OBXFS faculty

Linda D’Anna is the associate director of the field site and a Research Associate at the Coastal Studies Institute. Dr. D’Anna is an ecologist by training, who uses qualitative and quantitative social science methods to investigate the social-ecological dynamics of coastal systems. She teaches ENEC 474: Sustainable Coastal Management and co-leads the Capstone course, focusing on its human dimensions components. Dr. D’Anna received a BS from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Lindsay Dubbs is the Director of the Outer Banks Field Site and Research Associate Professor at the UNC Institute for the Environment. Her research focuses on how energy and nutrient dynamics in terrestrial, coastal, and nearshore marine ecosystems are influenced by energy generation and natural resource management decisions. For the Outer Banks Field Site, she teaches ENEC 489: Ecological Processes in Environmental Systems: Coastal and Estuarine Ecology, the Capstone, and seminar. Dr. Dubbs received her graduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. She lives in Nags Head with her husband, Corey; son, Rowan; and dog, cat, and 30+ year-old turtle.

Andy Keeler is a Chapel Hill native and UNC-CH graduate who has lived on the Outer Banks for twelve years.  He retired from the faculty at the Coastal Studies Institute and the co-directorship of the OBXFS at the end of 2020. He previously served as the Senior Staff Economist for Environment at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he was a member of the U.S. negotiating team for climate change and a diplomatic representative to OECD meetings on coordinating national sustainability policies.  He has also held positions at USEPA and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and held faculty positions at the University of Georgia and the Ohio State University.  His research for the past two decades has focused on economic aspects of climate change policy.

Lee Lewis Leidy is the attorney and northeast regional director for North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. Lee has also been a Coastal Law and Policy instructor for the UNC-Chapel Hill Outer Banks Field Site.  Prior to working with the Coastal Land Trust, Lee was a partner in the law offices of Hornthal, Riley, Ellis and Maland, L.L.P. where her practice focused on real property transactions and corporate matters.  Lee received her B. A. degree from Wake Forest University and J. D. degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Lee and her husband, John, live in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and they have two children, Hannah Lee and Julian.