Disciplines

Atmospheric Sciences

Atmospheric science is the study of the Earth's atmosphere, its processes, the effects other systems have on the atmosphere, and the effects of the atmosphere on these other systems.

The SEES Atmospheric Sciences Group studies the role of the atmosphere in regulating the exchanges of mass and energy with the biosphere, the influence of severe weather on the megacity, and the megacity as a source of pollutants and energy to the atmosphere. The focus of this group includes:

  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions
  • Bioaerosols and urban air quality
  • Micrometeorology
  • Severe weather

Principal Investigators


Jeffrey Bird
Jeffrey Bird
Terrestrial Biogeochemistry

Timothy Eaton
Timothy Eaton
Hydrology and Geophysics

George Hendrey
George Hendrey
Climate Change

Gregory O'Mullan
Gregory O'Mullan
Environmental Microbiology

Chuixiang Yi
Chuixiang Yi
Meteorology

Biogeosciences

The SEES Biogeosciences Group integrates the roles played by biology into the scientific study of the Earth. Our research elucidates the roles of living organisms in cycling of elements through the soils, streams, oceans, and atmosphere as well as the interactions of climate change and the biosphere. Specific research includes the following topics:

  • Environmental microbiology
  • Ecosystems and ecology
  • The carbon cycle
  • Soil science
  • Oceanography
  • Climate Change

Principal Investigators


Jeffrey Bird
Jeffrey Bird
Terrestrial Biogeochemistry

Dianne I. Greenfield
Dianne I. Greenfield
Biological Oceanography

George Hendrey
George Hendrey
Climate Change

Gregory O'Mullan
Gregory O'Mullan
Environmental Microbiology

Gillian Stewart
Gillian Stewart
Marine Biogeochemistry

Chuixiang Yi
Chuixiang Yi
Meteorology

Geochemistry

The geochemistry group in SEES uses a variety of analytical and theoretical approaches to understand natural and anthropogenic processes and changes in the Earth System today, and to apply the approaches and understanding of modern processes to past environmental change. Specific research includes the following topics:

  • Metal contaminates
  • Ocean productivity and particulate processes
  • Ocean chemistry changes through time
  • Mineral surface processes (element incorporation, fractionation of isotopes)

Principal Investigators


Jeffrey Bird
Jeffrey Bird
Terrestrial Biogeochemistry

Jacquelyn Bracco
Jacquelyn Bracco
Environmental Geochemistry
George Hendrey
George Hendrey
Climate Change

Gregory O'Mullan
Gregory O'Mullan
Environmental Microbiology

Gillian Stewart
Gillian Stewart
Marine Biogeochemistry

Chuixiang Yi
Chuixiang Yi
Meteorology

Geology and Geophysics

The SEES Geology and Geophysics Group studies the materials and processes that make up and modify the Earth’s landmasses, the seafloor and its subsurface, the hydrosphere and crysophere. Our research interests span from the early formation of the Earth to the present and extends globally with field locations from the Arctic to Antarctic. Our focus is towards societal relevant problems and geohazards including all aspects of the Earth from internal to surficial and with a special focus on populated coastal environments. Specific research topics include:

  • Mineral science and resources
  • Structural geology and tectonics
  • Estuarine and coastal processes
  • Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • Natural hazards
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Paleoceanography
  • Stratigraphy
  • Paleontology

Principal Investigators


Timothy Eaton
Timothy Eaton
Hydrology and Geophysics

Karl Lang
Karl Lang
Tectonics and Geomorphology

Marc-Antoine Longpré
Marc-Antoine Longpré
Volcanology & Igenous Petrology

Allan Ludman
Allan Ludman
Field Geology and Petrology

Cecilia M. McHugh
Cecilia M. McHugh
Oceanography & Marine Geology

Stephen Pekar
Stephen Pekar
Paleoceanography & Paleoclimatology

Dax Soule
Dax Soule
Marine Geophysics

Water Resources

The SEES Water Resources Group investigates physical, chemical, and biological aspects of hydrology to understand the distribution, quantity, and quality of surface and groundwater. Many of our studies also investigate the influence of human activities and policies on our water resources. Specific research topics include:

  • Surface and groundwater hydrology
  • Urban water quality and microbiology
  • Aquifer geochemistry and microbiology
  • Marine biogeochemistry

Principal Investigators


William J. Blanford
William J. Blanford
Environmental Remediation

Timothy Eaton
Timothy Eaton
Hydrology and Geophysics

Gregory O'Mullan
Gregory O'Mullan
Environmental Microbiology

Gillian Stewart
Gillian Stewart
Marine Biogeochemistry

Core Facilities

In addition to faculty laboritories, The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences houses and maintains a number of instruments that all SEES faculty and their research students can access. The majority of instruments are located in the SEES Core Lab, D-223, with other larger instruments kept in dedicated labs throughout the department.

Instrument Model Purpose Location
FT-IR & STA PerkinElmer Spectrum 100 FT-IR Spectrometer & PerkinElmer Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer 6000 Used to obtain an infrared spectrum of absorption or emission of solid samples D-223
TOC Shimadzu TOC-V: Total Organic Carbon Analyzer Measures the total carbon (TC), inorganic carbon (IC), and total organic carbon (TOC) in water D-223
Muffle Furnace Thermo Scientific Lindburg Blue M Muffle Furnace Determines what proportion of a sample is non-combustible and non-volatile D-223
Plate Reader BioTek Synergy H1 Hybrid Plate Reader Qualitative analysis of any biological assay via adjustable wavelength fluorescence intensity (FI), fluorescence polarization (FP), timeresolved fluorescence (TRF), luminescence, and UV-visible absorbance D-223
FT-IR & Infrared Microscope Thermo Nicolet Nexus 670 FT-IR & Continuum Microscope Used to obtain an infrared spectrum of absorption or emission of solid samples with microscope for enhanced IR microsampling D-223
CHN Costech Instruments 4010 CHNS-O Elemental Combustion System Combustion analysis of total Nitrogen, Carbon, Hydrogen, Sulfur, or Oxygen in soil, sediments, plant material, and organic chemicals D-223
Autoclave VWR AS12 Autoclave Decontamination and sterilization of glassware for processes that require precise testing, accepts up to three 2 L flasks D-223
Water System Millipore Milli-Q Direct 8 Water Purification System Production of pure (type 3) and ultrapure (type 1) water D-223
Microbalance Sartorious CP2P Microbalance Accurately weighing samples on the microgram scale D-223
SEM Hitachi S2600N Scanning Electron Microscope Imaging and compositional analysis of mineral samples D-207
XRD Phillips X'Pert X-Ray Diffraction Spectrometer Analysis of the atomic and molecular makeup of mineral samples D-025
ICP-OES PerkinElmer Optima 5300 DV ICP-OES Qualitative analysis of minerals, soil, and trace elements in liquid samples D-209

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