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, Kravitz, Staten


Isotopic, molecular and organic geochemistry.
, Elswick, Mastalerz, Ripley, Sauer, Schieber, Schimmelmann, White, Zhu

Economic Geology

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

Geobiology, Geoanthropology, Geoarchaeology

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

Geophysics, Structural Geology and Tectonics

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

Mineralogy & Clay Mineralogy

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

Surface Processes and Environmental Geosciences

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

Sedimentation & Stratigraphy

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

GeoScience Education

Learning, teaching and knowing in the Geological Sciences.


Faculty and Scientist Research Profiles

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 Associate Director of Academics, 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

Lee Florea »

Adjunct Faculty: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Anthropology

Research Scientist, Indiana Geological Survey
office: S301D
phone: 812-855-1376

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

Professor of Practice in Petroleum Geology and Executive Director, IU Judson Mead Geologic Field Station
office: GY521
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.

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: GY405
phone: 812-855-3481

Ben Kravitz »

Climate engineering using stratospheric sulfate aerosols, reduced order modeling of the climate system, high latitude climate teleconnections, and uncertainty quantification for wind energy.

Assistant Professor
office: GY303A
phone: 812-855-4334

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

Pat McLaughlin »

Adjunct Faculty: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Anthropology

Research Scientist, Indiana Geological Survey
office: S319
phone: 812-855-1350

Jess Miller-Camp

Paleontology Collections Manager, CBRC Digital Projects Coordinator

Assistant Research Scientist

office: GY 519
phone: TBD

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

P. David Polly »

Vetebrate paleontology

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

J. Donald Rimstidt »

Geochemical kinetics, Aqueous geochemistry, applied geochemistry

Adjunct Professor of Geochemistry, EAS. Professor Emeritus, Virginia Polytecnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA.

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

Todd Thompson »

Adjunct Faculty: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Anthropology

Director and State Geologist, Indiana Geological Survey
office: S309A
phone: 812-855-7428

Adam Ward »

Watershed Hydrology and Engineering.

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

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

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 and
Haydn Murray Chair of Applied Clay Mineralogy
Adjunct Professor, Environmental Sciences. Adjunct Professor, Environmental Health.
office: MSBII 424
phone: 812-856-1884


Emeritus Faculty

Abhijit Basu

Sedimentary Geology

office: GY509
phone: 812-855-6654

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.

office: GY209
phone: 812-855-2039

David L. Dilcher


office: S209
phone: 812-856-0618

J. Robert Dodd


office: GY119
phone: 812-855-4957

Jeremy Dunning

Structural geology, rock mechanics, and geoinformatics.


Brian D. Keith

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

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.

office: GY409
phone: 812-855-5141

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.

Emeritus Provost Professor of Geological Sciences
Planetary Protection Officer, NASA
office: MSBII 416
phone: 812-855-9203

Lee J. Suttner


office: GY119
phone: 812-855-4957

Robert P. Wintsch

Metamorphic petrology, structural petrology, tectonics, geochronology

office: GY325
phone: 812-855-4018


Visiting Scientists, Research Associates, and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Christina Friberg

Geobiology, Geoanthropology, Geoarchaeology

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ed Herrmann
Office: GY327

Anna Nowicki Jessee


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Michael Hamburger
office: GY 420A
phone: TBA

Quinn Lewis


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
IU Grand Challenge group headed by Brian Yanites, Doug Edmonds, Ed Herrmann
office: GY 427
phone: 217.979.3806
research website

Sarah Schanz

Geomorphology, Modeling, Landscape formation

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
office: GY 427
phone: 360-304-8665

Tara Smiley

Fellow of the Environmental Resilience Institute

Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist
office: MSBII 414
phone: 812-855-3728

Quan Wang

Atmospheric Sciences

Research Associate
office: GY428
phone: TBA