Ecology and Environmental Sciences Faculty

Faculty

Rupali Datta

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director and Advisor, Graduate Program
906-487-1783
rupdatta@mtu.edu
Dow 530

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions

Erika I. Hersch-Green

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Plant Evolutionary Ecology
  • Ecological Genetics
  • Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics

Michael R. Gretz

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director, Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis

Casey J Huckins

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Program Director Peace Corps Master's International Program in Biological Sciences
906-487-2475
cjhuckin@mtu.edu
Dow 716, GLRC 112

Research Expertise

  • Ecology of lakes, streams, and their riparian interface with terrestrial systems
  • Fish ecology, biology, functional morphology
  • effects of land use on ecological systems
  • Biomonitoring for research and restoration
  • Effects of Invasive Species
Chandrashekhar P. Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

  • Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, SFRES
906-487-2738 (Biology)
cpjoshi@mtu.edu
Dow 741,

Research Interests, Biological Sciences

  • Plant Molecular Genetics

Areas of Expertise, Biology and Forestry

  • Cellulose and lignin biosynthesis in trees
  • Wood formation
  • Tree growth and development
  • Engineering trees
  • Forest bioinformatics

Charles Kerfoot

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director, Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
906-487-2769
wkerfoot@mtu.edu
GLRC 305, office

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Paleoecology

Amy M. Marcarelli

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Ecosystem Ecology of Streams and Rivers
  • Biogeochemistry

Gord Paterson

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
906-487-1120
gpaterso@mtu.edu
GLRC 112

Areas of Expertise

  • Legacy and emerging pollutants
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Great Lakes fisheries
  • Multiple stressors
  • Fisheries bioenergetics

Research Interests

  • Using pollutants as ecological tracers
  • Overwintering bioaccumulation and bioamplification
  • Energy dynamics in Great Lakes food-webs
  • Energetic costs of multiple stressors

Stephen Techtmann

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
906-487-3250
smtechtm@mtu.edu
Dow 531

Research Interests

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Next-generation sequencing technology and bioinformatics
  • Microbial physiology and biochemistry
  • Microbes as sensors for the environmental impacts of oil and gas production
  • Microbially-mediated remediation of crude oil contamination

Thomas Werner

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
906-487-1209
twerner@mtu.edu
Dow 523 (Please use Dow 740 for shipping items!)

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Toxicology
  • Developmental Biology

Adjunct/Research Faculty and Instructors

Robert A. Andersen

  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Senior Research Scientist, University of Washington
  • Emeritus Director, Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (CCMP, now NCMA)
906-370-1886
raa48@uw.edu

Research Interests

  • Chrysophyte algae
  • Algal Systematics
  • Algal Culturing

Nancy A. Auer

  • Emeritus Research Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Fish Biology
  • Zooplankton ecology
  • Limnology
  • Conservation Biology

Jennifer Becker

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
906-487-2942
jgbecker@mtu.edu
Dow 864

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Biological treatment processes

Research Interests

  • Bioremediation of Contaminated Groundwater Environments
  • Microbial Ecology and Kinetics of Chlorinated Aliphatic Solvent Biodegradation
  • Conversion of Organic Solid Wastes and Cellulosic Feedstocks to Electricity via Microbial Fuel Cells

Colin N. Brooks

  • Adjunct Instructor, Biological Sciences
  • Manager of Environmental Science Laboratory, MTRI: Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor)
734-913-6858
cnbrooks@mtu.edu

Research interests

  • Resource Ecology

Jill A. Olin

  • Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center
906-487-1121
jaolin@mtu.edu
GLRC 110

Areas of Interest

  • Ecology of aquatic systems
  • Fisheries science
  • Aquatic-terrestrial energy linkages
  • Dietary biomarkers (e.g., stable isotopes, fatty acids, compound-specific isotopes of AA and FA)
  • Trophic ecology of top predators in marine, estuarine and coastal communities
  • Predator-prey interactions

Research Interests

  • Understanding species- and food web-level responses to environmental stressors using combined dietary biomarker, ecological and modeling approaches
  • Evaluating distributional patterns of organisms and the mechanisms that drive these patterns
  • Using abundance and biomass estimates to quantify nekton communities
  • Quantifying the mechanisms and processes that structure food webs and ecosystems
  • Developing ecosystem models to evaluate the effect of environmental change

Dibyendu Sarkar

  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Professor and Director, Sustainability Management Program
  • Stevens Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • Application of Low-Temperature Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry in Environmental Contamination Problems
  • Application of Biogeochemistry in Waste Recycling and Nutrient Management in Soils
  • Application of Soil Chemistry and Biology in Environmental Remediation Problems
  • Estimation of Ecological and Human Health Risk for Environmental Decision-Making

Robert A. Shuchman

  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Co-director of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)
734-913-6860
shuchman@mtu.edu
MTRI

Research Interests

  • Oceanic Sciences/Natural Resources
  • AR, MS, and Photo-imaging Applied to Oceanography
  • Earth Resources
  • Military Coastal Environmental Assessment

Eric Seagren

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Biological Sciences
906-487-2614
eseagren@mtu.edu
Dow 859

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Environmental biotechnology, including in situ bioremediation of contaminated subsurface environments, monitoring and evaluation of the performance of biological treatment processes, development of in situ biological treatment systems for urban storm water runoff, innovative reuse of waste materials, and in situ improvement of soils properties via microbially-mediated processes.

Robert J. Stottlemyer

  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Environmental Quality