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

Media Appearances

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

    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.

    August 24th, 2021

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

    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.

    June 11th, 2021

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

    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.

    January 6th, 2021

  • Vanderbilt researchers studying how transit impacts opioid treatment

    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."

    January 12th, 2021

  • This past winter in Nashville was unusually warm and rainy. And it looks like spring will be, too.

    "We're seeing longer warm periods, and that seasonality we're historically used to in Middle Tennessee is shifting. It's expanding into more months," said Janey Camp, research associate professor in civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt. That means, experts say, that the roster of both ornamental and agricultural plants that thrive in Middle Tennessee and the Southeast may be changing from what previous generations knew.

    March 19th, 2019

  • Saturated ground could cause foundation problems

    When the ground can’t soak up the water, it’s got to go somewhere, that could easily be roads or basements. An engineer from Vanderbilt University said flooding isn’t the only thing you should be watching out for. “We may see more sinkholes develop,” said Janey Camp, an associate professor at Vanderbilt. “We also don’t think a lot about mudslides, but we may see some mudslide actions.”

    February 22nd, 2019

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

    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.

    September 14th, 2018

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

    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.

    March 15th, 2018

  • Nashville needs to prepare for the flood of the future

    The jarring images of floodwaters inundating the streets of Houston last summer bring back unpleasant memories of Nashville during the May 2010 flood. While these memories are painful, the reality may be even tougher: It could happen again.

    January 3rd, 2018

  • Vanderbilt Students To Help Repair School In Guatemala

    Most college students are enjoying their time off but some Vanderbilt University engineering majors are using their winter break to help others. Professor Janey Camp has thought of everything. She's the student chapter adviser for Engineers Without Borders at Vanderbilt.

    January 2nd, 2018


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

M.S., Tennessee Technological University

B.S., Tennessee Technological University


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