Greg Guannell, Ph.D.
My name is Greg Guannel, and I’m the Director of the Caribbean Green Technology at UVI. I’m also the chair of the resilience and sustainability committee of the St Thomas Recovery Team. Prior to working for UVI, I was the Florida Urban Programs Director for the Nature Conservancy, where I was incorporating vegetation and natural systems in urban improvement design and other adaptation plans to improve the lives of communities. I also worked with the Natural Capital Project at Stanford, looking at how to model and design natural infrastructure for disaster risk reduction in cities and along coastlines; and I was a civil engineer with the environmental consulting firm Anchor QEA. Now, I think about how to improve the energy independence of households, how nature-based infrastructure can help increase the Virgin Islands resilience, and how to better manage waste in the VI. Originally from Martinique, I have a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Ecole Superieure des Travaux Publics (Paris), a M.S. in Ocean and Coastal Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. I live on St Thomas with my wife and 2 young kids, and love to learn about the many facets of Caribbean history and culture.