Faculty and Staff Directory

Jamey Anderson

Jamey Anderson

  • Assistant Director, Marine Operations
  • Manager, Marine Research Assets Shared Facility

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
  • Expanded Biography

Jenny Apriesnig

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Business

Teaching Interests

  • Principles of Economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Research Interests

  • Coupled human and environmental systems
  • Fishery economics and management
  • Computable General Equilibrium Modeling
  • Regional Natural Resource Economic Modeling 
Anthony Arnold

Anthony Arnold

  • Research Engineer

Specialties

  • Underwater acoustic remote sensing
  • Design, fabrication, testing & utilization of prototype field deployable instruments 
  • Application and deployment of advanced technologies and integrated observing systems
  • Quality assurance and control of in-situ data 
  • Provide strategic scientific and engineering support to partners
  • Scientific scuba diving

Research Interests

  • Surface and underwater autonomous or remotely operated research platforms
  • Acoustic signal processing
  • Optical engineering
  • Marine engineering
  • Business water risk

Martin T. Auer

  • Professor Emeritus, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

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

Jung Yun Bae

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Assistant Professor, Applied Computing

Research Interests

  • Robotics, Multi-robot systems
  • Coordination of Heterogeneous Robot Systems
  • Vehicle Routing Problems
  • Multi-robot System Control and Optimization
  • Autonomous Navigation
  • Unmanned Vehicles
  • Operational Research for Autonomous Vehicles

Melissa F. Baird

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Graduate Director, Social Sciences

Research Interests

  • Extractive zones
  • Critical heritage
  • Forensic heritage
  • Expert knowledge
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Politics of archaeology

Brian D. Barkdoll, PE

  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

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

Jennifer Becker

  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

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

Jason R. Blough

  • Interim Chair and Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Clean Snowmobile Team Faculty Advisor

Areas of Expertise

  • Vibrations
  • Unique Instrumentation/Data Acquisition
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Noise Control

Research Interests

  • Dynamic Measurement Problems
  • Developing new digital signal processing algorithms to understand NVH type problems
  • Ways to improve the NVH characteristics of virtually any machine

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 system transients
  • Renewable energy generation and integration in power systems
  • Student retention and success

Jeremy P. Bos

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Robotic Systems Enterprise

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Atmospheric optics
  • Statistical optics
  • Quantum optics
  • Image and Signal Processing
  • Autonomous vehicles and vehicular networks
  • Industrial automation and controls

William S. Breffle

  • Associate Professor of Economics, College of Business

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental economics
  • International economics
  • Mathematical economics
  • Principles of economics

Research Interests

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

Colin Brooks

  • Senior Research Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Transportation Applications Including Road and Bridge Condition Assessment
  • Mapping of Changing Ecosystems
  • Agricultural Remote Sensing
  • Geohazard Evaluation
  • Invasive Species Mapping With a Focus on Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
  • Developing Unmanned Aerial System Capabilities
  • 3D Optical, Multispectral, Thermal, and LiDAR Sensing
  • Decision Support System and App Development
  • Integration of Remote Sensing Technologies Into Sponsor Workflows
  • Research Project Management

Research Interests

  • Aquatic and Landscape Ecology
  • Invasive Species Mapping
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring
  • Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Assessment of Transportation Infrastructure Condition Using Remote Sensing
  • Automated Road and Bridge Condition Analysis
  • Multispectral Sensing
  • Development and Deployment of Decision Support Systems
  • Land Cover Change Mapping and Monitoring

Laura E. Brown

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Director, Data Science Graduate Program

Area of Expertise

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Data Mining and Data Science
  • Applications of AI and ML to Energy (microgrids, power systems), Health, and other domains

Yu Cai

  • Professor, Applied Computing
  • Affiliated Professor, Computational Science and Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer Network
  • Computing Education

Gary A. Campbell

  • Professor of Natural Resource Economics, College of Business
  • Director of MS in Applied Natural Resource Economics
  • Affiliate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Teaching Interests

  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Principles of Economics
  • International Economics

Specialties

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

Angie Carter (she/her)

  • Associate Professor, Environmental/Energy Justice

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental & rural sociology
  • Community-based and participatory research
  • Social movements and social change
  • Gender & ecofeminism
  • Agrifood systems

Joan Chadde-Schumaker

  • Director, Center for Science and Environmental Outreach
  • Director, Family Engineering Program
  • Staff, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Great Lakes education and stewardship
  • Environmental education
  • K-5 engineering and STEM outreach
  • K-12 science education
  • K-12 teacher professional learning
    Communicating Science to a lay audience
  • Co-facilitator of biannual Lake Superior Youth Symposium students in grades 8-12
  • Producer and disseminater of 85+ Great Lakes floor maps and Lake Superior floor maps
  • Coordinator of 9 Water Festivals for Gr. 4-12 students in the western Upper Peninsula
  • Coordinator of 15 Western Upper Peninsula STEM Festivals for Gr. 4-8 students (2004-2019)

Laura E. Connolly

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Business

Teaching Interests

  • Labor Economics
  • Economic Decision Analysis
  • Microeconomic Theory 

Research Interests

  • Labor Economics
  • Economics of Gender
  • Public Policy
  • Applied Microeconomics 
Bob Cowling

Bob Cowling

  • GIS Data Librarian

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Geospatial Metadata
  • Cartography
  • Web-based GIS application development
  • Geospatial data management, discovery, and dissemination

Rupali Datta

  • Professor, Biological Sciences

Specialties

  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
Paul Doskey
"Understanding how the Earth system functions is key to sustaining its natural resources for future generations."

Paul V. Doskey

  • Professor

Research Interests

  • Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry of Surface-Atmosphere Exchange
  • Atmospheric Organic Chemistry
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Carolyn A. Duncan

  • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Mobility and postural control in aging and special populations
  • Ergonomics and design of built environments for special populations
Mary 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

Areas of Expertise

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

Ana Dyreson

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Grid integration under high penetrations of wind and solar energy
  • Drought and heat impacts on power systems
  • Thermal power plant modeling
  • Hybrid power plant value propositions
  • Electricity load modeling
Beth Frederick

Beth Frederick

  • Custodian

Valoree Gagnon

  • Director, University-Indigenous Community Partnerships, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Assistant Professor, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Research Interests

  • University-Community Partnerships, research engagement, and equitable practice and design
  • Environmental Justice and Policy, toxic substances, risk management, and promoting holistic health
  • Indigenous / Native American Studies, treaties and the government-to-government relationship, food sovereignty, and Indigenous wisdom in the Great Lakes region
  • Environmental Stewardship and the Seven Generations Philosophy
Jackie Gebhardt, PMP
"Start from a place of "we"; practice proactive sharing; foster personal awareness; be the educator, be the learner; live the agreements"
—Five Agreements of Organizational Sensitivity

Jackie Gebhardt, PMP

  • Senior Coordinator, Great Lakes Research Center

Roles and Areas of Responsibility

  • Safety Liaison
  • Pre-Award Proposal Development and Budgeting Support
  • Post Award Project Management
  • Implementation of Institute Initiatives
  • Website Development
Joseph Geisz

Joseph Geisz

  • Research Engineer

Research Interests

  • Applied mathematics 
  • Computer vision
  • Machine learning
  • Benthic substrate mapping
  • AUV data analysis

John S. Gierke, PE

  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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
Amanda Gonczi

Amanda Gonczi

  • Associate Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Instructor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Director of Research and Evaluation, Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform

Areas of Expertise 

  • Design and implementation of professional development for K-12 and undergraduate STEM teachers
  • K-12 STEM education research 
  • Program evaluation 

Amanda's CV

Research Interests

  • Instructional practices that support environmental literacy and stewardship
  • Integration of computing into STEM education
  • Teachers beliefs about reforms-based science instruction including nature of science, inquiry, engineering, Next Generation Science Standards, and technology integration
  • Professional development elements (remote and face-to-face) that support instructional change, teacher leadership and reforms-based science instruction
  • Using levels of inquiry to support teachers' understanding and integration of mathematical and scientific inquiry in k-12 education
  • Teachers' understandings regarding key concepts in science including respiration and photosynthesis

Hugh S. Gorman

  • Professor Emeritus of Environmental History and Policy

Fields

  • 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

  • Interim Department Chair, Chemistry
  • Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Climate change communication
  • Science-policy interface
  • Youth engagement in climate policy
  • Response of aquatic systems to climate change
  • Great Lakes
  • 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 Emeritus, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

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

Timothy C. Havens

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Director, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems
  • William and Gloria Jackson Professor

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Sensor and Data Fusion
  • Heterogeneous Data Mining
  • Explosive Hazard Detection
Hayden Henderson

Hayden Henderson

  • Research Engineer
  • Relief Captain

Areas of Expertise

  • Limnology and physical oceanography
  • Application, fabrication, and deployment of advanced technology and integrated observing systems
  • Surface and underwater autonomous or remotely operated research platforms
  • Meteorological and biogeochemical sensor instrumentation
  • Quality assurance and control of in-situ data 
  • USCG 100 GRT Master Captain

Research Interests

  • Establishment of long-term climate observations
  • Great Lakes acidification
  • Ship based flow-through systems
  • Nutrient cycling and subsequent productivity
  • Advanced technologies for increasing public safety
  • Data science and tool building

Jeffery Pereira Hollingsworth

  • Professor of Practice, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Research Interests

  • UAV Uses and Geomatics Applications
  • Spatial Data Adjustments
  • Multibeam/Single Beam Hydrographic Surveying and Bathymetric Surveys
  • Boundary Determinations and Legal Principles
  • Terrestrial LiDAR integration and GIS
Elizabeth Hoy

Elizabeth Hoy

  • Director, Business & Program Development
  • Great Lakes Research Center

Specialties

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

Chenfu Huang

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Great Lakes Research Center

Education

  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2021
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2014
  • BS, Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological Univeristy, 2012

Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamic Modeling
  • Cross-Scale Hydrodynamics in the Great Lakes
  • Model Coupling of the Wind-Wave-Current Interactions

Casey J Huckins

  • Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Expertise

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

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

  • Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, CFRES

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/computational biology
Jim Junker

Jim Junker

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Great Lakes Research Center

Education

  • PhD, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University, 2019
  • MS, Biological Sciences, Montana State University, 2011
  • BS, Natural Resources - Fish and Wildlife Ecology, Northland College, 2007

Research Interests

  • The energetics and dynamics of food webs and ecological networks
  • Biodiversity patterns in space and time
  • The coupling of energy and elements in ecological processes
  • Ecological theory
  • Philosophy of Science
Evan Kane
"If trees could run away from their place of establishment, believe me many of them probably would!"

Evan S. Kane

  • Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

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

Charles Kerfoot

  • Research Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Paleoecology
Erik Kocher

Erik Kocher

  • Research Engineer - Electrical Engineer, Great Lakes Research Center

Research Interests

  • Marine & Naval Engineering
  • Electro-Mechanical Systems
  • Self-driving/Autonomous Systems
  • Robotics
  • Controls
  • Acoustics/Vibration

Specialties

  • Support GLRC Research Projects & Programs
  • Coordinate GLRC Engineering Lab & Shop Space
  • Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering
  • Maritime and Naval Systems Design, Assembly, and Operation
  • Certified Fanuc Robotics Technician
  • State certified Firefighter & First Responder with additional training in Search & Rescue, First Aid, Ice Rescue, and Hazmat Emergency Response

Don Lafreniere

  • Department Chair, Social Sciences
  • Director, Geospatial Research Facility
  • Associate Professor of Geography and GIS

Research Interests

  • Environmental Change and Life Course Epidemiology
  • Urban Environments and Population Health
  • Public Participatory GIS
  • Historical GIS & Deep Mapping
  • Spatial Humanities 
  • Deindustrialization and Shrinking Cities
  • Time-Space Integration and Modeling in GIS
  • Demography and Historical Record Linkage
  • Sense of Place and Neighborhood Construction

Nancy Langston

  • Distinguished Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, CFRES

Areas of Interest

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

John D. Lenters

  • Associate Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

    • Lake evaporation
    • Physical limnology
    • Great Lakes weather and climate
    • Surface waves and coastal storms
    • Air-sea interaction
    • Autonomous buoys
    • Watershed hydrology
    • Global and regional climate change 
     

Research Interests

  • Impacts of climate on lake temperature and ice cover
  • Lake surface energy balance studies
  • Marine weather observations and forecasting
  • Great Lakes evaporation and water levels
  • Climate impacts on lake and land surface hydrology
  • Mesoscale and boundary layer meteorology
  • Great Lakes observation networks
  • Societal impacts of climate change
  • Autonomous sensors at the lake-air interface 

Eugene Levin, CP

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

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
Fengjing Liu
"Water is the new oil: a resource long squandered and soon to be overwhelmed by insatiable demand."
—The Economist

Fengjing Liu

  • Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecohydrology and forest hydrology
  • Hydrological and biogeochemical processes in snowmelt-dominated watersheds
  • Black ash wetland ecosystem processes 
Daniel Lizzadro-McPherson

Daniel J. Lizzadro-McPherson

  • Geospatial Research Scientist

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geostatistical Analysis
  • Lake Superior Geology, Coastal Geomorphology, and Geoheritage
  • GPS, GIS Data Collector Applications, and Mapping Technologies
  • Web-based GIS Data Dissemination and Applications
  • Interdisciplinary GIS Project Management

Carol A. MacLennan

  • Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Social Sciences

Research Interests

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

Vijaya V. N. Sriram Malladi

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Vibrations; Modal Testing
  • Anechoic Traveling Waves
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Data-Analytics
  • Smart Materials 

Research Interests

  • Adaptive Systems and Meta-structures
  • Internet-of-Vibrations
  • Environmental Testing
  • Human-structure Interaction
  • Piezoceramics and SMAs
  • Wave Propagation
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Bio-inspired Dynamics

Amy M Marcarelli

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director, Ecosystem Science Center
  • Director, Aquatic Analysis (AQUA) Shared Facility

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Ecosystem Ecology of Streams and Rivers
  • Biogeochemistry

Patrick E. Martin

  • Professor Emeritus of Archaeology

Areas of Expertise

  • Industrial archaeology
  • Industrial heritage
  • Historical archaeology

Alex S. Mayer, PE

  • Professor Emeritus, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

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

Lynn R. Mazzoleni

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry

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, Marine Engineering Laboratory
  • Robbins Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering
  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

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

  • Professor of Economics, College of Business

Teaching Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

Research Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

Daisuke Minakata

  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Physics

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

Shadi Moradi

  • Research Engineer

Areas of Interest

  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
  • Image Processing
  • Data Science and Analytics

Audra Morse, PE, BCEE, F.ASCE

  • Department Chair, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Built World Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Water reclamation systems and Fate of personal products in treatment systems

Daya Muralidharan

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Business

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 Olin

Jill A. Olin

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

    • Community Ecology
    • Trophic Interactions
    • Marine Ecology
    • Ecogeochemical Tracer Techniques

Thomas Oommen

  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching Interests

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

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
  • Machine Learning

Sidike Paheding

  • Assistant Professor, Applied Computing
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Affiliated Faculty, Computational Science & Engineering; ICC Center for Data Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Computer Vision
  • Image and Video Processing
  • Hyperspectral Image Analysis
  • Remote Sensing

Lei Pan

  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Particulate Separation
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Process Modelling

Myoungkuk Park

  • Research Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Multi-Robot System Control
  • Robot/Autonomous Vehicle Navigation
  • Control of Large Scale Stochastic Process
  • System Modeling and Optimization
  • Design of Automated Material Handling
  • System in Smart Factory
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Data Analytics

Gord Paterson

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

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

Judith A. Perlinger

  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

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

  • Electrical & Computer Engineer, Great Lakes Research Center

Specialties

  • Support GLRC 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
  • Expanded Biography

Smitha Rao Hatti

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interests

Research webpage

Research Interests

  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microfluidics for cancer research
  • Microenvironment platforms to characterize cellular interactions
  • Sensors and devices for biomedical sensing and implantable devices
  • Piezo-based polymeric sensors
  • Microscale devices for biomedical sensors
  • Electrospun fibers for scaffold and electrical sensing

Nathir A. Rawashdeh

  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Applied Computing
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Member, Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC)

Teaching Experience

  • Programmable Logic Control (PLC)
  • Digital Electronics
  • Analog Electronics
  • Image Processing
  • Automatic Control Systems
  • Instrumentation & Measurement
  • Mechatronics Senior Design
  • MATLAB Programming

Research Interests

  • Image Processing;
  • Autonomous Vehicles Perception;
  • Mobile Robot Applications;  
  • Mechatronics;
  • Applied Machine Learning.
Mark Rhodes II
"Every artist, every scientist, must decide NOW where they stand. They have no alternative. There is no standing above the conflict on Olympian heights. There are no impartial observers. Through the destruction-in certain countries-of the greatest of human literary heritages, through the propagation of false ideas of racial and national superiority, the artist, the scientist, the writer is challenged. The struggle invades the formerly cloistered halls of our universities and other seats of learn

Mark Alan Rhodes II

  • Assistant Professor of Geography

Research Interests

  • Post-Industrial Geographies & Heritage
  • National Identity in the 21st Century
  • Cultural Sustainability and Sustainable Tourism
  • Political Ecology, Place, & Memory
  • Critical Geographies & Memorial Landscapes

Areas of Expertise

  • Memory and Memorialization
  • Heritage Institutions
  • Cultural Landscape
  • Welsh Studies
  • Historical Geography 
  • Cultural Geographies

Mark D. Rouleau

  • Associate Professor, Social Sciences

Research Interests

  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Social simulation (agent-based modeling)
  • Policy analysis
  • International relations
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Norm evolution and social influence
  • STEM education evaluation
  • Research design and methods
Rachel Rulison

Rachel Rulison

  • Coordinator, Great Lakes Research Center

Roles and Areas of Responsibility

  • Department Payroll and Timesheets 
  • Financial Transactions
  • Website Maintenance
  • Purchase Requisitions and Invoices
  • Department/Shared Facilities Data/Reports
  • GLRC Events

Ashraf I. Saleem

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Computing
  • Affiliated Faculty, Computational Science & Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Data Acquisition and Signal Processing
  • Senior Design
  • Mechatronics system design and integration
  • Modeling and simulation of complex systems
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Control system design
  • Instrumentation and measurements

Research Interests

  • Data acquisition and real-time control
  • Robotics system design and Integration

  • UAV-based Remote Sensing 

  • Drone-based oil spill detection in Ocean
  • Artificial Intelligence Applications in Remote Sensing

  • Computer Vision and AI

  • Control of Pneumatic Systems
Timothy 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
  • Creativity and Work Process
  • Archaeometry and Conservation Sciences
  • Remote Sensing, Survey, and Geospatial Sciences
  • Community-based scholarship, public science/humanities
  • Heritage, Placemaking, and Culture Building

Chelsea Schelly

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, CFRES

Research Interests

  • Alternative technology adoption
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Renewable and alternative technology policy
  • Sustainable communities
  • Energy conservation and consumption practices
  • Self-provisioning
  • Environmental education

Eric Seagren, PE

  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Biological Sciences

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.
Steven Senczyszyn

Steven Senczyszyn

  • Research Engineer, Great Lakes Research Center

Specialties

  • Program Management
  • Proposal Development
  • Technology Commercialization

Research Interests

  • Acoustics and Vibrations
    • Thermoacoustics
    • Carbon Nanotube Speaker Design and Fabrication
    • Underwater Acoustics
    • Active Noise Control
  • Image and Signal Processing
  • Autonomous Vehicles

David R. Shonnard

  • Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Robbins Chair in Sustainable Use of Materials

Research Interests

  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Alternative energy/Biofuels
  • Sustainability

Robert Shuchman

  • Founding Institute Co-Director (retired)
  • Senior Fellow, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)
  • Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences & Adjunct Research Professor, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Applications
  • Multispectral and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
  • Applied Photo Imaging
  • Sea and Lake Ice
  • Environmental in situ Sensing

Research Interests

  • Great Lakes Remote Sensing
  • Ocean Optics
  • High Latitude Oceanography
  • Dynamic Decision Support Systems
  • Water Quality of Inland Lakes

Roman Sidortsov

  • Associate Professor, Energy Policy

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Energy Security and Justice
  • Risk Governance of the Energy Sector
  • Arctic Energy Development
  • Russian Energy Policy
  • U.S. Energy Policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Comparative and International Energy Law
  • U.S. Energy Law
  • U.S. Environmental Law
  • Russian Energy and Environmental Law
  • Energy Geopolitics
Gary Spikberg

Gary Spikberg

  • GIS Specialist

Research Interests

  • Heritage Interpretation
  • French Canadian Migration
  • Record Linkage
  • Virtual Reality
  • Deep Mapping
  • Historical GIS
Jason Swain

Jason Swain

  • Relief Captain, Great Lakes Research Center

Specialties

  • USCG Licensed Captain - 100 Ton Master
  • R/V AGASSIZ Captain responsible for the safety of all crew, safe operation and navigation of the boat, assisting with the operation of scientific equipment, following all applicable local and federal rules/regulations
  • USCG Retired with 20 years of experience in Search & Rescue, Law Enforcement, Vessel operation, Navigation, Risk Management, training, and workforce development

Stephen Techtmann

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Next-generation sequencing technology and bioinformatics/computational biology
  • Microbial physiology and biochemistry
  • Microbes as sensors for the environmental impacts of oil and gas production
  • Microbially-mediated remediation of crude oil contamination
  • Sustainability and plastic biodegradation
Dan Trepal

Dan Trepal

  • Senior Geospatial Research Scientist
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Social Sciences

Education

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Anthropology and History, Cleveland State University
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Research Interests

  • Industrial and Urban Archaeology
  • Historical GIS
  • Deindustrialization
  • Industrial Landscapes
  • The Archaeology of Brownfields
  • Spatial Analysis of Historical Industrial Pollutants
  • Big Data Approaches to Archaeology
  • Publicly-engaged Scholarship

Roger Turpening

  • Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Noel R. Urban

  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

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

Trista Vick-Majors

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Limnology
  • Cryosphere 
Erika Vye

Erika Vye

  • Geosciences Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center

Areas of Interest

  • Geosciences Education
  • Geoconservation
  • Geoheritage
  • National Marine Sanctuary
  • Great Lakes Indigenous Knowledge
  • University-Indigenous Community Partnerships

Craig Waddell

  • Emeritus Professor of Rhetoric, Humanities
Steven Walton
"I find it astonishing that any man can regard fine machinery without admiration."
—John William Stone (in Stones Fall, by Iain Pears)

Steven A. Walton

  • Associate Professor of History

Areas of Expertise

  • history of technology
  • history of science
  • artillery, fortification, ordnance
  • history of engineering
  • military history
  • Early Modern European history

Zhaohui Wang

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

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

David Watkins, PE

  • Distinguished Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

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
  • Hydrologic modeling and forecasting
  • Flood risk management
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation planning
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus
  • Systems optimization under uncertainty
  • Sustainable development engineering

Melanie Kueber Watkins, PE

  • Research Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • River and Floodplain Hydraulics
  • Water Resources Modeling & Design
  • Water/wastewater/storm systems design
  • Senior Design
  • International Senior Design
  • Statics

Research Interests

  • 1D & 2D water modeling using 3D surfaces 
  • Flood inundation mapping
  • Modeling using large lidar and digital bathymetry datasets
  • Water management structure design for highways, industrial developments: culverts, bridge openings, storm sewers, in-line detention/ponds, floodway/floodplain mitigation
  • Sanitary sewer force main rehabilitation rehab research & design including pump station evaluations

Adam Webb

  • Research Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)

Areas of Expertise

  • Physics Based Modeling
  • Electromagnetic Analysis
  • Signal and Image Processing Techniques

Research Interests

  • Applications in Remote Sensing and Imaging Systems

Veronica L. Webster, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

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 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

  • Professor of Public Policy, Social Sciences

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 Studies
  • Policy Innovation Labs
  • Policy Design
Travis White

Travis White

  • Research Engineer, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Relief Captain, Great Lakes Research Center

Specialties 

  • Responsible for administration of the Marine Autonomy Research Site and Smart Ships Coalition and coordination with the Marine Research Assets Shared Use Facility (MRAF) in support of client needs.
  • Provide scientific and engineering support to faculty, staff, partners, and sponsors with expertise in design, manufacturing, and integration of marine systems. Support budget and proposal development, project management, and strategic planning.
  • Over 10 years' experience as a licensed captain on the Great Lakes with expertise in navigation systems, marine electronics, mechanical systems, and maintenance, repair, and operations.
  • Expanded Biography.
Ryan Williams, GISP, MGIS

Ryan Williams, GISP, MGIS

  • Assistant Director, Geospatial Research Facility

Areas of Expertise

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

Richelle L. Winkler

  • Professor of Sociology and Demography, Social Sciences
  • Social Sciences Undergraduate Studies Director

Areas of Expertise

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

Christopher Wojick

  • Senior Researcher, Program Evaluation
  • Great Lakes Research Center

Pengfei Xue

  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Director, Numerical Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Great Lakes Research Center

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Regional climate modeling
  • Coupled ocean-atmosphere dynamics
  • Data assimilation and machine learning
  • Biophysical processes in the Great Lakes
  • Estuary and coastal ocean processes

Xinyu Ye

  • Research Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamic Models in the Great Lakes
  • Regional-scale Climate Modeling
Lucille Zelazny

Lucille Zelazny

  • Research Assistant, Biological Sciences

Lan (Emily) Zhang

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Links of Interest

Teaching

  • EE/CS 5821 Computational Intelligence
  • EE4723 Network Security
  • EE4370 IoT Application and Design

Areas of Interest

  • Wireless Communications (e.g., RIS, mmWave, CPS, industrial-IoT)
  • Big Data (e.g., machine learning, smart transportation, eHealth)
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy (e.g., IoT/CPS, learning pipeline, blockchain)
Longhuan Zhu

Longhuan Zhu

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Great Lakes Research Center

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering (Coastal Engineering Focus), University of Maine, 2020
  • M.Eng.,Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Tianjin University, 2015
  • B.Eng., Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Tianjin University, 2012
  • B.Mgt., Project Management, Tianjin University, 2012

Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamic modeling with focus on wave-current-sediment processes
     
  • Modeling nearshore coastal processes with engineering applications
  • Nature-based solutions for coastal protection with focus on flow-vegetation-sediment interaction and wave attenuation
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with focus on multiphase flow and fluid-structure interaction (FSI) modeling
  • Hydrodynamic performance of offshore engineering structures and aquaculture structure systems