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Gregory Beck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology – Immunology

Biology Department

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287-6619

Email: greg.beck@umb.edu

Area of expertise: Immunology 

Areas of research/interest: His laboratory is applying contemporary techniques of biochemistry and molecular biology to an important emerging field in biomedicine: the evolution of the immune system. Our investigations build upon the discoveries that key immunoregulatory mechanisms that function in the mammalian immune response appear to be present in phylogenetically distinct invertebrate species. The wide distribution of such basic elements of innate host defense responses demonstrates their antiquity in animal evolution. By studying host defense mechanisms in lower animals, we may be able to unravel the complex web of interactions among cells and factors of vertebrate immune responses and help identify common mechanisms and novel strategies.

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/gregory_beck?nossl

 

Robert Bowen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Management

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287.7443

Email: Bob.Bowen@umb.edu

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/robert_bowen

 

Jennifer Bowen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology — Microbial Ecology & Diversity; Ecosystem Ecology

Biology Department

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287.6626

Email: Jennifer.Bowen@umb.edu

Areas of Expertise: Microbial Ecology & Diversity; Ecosystem Ecology

Areas of research/interest: Dr. Bowen is interested in all aspects of the interaction between humans and the environment. My work runs the gamut from modeling how changing land use on watersheds alters the geochemistry of receiving waters to understanding how climate change and ocean acidification will alter the structure and function of microbial communities. In particular I have been focusing on both how human activities are altering the structure and function of microbial communities and in turn how microbial communities can help ameliorate pollution from human sources.

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/jennifer_bowen

 

Solange Brault, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology — Population and Conservation Ecology

Biology Department

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287-6683

Email: solange.brault@umb.edu

Areas of Expertise: Population and Conservation Ecology

Areas of research/interest:Professor Brault’s research addresses, often in a conservation ecology context, the processes occuring within the life cycle and the ways that these can influence survival and reproduction at the population level . The main current topics are: Demography of pilot whales and other marine mammals, and the effect of human exploitation; metapopulation dynamics of migratory bird populations; effects of the forms of density-dependence on population dynamics.

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/solange_brault

 

Robert Chen, Ph.D.

Professor of Organic Geochemistry and Marine Organic Chemistry

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287-7491

Work Email: bob.chen@umb.edu
Areas of research/interest: Chen studies the movement of carbon from land to ocean. His students follow the flow of the fresh water from the Neponset River watershed into the Boston Harbor estuary, a mixture of fresh water and salt water, which leads to Massachusetts Bay. “They call me an urban oceanographer because I study the ocean water right off Morrissey Boulevard,” he says. Chen refers to his class as a “teaching laboratory” and likes to experiment with different uses of technology and methods of instruction. He works closely with his graduate students in small groups and enjoys the challenge of “teaching other teachers.” His course on energy, through the Boston Energy in Science Teaching project, has attracted teachers who want to become more proficient in innovative teaching methods.

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/bob_chen and at http://www.umb.edu/why_umass/bob_chen

 

Alan Christian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program

Freshwater Ecology Graduate Program Director (Env Biol, MS Biology)

College of Science and Mathematics

Director and Co-PI of the Coastal Research in Environmental Sciences and Technology REU program

Telephone: 617.287.6639

Email: Alan.Christian@umb.edu

Areas of Expertise: Freshwater Ecology
Areas of research/interest: Dr. Christian and his research lab  conducts research on the life history, ecology, and evolution of freshwater organisms and the limnology of stream and lake ecosystems.  We use a variety of approaches in our investigations such as population/molecular genetics, microbial community structure, ecological stoichiometry, geochemistry, and stable CHNOS isotopes analyses, field and laboratory experiments, and geomorphology, GIS, and statistical techniques.  Furthermore, we also use habitat and fish and invertebrate communities surveys and analysis tools to assess water quality and to investigate the effects of perturbations on freshwater communities and ecosystems.

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/alan_christian

 

Ellen Douglas, Ph.D.

Intercampus Marine Science Graduate Program Campus Coordinator – Boston

Associate Professor of Hydrology, Hydromorphology, Water Resource Management

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287.7437

Email: ellen.douglas@umb.edu
Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/ellen_douglas and http://faculty.umb.edu/ellen.douglas/douglas.htm

 

John Duff, LLM

Associate Professor of Environmental Law and Policy

Interim Graduate Program Director

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Interim Graduate Program Director

Telephone: 617.287.7445

Work Email: John.Duff@umb.edu

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/john_duff and http://faculty.umb.edu/john.duff/

 

Ron Etter, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology – Evolution and Ecology of Marine Invertebrates

Biology Department

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287-6613

Email: ron.etter@umb.edu

Areas of Expertise: Evolution and Ecology of Marine Invertebrates

Areas of research/interest: We are exploring the ecology and evolution of marine organisms to determine the forces that control the origin and maintenance of biodiversity in the oceans and identify reasonable conservation strategies. Current projects include: (1) Experimental studies on the forces that shape patterns of diversity in the deep sea; (2) Population genetic analyses of shallow and deep water organisms to investigate dispersal, gene flow, population differentiation and speciation; (3) Exploring the relative importance of local and regional processes in controlling the species richness of subtidal rock wall and coral reef communities; (4) The influence of wave energy on the biology, ecology and evolution of intertidal organisms; and (5) Theoretical metapopulation models of patch dynamics.

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/ron_etter

 

Anamarija Frankic

Director, Green Harbors Project

Founder of the LivingLabs

Telephone: 617.287.4415

Email: anamarija.frankic@umb.edu

Areas of Expertise: Coastal ecosystems conservation and management

Areas of research/interest: Anamarija Frankic is the director of the Green Harbors Project and an adjunct professor at the University of Split, Croatia. She also serves as an environmental advisor to the Government of Croatia, Ministry of Culture. Her interdisciplinary work is grounded in biology, ecology, limnology and marine science. She has focused on applying science in coastal ecosystems conservation and management nationally and internationally. Professor Frankic helped initiate and develop major conservation projects in Croatia and the Adriatic region funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the European Union. Because her work coincides with that of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, Frankic is a member of the center’s core team.

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/anamarija_frankic

 

Eugene Gallagher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Benthic Ecology and Statistics

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Work Telephone: 617.287.7453

Email: Eugene.Gallagher@umb.edu

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/eugene_gallagher

 

Allen M. Gontz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Coastal Geography and Geophysics

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics (SFE Undergraduate Program Director)

Telephone: 617.287-4416

Email: Allen.Gontz@umb.edu

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/allen_m_gontz

 

 

William Hagar, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Biology Department – Environmental Monitoring, Plant Biochemistry and Photobiology

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287.5776

Email: William.Hagar@umb.edu

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Monitoring, Plant Biochemistry, and Photobiology

Areas of research/interest: Research is centered on an experimental approach to biochemical reactions and environmental perturbations. The biochemical studies involve the use of instrumentation to analyze plant protein complexes. The environmental monitoring work is centered on measuring anthropogenic inputs on water systems, such as acid precipitation on freshwater ponds and pools in Massachusetts. Environmental monitoring includes development of on-site instrumentation to monitor pH, temperature, and oxygen concentration, and also the collection and analysis of freshwater organisms. We use techniques such as stable isotope composition of organisms to determine structure of food webs and possible effects of anthropogenic inputs. My laboratory group also is developing methods to measure methyl mercury in fish tissue using an enzyme-based analysis.

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/william_hagar

 

Robyn Hannigan, Ph.D.

Dean

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287.4857

Email: Robyn.Hannigan@umb.edu

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/robyn_hannigan and http://blogs.umb.edu/robynhannigan/

 

 

Richard Kesseli, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Biology — Comparative Genomics, Molecular Evolution

Biology Department

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287-6627

Email: rick.kesseli@umb.edu

Areas of Expertise: Chairman of Biology Comparative Genomics, Molecular Evolution

Read more:  http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/richard_kesseli

 

Sarah Oktay, Ph.D.

Managing Director

UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station

Telephone: 508.228.5268 Lab: 508.228.9475

Email: sarah.oktay@umb.edu

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/nantucket/contact

 

Michael Rex, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology – Deep-Sea Ecology; Biogeography

Biology Department

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287-6678

Email: michael.rex@umb.edu

Areas of Expertise: Deep-Sea Ecology, Biogeography

Areas of research/interest: His research is centered on the ecology and evolution of deep-sea benthic communities. It includes analyses of bathymetric and global-scale patterns of biodiversity and their causes. We are using satellite imagery to examine the relationship of surface production to community structure in the deep sea at different temporal and spatial scales. Geographic variation in body size of mollusks is being explored to study adaptation to the deep-sea environment. Multivariate analyses of shell architecture and mitochondrial DNA are being employed to study patterns of population differentiation in deep-sea mollusks. Adaptive radiation and taxon cycles are being investigated by documenting patterns of taxonomic diversity. A major long-term research goal is to synthesize patterns of distribution, geographic variation, taxonomic composition and life histories to formulate a model of evolution in deep-sea invertebrates.

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/michael_rex

 

William E. Robinson, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental and Aquatic Toxicology

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287.7456

Email: William.Robinson@umb.edu

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/william_e._robinson

 

Crystal Barker Schaaf, Ph.D.

Professor of Remote Sensing/GIS

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287.7440

Email: Crystal.Schaaf@umb.edu

Areas of research/interest: Crystal Barker Schaaf is working on the development and use of operational products from NASA’s MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) to monitor the Earth’s environments from the Terra and Aqua polar-orbiting space platforms. She is a science team member for both MODIS and the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) sensor on board the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership platform (NPP is the precursor to the next generation of national meteorological satellites).

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/crystal_schaaf

 

Michael Shiaris, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology — Microbial Ecology

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287-6675

Email: michael.shiaris@umb.edu

Areas of Expertise: Microbial Ecology

Areas of research/interest: Currently, I have a Master’s student and two undergraduates working in three general areas of environmental microbiology/microbial ecology. One area is bacterial indicators of pollution and their survival in coastal environments, the second is the bacterial population ecology in coastal environments, and the third area is plant root-bacterial interactions (with Profs Adan Colon-Carmona and Rick Kesseli). We use DNA fingerprinting, DNA sequencing, and routine microbiological techniques to study bacteria in coastal environments and the rhizosphere. I also interact with the Coastal Environmental Network Sensor group to develop remote bacterial sensors.

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/michael_shiaris

 

David G. Terkla, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics and Dean

College of Liberal Arts

Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts

Telephone: 617.287.6500

Email: david.terkla@umb.edu

Areas of Expertise: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Public Finance, Regional Economic Development

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/cla/faculty/david_terkla

 

David Timmons, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

College of Liberal Arts

Telephone: 617.287.6945

Email: david.timmons@umb.edu

Areas of Expertise: Environmental and ecological economics, Urbanization environmental impacts, Renewable energy economics, Local food systems

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/cla/faculty/david_timmons

 

Juanita Urban-Rich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Zooplankton Ecology

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287-7485

Email: Juanita.Urban-Rich@umb.edu

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/juanita_urban_rich

 

Xuchen Wang

Research Associate

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617-287-7486

Email: Xuchen.Wang@umb.edu

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/xuchen_wang

 

Jack Wiggin

Director, Urban Harbors Institute

Telephone: 617.287.5570

Email: Jack.Wiggin@umb.edu

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/uhi/staff_associates/jack_wiggin

 

Meng Zhou, Ph.D.

Professor of Physical Oceanography; Zooplankton Ecology

School for the Environment

College of Science and Mathematics

Telephone: 617.287.7419

Work Email: Meng.Zhou@umb.edu

Read more: http://www.umb.edu/academics/csm/faculty_staff/meng_zhou

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