Department of Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University is housed on the Boca Raton campus and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in various subfields of the
geosciences. The three main areas of focus in the department are earth systems science, human-environmental systems, and geo-information science. Phone: 561-297-3250

 

  Dr. Anton Oleinik  

Dr. Anton Oleinik

   
Associate Professor
Office: SE 464

E-mail: aoleinik@fau.edu

 

 

 

Research Intrest:
Cenozoic stratigraphy, molluscan paleontology, paleobiogeography, and paleoclimates of high-latitude regions. (Read More)

  Dr. Caiyun Zhang  

Dr. Caiyun Zhang

   
Associate Professor
Office: SE 456A

E-mail: czhang3@fau.edu

Personal Web   Center for GIS

 

 

Research Interest:
Hyperspectral and Lidar Remote Sensing, Coastal Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise and Hurricanes, Machine Learning Classification and Modeling, Object-Based Image Analysis.
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  Dr. Colin Polsky  

Dr. Colin Polsky

   
Instructor
Office: DW 312

E-mail: cpolsky@fau.edu

 

 

About:
Professor Polsky is a geographer specializing in the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. He has completed four degrees with majors in four disciplines, plus a two-year postdoctoral training in a fifth field.
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  Dr. David Warbuton  

Dr.  David Warbuton

   
Assistant Chair & Asso. Professor
Office: SE 466

E-mail: warburton@fau.edu

 

 

 

Research Interest:
Environmental geochemistry, especially in interactions between the terrestrial biosphere and the environment, and possible regulation of the environment by the biosphere. Climate change. Use of the Internet and the World Wide Web as an educational tool.
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  Dr. Erik Johanson  

Dr. Erik Johanson

   
Assistant Professor
Office: SE 474

E-mail:  ejohanson@fau.edu

 

 

 

Research Interest:
Reconstructing past environments & environmental changer, human-environment interaction across the Holocene, paleoclimatology, modern pollen and vegetation composition as related to climate patterns, coastal modeling of climate change scenarios and storm surge.
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  James Gammack-Clark  

James Gammack-Clark

   
Instructor
Office: SE 488

E-mail: jgammack@fau.edu

 

 

About:
MA in Geography (Florida Atlantic University) 2001
BA in Geography (Florida Atlantic University) 2000
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  Dr. Maria Fadiman  

Dr. Maria Fadiman

   
Associate Professor
Office: SE 454

E-mail: mfadiman@fau.edu

Personal Web 

 

 

Research Interest :
Ethnobotany, Latin America, World Cultures and Environments, Environmental Issues, Rain Forest Ecosystems
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  Dr. Russ Ivy  

Dr. Russell Ivy

   
Senior Associate Provost
Office: ADM-10

E-mail: ivy@fau.edu

 

 

 

About:
Russell Ivy serves as the Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing leadership in formulating and administering university policies for student learning outcomes assessment, in Geography (State University of New York at Buffalo)
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  Dr. Scott Markwith  

Dr. Scott Markwith

   
Associate Professor
Office: SE 450

E-mail:  smarkwit@fau.edu

Lab Website    Project Website

 

 

Research Interest:
Ecological Biogeography, terrestrial, Wetland, and Nearshore Systems, Environmental Restoration, natural and Anthropogenic Disturbance, vegetation Dynamics, population and Conservation Genetics           
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  Dr. Tara Root  

Dr. Tara Root

   
Associate Professor
Office: SE 452, DW 329

E-mail: troot@fau.edu

Personal Website   Lab Website

 

 

Research Interest:
Groundwater chemistry, Water-rock interaction, Groundwater sustainability  
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  Dr. Tiffany Roberts Briggs  

Dr. Tiffany Roberts Briggs

   
Assistant Professor
Office: SE 470

E-mail:  briggst@fau.edu

Lab Website 

 

 

Research Interest:
Coastal geomorphology, geology, and sedimentology.  Primary research interest is the dynamics/evolution of beach morphology in response to natural (e.g., storm impact/recovery) and anthropogenic (e.g., coastal engineering) influences.  Other research interests relate to environmental characterization of beaches as habitat (e.g., for sea turtle nesting), physical processes driving coastal change, and local/regional controls on sediment source, pathways, and sinks.  
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  Dr. Tobin Hindle  

Dr. Tobin Hindle

   
Associate Scientist
Office: SE 462

E-mail: thindle@fau.edu
 

 

 

Research Interest:
Human-Environmental Interactions,  Ecological Regeneration, Strategies to integrate Science, Society, and Nature,  Geographical Information Science,  eLearning.
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  Dr. Weibo Liu  

Dr. Weibo Liu

   
Assistant Professor
Office: SE 410

E-mail:  liuw@fau.edu

Personal Website 

 

 

Research Interest :
Geographic Information Science, Spatiotemporal Data Modelling, Geocomputational Methods in GIS and WebGIS, Geovisualization, Remote Sensing Application.
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  Dr. Xavier Comas  

Dr. Xavier Comas

   
Associate Professor
Office: SE 460, DW 330

E-mail:  xcomas@fau.edu

Lab Website 

 

 

Research Interest:
Hydrogeophysics: use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), terrain conductivity, electrical resistivity and induced polarization (IP) for environmental applications with emphasis on wetlands and karst environments... 
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  Dr. Zhixiao Xie  

Dr. Zhixiao Xie

   
Chair & Professor
Office: SE 456A

E-mail: xie@fau.edu

 

 

 

Research Interest:
GIS, Remote Sensing, Spatial Data Analysis & Modeling
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Affiliate Research Faculty

  
Dr. Ann-Margaret Esnard
Email:  aesnard@fau.edu
Dr. Allan Popak
Email: apopak@fau.edu
Dr. Chandra S. Pathak
Email:  cpathak@fau.edu
Dr. Christopher Kelble
Email: ckelble@fau.edu
Dr. David Palandro
Email:  dpalandr@fau.edu
Dr. David Sumner
Email: sumnerd@fau.edu
Deepak Mishra Cisneros
Email:  dmishra@uga.edu
Derek Manzello
Email: derek.manzello@ngraa.gov
Dr. Eric Swain
Email:  swaine@fau.edu
Dr. Felicia Rein
Email:  frein@fau.edu
Dr. Gillian K Bloise
Email:  gbreary@fau.edu
Dr. Graham Tobin
Email: gtobin@fau.edu
Dr. Huseyin Baki Iz
Email:  hiz@fau.edu
Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera
Email:  jobeysek@fau.edu
Dr. Josiah Strauss
Email:  jstraus2@fau.edu
Dr. Julio de Souza
Email: desouzaj@fau.edu
Goldenberg Joelle
Email:  jgoldenberg2015@fau.edu
Liu Jing
Email:  jliu2016@fau.edu
Dr. Kenneth Banks
Email: kbanks2@fau.edu
Dr. Kevin Cunningham Garzon-Oechsle
Email: <kcunni23@fau.edu
Dr. Marc Minno
Email: gesch@usgs.gov
Dr. Michael Duever
Email:  mduever@fau.edu
Michael Bardunias
Email: 
Paulette McFadden
Email:  pmcfadden@fau.edu
Dr. Rebecca Jo Walter
Email:  rwalte11@fau.edu
Dr. Richard Appeldoorn
Email:  rappeldo@fau.edu
Richard Mortlock
Email:  rmortloc@eps.rutgers.edu
Dr. Robert Brinkman
Email:  rbrinkma@fau.edu
Dr. Sanford Porter
Email:  porters@fau.edu
Dr. Sharon Ewe
Email:  sewe@fau.edu
Dr. Zhikang Chen
Email:  zchen6@fau.edu
 

Emeritus Faculty

  
Dr. Charles Finkl
Email:  cfinkl@fau.edu
Dr. David Lee
Email: dlee@fau.edu          
Dr. Edward Petuch
Email:  epetuch@fau.edu
Dr. Howard Hanson
Email: hphanson@fau.edu
Dr. Leonard Berry
Email:  berry@fau.edu
Dr. Ronald Schultz
Email: schultzr@fau.edu
Dr. Tata RobertCisneros
Email: