Name Department Area of Specialization
Adams, Richard Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Research interests focus on the economic effects of air and water pollution, the implications of climate change for agriculture and water resources, and the tradeoffs between agricultural activity and environmental quality.

Adamus, Paul College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Wetland Science and Wildlife Biologist

Albert, Dennis Horticulture

Wetland Ecology and Wetland restoration.

Bachelet, Dominique Biological & Ecological Engineering

Simulation modeling, Ecosystems research, Nutrient cycling, Climate change impacts, Methane emissions (agricultural and natural wetlands).

Baham, John Crop & Soil Science

Soil geochemistry

Barden, Jeffrey College of Business

Research focuses on inter-organizational relationships, exchange, entrepreneurship and technology.

Bella, David Civil Engineering

Environmental and technological impact assessments, including cumulative environmental impacts, global climate change, nuclear waste disposal, space-based weaponry, and disposal of chemical munitions.

Bernell, David Political Science


Blaustein, Andrew Integrative Biology

Behavioral and population ecology: social systems and kin recognition; vertebrate ecology and behavior; conservation biology, especially amphibians

Boik, John


Machine learning, Gaussian process models, computational sociology, agent-based models, stock-flow consistent models, metrics of social and environmental wellbeing, social choice system design (science-based approaches to transformational systems change), community currency programs, social computation.

Bolte, John

Bioengineering Simulation, artificial intelligence, GIS, ecosystems analysis, biological systems modeling, watershed analysis
Bottoms, SueAnn College of Education

My focus on preservice elementary science teaching draws upon what they bring to science and science teaching. An anti-deficit perspective offers preservice teachers a means to explore their personal, familial, cultural, and societal resources. This perspective provides a platform for them to refer to as they reflect and examine what this means for their future practice. I am especially interested in how preservice teachers use this anti-deficit perspective to inform both their developing practice as teachers of science and their relationships with the children and families in their school communities.

Boudet, Hilary Sociology

Environmental and natural resource sociology
Social movements, contentious politics
Public participation in energy and environmental decision-making

Brooks, J Renee

Buermeyer, Andrew College of Agricultural Science

Preservation of genomic integrity requires the proper functioning of multiple pathways for DNA replication, repair, and recombination. One critical repair pathway is DNA mismatch repair (MMR) which helps ensure genomic stability by correcting potentially mutagenic mismatches arising during DNA replication and by suppressing recombination between non-identical sequences. In addition to these mutation avoidance functions, MMR potentiates the cytotoxicity of several DNA damaging agents, implicating MMR in a pathway of genome surveillance for DNA damage. First characterized in bacteria and yeast, the association of MMR gene deficiencies with hereditary and sporadic human cancer has highlighted the importance of understanding different MMR functions in mammalian cells.

Burgett, Michael Department of Horticulture


Campana, Michael College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Transboundary ground water resources; water resources management; water resources in developing regions, especially Central America, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia regional hydrogeology; dynamic simulation modeling in water resources.

Campbell, Holly Fisheries and Wildlife

Ocean/coastal law, environmental law, environmental science, and marine resource management.

Carlin-Morgan, Kerry


Informal science education/free choice learning including marine science and environmental education, conservation behavior, and practical application of research.

Chisholm Hatfield, Samantha

College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and TEK addressing climate change.

Colwell, Frederick College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Microbial ecology, subsurface microbiology, geomicrobiology, coupling of microbial rates and processes to physical and chemical parameters in the environment, sensing and monitoring of microbes, methods for sampling the earth’s subsurface for microorganisms, bioremediation.

Compton, Jana Forest Science

Biogeochemistry, Soil microbial processes, Impacts of present and past land use on nutrient and organic matter dynamics, Role of plant species in soil and watershed processes, Use of stable isotopes as tracers and integrators of ecosystem processes

Conway, Flaxen Sea Grant Extension

Communities coping with change and transition Personal and group leadership education Cooperative learning and research

Cramer, Lori Sociology

Natural Resource Sociology; Environmental Sociology; Social Impact Assessment; Rural Sociology

Cromack, Kermit Forest Ecosystems & Society

Decomposition and nutrient cycling processes in forest ecosystems; N2- fixation in forest soils; soil animals as ecosystem components; role of saprophytic and mycorrhizal fungi in nutrient cyclingprocesses; role of cations in forest nutrition.

Cuenca, Richard Bioengineering

Irrigation system optimization, water resource engineering, bioprocesses engineering, modeling of biological systems

Deetz, Stan Other


de la Hoz, Jenny Other Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.
Dierking, Lynn Science & Math Education

The study of learning in free-choice learning settings (with particular focus on museums)

Understanding the role of socio-cultural factors in free-choice learning

Research & development in family/ youth / community-based learning efforts

Investigating how to meaningfully engage under-served communities in free-choice learning (e,g., girls, low-income, and racially-ethnically diverse groups)

Donohue, Mary

Other Environmental pollution (derelict fishing gear, microplastics), marine mammal physiological ecology, rainwater catchment and sustainable water resources, sustainable community development and engagement, workforce development (STEM), strategic planning and program/project management.

Dunham, Jason

Other Fish ecology and conservation biology. Landscape ecology of aquatic ecosystems, conservation biology of focal species, ecology of natural disturbance, biological invasions, monitoring.
Duplaix, Nicole Fisheries & Wildlife

Comparative ecology, behavior and conservation of otter species and other endangered carnivores, Phylogeny, evolution and behavior.

Egna, Hillary Aquaculture CRSP

Aquaculture, Aquatic Resources Management, International Development, Poverty Policy, Food Security, Research Administration

Eisenberg, Cristina Forest Ecosystems & Society

Elk, Fire, and Wolf Ecology in Aspen and Grassland Communities in Waterton Lakes National Park: A Multi-Trophic Level Landscape-Scale Study; Trophic Cascades Involving Humans, Keystone Predators, Elk, and Aspen in North-Central Colorado; Trophic Cascades Involving Humans, Wolves, Elk and Aspen in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem; Southwest Alberta Montane Research Program.

Ellsworth, Lisa

Fisheries and Wildlife Fire Science and Ecology
Restoration Ecology
Management of critical habitat for sagebrush associated wildlife species
Falk, John Science & Math Education

*** Approved to advise Master's students only ***

The study of learning in free-choice learning settings (with particular focus on museums and eco-tourism venues); Understanding the role of situated-identity in leisure/tourist decision-making and learning; Investigating how the public utilizes free-choice educational institutions to support their long-term science learning

Field, Katherine Microbiology

Novel applications of molecular techniques to water quality problems caused by microbial contamination. Host-specific and geographic distribution of fecal bacteria.
Persistence and fate of microbiological contaminants in water, including anaerobes, indicators, antibiotic resistance genes and pathogens.

Fischer, Heather

Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning  
Fonyo, Carolyn Biological & Ecological Engineering

Systems Ecology, Systems Modeling and Analysis, Embodied Energy (Emergy) Analysis, Watershed Assessment, Sustainable Design for the Environment, and Sustainable Business.

Foster, Kai

Other Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.
Gaines, Lisa Other


Garcia, Tiffany Fisheries & Wildlife

Animal Behavior, Aquatic Ecology, Agro-ecosystems, Herpetology, Community Ecology

Garono, Ralph College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Measuring landscape patterns in eelgrass beds and tidal marshes using high spatial resolution, hyperspectral remote sensing; using GIS to characterize wetlands and watersheds and to develop restoration and monitoring plans; using invertebrate assemblages as a wetland assessment tool; factors that influence the abundance and distribution of aquatic insects in wetlands; biocontrol of invasive plants; and examining the role that nutrients play in structuring aquatic and marine ecosystems.

Giebultowicz, Jadwiga Integrative Biology

Regulatory Functions of Biological Clocks in the Reproductive Physiology of Male Insects

Glaser, Sarah


Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Fisheries oceanography and fisheries conflict.

Goldfinger, Chris College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Subduction earthquakes; mechanics of oblique subduction, accretion and erosion of active margins; seafloor imaging, mapping, and visualization techniques; seafloor drilling technology.

Gregory, Stanley
Fisheries and Wildlife

Stream ecosystems: channel dynamics, woody debris, water chemistry, benthic algae, invertebrates, fish, salamanders, and riparian vegetation. Landscape perspectives for stream ecosystems. Influence of human activities on ecosystem structure and function. Historical reconstruction of rivers and riparian forests. Development of restoration perspectives and practices that are consistent with natural stream processes.

Gross, Joan Anthropology

Language issues and Food Sovereignty

Hagar, Joan Forest Ecosystems & Society

Forest and wildlife ecology; Wildlife-habitat relationships; Restoration of native habitats; Great Basin pygmy rabbits

Hajjar, Reem Forest Ecosystems & Society

Multi-level forest governance and forest-dependent livelihoods.

Halama, Jonathan Other Could serve on Master's Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor
Hammer, Roger Sociology

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Ecological Demography, Rural, Sociology, Migration,  Housing

Harte, Davis Other

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

A design-behavior anthropologist, transdisciplinary social science health researcher and educator focused on authentic child-, family-, learner-, and community-centric designed environments (both physical and educational).

Harte, Michael College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Rights-based fishery management systems; cost recovery and resource royalty systems; capacity building for sustainable management of the environment; co-management of coastal marine resources; and decision support systems to assist environmental decision-making.

Havaligi, Neeraja


Agriculture (focus on sustainable agriculture, agronomy, plant physiology, plant breeding and genetics, molecular biology and ag. microbiology); climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation with international (United Nations), regional and local focus; multi lateral stakeholder engagement, capacity development and gender mainstreaming and equity for sustainable development; agrobiodiversity conservation, rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse in urban areas and its relevance to climate adaptation and community food security.

Henkel, Sarah Integrative Biology

Benthic marine ecology; Ecological effects of wave energy development; Trophic interactions; Response to abiotic stress at community, organism, and cellular levels in invertebrates and seaweeds

Houck, Lynne Integrative Biology

My research interests encompass many aspects of reproduction in amphibians, particularly salamanders. I work mainly on eastern North American species of terrestrial plethodontid salamanders in the genera Plethodon and Desmognathus.

Howe, Glenn

Forest Ecosystems & Society  

Hurst, Allison

School of Public Policy
  • Class inequality
  • Higher education and social mobility
  • School to Work transitions of college graduates
  • Social welfare policy; Higher education policy
Istok, Jonathan (Jack) Civil Engineering

Dr. Istok is a groundwater hydrologist who specializes in the development and validation of flow and contaminant transport models in laboratory and field experiments. Dr. Istok designed the large-scale physical aquifer models in the Groundwater Research Laboratory and has developed several new single well tests for aquifer characterization. He is the author of two widely used textbooks (Aquifer Testing: Analysis and Design of Pumping and Slug Tests, and Groundwater Modeling by the Finite Element Method).

Jaeger, William Applied Economics

Natural resource & environmental economics, agricultural economics, institutional economics, public finance and taxation, economic growth & development, sustainability.

Jenkins, Jeffrey Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

Field studies to examine the impact of pesticide use on air and water quality, studies designed to investigate human and wildlife exposure as a result of pesticide use in both agricultural and urban settings, studies which investigate how sublethal exposures effect fitness and survival, and studies that may assist in the development of technologies that mitigate adverse human and environmental impacts.

Johnson, Douglas Rangeland Resources

Animal behavior; GIS; Range Ecology; Analyzing Ecosystems

Johnson, K. Norman

Forest Ecosystems & Society Forest Policy, Planning, and Management.
Jolles, Anna Other

Disease ecology; Population ecology; Wildlife diseases; Tuberculosis; Intestinal parasites; Parasite interactions.

Jones, Andy Botany and Plant Pathology

Molecular ecology, population ecology, community ecology, tropical ecology.

Jones, Julia College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

and use, climate change and disturbance effects on hydrology, geomorphology, water quality.

Kauffman, J. Boone Fisheries & Wildlife

Ecosystem structure and process of riparian zones. Restoration of riparian ecosystems, fire ecology, influences of deforestation on neotropical forests

Kaye, Thomas Botany & Plant Pathology

Plant demography, plant conservation biology, habitat restoration (prairie, coastal, forest, serpentine soils, etc.), endangered plant species restoration and reintroduction, interactions with invasive alien species, fire ecology.

Kayes, Lori Integrative Biology

Biology education, environmental education, plant community ecology.

Kennedy, Robert College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Geospatial analysis, remote sensing, modeling, landscape ecology, disturbance dynamics, computational methods.

Kentula, Mary Botany & Plant Pathology

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Wetlands ecology.

Khanna, Sunil Anthropology

Medical anthropology, global health, health program planning and evaluation, health disparities and cultural competency, minority health

Kiser, Jim

College of Forestry

Could serve on Graduate Committee or as a Major Professor for a Master's student.

Research interests is Mycorrhiza Ecology

Kleber, Markus Crop & Soil Science

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

The processes at the interface between organic matter and mineral surfaces, including mineral surface properties, organic matter properties, bonding mechanisms, adsorption processes, mineral-microbial interactions, and organic matter turnover dynamics.

Lackey, Robert Fisheries & Wildlife

Ecological policy; role of science in public policy; ecosystem management; salmon science and policy; fisheries management

Lajtha, Kate Crop & Soil Science

Watershed analysis and soil ecology

Lambrinos, John Horticulture

Ecological processes that tie landscapes together

Lancaster, Stephen

College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences Fluvial geomorphology, hydrology

Lerczak, James

College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences Coastal physical oceanography including the study of internal tides, high-frequency internal waves, and circulation in the vicinity of fronts; estuarine oceanography including the dynamics that drive the three-dimensional circulation, the mechanisms that transport and disperse materials within estuaries, and the time response of estuaries to changes in forcing; physical/biological interactions which influence larval dispersal.
Lillie, Robert College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Geophysics; Tectonics; Public Interpretation, Geology of National Parks.

Liu, Hong Biological & Ecological Engineering

Sustainable bioenergy production; Environmental biotechnology; Waste and wastewater treatment; Microbial fuel cell technology; Biohydrogen production.

Maddison, David Integrative Biology


Marshall, Christopher Integrative Biology

beetles - especially scarab beetles and their relatives.

Mc Comb, Brenda Fisheries & Wildlife

Wildlife habitat management and monitoring.

Medlock, Jan Other


Meganck, Richard Other

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Mileham, Michelle

Other Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.
Education, with a specific focus on zoo, aquarium, and museum (generally informal) education.

Miller, Dan


Area of specialization is geomorphology.

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Miller, Jessica

College of Agricultural Sciences The ecology and evolution of life history diversity in fishes and the development and maintenance of that diversity.
Miller, Richard Rangeland Resources

Solve regional problems and generate principles that apply nationally and internationally to semi-arid land management systems.

Milligan, Allen Botany & Plant Pathology

Application of cellular-scale molecular and biochemical studies of microalgae, bacteria and corals to environmental questions about ecosystem function and global change.

Moriarty, Katie Fisheries & Wildlife


Mundt, Christopher Botany & Plant Pathology

Plant disease epidemiology; host plant resistance; population genetics of plant pathogens; sustainable agriculture.

Muraca, Barbara


Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Environmental Philosophy, including more specifically environmental justice, political ecology, value of nature, and sustainability theories.  

Murthy, Ganti Biological & Ecological Engineering
  • Cellulosic and algal biofuels and bioproducts.

  • Control of dynamic systems.

  • Systems analysis process modeling and simulation.

  • Processing of biobased feedstocks into fuels and chemicals

Myrold, David Crop & Soil Science

C&N cycling in soils, soil microbial ecology

Navab-Daneshmand, Tala School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering

The inactivation, growth and persistence of bacterial pathogens in the environment and treatment processes.

Needham, Mark Forest Ecosystems & Society

Natural resource recreation and tourism, social psychology of natural resources, parks and protected areas, human dimensions of wildlife, norms and standards, carrying capacity and crowding, specialization, conflict, risk, trust, survey and quantitative methods.

Noakes, David Fisheries & Wildlife

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Nolin, Anne College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Mountain hydroclimatology, snow and ice in the climate system, remote sensing.

Ochoa, Carlos Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences

My research focuses on land use effects on ecological and hydrological interactions occurring in watersheds and riparian ecosystems throughout the West.

Olsen, Christine Forest Ecosystems & Society

Social aspects of natural resources.

Orr, Matt Cascades Campus: Biology Terrestrial and restoration ecology in forest, field, and stream habitats in Central Oregon.

Pacella, Stephen

Other Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.
Pease, James Other

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Perry, David

Forest Ecosystems & Society Terrestrial Ecologist.
Peters, Kurt Ethnic Studies

Twentieth century Native American experience and Native American wage labor.

Pett-Ridge, Julie Crop & Soil Science

Understanding the controls on chemical weathering, the connections between chemical weathering and the carbon cycle, and ecosystem biogeochemical cycles.

Priest, Susanna

Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning Expertise is primarily in risk communication, public understanding of science, and science communication.
Radosevich, Steven Forest Ecosystems and Society  

Reichman, Jay


Ecology, molecular genetics, genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics and evolutionary biology.

Reuter, Ronald

Crop and Soil Science

Landscape ecology and soils, restoration ecology, wetland ecology, and a little sprinkling of environmental policy.

Riedinger, Kelly

Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning Science teacher preparation as well as youths’ experiences learning science in out-of-school settings. She is particularly interested in the role of social interactions on youths’ authoring of their identities in science.

Rimbey, Neil

Other Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Risien, Julie

Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.
Ritten, John Other

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Natural resource economics and production economics.

Rowe, Shawn College if Education

How people learn beyond the school environment.

Russel, Kory


Educational background and faculty positions in Environmental Science, Engineering and Landscape Architecture. Research topics include water, energy, and resource recovery from waste streams; sustainable delivery of water services in rural and urban settings; development and analysis of entrepreneurial-based sanitation service delivery models; caloric costs of water fetching; international and informal development; sustainable and human-centered design.

Sahr, Robert Political Science

Political communication; the presidency; Public opinion and political information; Economic, tax, and budget policy; Public opinion and political information of Oregon residents.

Sall, Khadidiatou Other

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Genetic engineering, next generation sequencing technologies, Molecular Biology, curriculum designed, community building and promotion of STEM education.

Santelmann, Mary Geosciences

Landscape ecology, wetlands ecology, wetlands biochemistry, plant biodiversity.

Scheerer, Ann

College of Agricultural Sciences The intersection of climate change and social sciences with expertise in planning, management, and policy development for sustainability and resilience, in particular climate planning and management for organizations and communities. My research background includes mixed methods approaches with a focus on qualitative methodologies, such as case study research.

Schroeder, Elizabeth

School of Public Policy Applied Microeconometrics and Development.

Sheehan, Timothy

Other Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.
Sherr, Evelyn College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences Aquatic microbial ecology; pelagic food webs; carbon and nitrogen cycles in aquatic ecosystems; phagotrophic protists.
Shiel, Alyssa College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Heavy stable isotope geochemistry; geochemical tracer development; transport, transformations and environmental fate of metals/metalloids.

Simoneit, Bernd College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences  
Spatafora, Joseph Botany & Plant Pathology

Mycology; systematics and evolutionary biology of fungi.

Starkey, Robert other

Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.

Steel, Brent Political Science

Comparative Public Policy and Administration, Environmental Politics and Policy, Theory, Methodology, and Public Policy

Stevenson, John Oregon Sea Grant Could serve on Master's Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor
Stoner, Joseph College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Sediments magnetism including paleomagnetism, environmental magnetism, geomagnetism, sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleoclimatology.

Strauss, Steven

Forest Ecosystems & Society

Specialization is biotechnology and forestry.

Sylvia, Gilbert Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics


Tanguay, Robyn Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

Exploit the advantages of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) model to improve human health.

Thompson, Allen School of History, Philosophy, & Religion

Environmental philosophy, in which I have expertise regarding evaluative, normative, and policy issues in ecology (esp. restoration and novel ecosystems) and atmospheric/climate science.

Thurber, Andrew College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Microbe-metazoan Interactions. Deep-Sea and Polar Ecology.  Food Web Dynamics. Deep-sea reducing habitats.  Annelid ecology.

Tilt, Bryan Anthropology

Sustainable development, environmental risk assessment, pollution, community participation, natural resources, fisheries management.

Tilt, Jenna College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Land Use, Rural Resource Planning.

Tripathi, Sanjai

College of Business  
Unsworth, Michael College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences Could serve on Graduate Committee but not as a Major Professor.
Vega Thurber, Rebecca Department of Microbiology

Environmental virology and microbiology; metagenomics and marine disease ecology.

Walker, Gregg Speech Communication

Marine Resource Management

Warrick, Douglas Integrative Biology The functional/ecological morphology, aerodynamics, and evolution of vertebrate flight, from hummingbirds to seabirds. I also participate in studies of seabird mortality from oil spills.

Watson, James

College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences My research uses tools from oceanography, ecology, economics, computer science and applied math to understand the functioning of Complex Adaptive Systems. These systems are all around us, including the financial systems, the human immune system and ecosystems. I am interested in learning from all these systems, to improve our understanding and governance of primarily marine social-ecological systems.
Weber, Edward Political Science


Weis, Virginia Zoology

Our group investigates the cellular and molecular interactions underlying mutualistic symbioses between cnidarians, such as corals and anemones, and their photosynthetic dinoflagellate symbionts Symbiodinium spp. We are interested in the establishment, maintenance and breakdown of these cooperative partnerships. We use several model associations in our studies, including a Hawaiian stony coral, Fungia scutaria, a tropical sea anemone Aiptasia pallida, a temperate sea anemone found on the Oregon coast, Anthopleura elegantissima, and a Red Sea soft coral, Heteroxenia fuscescens.

White, Denis College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

geography: landscapes, regions, cartography, gis, spatial modeling.

Wolf, Aaron College of Earth, Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

Issues relating transboundary water resources to political conflict and cooperation, where his training combining environmental science with dispute resolution theory and practice have been particularly appropriate.

Wu, JunJie Agriculture & Resource Economics

Interactions between agricultural production and water quality, conservation and environmental policy design and analysis, land use economics and policy