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Meet Our Faculty and Staff

  • Daniel Obrist, Ph.D.

    Chair, Professor

    Environmental Pollution, Biogeochemical Cycles, Surface-Atmosphere Exchanges, Atmospheric Chemistry

  • Mathew Barlow, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Climate variability and change

  • Frank P. Colby, Jr., Ph.D.


    Weather modeling, analysis and forecasting, boundary layer meteorology

  • Nelson Eby, Ph.D.


    Geochemical processes, undergraduate and graduate programs

  • Richard Gaschnig, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Geochemistry, geochronology, igneous petrology

  • Jian-Hua Qian, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Weather & Climate, Non-hydrostatic Atmospheric Dynamics, Climate Dynamics, Regional Climate Modeling, Downscaling & Prediction

  • Kate M. Swanger, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Earth Surface processes & paleoclimatology, with an emphasis on glacial geology, permafrost processes & high-latitude climate change

  • Lori Weeden, M.S.


    Science education, water & soil chemistry

Emeritus Faculty

  • Robert Gamache, Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus

    Theoretical molecular spectroscopy with emphasis on the spectral line shape problem

  • Arnold O'Brien, Ph.D.

    Emeritus Professor

    Hydrogeology with special emphasis on hydrogeology of wetlands & groundwater/surface water interactions; also geomorphology & glacial & pleistocene geology

Adjunct Faculty