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Janey  Camp - Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN, US

Janey Camp Janey  Camp

Research Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Vanderbilt University


Expert on climate change and interactions of nature and infrastructure.






Expert talks about smart changes needed to help infrastructure crisis Metcalf Institute Webinar: Janey Camp NELA Winner, Environment & Sustainability: Janey Camp



Camp's research work ranges from development of new methodologies for enterprise risk management to development of a spill management information system (SMIS 2.0) which links an advanced hydrodynamic and spill model with a geographic information system (GIS) interface. Camp is also interested in the impacts of climate change on civil infrastructure including freight transportation structures and facilities which led to her helping organize a national summit focused on this topic in June 2011 at Vanderbilt University.

Camp also sees the value of integrating GIS in pre-secondary education and is working with Metro Nashville Public Schools to integrate GIS into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy curriculum. Another area of research focus is involved with include a study of the impacts and “true costs” of flooding from high intensity, short duration precipitation events as may be seen in the future due to climate change; the combination of social, ecological, and economic factors to measure consequences of such events; and land use management techniques and policies to manage flood events through mitigation or adaptation efforts.

Camp is one of several researchers involved in an interdisciplinary project to investigate the extent to which environmental stressors may prompt migration or adaptation in coastal low-lying areas; a project that combines risk management, GIS, environmental hazard mapping and modeling along with social science studies of human behavior and coupled human and nature interactions.

Camp is a licensed civil engineer in the state of Tennessee

Areas of Expertise (21)

Global Warming

Land use





flood management

Stem Education in High Schools

Infrastructure Management

Hydrologic and Hydrodynamic Modeling

Climate Change and the Impact on Flooding

Gis for Demographic Studies

Risk Management

Climate Change Adaptation

Human Behavior


coastal flooding



STEM curriculum

Climate Change

Accomplishments (7)

Certified Floodplain Manager

2017 to present

Hazus Certified Professional

2015 to present

Certified GIS Professional

2014 to present

Licensed Professional Engineer

2010 to present

2019 Outstanding Young Alumnus

Tennessee Technological University, presented by the Tennessee Tech Alumni Association (one of the highest honors bestowed on anyone by the University)

2018 ASCE Outstanding Reviewer

ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems

2018 Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students (OBGAPS)

Distinguished Faculty Award, May 6, 2018

Education (3)

Vanderbilt University: Ph.D., Environmental Engineering 2009

Tennessee Technological University: M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering 2004

Tennessee Technological University: B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering 2002

Affiliations (6)

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFM)
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
  • Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)

Selected Media Appearances (10)

Bonnaroo, a leader in green fests, faces climate change risk

AP News  


Janey Camp, a research professor in civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, said more intense short-duration rainfall can cause huge flooding problems because much of Middle Tennessee has a limestone bedrock and hilly terrain.

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As development sprouts along the Cumberland, some eye new era of river recreation, transit

Tennessean  online


While most of the East Bank sits in a 100-year floodplain, Janey Smith Camp, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Vanderbilt University, said that those predictions come from past data and engineers need to be proactive in looking ahead.

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Experts believe climate change could mean more storms with greater force in Tennessee

NewsChannel 5  


Dr. Janey Camp of Vanderbilt University has made it her passion to study flood mitigation. Part of this means is knowing why we see crazy rainfalls more often. It also means educating families and communities on why it’s important to study your flood risk.

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Climate Expert On Why People Outside Of Tennessee Should Be Worried About Its Storm

NPR  radio


NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Janey Camp, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, about how storms like Tennessee's will become more common with climate change.

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Tennessee floods show a pressing climate danger across America: ‘Walls of water’

Washington Post  online


Human development has exacerbated the effects of climate change, said Vanderbilt University civil and environmental engineer Janey Camp. Waverly is just 60 miles from Nashville, on the rural outskirts of one of the fastest-growing parts of Tennessee.

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ADDICTED: Vanderbilt partners with TDOT to study transportation impact on opioid crisis

Fox17  tv


Janey Camp is a McMinville native who now works as a research associate professor in Vanderbilt’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program. “I’m a Middle Tennessee native. I love being on real applied projects that have potential to benefit the community and make the state a better place,” Camp said.

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Tennessee’s opioid epidemic: Vanderbilt, TDOT team up for easier access to treatment

NewsChannel 5  online


A Vanderbilt researcher and the Tennessee Department of Transportation are teaming up to help fight the opioid epidemic in the Volunteer State. They want to find better ways to give addicts transportation to treatment options. TDOT is funding the new 18-month project to analyze transportation investment opportunities to help fight the opioid epidemic across the state. The project will be led by Vanderbilt University researcher Janey Camp.

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Vanderbilt researchers studying how transit impacts opioid treatment

NewsChannel 5  


Researchers from Vanderbilt University are partnering with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to look into how transportation impacts people's ability to get to addiction treatment facilities. "The transportation is key, if somebody is doing intensive outpatient therapy or group therapy they may need to be at a treatment facility three times a week for multiple hours," Dr. Janey Camp said. "So I think it's a huge hurdle, and I think that's why people fall out of treatment is they cant sustain some of that."

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Florence puts South Carolina regions under tropical storm advisories for the first time ever

Fox News  online


Janey Camp, a research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, warned of the impact the “deluge of precipitation” that comes along with hurricanes could bring to noncoastal areas. “Hurricanes don’t move through like typical storm events; they are these massive events with a lot of rainfall, and sometimes they move fairly slowly once they make landfall and drop a lot of rain on communities that may not have infrastructure prepared to handle that,” Camp told Fox News.

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Explaining Accelerated Bridge Construction, the technique used for the collapsed Miami bridge

ABC News  online


Janey Camp, a research associate professor in civil engineering at Vanderbilt University, said that ABC methods have been "gaining more visibility" in the past decade and were used for 10 bridges in Tennessee a few years ago. Camp explained that a signature of ABC methods is "really condensing the timeline" of bridge construction. "Instead of closing traffic for long periods of time as you build all parts of the bridge on-site, you can reduce the impact to the traffic if you can build some parts off-site and then move them to the site and then put them in place," she said.

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Selected Articles (3)

Assessing HOV lane Utilization and Occupancy rates in Tennessee

Transportation Research Board 98th Annual MeetingTransportation Research Board

Deo Chimba, Kevin Soloka, Janey Camp, Keefe Mulligan, Stefano Pellegrino, Brad Freeze, Jason Oldham

2019 "This study evaluated the performance of existing HOV lanes in Tennessee as travel-time incentives for promoting carpooling and reducing congestion. While the overall person-moving capacity of the HOV lanes may be slightly higher than the general-purpose lanes, the travel–time incentives for legitimate HOV lanes users in Tennessee has been severely diminished by violators."

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Assessing Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Referral Patterns to a Tertiary Care Center: A Novel Approach Using Geographic Information System Mapping

Disease of the Colon & Rectum

Molly M Ford, Janey V Camp, Timothy M Geiger, M Benjamin Hopkins, Roberta L Muldoon, Anna Prestwich, David C LaNeve, Alexander T Hawkins

2019 "Patients and their family members with hereditary colorectal cancer require longitudinal follow-up that is best achieved through a dedicated program with a registry. However, referrals for these conditions remain poor."

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High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Detection System Testing

Transportation Research Board

Deo Chimba, Janey Camp

2018 "This study supports Tennessee Department of Transportation's (TDOT’s) evaluation of existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes as travel-time incentives for promoting carpooling and reducing congestion. While the overall person-moving capacity of the HOV lanes may be slightly higher than the general-purpose lanes, the travel–time incentives for legitimate HOV lanes users have been severely diminished by violators in Tennessee"

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