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Jonathan  Payne

Jonathan Payne, Associate Professor

Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

Paleontology; Extinction and recovery; Paleoecology; Carbonate petrology and sedimentology; Stable isotope geochemistry of carbonate rocks


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Bala Rajaratnam, Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Earth System Science


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Gary Schoolnik, Professor, Medicine (Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology)

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

My research interests are in infectious disease, specifically in the design and synthesis of synthetic antigens; structure-function analyses of bacterial adhesion proteins and toxins; and immunobiology of human papillomaviruses.


George Somero, Professor

Earth Systems Program


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James (Jim) Sweeney, Professor, Management Science and Engineering; Director, Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

I conduct theoretical research on depletable and renewable resource use, environmental economics, gasoline market dynamics, energy tariff policy, and housing market dynamics. I conduct empirical research on energy demand, electricity demand and financial forecasting, and geothermal energy market behavior.


Cynthia L. Gori

Paul Switzer, Professor Emeritus

Department of Environmental Earth System Science

Statistical methods for the analysis and interpretation of data, the design of data collection systems, probabilistic model building, environmental statistics


Leif  Thomas

Leif Thomas, Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Earth System Science

Physical oceanography; theory and numerical modeling of the ocean circulation; dynamics of ocean fronts and vortices; upper ocean processes; air-sea interaction.


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Barton (Buzz) Thompson Jr., Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law, Law; Perry L. McCarty Director, Woods Institute for the Environment

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

As a leading expert in environmental and natural resources law and policy, I have contributed a large body of scholarship on environmental issues ranging from the future of endangered species and fisheries to the use of economic techniques for regulating the environment.


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Peter Vitousek, Clifford G. Morrison Professor in Population and Resource Studies, Biology

Department of Environmental Earth System Science

I carry out research related to nutrient cycling, most notably nitrogen and phosphorus, in a range of environments and ecosystems, with a particular focus on the Hawaiian Islands. My group has looked at nutrient dynamics in the soil profile, litter, native forest ecosystems, forest, and grassland systems affected by invasive species and agricultural systems.