Faculty Directory

My long-term goal is to help develop an integrated model for crustal magmatism, particularly in volcanic arcs, by coupling geochemical data with quantitative textural analyses in an effort to better understand the physical dynamics of crystal-melt evolution in magma reservoirs.

Theodore J. Bornhorst

Director, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Adjunct Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

906-487-2721
tjb@mtu.edu
A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Geology of metallic ore deposits with emphasis on geochemistry
  • Geology and native copper deposits of the Keweenawan Midcontinent rift system
  • Geology and mineral deposits of the Archean of Upper Peninsula of Michigan, especially the Ishpeming greenstone belt
  • Geochemistry and geology of selected metallic ore deposits in Finland
  • Statistical analysis of geoscience data
  • Environmental geochemistry as applied to metallic ore deposits

Simon Carn

Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-1756
scarn@mtu.edu
Dow 424

Research Interests

  • Using satellite measurements to constrain global volcanic SO2 production and emissions from individual volcanoes
  • Validation of OMI SO2 retrievals using correlative data from ground-based, airborne and space-borne instruments
  • Tracking volcanic SO2 and ash clouds operationally for aviation hazard mitigation
  • Remote sensing of tropospheric volcanic plumes using DOAS and FTIR
  • Quantifying anthropogenic emissions of SO2 from sources such as copper smelters and oil and gas fields
  • Mitigation of the environmental and health impacts of volcanic degassing using satellite data
  • Comparisons between satellite observations and chemical transport model simulations of volcanic clouds and plumes

Chad Deering

Assistant Professor

906-487-1187
cddeerin@mtu.edu
Dow 402

Links of Interest

Specialties

  • Source to surface transport of magmatic volatiles and fluid evolution in geothermal systems
  • Evolution of the upper continental crust: generation and maintenance of large, silicic magma reservoirs
  • Magma reservoir dynamics by quantifying textural fabrics and intracrystalline deformation formed during hindered settling and compaction
  • Relationship between resurgent plutons and large, silicic ignimbrites in exhumed caldera-forming eruptive sequences
  • Excess or cryptic degassing in volcanic systems
  • Quantification of CO2 from diffuse degassing at large, caldera-forming volcanoes

John S. Gierke

Chair, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2535
jsgierke@mtu.edu
Dow 405

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Hydrogeology
  • Ground water Engineering
  • Contaminant Transport
  • Subsurface Remediation

Research Interests

  • Field performance of air sparging for removing volatile organic chemicals from ground water
  • Volatile organic vapor transport in unsaturated soils
  • Sulfur dioxide interactions with volcanic ash

James Murray Gillis

Instructor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Director, Mine Safety and Health Training Program

906-487-1820
jmgillis@mtu.edu
M & M Building 206

Research Interests

  • Process/product development, instrumentation and process control
  • Ammounium carbonate leaching of metallic compounds
  • Agglomeration of waste oxides
  • Oxidation tower design
  • Classification of fine particulate
  • Spray drying of metallic compounds.

Jason D Gulley

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2534
jdgulley@mtu.edu

Core research areas

  • hydrogeology, particularly of karst aquifers, and glaciology

Specific current research interests include:

  • How sea level fluctuations and climate change affect groundwater circulation and the formation of post depositional porosity in carbonate platforms
  • How interactions between surface and groundwater affect dissolution, fluid flow and ecohydrology in carbonate platforms
  • Physical processes responsible for dynamic coupling between glacier hydrology and ice motion with implications for understanding rates of sea level rise
Jacqueline Huntoon

Jacqueline Huntoon

Dean of the Graduate School

Associate Provost for Graduate Education

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2327
jeh@mtu.edu
Administration Building 411A

Specialties

  • Oversees all aspects of graduate education
  • Evaluates programs and student outcomes

Louisa Kramer

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2029
lkramer@mtu.edu
Dow 427

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Long-range transport of trace gases and their impact on the chemical composition of the atmosphere
  • Satellite remote sensing and validation
  • Surface-atmosphere fluxes of reactive gas species from soils and snow
  • Development of instrumentation for measuring atmospheric trace gases

Alex S. Mayer

Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-3372
asmayer@mtu.edu
Dow 809

Teaching Interests

  • Groundwater flow and transport and subsurface remediation

Research Interests

  • Numerical and Experimental Investigations of Contaminant Transport in Groundwater Vadose Zones
  • Mathematical Optimization of Groundwater Remediation Systems: Multi-Objective and Uncertainty Problems
  • Surfactant-Enhanced Dissolution of Nonaqueous Phase Liquids in Subsurface Systems
  • Groundwater Flow in a Fault Zone in the Vicinity of Desert Hot Springs, California
  • Simulation of Saltwater Intrusion in the Guaymas Valley, Sonora, Mexico California

Colleen B. Mouw

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

(906) 487-2795
cbmouw@mtu.edu
GLRC 206

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Oceanography and Limnology
  • Aquatic optics and remote sensing
  • Development of novel aquatic satellite products
  • Aquatic biogeochemical processes
  • Phytoplankton ecology
  • Response of aquatic systems to environmental change

Thomas Oommen

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2045
toommen@mtu.edu
Dow 401

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Methods in Geomechanics
  • Computational Geoscience
  • Remote Sensing for Geotechniques
  • Geostatistics and Data Analysis

Research Interests

  • Liquefaction susceptibility evaluation at local and regional scales using in-situ measurements and remote sensing observations
  • Estimating liquefaction induced damage such as lateral spread displacement
  • Transportation Geotechniques
  • Documenting earthquake induced damages, especially liquefaction using aerial/satellite images that are sensitive to surficial moisture
  • Geotechnical asset monitoring

Wayne D. Pennington

Dean, College of Engineering

Professor of Geophysical Engineering, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2005
wayne@mtu.edu
M&M 704

Research Interests

  • Properties of rocks under varying conditions of saturation, stress, and heterogeneity
  • Oil and gas exploration and development
  • Seismic petrophysics -- relating rock properties to seismic observations, particularly in oil and gas development
  • Earthquake seismology, particularly induced seismicity, and humanitarian aspects of large earthquakes
  • Administrator of the SPOT Lab (seismic petrophysics: observation and theory)

William I. Rose

Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Volcanology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Volcanic Clouds
  • Geoheritage

Jeremy Shannon

Senior Lecturer, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-3573
jmshanno@mtu.edu
Dow 605

Links of Interest

Aleksey Smirnov

Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2365
asmirnov@mtu.edu
Dow 425

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • The long-term evolution of the Earth's magnetic field (especially in relation to the geodynamo mechanisms and the early history of the field) and its geological and geodynamical implications
  • Geodynamics and global plate tectonics (eg., large igneous province formation and true polar wander)
  • Magnetism of rocks, minerals, and synthetic materials
  • Environmental magnetism (eg., biomineralization and the relationships between physical, chemical and magnetic properties of minerals)
  • Development of new techniques and instruments for paleomagnetic and rock magnetic research

Roger Turpening

Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-1784
roger@mtu.edu
Dow 624

Greg Waite

Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-3554
gpwaite@mtu.edu
Dow 428

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Seismic source mechanisms of tectonic and volcanic earthquakes
  • Mantle and crustal-scale seismic tomography
  • The relationship of seismic anisotropy to fluids and strain
  • Active-source investigations of magmatic systems
  • Triggering of earthquakes by magmatic and hydrous fluid migration
  • Relationship between shallow syneruptive volcanic earthquakes and degassing

James R. Wood

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2894
jrw@mtu.edu
Dow 602

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Petroleum geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Solution chemistry
  • Diagenisis
  • Thermodynamics
  • Computer mapping and visualization

Shiliang Wu

Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2590
slwu@mtu.edu
Dow 429

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Interactions among climate, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, and land use/land cover
  • Impacts of global change on atmospheric chemistry and long-range transport of air pollution
  • Anthropogenic perturbations to the atmosphere and implications for environmental sustainability
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions, especially in the context of global change
  • Impacts of aerosols on the global hydrological cycle

Bo Zhang

Visiting Assistant Professor, Geophysics

bzhang9@mtu.edu
Dow 625

Research Interests

  • Seismic Signal Analysis
  • Development and Calibration of New Seismic Attributes
  • Seismic Velocity Analysis
  • Broadband seismic data processing
  • Shale Resources Characterization