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

Daniel Friess | Cochran Family Professor 
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2009
Email: dfriess@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Blue carbon, mangroves, seagrasses, natural climate solutions, ecosystem services, habitat restoration.

Nicole M. Gasparini | 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

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, Sea-level change, Coastal sustainability, Fluvial and deltaic sedimentology, Sequence stratigraphy, 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

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


Postdoctoral Fellows

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

Chenliang “Chen” Wu | Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Rice University, 2020
Research Interests: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Surface Processes, Geomorphology


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

CK Keckley | Administrative Program Coordinator 
Phone: 504-862-3220
Email: ckeckley@tulane.edu

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

Patrick Nedd | Accountant II
Phone: 504-314-2919
Email: fnedd@tulane.edu