Faculty Expertise

Laurie AndersonPaleobiology, Paleoecology, Taphonomy 
Zeynep BaranBasin analysis, Structural geology and tectonics, Extensional deformation 
Christina Belanger: Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology, Invertebrate Paleontology   
Edward DukePetrology, Infrared spectroscopy, Remote sensing 
Kurt KatzensteinInSAR, Geohazards, Geomechanics 
Liangping LiStochastic hydrogeology, Geostatistics, Data assimilation 
Timothy Masterlark: Geodynamics, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Numerical Models, Inverse Methods, Optimization and Uncertainty
Darrin Pagnac: Mammalian paleontology, Paleoecology
Maribeth Price: GIS, Geospatial, Photogrammetry
William Roggenthen: Engineering Geophysics
Foster Sawyer: Groundwater, Petroleum, Sedimentation
Sally Shelton: Curation, Conservation, Resource management
Larry Stetler: Geological engineering, Site characterization, Surface and groundwater, Petroleum, Sedimentology
Gokce Ustunisik: Igneous Petrology,  Experimental Petrology, Planetary Petrology, High Pressure/Temperature Geo-Chemistry, Chemical Volcanology
Nuri Uzunlar: Field geology, Energy resources (petroleum and geothermal), Economic geology

Arden Davis: Groundwater modeling, Contaminant transport, Arsenic and heavy metals 
James Fox: Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Petroleum geology
Alvis Lisenbee: Structural geology, Tectonics, Geologic mapping
James Martin: Vertebrate Paleontology, Biostratigraphy
Colin PatersonEconomic geology, Mineral resources, Petrology
Perry Rahn: Engineering geology, Hydrogeology

Earth and Life History

Earth has a long and dynamic history, exemplified through geologic processes and the immense diversity of past and present life. Examining Earth and life history through the geosciences not only helps us understand the events of the past and how our current geologic and biologic systems came to be, but can also provide predictive power with regard to biotic response to climate change and ecological management. Our faculty focuses on several aspects of Earth and life history, including paleobiology, paleoecology, phylogenetics, taphonomy, evolution, stratigraphy, and sedimentation. We are also dedicated to the preservation and management of fossil resources, which maximizes their research and education potential. We accomplish these goals through a variety of techniques such as geospatial analyses and contemporary preparation and collection-management practices.

Focus Areas: Paleontology; GIS, Geoinformatics, and Remote Sensing.
Faculty: Anderson, Belanger, Pagnac, Price, Shelton. (emeritus) Fox, Martin. 

Energy and Natural Resources

Energy and natural resources fuel our world and support society at a global scale, and the science and industry that are needed to locate and produce these resources entails an international work force and profoundly affects global markets and the human condition. Geologists and geological engineers specializing in energy and natural resources focus on critical resources including water for drinking, industry, and recreation, minerals that are critical for industry and construction, and energy sources including petroleum, natural gas, geothermal resources, coal, and uranium. Our mission is to support and promote research in engineering and science to address the world’s challenges related to energy and natural resources.

Focus Areas: Energy Resources; GIS, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing; Groundwater and Environment; Petrology and Mineral Resources; Structure, Tectonics, and Geodynamics; Geomechanics
Faculty: Baran, Duke, Katzenstein, Li, MasterlarkRoggenthen, Sawyer, Stetler, Ustunisik, Uzunlar. (emeritus) Davis, Fox, Lisenbee, Paterson, Rahn.

Geohazards and Environment

As residents of a dynamic planet, we face many challenges associated with active tectonic processes, as well as the responsibilities of balancing the extraction of natural resources with the understanding and management of our environment. In response to these needs, GGE faculty pursue fundamental and applied research to better understand and improve geohazard assessments for landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis and assess groundwater occurrence, aquifer vulnerability, and the transport and fate of groundwater contaminants for environmental systems.

Focus Areas: GIS, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing; Groundwater and Environment; Structure, Tectonics, and Geodynamics; Geomechanics
Faculty: Baran, Katzenstein, Li, Masterlark, Sawyer, Stetler, Ustunisik, Uzunlar. (emeritus) Davis, Lisenbee, Rahn.

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