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Jeffrey G. Agnew | Senior Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2008
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
Research Interests: Sedimentary Processes of Continental Margin Environments

Nancye H. Dawers | Associate Professor/Department chair
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1997
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
Research: Solid-Earth Geophysics, Earthquake and Volcano Seismology, Crustal Dynamics

George C. Flowers | Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1979
Research: Theoretical Geochemistry, Sedimentary Geochemistry, Environmental Geochemistry of Estuarine Sediments

Nicole M. Gasparini | Associate Professor
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
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 | Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2010
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.

Nathan R. Hopkins | Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Lehigh University, 2016
Research Interests: Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology, Soils, Geographic Information Systems, Mapping & Field Geology

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

Karen H. Johannesson | Cochran Family Professor
Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 1993
Research Interests: Low-Temperature Aqueous Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry, Emphasizing Trace Element Speciation, Chemical Hydrogeology, and Biogeochemical Cycling of Trace Elements (e.g., Arsenic, Selenium, and REEs) in the Environment

Kyle M. Straub | Associate Professor
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
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
Research Interests: Quaternary geology, Fluvial and deltaic sedimentology, Sequence stratigraphy, Sea-level change, Applied geochronology, Paleoclimatology

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

Emeritus Faculty

Stephen A. Nelson | Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1979
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
Research Interests: Phylogenetics, Functional Morphology, Paleoecology, Mode and Tempo of Evolution of Lower Paleozoicprimitive Echinodermata, Paleobiology and Paleoecology of Lower Paleozoic Faunas

Adjunct Faculty

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

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

Chris Esposito | Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Tulane University, 2017
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

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

Postdoctoral Fellows

Michael Hopkins | Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Tulane University, 2016
Research Interests: Tectonic Geomorphology, Extensional Tectonics and Landscape Evolution, Normal Faulting, Rifting, Growth Faulting and Coastal Land Loss

Nathan Lyons | Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2014
Research Interests: Fluvial and Tectonic Geomorphology, Stream Incision and Hillslope Response to Climatic and Tectonic Forcing, Erosion and Sediment Flux in Mountainous Regions

Elena Steponaitis | Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016
Research Interests: Geochronology, Isotope Geochemistry, and Paleoclimate


Tonya Durden | Administrative Program Coordinator
Phone: 504-247-1798

Tanya Goehring | PG - Laboratory Technician
Phone: 504-865-5127

David Maag | Computer Operations Core
Phone: 504-988-3825