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

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor, Douglass Houghton Student Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS)

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, 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

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

  • Critical heritage studies
  • Heritage landscapes
  • Indigenous and expert knowledge
  • Extractive industries
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Politics of archaeology

Brian D. Barkdoll

Associate 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

Audrey Barnett

Research Associate, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

GLRC 218

Research Interests

  • Oceanography, limnology and biogeochemistry
  • Phytoplankton physiology and ecology
  • Optics and remote sensing
  • Harmful algal bloom prediction and mitigation
  • Mass algal culture for wastewater remediation
  • Instrumentation and data accessibility

Jennifer Becker

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

G019 Academic Office Building

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
  • Restoration program planning
  • 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
Joseph K. Bump
"Nature loves to hide"

Joseph K. Bump

Assistant Professor of Animal Ecology & Conservation, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Faculty Advisor to the Michigan Tech Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Noblet Building 172

Areas of Expertise

  • Predator ecology & ecological heterogeneity
  • Aquatic-terrestrial links
  • Stable isotopes in animal ecology & conservation
  • Vertebrate habitat ecology
  • Conservation ethics

Gary A Campbell

Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of Business and Economics

Director of MS in Applied Natural Resource Economics

122 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Principles of Economics
  • International Economics

Research Interests

  • Metal markets
  • Sustainability of mining
  • Social decision-making about resource use
Molly A. Cavaleri
"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Molly A. Cavaleri

Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Noblet Building 162

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest canopy structure and function
  • Forest response to global change
  • Carbon and water cycling through forests
  • Tree ecophysiology
  • Stable isotope ecology
  • Invasive tree species

Joan Chadde-Schumaker

Education Program Coordinator

Instructor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Great Lakes education and stewardship
  • Watershed management ; stream monitoring
  • Environmental education
  • Elementary engineering education
  • K-12 science education
  • K-12 teacher professional development
  • Communicating Science to a lay audience
Rodney A. Chimner
"We are what we imagine ourselves to be"
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Rodney A. Chimner

Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Noblet Building 114

Areas of Expertise

  • Peatland and wetland restoration
  • Peatland and wetland carbon cycling
  • Mountain wetlands
  • Tropical peatlands
  • Ecosystem carbon cycling
  • Wetland ecohydrology

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

Associate Professor of Government, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 216

Areas of Expertise

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

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
David J. Flaspohler
"Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul."
—Emily Dickinson

David J. Flaspohler

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Noblet Building 115

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation biology
  • Avian ecology and reproduction
  • Cascading effects of deer overbrowse
  • Island ecology
Robert E. Froese
"If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it."

Robert E. Froese

Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Coordinator of Forest Planning and Research, Ford Center and Forest

Noblet Building 175

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Inventory, Mensuration, and Biometrics
  • Silviculture, Quantitative Silviculture, and Growth & Yield
  • Empirical, process and hybrid forest modelling

John S. Gierke

Chair, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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

Hugh S. Gorman

Department Chair, Social Sciences

Professor of Environmental History and Policy, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 215


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

Research Interests

  • The historical interaction between technological change, uses of the environment, and systems of governance
  • The political ecology of energy

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

Research Interests

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis

Jason D Gulley

Research Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences


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

David Hand

Department Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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 308


  • 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
Cathy Jenich

Cathy Jenich

Assistant to the Vice President for Research

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

Adjunct Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

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
Martin F. Jurgensen
"Soil is the basis of all terrestrial life."

Martin F. Jurgensen

Research Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Noblet Building 137

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest soil productivity, management and sustainability
  • Global climate change impact on soil biology
  • Organic matter decomposition and ecosystem nutrient cycling
Evan S. Kane
"If trees could run away from their place of establishment, believe me many of them probably would!"

Evan S. Kane

Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

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

Don Lafreniere

Assistant Professor of Historical Geography and GIS

Member of the Great Lakes Research Center

Research Interests

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

Latika Gupta Lagalo

Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

128 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Econometrics
  • Energy Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Economic Forecasting
  • Money and Banking

Research Interests

  • Energy and the Macroeconomy
  • Applied Time Series Econometrics
  • International Economics
  • Inventory Studies
  • Business Fluctuations and Cycles

Nancy Langston

Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences

Member of the Great Lakes Research Center


  • Toxics and environmental health
  • 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

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

MEEM 1009

Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamics and Control
  • Unmanned Systems

Research Interests

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

Amy M. Marcarelli

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Dow 727

Links of Interest

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

Coordinator, Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science
  • Landscape ecology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • International Trade
  • Information Theory

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

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

105 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

Research Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

David Millie

Environmental Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)


Research Interests

  • Phycology - Physiological and Quantitative Ecology
  • Coastal Marine, Estuarine/Wetland Biology and Limnology
  • Univariate and Multivariate Statistics, Experimental Design
  • Environmental Modeling

Daisuke Minakata

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Colleen B. Mouw

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

(906) 487-2795
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

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
Blair D. Orr
"Good science starts with good questions."

Blair Orr

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Noblet Building 145A

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Economics
  • Forest economics
  • Land use in the Upper Peninsula

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

(on sabbatical 2015-16)

Research Interests

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

Chelsea Schelly

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Research Interests

  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Alternative technology adoption
  • Renewable and alternative technology policy
  • Sustainable communities
  • Self-provisioning
  • Environmental education
James Schmierer
"Useful concepts must be placed in context and rendered operational."

James M. Schmierer

Forester/Instructor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Noblet Building 130

Areas of Expertise

  • Management and silviculture of northern hardwoods and boreal forests
  • Timber harvesting and site preparation effects on forest regeneration
  • Forest recreational development and management
Amy Schrank
"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, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Noblet Building 116

Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Aquatic-terrestrial links
  • Conservation and management of aquatic systems
  • Long-term monitoring

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

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
Robert A. Shuchman

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

Roger Turpening

Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Dow 624
Colin Tyrrell

Colin Tyrrell

Marine Operations Specialist

GLRC 311

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

James Vivian

Research Vessel Relief Captain, Great Lakes Research Center

Ken Vrana

Ken Vrana

Director, Isle Royale Institute

Noblet Building 132

Craig Waddell

Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Humanities

(906) 487-3261
Walker 302

Joe Wagenbrenner

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Assistant Professor

Forest Hydrology

Research Interests

  • Forest hydrology
  • Effects of wildfire on hydrologic processes
  • Erosion and sediment transport
  • Land use/disturbance hydrology
  • Mitigation of post-fire runoff and erosion
  • Effects of post-fire management
  • Impacts of forest access on watersheds and stream habitat

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 Environmental and Energy 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


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 physical oceanography
  • Introductory Hydrodynamic Modeling
  • Marine 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

Foad Yousef

Post Doc, Biological Sciences

GLRC 205

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing and GIS applications in freshwater aquatic ecosystem
  • Population dynamics (predator-prey, competition, parasitism)
  • Lower food-web (zooplankton, phytoplankton) in lakes
Lucille Zelazny

Lucille Zelazny

Research Assistant, Biological Sciences