Earth and Environmental Sciences

People—Faculty

Asish R. Basu

Basu, Asish R.

Adjunct Professor
Office: 227  Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-5713
Email: asish.basu@rochester.edu
Research Interests: My primary research interest lies in applying trace elements, major elements and isotopes in studying Earth processes.

Karen Berger

Berger, Karen

Lecturer; On Leave 2013-2014
Office: 227 Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-5713
Email: karen.berger@rochester.edu
Research Interests: Teaching Interests: Human use of and impacts on energy and water resources

Rory D. Cottrell

Cottrell, Rory D.

Adjunct Instructor
Office: 209C Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-6025
Email: rory.cottrell@rochester.edu
Research Interests: Paleomagnetism and paleointensity

Cynthia Ebinger

Ebinger, Cynthia

Professor
Office: 206 Hutchison
Phone: (585) 276-3364
Email: cynthia.ebinger@rochester.edu
Research Interests: Geodesy, seismology, structural geology, and geodynamics as applied to active and ancient plate boundary deformation, and thermo-mechanical properties of the crust and upper mantle on Earth and terrestrial planets.

Udo Fehn

Fehn, Udo

Professor Emeritus
Office: 224 Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-7884
Email: udo.fehn@rochester.edu
Research Interests: Primary research focus is the movement of fluids in the earth's crust, with an emphasis on dating and tracing studies.

Carmala Garzione

Garzione, Carmala

Professor; Chair
Office: 227 Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-3042
Email: carmala.garzione@rochester.edu
Research Interests: Stable Isotopes in Terrestrial Paleoenvironmental Studies, Interaction between Climate and Tectonics, Sedimentary Basin Evolution and Related Tectonic History of Mountain Belts, Geochemical and Petrologic Provenance Studies of Siliciclastic Sedimentary Rocks

Dale Hess

Hess, Dale

Lecturer
Office: 202 Hutchinson Hall
Phone: (585) 275-7611
Email: dalehess@gmail.com
Research Interests: Quaternary Geomorphology, Multidisciplinary geographic information science

Penny Higgins

Higgins, Penny

Research Associate
Office: 209B Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-0601
Email: pennilyn.higgins@rochester.edu
Research Interests: Climate change since the Last Glacial Maximum in North America, Terrestrial climate change during the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum in the Western Interior of North America, Climate change and faunal turnover at the boundary between the Torrejonian and Tiffanian North American Land Mammal "Ages", Tooth growth rates and mineralization patterns in Notoungulate mammals

John Kessler

Kessler, John

Associate Professor
Office: 210 Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 273-4572
Email: john.kessler@rochester.edu
Research Interests: Chemical Oceanography, Isotope geochemistry, Analytical chemistry

Lawrence Lundgren

Lundgren, Lawrence L.

Professor Emeritus
Email: lwlundgren@gmail.com
Research Interests: Renewable energy systems in Europe-American applications, Environmental medicine

Gautam Mitra

Mitra, Gautam

Professor
Office: 208A Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-5816
Email: gautam.mitra@rochester.edu
Research Interests: Tectonic evolution of mountain belts, Finite strain and strain history analysis, Deformation mechanisms in rocks

Vasilii Petrenko

Petrenko, Vasilii

Assistant Professor; Environmental Programs Curriculum Coordinator
Office: 228 Hutchinson Hall
Phone: (585) 276-6094
Email: vpetrenk@z.rochester.edu
Research Interests: Understanding natural and anthropogenic climate and environmental change, particularly from the perspective of atmospheric composition and chemistry.

Robert Poreda

Poreda, Robert J.

Professor
Office: 224 Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-0051
Email: robert.poreda@rochester.edu
Research Interests: Professor Poreda's research focuses on novel applications of noble gas chemistry to the earth sciences, in seven diverse areas.

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Pullen, Alex

Adjunct Professor
Phone: (585) 275-5713
Email: apullen@z.rochester.edu
Research Interests: Understanding tectonic processes and the evolution of continental lithosphere deformation through the integration of geologic mapping, structural analysis, and geochronology.

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Sutton, Bob

Professor Emeritus
Email: ees@earth.rochester.edu

John A. Tarduno

Tarduno, John A.

Professor
Office: 227 Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-5713
Email: john.tarduno@rochester.edu
Research Interests: Paleomagnetism, Geomagnetism and Geodynamics, including rates of plate tectonic, hotspot and polar motion, mantle plume volcanism, long-term history of Earth's magnetic field (paleointensity, paleosecular variation and reversal frequency), origin of the geodynamo, inner core growth and magnetic shielding, decay of the modern dipole magnetic field and archeomagnetism;, Cretaceous climate;, environmental magnetism.

Dustin Trail

Trail, Dustin

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Phone: (518) 276-3358
Email: traild@rpi.edu
Research Interests: Experimental geochemistry, early Earth - including understanding the origin(s) of the oldest terrestrial rocks and minerals, planetary geology, astrobiology, lunar geochemistry, "water" in nominally anhydrous minerals, isotope geochemistry and geochronology of accessory minerals, redox chemistry of magmas, fluids, and minerals - including the application of synchrotron-based techniques