Faculty and Staff Directory

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Michael Abbott

Director, Great Lakes Research Center Operations

906-487-3165
Cell: 906-281-1230
mdabbott@mtu.edu
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)

906-487-2445
yahn@mtu.edu
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)

906-370-1886
raa48@uw.edu

Research Interests

  • Chrysophyte algae
  • Algal Systematics
  • Algal Culturing

Jamey Anderson

Coordinator of Marine Operations

906-487-2914
jameya@mtu.edu
GLRC 310

Specialties

  • 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

906-487-2033
cjasiala@mtu.edu
Dow 601

Specialties

  • 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

906-487-2799
mtauer@mtu.edu
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

Director and Advisor, Graduate Program

906-487-2353
naauer@mtu.edu
Dow 732, GLRC 110

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  • The Great Lake Sturgeon http://msupress.org/books/book/?id=50-1D0-2626#.UwJzjfldV8E

Research Interests

  • Fish Biology
  • Zooplankton ecology
  • Limnology
  • Conservation Biology

Melissa F. Baird

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Heritage, and Environmental Policy

906-487-2366
mfbaird@mtu.edu
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

906-487-1981
barkdoll@mtu.edu
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

906-487-1469
audrey.barnett@mtu.edu
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

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

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

906-487-1959
wsbreffl@mtu.edu
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

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
Cathy Codere

Cathy Codere

Assistant to the Vice President for Research

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

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Visiting Professor, University of Malta

906-487-2112
mhdurfee@mtu.edu
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

Hugh S. Gorman

Professor of Environmental History and Policy, Social Sciences

906-487-2116
hsgorman@mtu.edu
Academic Office Building 220

Fields

  • 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

906-487-2048
sgreen@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 607

Research Interests

  • Origin and fate of DOC in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments
  • Methods for detection of free radicals, photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment
  • Oxidative degradation reactions
  • Response of aquatic systems to climate change
  • Effects of electrostatic charge and ionic strength on fast reaction kinetics
  • Behavior of metal-contaminated sediments in the Lake Superior basin
  • Fluorescence-based analytical methods

Michael R. Gretz

Professor, Biological Sciences

Director, Biotechnology Research Center

Research Interests

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

Professor of Natural Resource Policy

Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Woody bioenergy
  • Climate change
  • Natural resource policy
  • Water resource policy
  • Bioenergy policy

Casey J Huckins

Associate 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

  • Fish ecology, biology, functional morphology
  • Ecology of lakes, streams, and their riparian interface with terrestrial systems
  • effects of land use on ecological systems
  • Biomonitoring for research and restoration
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)
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
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

906-482-6303
eskane@mtu.edu
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

906-487-2769
wkerfoot@mtu.edu
GLRC 305, office

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Paleoecology
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."
—Rachel Carson

Nancy Langston

Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences

Member of the Great Lakes Research Center

Specialties

  • Environmental history
  • Watershed change
  • Ecological history
  • Fisheries history
  • Mining history

Eugene Levin

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

Director, Integrated Geospatial Technology Graduate Program

Faculty Advisor, Digital Mapping Enterprise

906-487-2446
elevin@mtu.edu
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

906-487-2870
camac@mtu.edu
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

906-487-3084
ninam@mtu.edu
MEEM 1009

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonlinear Control and Dynamics
  • Cooperative Control of Multi Agent Systems
  • Autonomous Vehicles with Special Interest in Underwater Gliders

Amy M. Marcarelli

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-2867
ammarcar@mtu.edu
Dow 727

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Ecosystem Ecology of Streams and Rivers
  • Biogeochemistry

Patrick E. Martin

Department Chair, Social Sciences

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

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
Audrey L. Mayer
"Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."
—Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

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

Claudio Mazzoleni

Associate Professor, Physics

906-487-1226
cmazzoleni@mtu.edu
Fisher 109

Specialties

  • Atmospheric Science

Lynn R. Mazzoleni

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

906-487-1853
lrmazzol@mtu.edu
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

906-487-1106
gmeadows@mtu.edu
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

David Millie

Environmental Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)

941-544-7926
dfmillie@mtu.edu

Research Interests

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

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

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
Emma S. Norman
"Be the change that you want to see in the world."
—Mahatma Ghandi

Emma S. Norman

Assistant Professor of Geography, Social Sciences

Environmental and Energy Policy Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Political and Cultural Geography
  • Environmental and Energy Policy
  • Transboundary Water Governance
  • Water Security
  • Environmental Governance
  • Nature-Society

Judith A. Perlinger

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-3641
jperl@mtu.edu
Dow 863

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental engineering
  • Transport & transformation of organic chemicals in the environment
  • Boundary layer meteorology
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Air and water quality
  • Atmosphere-biosphere exchange of chemicals
  • Micrometeorology
  • Environmental analytical chemistry
  • Sustainability
Tom Polkinghorn

Tom Polkinghorn

Building Mechanic II

Stephen Roblee

Stephen Roblee

Research Vessel Primary Captain, Great Lakes Research Center

906-482-6641
Cell: 906-370-4034
rroblee@mtu.edu

Mark D. Rouleau

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences

906-487-2039
mdroulea@mtu.edu
Academic Office Building 205

Research Interests

  • Social simulation
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Land-use modeling
  • Norm evolution
  • Survey design
  • International relations
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

906-487-1139
ajschran@mtu.edu
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

Specialties

  • 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

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 A. Shuchman

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
Colin Tyrrell

Colin Tyrrell

Marine Operations Specialist

906-487-2180
cwtyrrel@mtu.edu
GLRC 311

Noel R. Urban

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-3640
nurban@mtu.edu
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

jrvivian@mtu.edu
GLRC B006B

Joe Wagenbrenner

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Assistant Professor

Forest Hydrology

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest hydrology
  • Effects of wildfire on hydrological process
  • Erosion and sediment transport
  • Land use/disturbance hydrology
  • Mitigation of post-fire runoff and erosion

Zhaohui Wang

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

906-487-2054
zhaohuiw@mtu.edu
EERC 730

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

906-487-1640
dwatkins@mtu.edu
Dow 806

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Water resources planning and management
  • Environmental systems analysis
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic engineering
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Engineering economics
  • Numerical methods

Research Interests

  • Watershed modeling
  • Hydrologic frequency analysis
  • Extreme event (drought/flood) damage mitigation
  • Seasonal hydro-climatic forecasting
  • Climate change impact assessment
  • Decision theory and information technology applications in water resources
Adam M. Wellstead
"...when I have been in Canada, I have never heard a Canadian refer to an American as a "foreigner." He is just an "American." And, in the same way, in the United States, Canadians are not "foreigners," they are "Canadians.""
—Franklin Roosevelt

Adam M. Wellstead

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Energy Policy, Social Sciences

906-487-2115
awellste@mtu.edu
Academic Office Building 207

Areas of Expertise

  • Policy Capacity
  • New Governance Arrangements
  • 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

906-487-3138
lwescoat@mtu.edu
GLRC 116

Travis White

Research Vessel Relief Captain, Great Lakes Research Center

tmwhite@mtu.edu
GLRC B006B

Richelle L. Winkler

Assistant 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

906-487-1837
pexue@mtu.edu
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

920-562-5624
fyosuef@mtu.edu
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

906-487-2791
lzelazny@mtu.edu
GLRC