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A directory of faculty, researchers, scientists, students and staff in Geological Sciences at IU. Here’s a link to the Directory in a PDF file.

Faculty by program

Atmospheric Sciences

Atmospheric modelling and nonlinear dynamics, large-scale circulation modelling, tropical cyclones, remote sensing, ensemble data assimilation, numerical weather prediction.
Kieu, Kirkpatrick, Staten


Isotopic, molecular and organic geochemistry, astrobiology
, Elswick, Mastalerz, Pratt, Ripley, Sauer, Schieber, Schimmelmann, Wasylenki, White, Zhu

Economic Geology

Mineral, water and fossil fuel resources
Bish, Brophy, Li, Mastalerz Ripley
Society of Economic Geologists–IU Student Chapter (SEG–IU)

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Overview of Research Topics in Geological Sciences

Geobiology, Geoanthropology, Geoarchaeology

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

Geophysics, Structural Geology and Tectonics

Seismology, geodesy, regional orogenic processes, rock mechanics
Douglas, Fosdick, Hamburger, K.Johnson, Pavlis, Wintsch

Near-Surface Processes and Environmental Geosciences

Hydrogeology, physical & chemical hydrology, mathematical modeling
Craft, Edmonds, Letsinger, Wasylenki, Zhu

Mineralogy & Clay Mineralogy

Rock and mineral analysis, volcanology
Basu, Bish, Brophy, Li, Ripley, Schieber, Wintsch, Zhu

Sedimentation & Stratigraphy

Physical & chemical sedimentation, sedimentology, basis analysis, Earth history
Basu, Brassell, Edmonds, Fosdick, Herrmann, C. Johnson, Polly , Pratt, Schieber, Wintsch

GeoScience Education

Learning, teaching and knowing in the Geological Sciences

Faculty and Scientists’ research profiles

Abhijit Basu »

Provenance of siliciclastic sediments in terrestrial planetary bodies.

Herman B Wells Professor
office: GY521
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.

Haydn Murray Chair of Applied Clay Mineralogy
office: GY209
phone: 812-855-2039

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

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 Director of Undergraduate Studies
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 Geological Sciences
office: MSBII 408
phone: 812-855-5971

Bruce Douglas »

Brittle and ductile deformation mechanisms. Fault development and deformation mechanisms. Mantle rheology. Geometry of Fold and Thrust Belts.

Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
office: GY421
phone: 812-855-3848

Douglas Edmonds »

Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Geomorphology of Depositional Sedimentary Systems.

Robert R. Shrock Professorship in Sedimentary Geology
Assistant Professor of 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 Lab
office: MSBII 428
phone: 812-855-2493

Julie C. Fosdick »

Tectonics, thermochronology, and sedimentary basin analysis

Assistant Professor
office: GY 429
phone: 855-6109
research website: Julie C Fosdick

Michael W. Hamburger »

Seismotectonics. Volcanology. Interplate deformation. Earth Science Education.

Professor of Geological Sciences
office: GY415
phone: 812-855-2934

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.

Associate 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.

Judson Mead Professor of Geological Sciences
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: GY517
phone: 812-856-5704

Cody Kirkpatrick »

Atmospheric hazards, numerical weather prediction, climatology of severe weather

Visiting Assistant Professor
office: MSBII 304
phone: 812-855-3481

Sally Letsinger »

Hydrogeology, Geographic Information Systems, and Remote Sensing

Research Hydrologist, Indiana Geological Survey
Adjunct Faculty: Geological Sciences
office: S427
phone: 812-855-1356

Chusi Li »

Petrogenesis and tectonic settings of mafic and ultramafic rocks.

Senior Scientist
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 Geological 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: Geological Sciences
office: S225
phone: 812-855-9416

Jackson Njau »

Paleoanthropology, Paleontology. Early hominid evolution and environments in Olduvai Gorge and other areas in East Africa

Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences
office: GY513
phone: 812-856-3170

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.

Professor of Geological Sciences, Director of Graduate Studies
office: GY409
phone: 812-855-5141
email:; Graduate Admission Information::

P. David Polly »

Vetebrate Paleontology

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

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.

Professor of Geological Sciences and Chair, Department of Geological Sciences
office: MSBII 416
phone: 812-855-9203
research website: GETGAMM

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
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

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: MSBII 302
phone: 812-856-5135

Laura Wasylenki »

Metal Isotope Geochemistry.

Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences
office: MSBII 420
phone: 812-855-7508
research website: Sesame Lab

Jeffrey R. White »

Biogeochemistry, Aquatic chemistry, Chemical limnology.

Professor of Environmental Sciences, SPEA
Adjunct Faculty: Geological Sciences
office: MSBII 412
phone: 812-855-0731

Robert P. Wintsch »

Metamorphic Petrology, Structural Petrology, Tectonics, Geochronology

Professor of Geological Sciences
office: GY325
phone: 812-855-4018

Chen Zhu »

Geochemistry and isotopes. Thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions. Carbon sequestration. Geochemical modeling.

Professor of Geological Sciences
office: MSBII 424
phone: 812-856-1884

Emeritus Faculty

Robert Blakely



David L. Dilcher


office: S 209
phone: 812-856-0618

J. Robert Dodd


office: GY 119
phone: 812-855-4957

John Droste



Jeremy Dunning »

Structural Geology, Rock Mechanics, and Geoinformatics.


Donald Hattin


office: GY 117
phone: 812-855-8232

Henk Haitjema

Adjunct Faculty: Geological Sciences

office: SPEA 439
phone: 812-855-0563

Erle Kauffman



Brian D. Keith

Adjunct Faculty: Geological Sciences

office: S 117
phone: 812-855-4213

Enrique Merino


office: GY 117
phone: 812-855-5088

Greg A. Olyphant

Ecohydrology. Vadose zone dynamics. Watersheds and fluvial systems

office: GY 429
phone: 812-855-1351

Lee J. Suttner


office: GY 119
phone: 812-855-4957

Visiting Lecturers and Scientists

Bill Monaghan

Adjunct Faculty: Geoarchaeology

office: S327
phone: 812-856-3542

Brian D. Keith

Adjunct Faculty: Geological Sciences

office: S117
phone: 812-855-4213

Research Associates and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Alice Hui

Sesame Lab Laboratory Manager

Research Associate
office: MSBII 001A
phone: 812-856-1556

Gary Motz

CBRC Project Coordinator/Paleontology
Center for Biological Research Collections

Research Associate
office: GY519
phone: 812-856-3500

Sarah Cadieux

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Office: MSBII 449A

Geological Library Resources

Jian Liu

Geosciences Librarian

office: GY 317
phone: 812-855-4398