Geology Faculty

Full-time Faculty

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Timothy de Smet

Director, Geophysics and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Near-surface Applied Geophysics
  • UAV-based Remote Sensing
  • Geoarchaeology
  • GIS Statistical and Physics Modeling

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Geophysics
  • Geospatial Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Visualization
  • Geographic Information Systems
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Kuwanna M. Dyer-Pietras

Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Researcher

Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Sedimentology
  • Geomorphology
  • Geochemistry
  • Spectral Analysis

Teaching Interests

  • Geomorphology
  • Sedimentology
  • Geologic Hazards
  • Environmental Geology
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Joseph R Graney

Professor

Environmental Studies Program; Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Environmental Hydrogeology

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Hydrology
  • Environmental Measurements
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Robert Holahan

Associate Professor

Environmental Studies Program

Research Interests

  • Environmental Policy
  • Political Science and Sustainability

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Policy Analysis
  • Sustainability and Urban Policy
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • American Public Policy
  • Global Environmental Politics
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Peter L Knuepfer

Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies

Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies; Environmental Studies Program

Research Interests

  • Geomorphology
  • Glacial Geology
  • Neotectonics

Teaching Interests

  • Surface Processes
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Thomas R Kulp

Associate Professor

Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Geomicrobiology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Chemistry of Toxic Metals

Teaching Interests

  • Geomicrobiology
  • Paleobiology
  • Environmental Geology
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Adriane Lam

Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Researcher

Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Paleobiogeography
  • Paleoecology
  • Planktic foraminiferal biostratigraphy
  • Planktic foraminiferal taxonomy
  • Paleoceanography
  • Science Communication

Teaching Interests

  • Mass Extinctions
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H. Richard Naslund

Professor

Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Layered Intrusions
  • Igneous Differentiation
  • Crystallization Textures
  • Magmatic Ore Deposits
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Experimental Petrology
  • Volcanology

Teaching Interests

  • Planet Earth
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Igneous Petrology
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Molly Patterson

Assistant Professor

Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Cyclostratigraphy
  • Paleoceanography
  • Paleoclimatology

Teaching Interests

  • Climate and Paleoclimate
  • Global Change: A Geological Perspective
  • Oceanography
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Jeffrey T Pietras

Associate Professor

Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

  • Sedimentology
  • Basin Analysis
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Lacustrine Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Geospatial Data Integration
  • Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry
  • Tectonics

Teaching Interests

  • Basin Analysis
  • Structural Geology
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Jonathan Schmitkons

Biogeochemistry, Research Assistant Professor

First-year Research Immersion Program

Research Interests

  • Urban watersheds: transport and storage of traffic derived pollutants, pollutant cycling through constructed wetlands
  • Biogeochemical cycling in meromictic lakes: whiting events, sulfur oxidizing bacteria, microbialite
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