Core Faculty and Staff


Lisa Park Boush

Dr. Lisa Park Boush (Director)

(860) 486-4432


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).

Andrew Bush

Dr. Andrew Bush

(860) 486-9385

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


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


Tim Byrne

Dr. Tim Byrne

(860) 486-8144

Research Interests:

Marine Geology and Tectonics
Convergent Margin Geology
Structural Geology

Research Website

Vernon Cormier

Dr. Vernon Cormier

(860) 486-3547

Research Interests:

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


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.

Jean Crespi

Dr. Jean Crespi

(860) 486-0601

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

Phoebe DeVries

Dr. Phoebe DeVries

Research Interests:

– geodesy and active tectonics

– mathematical and computational methods to model geodetic observations and better understand earthquake hazards

– machine learning for earthquake science

Ran Feng

Dr. Ran Feng

Research Interests:

My research focuses on expanding our knowledge of climate evolution by improving interpretations of proxy records and exploring the capability of coupled Earth system models to simulate past greenhouse climates. I focus on three main themes: 1) exploring forcings and feedbacks that shaped past greenhouse climates, 2) explicit modeling of climate proxies such as δ18O and δD, paleo-forest fire, and atmospheric dust cycling, and 3) application of statistical models to gather spatial information from sparsely located proxy records.

Anjali Fernandes

Dr. Anjali Fernandes

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.


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.


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

Julie Fosdick

Dr. Julie Fosdick


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

Michael Hren

Dr. Michael Hren

(860) 486-9511

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

Lanbo Liu

Dr. Lanbo Liu

(860) 486-1388

Research Interests:

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

Research Website

Will Ouimet

Dr. Will Ouimet

(860) 486-3322

Research Interests:

Erosion Processes
Landform and Landscape Evolution
Earth surface processes
Physical geography
Landscape evolution
Tectonic geomorphology
Fluvial geomorphology
Hillslope processes
Cosmogenic radio nuclides

Research Website

Gary Robbins

Dr. Gary Robbins

(860) 486-2448

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.

Stephen Smith

Dr. Stephen Smith

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.

Clay Tabor

Dr. Clay Tabor

Research Interests:

My research involves the development, application, and evaluation of Earth system models for understanding Earth’s past and future. I take a model-proxy comparison approach to investigate past greenhouse and icehouse climates. I am currently exploring the glacial-interglacial cycles of the past 3 million years and the asteroid impact that led to the end Cretaceous mass extinction 66 million years ago. 

Robert Thorson

Dr. Robert Thorson

(860) 486-1396

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

Pieter Visscher

Dr. Pieter Visscher


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

Lucas Antonietto

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. 
 Paul Goddard

Dr. Paul Goddard


Through the use of global climate models, I research past, present, and future ocean circulation, ocean temperature, and atmospheric dynamics as they relate to global and regional sea level rise and climate change. My work has contributed studies regarding both the North Atlantic, centered on North American East Coast sea level rise and large-scale ocean circulation change, and the Southern Ocean, centered on a CO2-forced freshwater feedback that leads to subsurface ocean warming above the Antarctic shelf and the potential for land ice mass loss and global sea level rise. Currently, I am working with Dr. Clay Tabor at UCONN to assess tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures variability and the associated global teleconnections impacting hydroclimate dynamics on millennial to multi-millennial scales.

Reearch Staff

Adam Goldsmith

Dr. Adam Goldsmith

My research is focused on low-temperature (U-Th)/He thermochronology. Specifically, my work is dedicated to improving the accuracy and ease of interpretation of thermochronometric datasets through the study of mineral diffusion kinetics as they relate to factors such as radiation damage/annealing/recrystallization and concentration heterogeneity. 

Center Staff

Christin Donnelly

Christin Donnelly

(860) 486-4432

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.