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Professor Emeritus, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Don Scavia is Professor Emeritus of Environment and Sustainability. He was the Graham Family Professor of Sustainability and Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute, and served as the Special Counsel to the U-M President for Sustainability from 2009-2017. In those capacities, he was responsible for engaging the full multidisciplinary assets of the University of Michigan to develop and implement the sustainability education, research, and operational goals. Prior to joining the U-M faculty in 2004, he held positions between 1975 and 2003 as Chief Scientist of NOAA's National Ocean Service, Director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, and a research scientist at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.


  • 2004–present
    Professor of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
  • 2009–2016
    Graham Family Professor of Sustainability, University of Michigan


  • 1980 
    University of Michigan, PhD Environmental Engineering