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UMass Lowell – IMS Faculty

Mathew Barlow, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Climate Change Initiative

Wind Energy Research Group

Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

College of Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-3908

Email: Mathew_Barlow@uml.edu

Expertise: Climate variability and change

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/EEAS/faculty/barlow-mathew.aspx

 

Clifford Bruell, Ph.D

Professor, Department Chair

Civil Engineering

Francis College of Engineering

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-2284

Email: Clifford_Bruell@uml.edu

Expertise: Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: His research interests are the development of remediation technologies for soils contaminated with hazardous wastes. He has investigated innovative techniques for the remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents such as: electro-kinetics (E-K), soil vapor extraction (SVE), in situ air sparging (IAS), surfactant enhanced soil flushing, in situ biological treatment and in situ chemical oxidation. Additionally, his research interests include studies of the transport of organic chemicals in the vadose zone.

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Engineering/Civil-Environmental/faculty/bruell-clifford.aspx

 

Frank P. Colby, Ph.D.

Professor

Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Center for Wind Energy

College of Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-3906

Email: Frank_Colby@uml.edu

Expertise: Weather modeling, analysis and forecasting, boundary layer meteorology

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/EEAS/faculty/colby-frank.aspx

 

Nelson Eby, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair

Environmental Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

College of Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-3907

Email: G_Eby@uml.edu

Expertise: Geochemical processes, undergraduate and graduate programs

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/EEAS/faculty/eby-nelson.aspx

 

Robert Gamache, Ph.D.

Professor

Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

College of Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-3904

Email: Robert_Gamache@uml.edu

Expertise: Theoretical molecular spectroscopy with emphasis on the spectral line shape problem

Research Interest: The interaction of radiation with matter in the collision process, and chemistry and physics of planetary atmospheres with particular application to remote sensing. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the theory of the line shape of the molecules in the Earth’s and planetary atmospheres. Gamache teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/EEAS/faculty/gamache-robert.aspx

 

Michael Graves, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Associate Chair

Biology

College of Sciences

Phone: 978-934-2887

Email: Michael_Graves@uml.edu

Expertise: Molecular Biology and Virology

Research Interest: Research in my lab focuses on the chlorella viruses that infect chlorella-like algae. They are distributed worldwide and many genetically distinct isolates populate a single water sample. Their genome is unusually large. One isolate, PBCV-1, for example, (genome size = 330744 bp dsDNA) codes for ~375 proteins, nearly half of which resemble proteins of known function. The genomes of other chlorella virus isolates are probably co-linear with PBCV-1 and appear to share many, but not all, genes. This suggests that the entire “gene pool” of this genus exceeds the 375 PBCV-1-encoded genes. Many of these genes encode proteins (e.g., enzymes involved in protein glycosylation) rarely associated with viruses.

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/biology/faculty/graves-michael.aspx

 

 

Mark Hines, Ph.D.

Professor, Acting Dean

Biological Sciences

College of Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-3847

Email: Mark_Hines@uml.edu

Expertise: Microbial Biogeochemistry

Research Interest: Researchers in my laboratory study the role of microorganisms in the cycling of elements in depositional environments such as sediments, soils and wetland peats. I am especially interested in a) the production and consumption of trace gases and b) the transformation of toxic materials as well as their effects on microbial life. We are currently focused on three projects. In the first we examine phenomena that control the formation of biogenic methane in anaerobic freshwater wetlands at high latitude. In the second we investigate factors affecting the methylation and demethylation of mercury in soils, freshwater and marine sediments, as well as wastes associated with mining activities. Our third area involves studies on the effects of solid rocket fuel components on marine and freshwater habitats.

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/biology/faculty/hines-mark.aspx

 

Rick Hochberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Biological Sciences

College of Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-2885; Lab: 978-934-2884

Email: Rick_Hochberg@uml.edu

Expertise: Invertebrate Zoology,

Research Interest: Research in my lab is dedicated to the study of invertebrate diversity at all levels of biological organization. The chief focus is on microscopic invertebrates of the interstitial and planktonic realms, such as gastrotrichs, plathelminths, and rotifers, although research on any aquatic invertebrate is welcome. Examples of the range of on-going projects include: 1) immunohistochemistry of the rotifer nervous system; 2) functional morphology of the head and pharynx in marine gastrotrichs; 3) systematics of typhloplanoid flatworms; and 4) structure of the neuromuscular system of neomeniomorph molluscs. Research is both field and laboratory based, with a strong emphasis on comparative studies and structure-function relationships.

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/biology/faculty/hochberg-rick.aspx

Jessica Garb, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Biological Science

College of Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-2899

Email: Jessica_Garb@uml.edu

Expertise: Molecular Evolution & Systematic Biology

For more information: http://faculty.uml.edu/jgarb/

 

 

David Mitchell, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Francis College of Engineering

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 508-769-7448

Email: david_mitchell@uml.edu

Expertise: Aquatic Ecology, Ecological Risk Assessment

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Engineering/Civil-Environmental/faculty/mitchell-david.aspx

 

Eugene E. Niemi, Ph.D.

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Francis College of Engineering

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-2977

Email: eugene_niemi@uml.edu

Expertise: Aerodynamics, Wind Tunnel Testing, Thermofluids

Research Interest: Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics & Convective Processes, Aircraft Performance & Flight simulation.

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Engineering/Mechanical/faculty/niemi-eugene.aspx

 

Stephen A. Pennell, Ph.D.

Professor

Mathematical Sciences, Center for Wind Energy

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-2710

Email: Stephen_Pennell@uml.edu

Expertise: Mathematical modeling, fluid mechanics

Research Interest: Fluid Mechanics

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/mathematics/faculty/pennell-stephen.aspx

 

Jian-Hua Qian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

College of Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-4861

Email: JianHua_Qian@uml.edu

Expertise: Weather & Climate, Non-hydrostatic Atmospheric Dynamics, Climate Dynamics, Regional Climate Modeling, Downscaling & Prediction

Research Interest: Atmospheric non-hydrostatic dynamics and modeling, regional climate modeling and downscaling, multi-scale climate process studies, and climate prediction and applications.

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/EEAS/faculty/Qian-Jian-Hua.aspx

 

 

Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director

Biological Sciences, Climate Change Initiative, Center for Complex Environmental Systems

College of Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-4715

Email: Juliette_RooneyVarga@uml.edu

Expertise: Climate Change and Sustainability, Microbial Ecology, Biogeochemistry

Research Interest: Juliette Rooney-Varga is Director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative (CCI) and Associate Professor of Environmental Biology. Her microbial ecology research has spanned diverse topics related to carbon cycling, climate change, and energy; from feedback loops in microbial production of methane in the Arctic and the climate system, to harnessing electricity produced by anaerobic microorganisms in soil.

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/biology/faculty/rooney-varga-juliette.aspx

 

David Ryan, Ph.D.

Professor

Chemistry

College of Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone:978-934-3698

Email: David_Ryan@uml.edu

Expertise: Analytical & Environmental Chemistry

Research Interest: Fluorescence of Natural Organic Compounds and Their Metal Complexes; Oxidation Reduction Reactions of Vitamin E (Tocopherol); Metal Binding Proteins in Bivalves; Particle Stabilized Emulsions for CO2 Sequestration, Enhanced Oil Recovery and Remediation

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/chemistry/faculty/ryan-david.aspx

 

Kate M. Swanger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Climate Change Initiative

College of Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Phone: 978-934-2664

Email: Kate_Swanger@uml.edu

Expertise: Earth Surface processes & paleoclimatology, with an emphasis on glacial geology, permafrost processes & high-latitude climate change

Research Interest: Dr. Swanger’s current research themes focus on the response of Antarctic ice sheets to late Cenozoic climate change, quantifying earth surface processes with rigorous field experiments and numerical modeling, and investigating the role of buried glacier ice in permafrost processes and their potential as climate archives.

For more information: http://www.uml.edu/Sciences/EEAS/faculty/Swanger-Kate.aspx

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