lakes Region.

While at UB, Lauren has worked on projects related to extreme weather and vulnerability as a research assistant, storm and waste water infrastructure as an intern with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, and suitability for solar installations across the city of Buffalo as part of an Urban Planning Studio.

Before coming to Buffalo, Lauren received a Bachelor of Arts in History at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


Will Siegner

Will is in his second year in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Buffalo. Specializing in environmental planning, Will’s primary interests focus on environmental justice issues, walkability and implementation of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in planning. He earned his BA in History, Sociology and Environmental Studies from Canisius College in 2015. Upon graduation from Canisius, Will spent 14 months as an Americorps service member in the Buffalo Public School System.

Prior to joining the Community Resilience Lab at UB, Will served as an intern at Solar by CIR using GIS to aid solarize marketing campaigns. Since joining the lab in fall 2017, Will has served as a research assistant on a project focused on extreme heat and cold vulnerability within Erie County, NY.

Having spent a majority of his life in the greater Buffalo region, Will spends as much of his free time as possible enjoying the local nature preserves throughout Erie County. An avid hiker and snowshoer, there aren’t many weekends you won’t find Will out and about with his two dogs.