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James Clarke

Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Intellectual Neighborhoods

Research Focus

Chemical and nuclear waste management, human health and ecological risk assessment, sustainable and resilient approaches to the remediation of contaminated sites, long term stewardship of legacy hazardous and radioactive waste sites, environmental policy and environmental forensics.


Dr. Jim Clarke is an Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University in the Fall of 2000, he was Chairman, President and CEO of ECKENFELDER, INC., an environmental engineering and consulting firm focusing on services to the private sector in the areas of hazardous waste management, contaminated site investigation and remediation and wastewater treatment. Professor Clarke has over 45 years of professional experience with approximately 250 publications and presentations. Jim was a member of the former Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste and Materials and advised the Commission and the Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards on issues concerning the Yucca Mountain project, risk-informed performance-based approaches to site decommissioning and remediation (lead Committee member) and the overall nuclear waste regulatory program. He has served on committees of the National Research Council and is a peer reviewer for the National Academies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and several journals and book publishers.

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