Julie Brigham Grette, PhD


Department of Geosciences – Quaternary/Glacial Geology; Arctic Paleoenvironments

University of Massachusetts Amherst

email: juliebg@geo.umass.edu

phone: 413.545.4840

Areas of research/interest: Dr. Brigham Grette’s research interests are focused on the stratigraphy, sedimentology, and chronology of geologic systems that record the climate evolution and sea level history of the Arctic since the mid-Pliocene. Most of her research program is aimed at documenting the global context of paleoenvironmental change across “Beringia”, i.e., the Bering Land Bridge, stretching across the western Arctic from Alaska and the Yukon into NE Russia including the adjacent marginal seas. Read more

Edward Calabrese, PhD


Department: Environmental Health Sciences

School of Public Health

University of Massachusetts Amherst

email: edwardc@schoolph.umass.edu

phone: 413.545.3164

Areas of research/interest: Dr. Calabrese has researched extensively in the area of host factors affecting susceptibility to pollutants, and is the author of over 750 papers in scholarly journals, as well as more than 10 books. Areas of Specialization: toxicology, risk assessment, environmental health, dose-response, hormesis. Read more 

David T. Damery, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Conservation

University of Massachusetts Amherst

email: ddamery@eco.umass.edu

phone: 413.545.1770

Areas of research/interest: He currently teaches classes covering: Sustainability in the Built Environment, The Business of Building, and our Senior Integrative Experience. He is also a member of the UMASS Architecture and Design faculty. He has research interests in the economics of sustainable construction technologies, wildlife conservation economics, marketing and economics. Read more 

Andy J. Danylchuk, PhD

Intercampus Marine Science Graduate Program Campus Coordinator

Assistant Professor of Fish Conservation

Department of Environmental Conservation

University of Massachusetts Amherst

phone: 413.545.2940

Areas of research/interest: The overarching theme of Dr. Danylchuk’s research is to understand the factors that naturally influence the life history and ecology of fishes and other aquatic organisms, as well as how natural and anthropogenic disturbances can influence the dynamics of their populations. His work spans both marine and freshwater systems, and includes stress physiology, behavioral ecology, spatial ecology, predator-prey interactions, and adaptations in life history traits as a response to disturbance. Read more

John Finn, PhD


Department of Environmental Conservation

University of Massachusetts Amherst

phone: 413.545.1819

email: finn@eco.umass.edu

Areas of research/interest: Dr. Finn is the department’s systems ecologist. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, did a post-doc at the Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, and trained in satellite remote sensing at the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA. His interests include the development of modeling and analysis techniques, statistical methods for ecological data, GIS, remote sensing and application of modeling and theory to environmental assessment and resource management. Read more

Stephen Frasier, PhD


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

University of Massachusetts Amherst

email: frasier@ecs.umass.edu

phone: 413.545.4582

Areas of research/interest: Microwave Imaging and Interferometry. Radar and Radiometer Systems. Radio Oceanography and Meteorology. Read more

Curtice R. Griffin, PhD

Professor and Department Head

Department of Environmental Conservation

University of Massachusetts Amherst

phone: 413.545.2640

email: cgriffin@eco.umass.edu

Areas of research/interest: Dr. Griffin’s teaching and research interests are in biodiversity conservation, wetland wildlife ecology and management, and integrated natural resources management issues. Although his research program addresses both applied and basic ecological questions, it focuses primarily on the conservation of biological diversity and providing a strong science base for management decisions. Read more

Adrian Jordaan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Fish Population Ecology and Conservation

Department of Environmental Health Sciences

University of Massachusetts Amherst

email: ajordaan@eco.umass.edu

Areas of research/interest: (1) understanding the influence of environmental variables on growth and survival of individuals and populations, (2) elucidating the temporal and spatial structure and function of ecosystems, and (3) determining the best management policies given the environmental constraints on growth, survival and geographic distributions of fish. Read more

Paul T. Kostecki, PhD

Professor and Associate Director

Northeast Regional Environmental Public Health Center

Department of Environmental Health Sciences

University of Massachusetts Amherst

email: pkostecki@research.umass.edu.

phone: 413.577.9009

Areas of research/interest: Dr. Kostecki has over thirty years of experience in the assessment and remediation of environmental contamination receiving over $10 M in funding from federal, state and private sector sources in the area of environmental contamination and petroleum contamination in particular. Dr. Kostecki served as Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science and in collaboration with the Foundation conducted the First International Congress on Petroleum Contamination in London in 2001. Read more 

Molly Lutcavage

Gloucester Marine Station

Department of Environmental Conservation

University of Massachusetts Amherst

phone: 978.283.0269

email: mlutcavage@eco.umass.edu

Areas of research/interest: Fisheries oceanography, physiological ecology of marine vertebrates. Read more 

Kevin McGarigal, PhD

Director and Professor

Department of Environmental Conservation

College of Natural Science

University of Massachusetts Amherst

email: mcgarigalk@eco.umass.edu

Areas of research/interest: Dr. McGarigal’s overall professional goal, achieved through research, teaching, and outreach, is to improve our understanding of how landscapes are structured physically and biologically and the agents responsible for those patterns, how these patterns affect the distribution and dynamics of animal populations, how these patterns and processes change over time, and how to apply this information to better manage natural resources over multiple spatial and temporal scales. Accordingly, a major goal of his research program is to provide natural resource managers with information and tools that will enable them to become better stewards of healthy and sustainable ecosystems. Read more

Blair Perot, PhD


Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

College of Engineering

University of Massachusetts Amherst

email: perot@ecs.umass.edu

phone: 413.545.3925

Areas of research/interest: Turbulence Modeling; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Numerical Methods; Supercomputers & Parallel Computation; Droplets, Hydrophobic Surfaces, and Micro Flows. Read more

Timothy Randhir, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Environmental Conservation

University of Massachusetts Amherst

phone: 413.545.3969

email: randhir@eco.umass.edu

Areas of research/interest: Dr. Randhir’s primary interests include: watershed management, water quality, ecological economics, dynamic modeling and optimization, spatial analysis and simulation, complex systems, Institutional economics, GIS-Internet-Simulation interfacing, systems modeling, climate change, land use policy, international trade and development, common pool resource management, nonpoint source pollution, and natural resources policy and management. Read more

Allison Roy, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

The University of Georgia Assistant Unit Leader

Fisheries US Geological Survey Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Department of Environmental Conservation

University of Massachusetts Amherst

email: aroy@eco.umass.edu

phone: 413.545.4895

Areas of research/interest: Dr. Roy’s research broadly revolves around characterizing anthropogenic impacts on aquatic ecosystems and identifying conservation strategies for effectively protecting and restoring watersheds. The growing human population continues to constrain biotic assemblages in a variety of ways, and understanding the mechanisms by which urbanization and its associated stressors result in degraded fish assemblages is an overarching challenge of my research program. I am interested in examining the effects of altered hydrology, temperature, habitat, water quality, and food resources on stream fishes; quantifying sublethal (e.g., behavior, physiology) responses of fishes to urbanization; and assessing potential for management (e.g., forested riparian buffers, green infrastructure, dam removal) to restore fish assemblages. Read more

Andrew Whiteley, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Conservation

University of Massachusetts Amherst

phone: 413.577.0204

email: awhiteley@eco.umass.edu

Areas of research/interest: Dr. Whiteley conducts both applied conservation genetics research and research that tests and develops basic evolutionary theory. His research program conducts conservation genetics studies of a variety of taxa.  His overarching research goal is to link genetic factors with other aspects of an organism’s biology, life-history, and demography to help predict population persistence. More specifically, his research aims to understand: 1) spatial patterns of an organism’s genetic diversity, 2) effective population size as a predictor of persistence probability, 3) whether translocation is an effective practice to enhance persistence probabilities (“genetic rescue”), and 4) adaptive dynamics and mechanisms. His research also works to develop and test general tools that will help advance the field of conservation genetics. Read more

Jon Woodruff, PhD

Assistant Professor- coastal processes; sedimentology

Department of Geosciences

phone: 413.577.3831

email: woodruff@geo.umass.edu

Areas of research/interest: Dr. Woodruff is a sedimentologist, who focuses on coastal, estuarine and fluvial processes. In particular, he studies mechanisms of sediment transport during extreme flooding, as well as how these high-magnitude, low-frequency events are recorded within the geologic record. Read more 

Baoshan Xing, PhD

Professor – Environmental & Soil Chemistry Program

College of Natural Sciences

Stockbridge School of Agriculture

University of Massachusetts Amherst

phone: 413.545.5212

email: bx@umass.edu

Areas of research/interest: Environmental fate, behavior and ecotoxicity of engineered nanoparticles; Sorption mechanisms of organic chemicals in soils and sediments; Characterization of natural organic matter and its roles in sustainable agriculture and environmental protection; Fate and transport of organic chemicals and heavy metals; Biochar characterization and soil quality; Risk-assessment and soil remediation; application of advanced analytical, spectroscopic and microscopic instruments in environmental and soil research. Read more 

Qian Yu, PhD

Associate Professor in GIS and Remote Sensing

Department of Geosciences

University of Massachusetts Amherst

phone: 413.545.2095

email: qyu@geo.umass.edu

Areas of research/interest: Dr. Yu’s current research focuses on these following topics. 1. Riverine carbon export from watershed, currently focusing on water carbon measure using in situ spectral measurement and hyperspectral remote sensing image. (Collaborate with Yong Tian at Central Michigan Univ. and Bob Chen of EEOS, UMass-Boston); 2.Aquatic biomass monitoring and assessment from in situ spectral measurement and high-resolution satellite imagery. (Collaborate with USGS MA-RI Water Resources Center ); 3.Object-based classification and vegetation information (biophysical parameters and vegetation species) extraction from high-resolution remote sensing imagery.; 4.Greenhouse gas emission and soil respiration. (Collaborate with Jim Tang @ Marine Biology Lab, Woods Hole).  Read more