Faculty

Steven Clemens, Associate Professor, Research
GeoChem Building Room 127
Phone: 863-1964
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I focus on Milankovitch to centennial-scale climate change within the Neogene, with an emphasis on the Indian and Asian monsoon regions.
Yan Liang, Professor
GeoChem Building Room 046
Phone: 863-9477
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My general research interests are in the areas of laboratory experiments, theoretical analysis, numerical simulations, and petrologic and geochemical applications of mass transfer in fluid systems.
 Reid Cooper, Professor
GeoChem Building Room 031
Phone: 863-2160
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My research emphasizes solid-state mechanical and chemical kinetics in rocks, minerals and melts. (Also does interdisciplinary research with the Tectonophysics group). 
Amanda Lynch, Sloan Lindemann and George Lindemann, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies 
IBES Room 116
Phone: 863-5153
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My research interests focus primarily on the role of polar cyclones in the climate system, and on the policy implications of extreme weather in small and indigenous communities. I have a joint appointment with Geology and IBES.
  
Colleen Dalton
, Associate Professor
GeoChem Building Room 161
Phone: 863-3339
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I am a seismologist, and my research is focused on imaging the Earth's interior using seismic waves. The overarching goal of my research program is to determine 3-D variations in the temperature, composition, partial-melt content, and volatile abundance of Earth’s mantle.  
Ralph Milliken, Associate Professor
Lincoln Field Building
Phone: 863-1118
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Alex Evans, Assistant Professor 
Lincoln Field Building Room 301
Phone: 863-1287
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I am interested in understanding the evolutionary, tectonic, geodynamic, and geophysical processes of solid planets. My work includes analyses of altimetry, gravity, geomorphology, and tectonics to determine the structure, surface, and internal evolution of solid planets.
David Murray, Lecturer in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
MacMillan Hall Room 114
Phone: 863-3531
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 Karen M. Fischer, Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences
GeoChem Building Room 163
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My research involves imaging the structure of the Earth's crust and mantle using seismic waves in order to better understand dynamic processes inside Earth.
John Mustard, Professor
Lincoln Field Building Room 110
Phone: 863-1264
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My research focuses on the processes that modify solid surfaces and the spatial and temporal scales that control environmental processes on the Earth.


Don Forsyth, Professor Emeritus
GeoChem Building Room 158
Phone: 863-1699
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My interests are in the processes that create new seafloor at mid-ocean ridges, the properties of the lithosphere and asthenosphere, and the nature of small-scale convection beneath tectonic plates. 
Stephen Parman, Associate Professor
GeoChem Building Room 037
Phone: 863-3352
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My research focuses on the chemical evolution of the Earth, moons, and planets.
 Baylor Fox-Kemper, Associate Professor
GeoChem Building Room 133
Phone: 863-3979
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I study the physics of the ocean and its role in past, present, and future climate. I use models that range from the global scale to focused process models that apply universally.
Marc Parmentier, Professor Emeritus
GeoChem Building Room 162
Phone: 863-1700
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My research centers on understanding the roles of melting, melt migration, and mantle dynamics on the long-term evolution of the interior of the Earth and other planetary bodies.
 L. Peter Gromet, Professor Emeritus
GeoChem Building Room 044
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My major research interest is on understanding the processes that control the tectonic evolution of ancient collisional mountain belts.
 Carle Pieters, Professor (Research)
[email protected] Professor Pieters’ research focuses on remote compositional analyses and surface processes. She has extensive laboratory experience with lunar samples and meteorites. She has been a productive lunar and asteroid astronomer as well as active science team member on exploration missions. Dr. Pieters was PI of the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) on the Indian Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft and is currently a CoI on NASA’s Dawn Mission to Vesta and Ceres.

 Meredith Hastings, Associate Professor
GeoChem Building Room 139
Phone: 863-3658
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My research focuses on the reactive nitrogen cycle, with an emphasis on nitrate deposition. I have a joint appointment with Geology & ECI.
Warren Prell, Professor Emeritus, Professor (Research)
GeoChem Building Room 132
Phone: 863-3221
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Much of my research is focused on using biotic and geochemical measurements in deep-sea and estuarine sediments to reconstruct past environmental and climate conditions. On the global scale, I have focused on understanding evolution of the Indian Ocean monsoon system and orbital-scale climate changes using observations and models. On the local scale, I have addressed questions of anthropogenic environmental and climate change in Narragansett Bay. For example, we have measured and mapped dissolved oxygen in the Bay and have used benthic foraminifera and chemical changes in the Bay's sediments to identify and understand the pre and post industrial changes in the spatial and temporal extent of hypoxia and pollution in Narragansett Bay. 
 
James Head
, Professor Emeritus, Professor (Research)
Lincoln Field Building Room 104
Phone: 863-2526
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Professor Head studies themes of planetary evolution and the role of volcanism and tectonism in the formation and evolution of planetary crusts. Several research projects are underway in the field in Antarctica, on the Earth's seafloor, and in assessing data from planetary surfaces to study climate change on Mars, volcanism on the Moon, Mars, and Venus, the geology of the surface of Mercury and the tectonic and volcanic evolution of icy satellites.
 James Russell, Royce Family Professor in Teaching Excellence
GeoChem Building Room 143
Phone: 863-6330
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I use late Neogene lake sediments to investigate millennial to decadal-scale climate changes, focusing on tropical Africa and Indonesia.
 Timothy Herbert, Professor
GeoChem Building Room 125
Phone: 863-1207
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Understanding how the earth's climatic system, particularly the ocean, adjusts itself to perturbation on various timescales drives most aspects of my research.
 Malcolm Rutherford, Professor Emeritus, Professor (Research)
GeoChem Building Room 049
Phone: 863-1927
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The focus of my research is the experimental, field, and theoretical investigations of the phase equilibria of calc-alkaline magmas.

John Hermance, Professor Emeritus
GeoChem Building Room 167
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My research is in the area of environmental geophysics and hydrology.
 Alberto Saal, Professor
GeoChem Building Room 038
Phone: 863-7238
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I have broad interests in the application of geochemistry to problems of earth, planetary, and environmental science.
 Paul Hess, Professor Emeritus
GeoChem Building Room 050
Phone: 863-1929

I focus on fundamental geochemical questions ranging from the atomistic scale to larger problems dealing with the igneous evolution of the Moon and Mars.
Peter Schultz, Professor Emeritus, Professor (Research)
Lincoln Field Building
Phone: 863-2417
 
My main research has been on the effect of impact angle on cratering and the role of the atmosphere in modifying the process. Different planetary environments, laboratory simulations, and theoretical models allow testing under extreme conditions and to extreme scales.

 Greg Hirth, Professor & Chair
GeoChem Building Room 035
Phone: 863-7063
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My interests are in experimental rock mechanics, deformation mechanisms in both crustal and mantle lithologies, structural geology, application of experimental flow laws to geophysical and geological observations. (Also does interdisciplinary research with the Tectonophysics group).
Laurence C. Smith, John Atwater and Diana Nelson University Professor of Environmental Studies
IBES
Phone: 863-5153
[email protected]
Laurence C. Smith is the John Atwater and Diana Nelson University
Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Earth,
Environmental and Planetary Sciences (IBES/DEEP). His research interests
include the Arctic, water resources, and satellite remote sensing
technologies. 

 
Yongsong Huang
, Professor
GeoChem Building Room 147
Phone: 863-3822
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I bring new capabilities for studies of lake and marine sediments in terms of isotopic measurements of organic substances. 
Victor Tsai, Associate Professor
GeoChem Building, Room 162
Phone: 863-3339
[email protected]
My research focuses on seismology and geomechanics, fluid-solid
interactions in Earth systems, theoretical glaciology, and
environmental seismology. 
Christian Huber, Associate Professor
GeoChem Building Room 167
Phone: 863-5876
[email protected] 
I study the role of multiphase processes on the dynamics of Earth and other Planetary bodies. More specifically, I focus on volcanology, geodynamics and porous media flow with a variety of theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches.

Jan Tullis, Professor
GeoChem Building Room 033
Phone: 863-1921

My research involves experimental investigations of the deformation mechanisms, microstructures, and rheology of crustal rocks. (Also does interdisciplinary research with the Tectonophysics group).
 Daniel Ibarra, Visiting Assistant Professor
GeoChem Building
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I work on the water and carbon cycles in terrestrial environments. My work includes studying the response of terrestrial landscapes to changes in climate using modeling approaches, geochemical measurements, and field observations.

 Terry Tullis, Professor Emeritus, Professor (Research)
GeoChem Building Room 016
Phone: 863-3829
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I focus on understanding the mechanics of earthquakes.

Jung-Eun Lee, Assistant Professor 
GeoChem Building Room 131
Phone: 863-6465

I study the global water cycle, focusing on how the terrestrial ecosystem influences and is influenced by the physical climate system. My research tools are numerical models of different complexities, ranging from 1-dimensional simple models to more complex earth system models. I often work with researchers who make measurements to improve our understanding of the interplay among different components of the climate system.
 Thompson Webb, Professor Emeritus
GeoChem Building Room 130
863-3128
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My paleoclimate research focuses on mapping large data sets and the calibration of pollen data in climate terms.