Faculty and Staff

Director John Renne
John L. Renne, PhD, AICP
Associate Professor and
Director, Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions

(561) 297-4281
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Renne is a globally recognized expert in Transit Oriented Development (TOD), including sustainable and resilient cities, with a focus on land use and transportation planning and policy. He is an expert in evacuation planning and coined the term “carless evacuation” in 2005. Dr. Renne played a leadership role in the disaster recovery of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Renne is experienced in real estate development. He is the founder of the TOD Group and the TOD Index. Dr. Renne is a co-founder of the National Evacuation Conference. He is the Chair of the Transportation and Land Development Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and he is the chair of the Mobility Committee of the Urban Land Institute’s Southeast Florida and Caribbean District Council.
In addition to his role as Associate Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, where he coordinates the undergraduate programs, he is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Transport Studies Unit in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.

CUES Faculty Affiliates

Fred Bloetscher,Fred Bloetscher, PhD Professor,
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering

(561) 297.0744
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Bloetscher's research includes water resource issues associated with waste disposal, including injection wells, membrane concentrate management, water resource management, utility finance and management, water conservation practices, wastewater disposal practice risk assessments, endocrine disruptor impacts and nutrient impacts in the coastal water of SE Florida.
Dr. Steven Bourassa, Director of the School of Urban and Regional PlanningSteven C. Bourassa, PhD
Henry D. Epstein Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Director, School of Public Administration and School of Urban & Regional Planning, and Program Coordinator, Master of Urban and Regional Planning
(561) 297-4279
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Bourassa has served as Director of FAU's School of Urban and Regional Planning and the School of Public Administration since 2015. He has earned international honors in the field of real estate and served multiple chairmanships, editorial and faculty positions in the US, Australia and New Zealand. House prices, housing tenure, land tenure, and property taxes are among the main subjects of his research.
Jeffrey E. Huber, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Assistant Professor
School of Architecture

(954) 762-5654
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Huber's work focuses on interdisciplinary public work projects that combine ecological, landscape, urban, and architectural design. He is currently researching issues of sea level rise in south Florida and has established over a quarter of a million dollars in grant funding in that effort through the National Endowment of the Arts and Florida Sea Grant programs.
Dr. Yanmei LiYanmei Li, PhD, AICP
Associate Professor
School of Urban & Regional Planning
(561) 297-4279
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Li’s research focuses on housing and community development, and real estate and urban economics. She is very interested in policies related to affordable housing, sustainable community development, housing programs for people with special needs, and disaster adaptation and mitigation policies related to housing. She currently conducts research on community social capital and its planning implications, spatial patterns of second homes, and applied planning methods.
Louis Merlin, PhD,

Assistant Professor,
School of Urban & Regional Planning

(561) 297-4166
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Merlin’s current research concerns how to better integrate transportation and land use through the development of accessibility-based performance measures and tools, as well as the implications of self-driving cars for the transportation sustainability.
Colin Polsky, PhD
Professor of Geosciences,
Director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies

(954) 236-1104
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Polsky serves as director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES) with the vision of improving Florida's sustainability through research, education and outreach on wetlands ecology and coastal resilience. CES collaborates with CUES on the FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities.

CUES Staff & Graduate Students

Serena Hoermann, MBA
Communications & Outreach Coordinator, SURP/CUES
(561) 799-8554
Serena Hoermann joined SURP/CUES in 2017 to support communications and community engagement efforts. One current project, the Urban Stories Festival, uses storytelling to build community through its theme: West Palm Beach--what was, what is, what could be. In 2014-2016 she supported FAU's Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES) as coordinator for the Florida Climate Institute.
Aubrey Craun
Web Developer
School of Urban & Regional Planning

(561) 297-4165
Aubrey Craun is the primary web developer for the College for Design and Social Inquiry. He started doing web development for the College in 2000 while finishing up his B.Arch degree coursework at FAU’s School of Architecture. He has over 15 years of experience in front-end development. His responsibilities are creating and maintaining all department websites within the College, including development of interactive database driven web applications.
Estefania MayorgaEstefanía Mayorga, MURP Student
Evacuation Preparedness Poster
Estefanía Mayorga galvanized an unremitting interest in the integration of transportation and land use planning from her travels to Bogotá, Colombia, witnessing a city transforming through innovative prescriptions, such as the TransMilenio system and transit-oriented densification. Currently obtaining her Master of Urban Planning at Florida Atlantic University, she remains fascinated by how cities and urban solutions are never static as she continues her research at CUES.
Tyler WoolseyTyler Woolsey, MURP StudentTyler Woolsey began research for the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions in June 2017 with a focus on Transit Oriented Development and Multimodal Transportation using GIS. He works as a Land Use Planner for Greenspoon Marder Law Firm while pursuing degrees in Urban & Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University.