Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty

Associate Professor Jennifer M. Elick, department head, received a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Tennessee. She specializes in sedimentary geology, mineralogy and paleoecology. Her research includes the study of paleosols and the reconstruction of ancient sedimentary environments and geologic mapping.

Associate Professor Daniel E. Ressler received a Ph.D. in soil science from Iowa State University. He specializes in soil physics and solute transport. His research includes watershed assessment and nutrient and solute movement in soil and wetland systems.

Associate Professor Derek J. Straub received a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University. He specializes in atmospheric chemistry, air quality and cloud physics. His research focuses on instrumentation development and interactions between clouds, atmospheric aerosols and trace gases.

Associate Professor Katherine H. Straub received a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University. She specializes in meteorology, climate, and global atmospheric and oceanic circulations. Her research involves large-scale atmospheric dynamics, tropical meteorology and global climate issues.

Assistant Professor Ahmed Lachhab received a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Iowa. His research focuses on combining microscale laboratory columns with field hydrogeological monitoring to study contaminant dispersion processes. He teaches in the areas of geology, hydrology and geophysics.