Faculty, Staff, and Students

Tenure-Track Faculty

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Thomas Algeo

Professor, Geology

504 Geology-Physics Building


Specialization in sedimentary geochemistry with applications to paleoceanographic and global systems analysis.  Research is directed along three broad themes: Environmental change at the Permian/Triassic boundary, the relationship of land plant evolution to weathering rate changes and global events during the Middle to Late Devonian, and the development of trace-metal redox proxies to study paleomarine systems.

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Carlton E. Brett

Professor, Geology

510 Geology-Physics Building


Dr. Brett's research focuses on relating regional and global changes in sea level, climate, and the carbon cycle to episodes of biotic change (bioevents) and extinction, and time-specific sedimentary facies. Projects involve establishing regional and global patterns of Paleozoic sequence stratigraphy and relating them to prolonged intervals of relative biotic stability, or "coordinated stasis", and episodes of abrupt change. He also maintains active research in taphonomy, including comparative fossil preservation and modern experimental approaches designed to test the concept of taphofacies, pursuing studies of ancient organism interactions including organism-substrate relationships and the mid Paleozoic predator revolution, and the paleobiology of marine invertebrates, especially echinoderms and arthropods.
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Brooke E Crowley

Professor, Geology Graduate Director, Stable Isotope Ecology, Quaternary Paleoecology, Geology

503 Geology-Physics Building


I use stable isotope biogeochemistry to answer a variety of questions about modern and extinct vertebrate communities. My main research interests include extinction, environmental and ecological consequences of human impacts, habitat transformation and conservation. Please visit my personal website for more information (http://www.agoraphotia.com). 
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Andrew D. Czaja

Associate Professor, Precambrian Paleobiology, Astrobiology, and Geochemistry, Geology

506 Geology-Physics Building


Precambrian Paleobiology, Astrobiology, and Biogeochemistry: Early evolution of life on Earth; Archean fossil record of South Africa and Australia; geologic record of microbial metabolic evolution; Mesoproterozoic terrestrial microbial ecosystems; kerogen geochemistry; in situ morphological and geochemical analyses of Precambrian microfossils.
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Aaron Diefendorf

Professor, Organic and Isotope Geochemistry, Geology

610 Geology-Physics Building


My research uses stable isotope and organic biogeochemical tools to solve critical questions in the areas of global climate change, carbon cycling, Earth’s climate sensitivity, paleoclimatology, and paleoecology.
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Craig Dietsch

Associate Professor --, Geology

500D Geology-Physics Building


Dr. Dietsch’s research focuses on the evolution of mountain chains, crustal tectonics, petrology, and landscape evolution.  His current fieldwork areas include the Himalaya of northern India, eastern Pyrenees, the Catalan Coastal Ranges of northeastern Spain, the Appalachians, western New England, and southern California.  Current research topics include bedrock exhumation in relation to fluvial incision, geodynamics of migmatite domes, and how the generation of alluvial fans may record tectonic and climactic signals. 
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Attila I Kilinc

Professor of experimental and computational geochemistry, Geology

Experimental, theoretical and computational geochemistry at high temperatures and pressures; oxidation state of magmas, role of volatiles in magmatic processes, petrology and geochemistry of tholeiitic and alkaline basalts, physical geochemistry of explosive volcanism.
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Tom V Lowell

Professor, Glacial and Quaternary Geology, Geology

604 Geology-Physics Building


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Joshua H Miller

Assistant Professor, Geology

509 Geology-Physics Building


I study the ecological information contained in natural accumulations of bones (death assemblages). Through a multidisciplinary approach that brings together ecology, wildlife management, conservation biology, paleobiology, and GIS, my research explores the ecological data contained in bone accumulations from the modern, sub-fossil, and fossil realms. Using fieldwork, quantitative analyses, and statistical modeling, I am refining our understanding of the biological data that is contained in bone accumulations and providing new tools for recovering those data from recent, historical, and fossil accumulations.

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Reza Soltanian

Assistant Professor, Geology

508 Geology-Physics Building


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Daniel Murray Sturmer

Assistant Professor, Geology

602 Geology-Physics Building


My research interests lie in using geological, geophysical, and petrophysical tools to understand basin formation, evolution, and resource potential. I am particularly interested in interactions between sedimentation and tectonic processes.
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Amy Townsend-Small

Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Geology

605 Geology-Physics Building


Service-driven researcher, teacher, and mentor in environmental science and policy. Together with my collaborators and students, I’ve published over 40 articles and raised over $2 million in research funding. My current research focuses on atmospheric methane emissions from the oil and gas supply chain and climate change feedbacks. I also work on community engaged research toward environmental justice and greenhouse gas emissions reductions together with my students.
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Dylan Ward

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director, Geomorphology and Numerical Modeling, Geology

502 Geology-Physics Building


Numerical modeling, field measurement, and geochronology to constrain rates and mechanics of fluvial and glacial geomorphic processes; Paleoclimate and atmospheric circulation as reflected in the landscape; Response of landscape processes to climate change and to exhumation of different rock types.
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Yurena Yanes

Assistant Professor, Geology

520 Geology-Physics Building


My research program examines the response of biological communities to environmental and human stressors. The sustainability and integrity of ecological resources are increasingly uncertain as climate warms and Earth faces a biodiversity crisis. To remedy this situation, scientists must understand the magnitude, direction and rate of biotic responses to environmental and human impacts. However, environmental and anthropogenic factors operate simultaneously and therefore, they are difficult to discriminate using short-term ecological/human-lifespan scales. My work incorporates a longer-term (geological) dimension through three sequential intervals in the recent geologic past: (1) before humans, which I study with paleontological records, (2) during aboriginal (pre-industrial) occupation, by investigating archeological sources; and (3) in post-industrial times, by measuring modern and historical ecological records. The group of organisms I use to examine biotic-environment-human interactions belong to the Phylum Mollusca (primarily terrestrial gastropods) because they are plentiful, sensitive to environmental and human interference, and less investigated yet more threatened than other present-day major animal groups. To investigate molluscs, I integrate data and techniques from multiple disciplines including isotope geochemistry, taphonomy, paleoecology, Quaternary geochronology, archeology and the emerging field of conservation paleobiology.

Adjunct Faculty

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Brenda R Hanke


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Glenn W. Storrs

Adjunct Professor, Geology

Geology-Physics Building


Affiliate Faculty

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Christopher L Atchison

Geoscience Education, Geology

600E Teachers College


Dr. Atchison specializes in Geoscience Education. His research involves creating full access to the Earth Science disciplines for students and scientists with physical, sensory, and developmental disabilities, and evaluation of the instructional strategies that promote inclusive communities of learning in field settings. He is the Founder of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (www.TheIAGD.org), an organization charged with advocating for students and geoscientists with disabilities, while promoting an accessible pathway into the Geoscience workforce through the development of innovative and inclusive research opportunities and instructional strategies.
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Kenneth Barnett Tankersley

Associate Professor, Curator, Court Archaeological Research Facility, Geology

456 Braunstein Hall


I specialize in Archaeological Geology, Quaternary Science, Catastrophic Volcanic and Cosmic Impact Events, and Contemporary Native Americans.

Emeriti Faculty

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Madeleine Briskin

Emeritus Professor, Geology

507 Geology-Physics Building


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John E Grover

Professor, Geology

612 Geology-Physics Building


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Warren D. Huff

Professor, Geology

614 Geology-Physics Building


Clay mineralogy, paleovolcanology, tephrochronology

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J. Barry Maynard

Professor, Geology


Research career focused on the chemistry of metals at the Earth’s surface, with prinicpal focus in recent years on Mn, Fe, Cu and Pb. Systems studied include Mn-Fe ore bodies, constructed wetlands treating mine drainage, slope stability problems, and corrosion scales in drinking water systems. Supervised 9 PhD and 24 MS students.
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David L Meyer

Professor, Geology

505 Geology-Physics Building


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Arnold I Miller

Professor Emeritus of Geology, Geology

609 Geology-Physics Building


An evolutionary paleobiologist and paleoecologist, with research and teaching interests in biodiversity throughout geological time and in the present day. Current projects include the investigation of geographic and environmental selectivity during global mass extinctions and major diversification events; assessment of anthropogenic impacts on shallow-water molluscan communities as recorded in skeletal accumulations; numerical modeling of time-averaged fossil assemblages; and assessments of the distributions of animals and plants along present and past environmental gradients. 

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David Byer Nash

Professor, Geology

603 Geology-Physics Building


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Paul E Potter

Emeritus Faculty, Geology

211 Braunstein Hall


Post-Doc Fellows/ Research Associates

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Faranak Behzadi


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Corey D Wallace

National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Geology

Geology-Physics Building


National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working at the University of Cincinnati. Research topics include groundwater flow, nutrient transport, and greenhouse gas emissions along rivers. PhD from the Ohio State University studying reactive nitrogen transport in tidal rivers. 


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Kate D. Cosgrove

Business Manager, Geology

500 Geology-Physics Building


I manage the day to day financial activities for the department. This includes, but is not limited to, grants –pre and post award, endowment budgeting and expenses, hiring of faculty, staff and students, external contracts and budget management.
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Sarah J Hammer

Laboratory Manager, Geology

623B Geology-Physics Building


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Michael L. Menard

Technical Professional II, Geology

623A Geology-Physics Building


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Krista Smilek

Director Academic, Geology

500 Geology-Physics Building


I serve as the program advisor for geology majors, minors, and graduate students as well as prospective students.  I coordinate the undergraduate and graduate programs, maintain all things Catalyst-related for the department, and participate in geology-related community outreach.  I also lead the Ocean Margins field trip (GEOL4023/6023) to San Salvador, Bahamas and teach Natural Hazards (GEOL1009) during summer term.
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Sarah Janette Sturmer

Instructor - Adjunct Ann, Geology

Graduate Students

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Desiree Nakia Baker

Graduate Assistant, Geology

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Jason M Cesta


My interests lie in process geomorphology, landscape evolution, geochronology, and paleomagnetism. I am specifically interested in the response of landscapes to climate shifts, and utilizing geomorphic landforms to interpret the climate history of a particular region. My current research focuses on the erosional efficiency of former glaciers in the arid Andes.
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Josephine Dorothy Chiarello


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Megan Casey Corcoran

Graduate Assistant, Geology

(315) 412-6477

I am PhD student working with Dr. Aaron Diefendorf. I use geochemical and isotopic proxies to reconstruct past hydroclimate and ecological changes in order to understand the causes of these changes and to better predict future climate. I am currently working on projects in the Adirondacks, Midwest and Falklands. I am also interested in promoting and administering STEM education to students of all ranges and leading outreach activities to engage the community in science.
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Andrea Lynn Corpolongo


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Watts Lambert Dietrich

Graduate Assistant, Geology

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Reza Ershadnia

Graduate Assistant, Geology

I am a PhD candidate in the Geology Department at the University of Cincinnati. I utilize high-performance computational tools to understand the dynamics of multiphase flows in both shallow and deep aquifers. My research interests are encapsulated in one fundamental question: How does multiscale subsurface geologic structure control dynamics of gaseous phase? My study addresses this question focusing on different societally relevant problems including geological storage of CO2, and CH4 leakage to shallow aquifer systems.
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Cole Austin Farnam

Graduate Assistant, Geology

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Madison Quinn Gaetano

Graduate Assistant, Geology

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Camden Asher Goland

Graduate Assistant, Geology

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Abigail Amanda Kelly

Graduate Assistant, Geology

My research interests focus on how species respond to environmental change and what traits confer survival advantages. My dissertation explores how bison and horses of Alaska and Canada responded to environmental perturbation during the Late Pleistocene. This is an especially valuable setting because the fossil record is so detailed: large mammal bones are abundant and well-preserved in frozen riverbanks and radiocarbon dates provide a high-resolution time series. Further, vegetation and climatic change is well-constrained by pollen records and other proxies. Finally, while bison survived into the Holocene, horses were extirpated, making these two large herbivores a valuable comparison for assessing traits contributing to survival vs. extinction. In my dissertation, I am focusing on how dietary niche, body size, and seasonal landscape use changed during the environmental shifts of the late Pleistocene. In future work, I plan to explore additional ecological variables, such as mobility change, and expand my geographic and taxonomic focus to other terrestrial time series of Late Pleistocene and Holocene.

For more information, my website is scaleofscience.com.
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Zeke King Phillips

Graduate Assistant, Geology

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Samuel Augustus Little


I am a master's student researching with a focus on marine invertebrate paleontology in local Ordovician deposits. Currently interested in implications of organism encrustation and better defining species invasions.
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Jeffery Tyler McGarr

Graduate Assistant, Geology

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Andrew Carlton Michel

Graduate Assistant, Geology

I began working on my masters at the University of Cincinnati in the Fall of 2019. The goal of my project is to produce a 7.5-minute bedrock map of the Stamford quadrangle in southwestern Connecticut, which will ultimately contribute to the compilation of a new Connecticut state bedrock map. 
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Catherine Bliss Nield

Graduate Assistant, Geology

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Vincent Stephen Nowaczewski

Graduate Assistant, Geology

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Emily Michelle Bruff Simpson

Graduate Assistant, Geology

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Thomas E Uhl


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Clark Taylor Ward

Graduate Assistant, Geology

For my Master's project, I am investigating stable isotope paleoecology of large mammalian herbivores from the Nebraskan late Miocene site Ashfall Fossil Beds.  I am interested in species-level and community-level paleoecology as well as extinct and extant herpetofauna.  
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Allison L Young


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Jonas Zajonz

Graduate Assistant, Geology

Currently, I am working on my PhD degree in paleontology. My projects are devoted to paleoecology and changes in biodiversity.