Faculty Members by Discipline

Atmospheric Sciences

Atmospheric modelling and nonlinear dynamics, large-scale circulation modelling, tropical cyclones, remote sensing, ensemble data assimilation, numerical weather prediction.
Kieu, Kirkpatrick, Staten


Isotopic, molecular and organic geochemistry, astrobiology.
, Elswick, Mastalerz, Picardal, Pratt, Ripley, Sauer, Schieber, Schimmelmann, Wasylenki, White, Zhu

Economic Geology

Mineral, water and fossil fuel resources.
Bish, Brophy, Li, Mastalerz Ripley

Geobiology, Geoanthropology, Geoarchaeology

Paleontology, paleoecology, paleoclimatology.
Brassell, Elswick, Herrmann, C. Johnson, Motz, Njau, Polly, Pratt

Geophysics, Structural Geology and Tectonics

Seismology, geodesy, regional orogenic processes, rock mechanics.
Douglas, Hamburger, Handschy, K.Johnson, Pavlis, Wintsch, Yanites

Mineralogy & Clay Mineralogy

Rock and mineral analysis, volcanology.
Bish, Brophy, Li, Ripley, Schieber, Wintsch

Surface Processes and Environmental Geosciences

Hydrogeology, geomorphology, physical and chemical hydrology, mathematical modeling.
Craft, Edmonds, Letsinger, Wasylenki, White, Yanites, Zhu

Sedimentation & Stratigraphy

Physical & chemical sedimentation, Earth history.
Brassell, Edmonds, Elswick, Pratt, Schieber, Wintsch

GeoScience Education

Learning, teaching and knowing in the Geological Sciences.


Faculty and Scientist Research Profiles

David Bish »

Surface properties, crystallography and geochemistry of clay minerals. Applications of clay and zeolite minerals and interactions with organic pollutants. Rheology of clay suspensions.

Haydn Murray Chair of Applied Clay Mineralogy
office: GY209
phone: 812-855-2039

Simon C. Brassell »

Molecular and isotopic characteristics of organic matter. Biogeochemical processes. Paleoclimates. biochemical evolution. Petroleum carbon cycling.

Professor of Geological Sciences
office: MSBII 404
phone: 812-855-3786
email: | Graduate Admission Information:

James G. Brophy »

Chemical and physical processes of magmatic crystallization and differentiation. Origin and geochemistry of layered intrusions and lavas. Experimental petrology.

Professor of Geological Sciences and Chair, Department of Geological Sciences
office: GY309
phone: 812-855-6417

Christopher Craft »

Terrestrial and wetland ecosystem restoration, wetlands ecology, soil resources, biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration of soils and sediments

Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs
Adjunct Faculty: Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
office: MSBII 408
phone: 812-855-5971
SPEA website

Bruce Douglas »

Brittle and ductile deformation mechanisms. Fault development and deformation mechanisms. Mantle rheology. Geometry of fold and thrust belts.

Senior Lecturer and Director, IU Judson Mead Geologic Field Station
office: GY421
phone: 812-855-3848

Douglas Edmonds »

Sedimentology, stratigraphy, and geomorphology of depositional sedimentary systems.

Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
Malcom and Sylvia Boyce Chair in Geological Sciences
office: GY425
phone: 855-4512
research website: Sed Systems Research

Erika Elswick »

Stable isotopes in sedimentary environments and ore deposits. Metals in the environment. Tropical soils. Low temperature hydrothermal rock–water interactions. Microbial activity.

Senior Lecturer and Director, Analytical Geochemistry Laboratory
office: MSBII 428
phone: 812-855-2493

Michael W. Hamburger »

Seismotectonics. Volcanology. Interplate deformation. Earth science education.

Professor of Geological Sciences
office: GY415
phone: 812-855-2934

Jim Handschy »

Petroleum Geology, Structural Geology, Seismic Interpretation, Reservoir Characterization, Sedimentology/Stratigraphy, Portfolio Analysis, Exploration Risk and Volumetric Analysis

Adjunct Faculty, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
LinkedIn profile

Edward Herrmann »

Geoarchaeology, sedimentation and stratigraphy, deposition and geomorphology in fluvial systems.

Research Scientist
office: GY 417
phone: 856-0587

Claudia C. Johnson »

Geobiology. Caribbean geology. Reefs. Evolution of rudistid bivalves. Paleoclimate.

Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
office: GY501
phone: 812-855-0646

Kaj Johnson »

Active deformation of the crust. Earthquakes. Earthquake cycle deformation. Fault friction. Mechanical modeling.

Associate Professor of Geological Sciences and Director of Undergraduate Studies
office: GY401
phone: 812-855-3612
research website: please visit my Personal Web Page

Chanh Kieu »

Atmospheric dynamics (mesoscale), nonlinear dynamical systems, ensemble data assimilation, tropical cyclones, numerical weather prediction

Assistant Professor
office: GY428a
phone: 812-856-5704

Cody Kirkpatrick »

Atmospheric hazards, numerical weather prediction, climatology of severe weather

office: MSBII 304
phone: 812-855-3481

Sally Letsinger »

Hydrogeology, geographic information systems, and remote sensing

Research Hydrologist, Indiana Geological Survey
Adjunct Faculty, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
office: S427
phone: 812-855-1356

Chusi Li »

Petrogenesis and tectonic settings of mafic and ultramafic rocks.

Senior Scientist and Director, Microprobe Lab
office: GY217
phone: 812-855-5404

Adam V. Maltese »

GeoScience education: Learning, teaching and knowing in the Geological Sciences

Assistant Professor of Science Education
Adjunct Faculty, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
office: Wright (Education) 3054
phone: 812-856-8059

Maria Mastalerz »

Coal geology. Petrology and chemistry of coal, kerogen and bitumen. Coalbed methane and carbon dioxide adsorption. Stable isotopes. Properties of coal combustion products.

Research Scientist/Coal Geologist, Indiana Geological Survey
Adjunct Faculty, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
office: S225
phone: 812-855-9416

Bill Monaghan

Adjunct Professor: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Anthropology

Senior Research Scientist, Indiana Geological Survey
office: S327
phone: 812-856-3542

Jackson Njau »

Paleoanthropology, Paleontology. Early hominid evolution and environments in Olduvai Gorge and other areas in East Africa

Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
office: GY513
phone: 812-856-3170

Gary L. Pavlis »

Seismic imaging by wavefield methods and tomography. Inverse methods. Geophysical data processing. Tectonics of convergent plate margins. Seismicity of the mid-continent.

Professor of Geological Sciences and Director of Graduate Studies
office: GY409
phone: 812-855-5141

Flynn Picardal »

Environmental microbiology, bioremediation, and biogeochemistry.

Professor of Environmental Sciences (SPEA)
Adjunct Faculty, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
office: MSBII 418
phone: 812-855-0733

P. David Polly »

Vetebrate paleontology

Professor of Geological Sciences
office: GY524A
phone: 812-855-7994
research website: Polly Lab Website

Lisa M. Pratt »

Geomicrobiology of extremophiles. Biotic and abiotic fractionation of S isotopes. Life detection probes for deployment in Mars subsurface. Cretaceous C isotope excursions.

Associate Executive Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Provost Professor of Geological Sciences
office: MSBII 416
phone: 812-855-2149
research website: GETGAMM

Edward M. Ripley »

Genesis of metallic ore deposits. Applications of stable isotopic geochemistry in petrology. Igneous and hydrothermal processes on metals. Thermodynamic/kinetic modeling.

Professor of Geological Sciences
office: GY329
phone: 812-855-1196

Peter E. Sauer »

Stable isotopes (C, N, H, O). Paleoclimatic records from sediments, tree-rings, and soils. Transformations of organic matter during diagenesis and maturation of oil and coal.

Assistant Scientist and Director, Stable Isotope Research Facility
office: MSBII 410
phone: 812-855-6591

Juergen Schieber »

Early diagenetic mineral formation in shales. Preservation of microbes in mudstones. Provenance of quartz in mudstones.

Professor of Geological Sciences
office: GY523
phone: 812-855-5322
research website: Shale Research Lab

Arndt Schimmelmann »

Stable isotopes in fossil fuels, stable isotopes in biomass, paleoclimatology of laminated sediments.

Senior Scientist
office: GY321
phone: 812-855-7645
research website: Schimmelmann Research

Paul Staten »

Atmospheric dynamics, climate–cloud interactions, remote instrumentation, and climate change.

Assistant Professor
office: GY424A
phone: 812-856-5135

Adam Ward »

Watershed Hydrology and Engineering.

Assistant Professor SPEA,
Adjunct Faculty, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
office: MSBII 430
phone: 812-856-4820

Laura Wasylenki »

Metal isotope geochemistry.

Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
office: MSBII 420
phone: 812-855-7508
research website: Sesame Lab

Jeffrey R. White »

Biogeochemistry, aquatic chemistry, chemical limnology.

Professor of Environmental Sciences, SPEA
Adjunct Faculty: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
office: MSBII 412
phone: 812-855-0731

Robert P. Wintsch »

Metamorphic petrology, structural petrology, tectonics, geochronology

Professor of Geological Sciences
office: GY325
phone: 812-855-4018

Brian Yanites


Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences
office: GY429
phone: 812-855-6109

Chen Zhu »

Geochemistry and isotopes. Thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions. Carbon sequestration. Geochemical modeling.

Professor of Geological Sciences,
Adjunct Professor, Environmental Sciences. Adjunct Professor, Environmental Health.
office: MSBII 424
phone: 812-856-1884


Emeritus Faculty

Abhijit Basu »

Mineralogy and Clay Mineralogy

office: GY509
phone: 812-855-6654

David L. Dilcher


office: S209
phone: 812-856-0618

J. Robert Dodd


office: GY119
phone: 812-855-4957

John Droste



Jeremy Dunning

Structural geology, rock mechanics, and geoinformatics.


Brian D. Keith

Adjunct Faculty: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

office: S117
phone: 812-855-4213

Enrique Merino

Geochemistry, Metasomatism and Mineralogy

office: GY527
phone: 812-855-5088

Greg A. Olyphant

Ecohydrology. Vadose zone dynamics. Watersheds and fluvial systems

office: S423
phone: 812-855-1351

Lee J. Suttner


office: GY119
phone: 812-855-4957


Visiting Scientists, Research Associates, and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Hui Huang

Economic Geology and Sesame Lab

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
office: MSBII 330
phone: 206-302-8779

Gary Motz

CBRC Project Coordinator/Paleontology
Center for Biological Research Collections

Research Associate
office: GY519 and Smith Research Center 130C
phone: TBA

Shuijiong Wang

Sesame Lab

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
office: MSBII 450B
phone: 206-582-0210 (cell)

Quan Wang

Atmospheric Sciences

Research Associate
office: GY428
phone: TBA