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Faculty & Staff


Jeffrey G. Agnew | Senior Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2008
Email: jagnew@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Geoscience Education, Paleobiology, Paleoecology, Taphonomy, Taxonomy

Mead A. Allison | Professor
Professor and Chair, Dept of River-Coastal Science and Engineering
Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1993
Email: meadallison@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Sedimentary Processes of Continental Margin Environments

Nancye H. Dawers | Associate Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1997
Email: ndawers@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Structural Geology, Neotectonics, Fault Growth and Interaction Using Scaling Relations in Evolving Fault Populations

Cynthia J. Ebinger | Professor and Marshall-Heape Chair in Geology
Ph.D., MIT-WHOI Joint Program, 1988
Email: cebinger@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Solid-Earth Geophysics, Earthquake and Volcano Seismology, Crustal Dynamics

George C. Flowers | Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1979
Email: flowers@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Theoretical Geochemistry, Sedimentary Geochemistry, Environmental Geochemistry of Estuarine Sediments

Nicole M. Gasparini | Associate Professor
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
Email: ngaspari@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Fluvial Geomorphology, Landscape Evolution, Sediment Delivery from Hillslopes to Rivers, Interactions between Climate and Tectonics Through Erosion, Impacts of Climate Change on River Networks

Brent M. Goehring | Associate Research Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2010
Email: bgoehrin@tulane.edu
Research Interests: The application of cosmogenic nuclides and other isotope systems to questions in Plio/Pleistocene geology (last 6 million years), including glacial geology and paleoclimatology, tectonics, volcanology, and other earth surface processes.

Colin Jackson | Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Brown University, 2014
Email: cjackson2@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Solid Earth geochemistry and petrology, High temperature and pressure synthesis, Planetary Science

Keena Kareem | Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2005
Email: kkareem@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Low and High Temperature Geochemistry, Chemistry of the Archean Mantle, Volcanology, and Petroleum Geology.

Kyle M. Straub | Professor, Department Chair
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
Email: kmstraub@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Sediment transport from land through the ocean into the stratigraphic record, Continental Slope Morphodynamics, Submarine Morphodynamics

Torbjörn E. Törnqvist | Vokes Geology Professor
Ph.D., Utrecht University, 1993
Email: tor@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Quaternary geology, Fluvial and deltaic sedimentology, Sequence stratigraphy, Sea-level change, Coastal sustainability, Applied geochronology, Paleoclimatology

Jennifer Veilleux | Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Oregon State University, 2014
Email: jveilleux@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Geography, Transboundary Watershed Management, Water Security, Water Rights, Indigenous Water Rights and Relationships, Complex Systems, Global Rivers

Jennifer Whitten | Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Brown University, 2014
Email: jwhitten1@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Planetary Science, Volcanism, Impact Cratering, Geomorphology, Radar

Emeritus Faculty

Stephen A. Nelson | Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1979
Email: snelson@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Igneous Petrology, Volcanology, Relationship Between Volcanism and Tectonism, Particularly in Mexico, Mechanisms of Explosive Volcanism, Natural Disasters

Ronald L. Parsley | Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1969
Email: parsley@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Phylogenetics, Functional Morphology, Paleoecology, Mode and Tempo of Evolution of Lower Paleozoic primitive Echinodermata, Paleobiology and Paleoecology of Lower Paleozoic Faunas

Adjunct Faculty

Reda M. Amer
Ph.D., Saint Louis University, 2011
Email: rmer1@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Geological, Hydrological, and Environmental applications

Marshall Bowles | Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2011
Email: mbowles2@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, geomicrobiology, molecular microbiology, marine deep subsurface biosphere

Chris Esposito | Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Tulane University, 2017
Email: cesposit@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Hydraulics and Sediment Transport In River Deltas, Floodplain Sedimentation, Sedimentary Processes within Vegetation, Numerical Modeling of Coastal Morphology, Coastal Zone Management and Infrastructure

Karen H. Johannesson | Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., University of Nevada, 1993

Barry Kohl | Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Tulane University, 1980
Email: bkohl40@cs.com
Research Interests: Tertiary Foraminiferal Biostratigraphy, Applied Micropaleontology, Global Sea Level change

Nathan Lyons | Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2014
Email: nlyons@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Fluvial and Tectonic Geomorphology, surface processes response to climatic and tectonic forcings, interactions among geological processes and biological evolution

Postdoctoral Fellows

Kelly Sanks | Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 2022
Research Interests: River Deltas, Wetlands, Coastal Sustainability


Tonya Durden | Senior Administrative Program Coordinator
Phone: 504-247-1798
Email: tdurden@tulane.edu

Tanya Goehring, PG | Operations Manager
Phone: 504-862-3220
Email: tgoehrin@tulane.edu

David Maag | Computer Operations Core
Phone: 504-988-3825
Email: dmaag@tulane.edu

Patrick Nedd | Accountant II
Phone: 504-214-2916
Email: fnedd@tulane.edu