School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability faculty

Faculty

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Adjunct Faculty

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Our large adjunct faculty is drawn from the local professional community, including employees of the National Park Service, the Forest Service, the US Geological Survey, and other agencies.

  • Ethan Aumack, MS Environmental Sciences & Policy, NAU.  Landscape Conservation and Ecosystem Restoration, Grand Canyon Trust.
  • Bernardo Aguilar, PhD, Cultural and Regional Studies, Prescott College
  • Randy Bangert, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Trinidad State Junior College 
  • Judy Bischoff, PhD, Research Coordinator, Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, National Park Service
  • Theodore Bunch, Planetary Geology, Cosmochemistry 
  • Gerardo Carrasco-Nuñez, Volcanology 
  • Bala Chaudhary, PhD, Ecology of mycorrhizal fungi in natural and managed ecosystems, Biology, Northern Arizona University
  • Kenneth Cole, PhD, Research Professor, Biology, Northern Arizona University
  • Timothy Crews, PhD, Professor of Agroecology, Prescott College
  • Wendell Duffield,Volcanic Geology, Geothermal Energy, Volcanic Hazards 
  • Mark Elson, PhD, Prehistoric Archaeology, settlement pattern analysis, ethnographic studies
  • David Gillette, Vertebrate Paleontology 
  • Gordon Haxel, Tectonics of the Cordillera, Igneous Petrology
  • Ron Hiebert, PhD, part-time faculty, Restoration Ecology and Invasive Species, Northern Arizona University
  • Michael Kelly, Informal Science Education 
  • Ivo Lucchitta, Geomorphology, Evolution of Colorado Plateau, Tectonics 
  • Vera Markgraf, PhD, South American and Southern Hemisphere paleoclimates and inter-hemispheric paleoclimate correlations. Late Quaternary palynology
  • David Mattson, PhD, Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Mark Miller, PhD, Ecologist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center
  • Dave Ostergren, PhD, Director, Environmental Education Graduate Program Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, Goshen College
  • Jessica Piekielek, PhD, University of Oregon 
  • Jeffrey Plescia, Planetary Geology and Geophysics 
  • John Sass, Exploration Seismology and Gravimetry, Computer Programming, Continental Scientific Drilling 
  • Lisa Thomas, MS, Program Manager, Southern Colorado Plateau Inventory & Monitoring Program, National Park Service
  • Yaguang Xu, PhD, Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist, Geospatial Database Manager at Research and Innovation Technology Administration, USDOT
  • Ken Cole, Paleobotony  
  • Francis Smiley, Archaeology 
  • Christina Vojta, PhD, Senior Faculty Associate, Landscape Conservation Initiative
  • Ophelia Wang, PhD, Remote sensing and GIS specialist, NAU Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology 
  • Wesley Ward, Eolian Processes, Volcanic Geology  
  • Michael Woodburne, Mammal Paleontology, Evolution, and Chronostratigraphy

Affiliated & Emeritus Faculty

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    Affiliated Faculty 

    • Thomas Acker, PhD, Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions Group, NAU Engineering
    • Rom Coles, PhD, McAllister Chair in Community, Culture & Environment, NAU
    • Peter Friederici, MS Environmental Education with focus in Environmental Writing, Science and Environmental Stories and Journalism, NAU School of Communications
    • Julie M. Mueller, PhD, Environmental Economics and Econometrics, NAU Franke College of Business
    • Marin Robinson, PhD, Physical and atmospheric chemistry, NAU Chemistry Chair
    • Zachary Smith, PhD, Environmental policy, NAU Politics and International Affairs
    • Tad Theimer, PhD, Vertebrate Ecology, NAU Biology

    Emeritus faculty

    Post Doctorates and Research Staff

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    Administrative Staff

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