Sustainable Futures Institute

 
     

PEOPLE

 
Participating Faculty & Staff
 
Environmental Systems
 
Martin T. Auer
Professor - Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Interests: Surface water quality engineering.

mtauer@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Nancy A. Auer
Research Associate Professor - Biological Sciences
  • Research Interests: Fish Biology, Zooplankton Ecology, Limnology, Conservation Biology.

naauer@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Susan T. Bagley
Professor - Microbiology, Microbial Biochemistry and Genetics
  • Research Interests: Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Toxicology, Bioremediation

stbagley@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Brian D. Barkdoll
Associate Professor - Environmental Water Resources
  • Research Interests: Sedimentation, scour, oxygen transfer, clay permeability, vortices, acoustics, stream restoration, dams and reservoirs, intakes, water distribution systems, international development, and environmental sustainability.

barkdoll@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Susanne Beske-Diehl
Professor of Geophysics Geological& Mining Engineering & Sciences
  • Research Interests: Use of rock magnetic properties to identify volcanic ash and as indicators of atmospheric fractionation; rock magnetic properties as an indicator of environmental change with special interest in Lake Superior; effect of alteration on the magnetization of basalts; magnetostratigraphy of the Pliocene sediments in Anza-Borrego State Park, California; paleomagnetism and polar wander for North America at about 1.1 Ga concentrating on Keweenawan rocks.

sbeske-d@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Colin Brooks
Research Scientist Manager of Environmental Science Laboratory Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)

colin.brooks@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Judith R. Budd
Research Associate Professor Limnology and Remote Sensing
  • Research Interests: Episodic Events-Great Lakes Experiment focuses on the transport of biological, chemical and geological materials along the coast of the Great Lakes, and what processes effect this transport.

jrbudd@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Andy Burton
Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Forest responses to global change factors, Belowground processes, Carbon and nutrient cycling, Physiological ecology of tree roots, Undergraduate involvement in research

ajburton@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Rodney A. Chimner
Faculty Member - School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Applied wetland ecology, riparian and wetland restoration, peatlands, mountain wetlands, tropical peatlands, ecosystem carbon cycling, wetland ecohydrology

rchimner@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
David J. Flaspohler
Associate Professor - School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Conservation biology, Avian ecology and reproduction, Cascading effects of deer overbrowse, Island ecology

djflaspo@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Robert E. Froese
Assistant Professor - School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Forest simulation modeling; quantitative silviculture and forest biometrics; sampling, inventory and monitoring program design; decision support systems for sustainable ecosystem management; inventory and management of ecosystem biomass and carbon

froese@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Oliver Gailing
Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Ecological genetics and genomics, Population genetics of forest trees, Conservation genetics, Genetic mapping and QTL analyses, Forensic genetics

ogailing@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
John S. Gierke
Professor of Geological & Environmental Engineering - Department of Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences
  • Research Interests: Carbon Dioxide Sequestration, Naturally Occurring Uranium in Groundwater, Air Sparging (including enhancements) Remediation, Soil Vapor Extraction, Remote Sensing for Water Resources & Landslides

jsgierke@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Sarah A. Green
Department Chair - Department of Chemistry
  • Research Interests: Carbon cycle, Environmental Chemistry, Lake Superior, Photochemistry, Free Radicals, Fluorescence

sgreen@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Veronica W. Griffis
Donald and Rose Ann Tomasini Assistant Professor of Water Resources Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Interests: Flood frequency analysis and the analysis of other extreme events, uncertainty analysis, and impacts of climate variability, climate change, and land use changes.

vgriffis@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Kathleen E. Halvorsen
Associate Professor of Natural Resource Policy - Social Sciences
  • Research Interests: Identification of barriers and opportunities related to implementation of woody bioenergy, understanding relationships to water resources in the U.S. and Mexico.

kehalvor@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
David W. Hand
Professor - Civil and Environmental 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.

dwhand@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Robert M Handler
Post-doctoral Researcher
  • Research Interests: Life-cycle assessment

rhandler@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||  

 
 
Gretchen L. Hein
Lecturer - Department of Engineering Fundamentals
  • Research Interests: Educational methods, and spatial visualization.

glhein@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Casey J. Huckins
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies - Biological Sciences
  • Research Interests: Community Ecology of Riparian Systems, Lakes and Streams; Biology and Functional Morphology of Fishes

cjhuckin@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Jacqueline E. Huntoon
Professor - Geology
  • Research Interests: Evolution of sedimentary basins

jeh@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Neil J. Hutzler
Professor - Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, Center for Science and Environmental Education, 2008 Fellow of SFI
  • Research Interests: Groundwater contaminant transport, biological and physical processes for aquifer and soil restoration, risk assessments, management of household wastewaters, hazardous waste management, and water distribution system analysis.

hutzler@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Liza Jenkins
Research Scientist, Michigan Technological University
 
 
Chandrashekhar Joshi
Department Chair, Biological Sciences Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Plant Molecular Genetics

cpjoshi@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Martin F. Jurgensen
Professor - School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Forest soil productivity; management and sustainability; global climate change impact on soil biology; organic matter decomposition and ecosystem nutrient cycling.

mfjurgen@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
W. Charles Kerfoot
Professor - Biological Sciences
  • Research Interests: zooplankton behavior, life cycles, evolution and ecological relationships; experimental approaches to paleoecology;

wkerfoot@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Yue Li
Donald and Rose Ann Tomas Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Interests: Research Interests: life cycle analysis; probabilistic design; natural and man-made hazard mitigation; structural monitoring and condition assessment; bridge engineering; performance-based engineering; earthquake, wind, and wood engineering

yueli@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Ann L. Maclean
Associate Professor of Remote Sensing/GIS, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: GIS, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, Land Use Planning

amaclean@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Alex S. Mayer
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences; Director, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, 2009 Fellow of SFI
  • Research Interests: Hydrology, Water Resources Management

asmayer@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Audrey Mayer
Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy
  • Research Interests: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy; Sustainability science; Landscape ecology; Biodiversity and Conservation; International Trade; Information Theory

almayer@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Claudio Mazzoleni
Assistant Professor - Physics
  • Research Interests: The effects of anthropogenic and natural aerosols on earth's climate and air quality.

cmazzoleni@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Amlan Mukherjee
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Interests: Planning and decision making in infrastructure system management; Develop models and implements simulations that can aid decision makers assess design alternatives and explore what-if scenarios

amlan@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Linda M. Nagel
Associate Professor - School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Landscape-level assessment of invasive species and multiple-scale quantification of forest structures in a changing environment

lmnagel@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Blair Orr
Faculty - School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Forestry in developing nations, Thimbleberries, Forest Economics, Land use in the Upper Peninsula

bdorr@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Kurtis G. Paterson
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Interests: Education Initiatives; Urban and Indoor Air Quality, Specifically Estimating Public Health Impacts

paterson@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Judith A. Perlinger
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Interests: Air and Water Quality

jperl@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
James B. Pickens
Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Natural resources management, optimization models

jpickens@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Thomas G. Pypker
Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Forest Hydrology, Micrometeorology, Ecohydrology, Carbon Cycling, Stable Isotopes

tgpypker@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Dai Qingli
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Interests: Computational analysis for material research: multiscale modeling, finite element analysis, discrete element analysis, constitutive modeling, fracture simulation and molecular dynamics; Properties and performance of asphalt mixtures; Cement microstructure and concrete durability; Self-healing construction materials, alternative asphalt materials; Active piezoelectric materials, structural damping control; Acoustic emission damage detection, X-ray tomography, imaging processing

qingdai@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Sigrid Resh
Research Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Forest carbon dynamics; Soil carbon sequestration; Forest restoration; Isotope applications in forests

scresh@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
William Rose
Professor of Petrology - Geology & Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Research Interests: Volcanoes.

raman@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
James M. Schmierer
School Forester - School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Management and silviculture of northern hardwoods and boreal forest types; Timber harvesting and site preparation effects on forest regeneration; Forest growth and yield modeling and stand visualization and linkages to GIS; Forest recreational development and management; FW3150 Timber Harvesting and FW3190 Multiple Resource Assessment

jmschmie@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Eric Seagren
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 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.

eseagren@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Terry Sharik
Dean, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Academic leadership in natural resources; Educational reform in natural resources; Trends in natural resource enrollments; Regeneration ecology of forests

tlsharik@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||  

 
 
Andrew Storer
Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Forest insect ecology; Insect/fungus/plant interactions in forest ecosystems; Impacts of exotic species on forest ecosystems; Interactions among fire, insects and disease in forests; Urban forest health

storer@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Lawrence L. Sutter
Professor and Director, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute
  • Research Interests: Materials Characterizations, Portland Cement, Portland Cement Concrete, Concrete Durability, Coal Fly Ash, Industrial Residual Utilization

llsutter@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Noel R. Urban
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Interests: water quality; 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

nurban@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
David W. Watkins
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Interests: Water resources planning and management; systems analysis and optimization methods; decision support systems; hydrologic statistics; planning under uncertainty

dwatkins@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Christopher Webster
Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Interests: Gap dynamics and disturbance ecology; Invasion biology of exotic species; Landscape ecology; Plant community response to herbivory; Restoration silviculture; Wildlife habitat relationships

cwebster@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 
Zhanping You
Donald and Rose Ann Tomasini Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Interests: Pavements and transportation materials, mechanical testing and constitutive modeling of asphalt binders and mixtures, analysis and control of thermal and reflective cracking in asphalt pavement and overlays, micromechanics, finite element analysis, discrete element analysis, constitutive model development; pavement fracture, instrumentation

zyou@mtu.edu [e-mail]   ||   Academic Web Page

 
 

   

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