Faculty and Staff Directory

Mike Abbott Staff Photo
"Sure, we can do that."

Michael Abbott

Director, Great Lakes Research Center Operations

Cell: 906-281-1230
GLRC 309

Yushin Ahn

Assistant Professor, School of Technology

Advisor, Douglass Houghton Student Chapter of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS)

EERC 221

Research Interests

  • Digital photogrammetry and mapping
  • Sensor modeling and calibration
  • Sensory data fusion
  • 3D reconstruction from remote sensing data
  • Glacier dynamics/polar region monitoring
  • Feature tracking (image matching)

Teaching Interests

  • Surveying/field practice/computation
  • Remote sensing data fusion
  • Digital image acquisition and processing
  • Adjustment computation
  • Digital mapping

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)


Research Interests

  • Chrysophyte algae
  • Algal Systematics
  • Algal Culturing

Jamey Anderson

Coordinator of Marine Operations

GLRC 310


  • Oversee research buoys
  • Maintain and repair Remote Operated Vehicles
  • Maintain R/V Agassiz to USCG standards
  • Maintain and operate survey vessels
  • Provide electrical and mechanical support of specialized research equipment
Carol J. Asiala

Carol J. Asiala

Research Scientist/Engineer, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences


  • Proposal preparation assistance
  • Project assistance with databases and computer programming/analysis
  • Project assistance with budget reporting and management

Martin T. Auer

Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering

318 GLRC

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Surface water quality engineering

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Engineering approaches to lake and river management
  • Mathematical modeling of surface water quality

Nancy A. Auer

Emeritus Research Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Fish Biology
  • Zooplankton ecology
  • Limnology
  • Conservation Biology

Melissa F. Baird

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Academic Office Building 212

Research Interests

  • Resource Frontiers
  • Extractive industries
  • Heritage landscapes
  • Indigenous and expert knowledge
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Politics of archaeology

Brian D. Barkdoll

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dow 807

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Dam Decommissioning
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Hydraulic Structures
  • River Mechanics
  • Sediment Transport
  • Stream Rehabilitation
  • Sustainability

Andrew Barnard

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Faculty Advisor, SENSE Enterprise

930 MEEM

Areas of Expertise

  • Acoustics
  • Noise Control
  • Vibration
  • Real Time Control Systems
  • LabVIEW programming and instruction

Research Interests

  • Advanced Measurements and Signal Processing
  • Acoustic Intensity and Vector Sensors
  • Room Acoustics
  • Acoustic Material Characterization
  • Outdoor Sound Propagation
  • Physical Acoustics
  • NI LabVIEW Data Acquisition and Control
  • Microphones
  • Crowd Noise
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • Structural Acoustics
  • Array Signal Processing

Jennifer Becker

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

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

Leonard J. Bohmann

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Electric power systems analysis
  • Utility applications of power electronics (HVDC, SVC, FACTS)
  • Power system dynamics
  • Power quality
  • Power system transients
  • Computer analysis and simulation of power systems

William S. Breffle

Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

Affiliate Professor, SFRES

Academic Office Building G019

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental economics
  • Natural resource economics
  • International economics
  • Mathematical economics
  • Principles of economics

Research Interests

  • Non-market valuation
  • Discrete choice modeling
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Health economics

Colin N. Brooks

Adjunct Instructor, Biological Sciences

Manager of Environmental Science Laboratory, MTRI: Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor)


Research interests

  • Resource Ecology

Gary A Campbell

Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of Business and Economics

Director of MS in Applied Natural Resource Economics

Affiliate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Academic Office Building 122

Teaching Interests

  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Principles of Economics
  • International Economics

Research Interests

  • Metal markets
  • Sustainability of mining
  • Social decision-making about resource use

Joan Chadde-Schumaker

Director, Center for Science & Environmental Outreach

Instructor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Great Lakes education and stewardship
  • Watershed management ; stream monitoring
  • Environmental education
  • Elementary engineering and STEM education
  • K-12 science education
  • K-12 teacher professional development
  • Communicating Science to a lay audience

Rupali Datta

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Director and Advisor, Graduate Program

Dow 530

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
Mary H. Durfee
"Good things come in small packages—you can get a GREAT liberal arts education from us. Our graduates get jobs and enroll in fine graduate programs at universities like Yale, Michigan, and Johns Hopkins."
—Mary Durfee

Mary H. Durfee

Professor Emerita

Academic Office Building 216

Areas of Expertise

  • Great Lakes of North America
  • International Law
  • Malta
  • Scholarship of Pedagogy
  • Arctic Affairs

Curtis Edson

Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resoures and Environmental Science

Remote Sensing

Geospatial Information Science

Horner Hall (Forestry) 184

Areas of Expertise

  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Surveying and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • Aerial Photogrammetry
  • Cartography
  • Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Gary Fahnenstiel

Senior Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center and Michigan Tech Research Institute

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Limnology of the Great Lakes
  • Primary productivity
  • Phytoplankton dunamics
  • Laurentian Great Lakes

John S. Gierke

Chair, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Affiliated Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dow 631

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

Hugh S. Gorman

Department Chair, Social Sciences

Professor of Environmental History and Policy, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 215


  • Environmental Policy and History
  • History of Technology
  • History of Science
  • Economic History

Research Interests

  • The historical interaction between technological change, uses of the environment, and systems of governance
  • Adaptive governance
  • Sustainable energy and environmental policy

Sarah A. Green

Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Climate change communication
  • Science-policy interface
  • Response of aquatic systems to climate change
  • Great Lakes
  • Behavior of metal-contaminated sediments in the Lake Superior basin
  • Fluorescence-based analytical methods
  • Aerosol chemistry
  • Origin and fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments
  • Methods for detection of free radicals, photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment
  • integration of biological, geological, physical, and chemical data for understanding global cycles.

Michael R. Gretz

Professor, Biological Sciences

Director, Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis

David Hand

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dow 871

Research Interests

  • Development and application of physical and chemical processes for the recovery, removal, or destruction of organic compounds from air and water streams in industrial processes and the environment

Elizabeth Hoy

Assistant Director, Business & Program Development

Great Lakes Research Center

GLRC 309


  • Facilitates partnerships that support Institute growth
  • Directs the development and distribution of outreach material to external partners
  • Oversees administrative operations

Casey J Huckins

Professor, Biological Sciences

Program Director Peace Corps Master's International Program in Biological Sciences

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
Liza Jenkins

Liza Jenkins

Research Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute


Research Interests

  • Satellite remote sensing and spatial data analysis
  • Fusion of electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar data
  • Innovative field data collection schemes and sensors
  • Temporal monitoring and detection of landscape change
  • Big data analysis for natural resource applications
  • Arctic and boreal systems in the domains of fires, lakes, peatlands, wetlands, and glaciers
Chandrashekhar P. Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-2738 (Biology)
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
Evan S. Kane faculty portrait
"If trees could run away from their place of establishment, believe me many of them probably would!"

Evan S. Kane

Associate Professor, SFRES

Forest Service Building 123

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil carbon
  • Plant/soil relationships
  • Decomposition
  • Dissolved organic carbon
  • Wildfire
  • Black carbon

Charles Kerfoot

Professor, Biological Sciences

Director, Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center

Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

GLRC 305, office

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Paleoecology

Maryam Khaksari

Mass Spectrometry Research Specialist, Department of Chemistry

PhD, Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

GLRC 218, ChARM Lab

Umesh Korde

Professor, Richard & Elizabeth Henes Chair Professor in Wave Energy

ME-EM 805

Research Specialties

  • Dynamics and control: floating body hydrodynamics, hydrodynamic modeling of buoys, cables;
  • Modeling and control of flexible and smart structures;
  • Wave energy converters, near-optimal control in the time domain;
  • Adaptive and nonlinear control of floating bodies;
  • Low-dissipation actuator and mechanism development, development of new detection and sensing modalities;
  • Deterministic wave prediction;
  • Control of ship-board systems
  • Wave powered microgrids

Mark Kulie

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences


Areas of Interest

  • Snowfall remote sensing using spaceborne and ground-based instruments
  • Global snowfall characterization and future snowfall trends
  • Measuring snow microphysical properties
  • Lake effect snow (satellite and radar observations, modeling, forecasting)

Research Interests

  • Understanding future global snowfall trends using combined modeling, reanalysis, and observational datasets
  • Using spaceborne radar and microwave radiometer observations to quantify global snowfall
  • Evaluating spaceborne precipitation estimates using ground-based radar and in situ snow microphysics observations
  • Studying systematic snow microphysical property differences associated with distinct snowfall modes (lake effect vs. synoptic snow)
  • Characterizing uncertainties in spaceborne snowfall estimates due to snow and ice particle microphysics
  • Improving snow/ice microphysical properties and processes in numerical models
  • Developing improved lake effect snow forecasting tools using satellite data

Don Lafreniere

Assistant Professor of Geography and GIS

Director. Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab

Director, Geospatial Research Core Facility

Research Interests

  • Environmental Change and Life Course Epidemiology
  • Urban Environments and Population Health
  • Applications of GIS for Historical Research
  • Qualitative GIS
  • Deindustrialization and Shrinking Cities
  • Time-Space Integration and Modeling in GIS
  • Demography and Historical Record Linkage
  • Sense of Place and Neighborhood Construction

Nancy Langston

Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences

Member of the Great Lakes Research Center

Affiliated Professor, SFRES


  • Toxics, forested watersheds, and northern lakes
  • Environmental history
  • Watershed change and water quality
  • Mining history

Eugene Levin, CP

Associate Professor, School of Technology; Program Chair, Surveying Engineering

Director, Integrated Geospatial Technology Graduate Program

Faculty Advisor, Digital Mapping Enterprise

EERC 220

Research Interests

  • Integrated geospatial technologies for sustainable development
  • Mobile mapping platforms for geographical and environmental studies
  • SAR- and LIDAR-based remote sensing and GIS
  • Geosensorics, real-time networks of geosensors
  • Human-computer symbiosis for knowledge extraction and expertise transfer
  • Visual perception in remote sensing and GIS
  • 3-D geospatial visualization and augmented reality
  • Visual and automated feature extraction in multispectral and hyperspectral image interpretation
  • Geospatial-sensor modeling and calibration
  • Image processing and automated feature extraction from aerial and satellite imagery
  • Automated systems for vision-based autonomous navigation and control of manned/unmanned robotic platforms
  • Image fusion and analysis
  • Photogrammetry of aerial and high-resolution satellite imagery

Teaching Interests

  • Earth observation systems
  • Geodesy
  • Photogrammetry
  • Geospatial technologies, data, and systems
  • Global positioning systems
  • Remote sensing
  • LIDAR-, SAR-/InSAR-based remote sensing
  • Geospatial 3-D visualization
  • Geospatial imaging: perception and interpretation
  • Introductory and advanced GIS
  • Spatial analysis and modeling
  • Spatial decision support
  • Cartography and cybercartography

Carol A. MacLennan

Professor of Anthropology, Social Sciences

Graduate Director, IA/H and EEP

Academic Office Building 209A

Research Interests

  • Environmental anthropology/political ecology
  • Anthropology of industry (mining, sugar)
  • Hawai`i and the Pacific
  • Anthropology of public policy

Nina Mahmoudian

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Faculty Advisor, SENSE Enterprise

MEEM 1009

Areas of Expertise

  • Unmanned Systems
  • Dynamics and Controls
  • System Design

Research Interests

  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) with Special Interest in Underwater Gliders
  • Coordination and Control of Networked Multi-Agent Systems
  • Motion Planning in Complex Environments
  • Cyber-physical Systems

Amy M. Marcarelli

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Ecosystem Ecology of Streams and Rivers
  • Biogeochemistry

Patrick E. Martin

Research Professor of Archaeology

Areas of Expertise

  • Industrial archaeology
  • Industrial heritage
  • Historical archaeology

Alex S. Mayer

Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Audrey L. Mayer

Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy, SFRES

Coordinator, Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry

Academic Office Building 206

Areas of Expertise

  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science

Lynn R. Mazzoleni

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Chem Sci 402D

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Understanding the identities, occurrence, and transformation of aerosol organic compounds
  • Identifying organic aerosol constituents from a variety of atmospheric environments
  • Exploration of new LC column chemistries with ultrahigh pressure pumps for fast and thorough separations
  • Aqueous reaction pathways

Guy Meadows

Director, Great Lakes Research Center

Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

GLRC 307

Research Interests

  • Large scale field experimentation in the Inland Seas of the Great Lakes and coastal oceans
  • Nearshore hydrodynamics and prediction
  • Autonomous and semi-autonomous environmental monitoring platforms (surface and sub-surface)
  • Underwater acoustic remote sensing
  • Marine engineering

Thomas E Merz

Associate Dean, School of Business and Economics

Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

Academic Office Building 105

Teaching Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

Research Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

Daisuke Minakata

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Affiliated Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Affiliated Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Dow 801

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes
  • Environmental Process and Design
  • Computational Environmental Engineering and Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Sustainable water and wastewater treatment and management
  • Development of assessing and predicting tools for water treatment technologies
  • Innovative water and wastewater treatment technologies for energy saving and harvesting
  • Systematic and integrated understanding of water and wastewater reuse
  • Application of computational chemistry and molecular modeling

Daya Muralidharan

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

Teaching Interests

  • Natural resource economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Water resource economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Econometrics

Research Interests

  • Water management and drainage in agriculture
  • Groundwater management
  • Forest use in developing economies
  • Groundwater quality externalities

Jill A. Olin

Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center

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

Gord Paterson

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

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

Wayne D. Pennington

Dean, College of Engineering

David House Endowed Professor of Geophysical Engineering, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

M&M 701

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)

Judith A. Perlinger

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dow 863

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transport & Transformation of Organic Chemicals
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Air and Water Quality
  • Atmosphere-biosphere Exchange of Chemicals
  • Micrometeorology
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Sustainability
Christopher Pinnow

Christopher Pinnow

Electronics/Computer Engineer



  • Support GLRC and APSRC research programs
  • Focus on measurements of the over water and in-water environments
  • Support design, fabrication, testing & utilization of prototype field deployable instruments, including programming and decision support algorithms
  • Statistical analysis of remote sensing and in situ data sets
Tom Polkinghorn

Tom Polkinghorn

Building Mechanic II

Stephen Roblee

Stephen Roblee

Research Vessel Primary Captain, Great Lakes Research Center

Cell: 906-370-4034

Mark D. Rouleau

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 205

Research Interests

  • Social simulation
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Land-use modeling
  • Norm evolution
  • Survey design
  • International relations
Timothy J. Scarlett
"Whereas innovation, in the backwards reading of creativity, lies outside of time, improvisation, in a forward reading, is inherently temporal."
—Elizabeth Hallam and Tim Ingold (2007) Creativity and Cultural Improvisation. Berg, New York.

Timothy J. Scarlett

Associate Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Historical and Industrial Archaeologies
  • Ecobiography, Creativity and Work
  • Ceramic Petrology, Neutron Activation Analysis
  • Community-based scholarship, public science/humanities
  • Archaeometric and Conservation Sciences

Chelsea Schelly

Associate Professor of Sociology

Research Interests

  • Alternative technology adoption
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Renewable and alternative technology policy
  • Sustainable communities
  • Energy conservation and consumption practices
  • Self-provisioning
  • Environmental education
Amy Schrank faculty portrait
"Whether it is wading in a stream to sample trout, digging under logs to count salamanders or peering under rocks to examine mayflies, both teaching and research benefit from this type of real world experience"

Amy Schrank

Research Assistant Professor, SFRES

Noblet Building 116

Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Fish movement patterns and community dynamics
  • Aquatic-terrestrial links
  • Vernal pool ecosystems
  • Effects of human impacts on aquatic systems

David Schwab

Computer & Math Sr. Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center


  • Hydrodynamic modeling of the Great Lakes and other coastal regions including theoretical, numerical, and observational investigations of circulation, thermal structure, seiches, storm surges, wind waves, and air-sea interaction
  • Applications of hydrodynamic modeling to water quality problems, including transport of bacteria from tributary sources to swimming beaches and predictive tracking of algal blooms

Eric Seagren

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Affiliated Professor, Biological Sciences

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.

Bruce Seely

Dean of the College of Science and Arts

Professor of History and STS

Walker Arts and Humanities Center 201
Devin Seppala Staff Photo

Devin Seppala

Office Assistant

Great Lakes Research Center

GLRC 308

Robert A. Shuchman

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Co-director of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)


Research Interests

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

Stephen Techtmann

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

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

Roger Turpening

Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Dow 624

Noel R. Urban

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

306 GLRC

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Environmental cycles of major and trace elements
  • Sediment diagenesis and stratigraphy
  • Chemistry of natural organic matter
  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Environmental impact and fate of pollutants
  • Influence of organisms on the chemical environment
  • Role of chemical environment in controlling populations

Erika Vye

Geoheritage Education Coordinator, Center for Science & Environmental Outreach

GLRC 114

Areas of Interest

  • Geoheritage
  • Geoscience education
  • Interpreting geology
  • Geoconservation and the value of public lands

Craig Waddell

Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Humanities

(906) 487-3261
Walker 302

Zhaohui Wang

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

EERC 506

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Communications
  • Signal processing
  • Communication networks
  • Network security
  • Emphasis on underwater acoustic applications

David Watkins

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dow 806

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Water resources planning and management
  • Environmental systems analysis
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic engineering
  • Optimization methods
  • Learning through service

Research Interests

  • Integrated water resources planning
  • Use of seasonal hydroclimatic forecasts
  • Climate change risk assessment
  • Robust decision-making
  • System dynamics modeling

Veronica L. Webster

Associate Professor, Water Resources Engineering

Dillman 201D

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Probability and statistics
  • Stochastic hydrology
  • Numerical methods
  • Water resources
  • Risk analysis and management

Research Interests

  • Water resources
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Flood frequency and analysis of extreme events
  • Impacts of climate and land use changes
Adam M. Wellstead
"Academics are the only people I can think of for whom this sentence makes sense: 'I'm hoping to get some time off so that I can get some work done.'"
—Sidney Verba

Adam M. Wellstead

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 207

Areas of Expertise

  • Policy advisory systems
  • Governance and political mechanisms
  • Survey research
  • Policy process frameworks

Areas of Interest

  • Canadian Energy and Environmental Issues
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Oil Sands Development
  • Forest Policy
  • Canadian history

Lloyd Wescoat

Education Program Assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering

GLRC 116

Travis White

Research Vessel Relief Captain, Great Lakes Research Center


Ryan Williams, GISP

Geospatial Research Scientist

Geospatial Research Facility, Great Lakes Research Center

GLRC 311

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Database Development
  • GIS Tool and Process Development
  • Integrating Web, GIS, Database and Analytics Tools

Richelle L. Winkler

Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography, Social Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Rural Sociology
  • Population and Environment
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Community Engaged Scholarship
  • Internal Migration
  • GIS and spatial analysis

Pengfei Xue

Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

GLRC 317

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Introductory Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Hydrodynamic Modeling
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Modeling

Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Coupled physical-biological modeling
  • Dynamics of coupled ocean-atmosphere models
  • Ocean data assimilation
  • Estuary and coastal ocean circulation
  • Bio-physical processes in the Great Lakes
Lucille Zelazny

Lucille Zelazny

Research Assistant, Biological Sciences