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Professors to Join Department of Geology and Environmental Science

March 15, 2018

With the retirements of Dr. James Clark and Dr. Jeff Greenberg, we are welcoming new professors to join the Department of Geology and Environmental Science for Fall 2018.

Dr. Kathryn Maneiro will assume many of the teaching responsibilities of Dr. Jeff Greenberg including mineral science, petrology, and structural geology. As a geochemist/geochronologist she plans to reintroduce geochemistry to our undergraduate curriculum. Her research involves dating some of the Earth's oldest garnets. She completed her PhD at Boston University, more recently a post-doc at Boston College, and a lectureship at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She and Dr. Sam Smidt were undergraduate classmates at Olivet Nazarene University.

Dr. Gilles Tagne teaches GIS, energy and climate, introductory geology and environmental science courses. He completed his dissertation at Ball State University on the hydrology of the karst bedrock of Western Kentucky. Dr. Tagne is also involved in water quality and public health research in West Africa, working on understanding the origins of contamination and trace metals in alternative drinking water sources and the implications for policy implementation and community development.

Dr. Andrew Luhmann ’06 will join the Department as Assistant Professor of Geology, assuming responsibility for courses in geomorphology, hydrogeology and aqueous geochemistry. He earned a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Minnesota in 2011, completing a dissertation on the hydrogeology of karst aquifers. He continued at U MN in post doc and research associate positions until 2015. Then, he joined the faculty of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology as an Assistant Professor (tenure track) where he developed an undergraduate and graduate curricula and research program in hydrogeology and supervised both graduate and undergraduate students in research. He is the author or co-author of 14 peer reviewed articles and 74 abstracts for conference presentations (starting with one presented when he was an undergraduate here with Jeff Greenberg in 2005). In collaboration with other investigators, he has participated in funded proposals for research grants from NSF, DOE and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that exceed $1 million and involve significant studies of karst groundwater systems and the geochemistry of carbon sequestration and natural fluid-rock processes.

Dr. Kathryn
Dr. Gilles
Dr. Andrew


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