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Core Faculty and Staff

 

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Dr. Lisa Park Boush (Director)

(860) 486-4432

lisa.park_boush@uconn.edu

 

Research Interests
Earth system processes and the reconstruction of past climate history and its impact on coastal and lacustrine ecosystems. Current research – Bahamas / reconstructing high-resolution records of hurricanes, sea level, paleoclimate, and anthropogenically-driven environmental change.

Other research:

Climate and biodiversity related projects in Lakes Tanganyika and Malawi, as well as Eritrea, Kenya, Oman, Indonesia, and western North America. Served for three years (2010-2013) as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation and was a Professor of Geosciences at the University of Akron (1995-2014).

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Dr. Andrew Bush

(860) 486-9385

andrew.bush@uconn.edu

Research Interests 

Changes in marine paleoecology and biodiversity
The Late Devonian (Frasnian/Famennian) mass extinction
Upper Devonian stratigraphy in the Appalachian Basin
Ecologic gradient analysis of fossil species
Hartford Basin paleontology

Teaching

Paleobiology Seminar (various topics; EEB 5895/GSCI 6130)
Paleobiology (EEB/GSCI 4120)
Earth History and Global Change (GSCI 3010)
General Ecology – Writing Intensive (EEB 2244W)

Research Website

 

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Dr. Tim Byrne

(860) 486-8144

timothy.byrne@uconn.edu

Research Interests:

Marine Geology and Tectonics
Convergent Margin Geology
Structural Geology

Research Website

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Dr. Vernon Cormier

(860) 486-3547

vernon.cormier@uconn.edu

Research Interests:

Solid earth geophysics, emphasizing deep and three-dimensionally heterogeneous structure of the earth inferred from seismic wavefields.

Specialties:

Effects on the seismic wavefield by descending slabs and fault zones
Solidification of the inner core and its role in driving the geodynamo, viscoelastic and scattering attenuation of waves in heterogeneous media, and numerical modeling of wavefields by parallel computing.

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Dr. Jean Crespi

(860) 486-0601

jean.crespi@uconn.edu

Research Interests:

Structural geology and tectonics of arc-continent collisions
Geometry and kinematics of transpression zones
Strain analysis using deformed fossils and strain fringes around rigid objects
Deformation history of low-grade metamorphic rocks

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Dr. Anjali Fernandes

anjali.fernandes@uconn.edu

Research Interests:

Focus on linking landscape dynamics and the preserved sedimentary record of depositional environments, including terrestrial and submarine environments. I work on very small and very large temporal and spatial scales, to unravel the evolution of landscapes, with special emphasis on channel formation and evolution. My research methods include seismic interpretation of sub-surface sedimentary deposits, field studies of modern and ancient depositional environments, and carefully designed laboratory experiments to study sediment transport and the construction of strata.

Background:

Ph. D., The Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin
Post-doctoral Fellow, the National Center for Earth Surface Dymamics
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Tulane University.

Expertise:

Seismic Interpretation, Basin analysis, Sediment transport, Sedimentary Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Geomorphology, Submarine Channels, Sediment-Gravity Flows, Rivers, Deltas

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Dr. Julie Fosdick

860-486-1395

julie.fosdick@uconn.edu

Research Interests

Tectonics, thermochronology, sedimentary basin analysis

My research focuses on reconstructing ancient phases of mountain building and erosion to understand how tectonics, surface processes, and climate interact to influence the Earth’s dynamic landscapes. Research methods include field mapping and stratigraphy, low-temperature thermochronology, sediment provenance analysis, geochronology, and structural reconstructions. Currently, I have ongoing projects in the Magallanes (Austral) Basin in the Patagonian Andes, the Argentine Precordillera of the southern Central Andes, and the San Andreas Fault System in California.

Research Website

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Dr. Michael Hren

(860) 486-9511

michael.hren@uconn.edu

Research Interests:

Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry
Stable isotopic analysis of organic and inorganic materials.Present research projects include work on long-term changes in atmospheric CO2, isotopic tracing of organic molecular biomarkers, isotopic fractionation during biosynthesis of cell components and degradation in sediments, and identification and stable isotopic analysis of biomarkers in ancient sediments.

Research Website

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Dr. Lanbo Liu

(860) 486-1388

lanbo.liu@uconn.edu

Research Interests:

Engineering site characterization;
Wave propagation simulation and imaging;
Environmental and Engineering Geophysics;
Engineering Geology.

Research Website

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Dr. Will Ouimet

(860) 486-3322

william.ouimet@uconn.edu

Research Interests:

Erosion Processes
Landform and Landscape Evolution
Earth surface processes
Geomorphology
Physical geography
Landscape evolution
Tectonic geomorphology
Fluvial geomorphology
Rivers
Hillslope processes
Landslides
Landforms
Erosion
Cosmogenic radio nuclides
Thermochronology

Research Website

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Dr. Gary Robbins

(860) 486-2448

gary.robbins@uconn.edu

Research Interests:

Fate and transport of ground water contamination and ground water supply sustainability.

Current projects:

Using GIS based analyses in evaluating spatial and temporal trends in bedrock well hydraulic characteristics and water qualityEvaluating the occurrence and sources of high levels of manganese in bedrock drinking water wells in ConnecticutAssessing temporal trends in ground water levels in Connecticut in response to global climate change

Evaluating historical trends in salt levels in surface water and ground water in Connecticut

Developing an approach for assessing water resources in fractured crystalline bedrock and impacts of pumping on sustainability

Use of tracer dilution for determining fracture flow characteristics in crytalline bedrock wells.

Dr. Stephen Smith

stephen.2.smith@uconn.edu

I’m interested in the various processes that work to shape Earth’s surface over both short and long timescales. I use a variety of techniques to collect and analyze data, including field mapping, sediment coring, remote sensing, cosmogenic radionuclide abundance, and many other approaches that typically extend across the disciplines of geomorphology, sedimentology, and geochronology.

https://sites.google.com/site/smithers710/

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Dr. Robert Thorson

(860) 486-1396

robert.thorson@uconn.edu

Research Interests:

Late Pleistocene and Anthropocene evolution of the New England and northern Appalachian landscape

Other Websites:

Personal website

StoneWall Initiative

UConn Talks – Robert Thorson

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Dr. Pieter Visscher

pieter.visscher@uconn.edu

Geomicrobiology

Biosignatures, Microbe-mineral interactions, Precipitation and dissolution of carbonates and Mg-silicates,

Volatile carbon compounds, Mechanisms forming extant and extinct (Precambrian) microbialites,

biogeochemistry of sulfur and arsenic, life in biofilms

Post-Doctoral Fellows

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Dr. Yvette Eley

Yvette.Eley@uconn.edu

Research Interests:

The use of biomarkers to study modern and ancient ecosystems, with a current focus on the Eocene-Oligocene transition in North America.

Geo-locating biological materials using stable isotopes, radiogenic isotopes and trace elements.

The application of geochemical methods to ecological, archaeological and forensic investigations.

Background:

PhD in Organic Chemistry, University of East Anglia, UK

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, BioArCh, University of York, UK

Dr. Lucas Antonietto

Systematics and paleoecological analyses of ostracods in Triassic-Jurassic formations of the United States.  PHylogeny of recent and extinct ostracod groups and the “estuary effect” on the colonization of fresh water environments by major clades. 
 

Dr. Andrea Stevens Goddard

Research interests: sedimentary basin analysis, low temperature thermochronology, tectonics

I combine sedimentology, thermochronology, geochronology to investigate the interaction of tectonic, climate and dynamic processes in orogenic systems around the world.  My current focus is in the Patagonian and Central Andes.

 www.andreastevensgoddard.weebly.com

Center Staff

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Christin Donnelly

(860) 486-4432

christin.donnelly@uconn.edu

Program Assistant

Office: Room 207 Beach Hall

Christin is the point person for the Center for Integrative Geosciences.  She is responsible for handling all of the day to day operations within the Center, including advising duties, inquiries about majors, minors, programs of study, masters and PhD programs, assistantships, and fellowships.  She is in the main office of the Center daily M-F.