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Affiliated Researchers at IUPUI

Note: UPDATES IN PROGRESS   IUPUI faculty and researchers work with staff, external affiliates and community partners and drive the core of CEES research. Since 1997, there have been a large number of affiliates -- with their activities and involvement changing through time as projects evolve and reach different stages. Some relationships have been started at CEES and have spun off to produce long term collaborations among subsets of researchers. Below we highlight a list of of some of our current connections with IUPUI faculty and researchers. Please contact Victoria Schmalhofer if you would like to become a CEES affiliate or have been an affiliate and would like to share a bio - webmaster.



Broxton Bird

Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences

Paleohydrology, geomorphology. Dr. Bird's research is broadly concerned with reconstructing the atmospheric component of late Quaternary climate changes at decadal resolutions using high-resolution lake sediment archives. His work addresses a range of environmental questions, but he is particularly interested in the intersection between climate change and water resources and the impacts on natural and anthropogenic systems. His current projects are focused on developing new hydroclimate records from Tibet and tropical South America in order to reconstruct the spatiotemporal patterns and mechanisms of mean state changes in these major monsoon systems. Variations in these systems directly influence the lives of millions of people that rely on monsoon rains for fresh water. Methodologically, he combines field-based and modern process investigations with quantitative down-core multi-proxy analyses that integrate sedimentology, stable isotope and elemental geochemistry, geophysics, and isotope-enabled hydrologic modeling. Read more

Patricia Clark

Lecturer, Biology

Aquatic Ecology. Lecturer of physiology, ecology and capstone biology with research background in ecology and evolutionary biology focusing on life history strategies, specifically reproductive patterns of turtles. She also participates in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources program of locating and identifying frog populations in south-central Indiana. Most recently, she has been working with the Morgan and Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation Districts on a watershed quality project. She is interested in educational research, especially topics dealing with development and expansion of student learning styles, skills, and sophistication. She is currently serving as a member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) Curriculum and Instruction Committee working on standardized Anatomy and Physiology Learning Outcomes. Read more

Gregory K Druschel

Associate Professor, Earth Sciences

Nutrient cycling, redox chemistry, algal blooms. Dr. Druschel is a geochemist who studies the interdependence of microbial activity and geochemical cycling in a range of environments. His specific research interests include, among others, relating microbial ecology to geochemical niches, and the application of statistical, thermodynamic, kinetic, and molecular models to predictive analysis of environmental perturbation. Along with staff scientist and graduate student Nicolas Clercin, Dr. Druschel is conducting research through CEES on the algal blooms in our local reservoirs along side a complementary project in Lake Champlain in the eastern United States. Read more

William Gilhooly III

Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences

Stable Isotopes (N, C, S, O) in environmental science Dr. Gilhooly's primary research interests center on the chemical and microbial reactions that occur during early diagenesis with a view toward understanding the evolution of ocean chemistry and early life. The biogeochemical cycles of recent sediments provide a modern analog for understanding processes that occurred throughout geologic time. He is interested in tracing the substrate and products of biogeochemical alterations through the application of bulk stable isotopic analysis and redox-sensitive metals chemistry. Read more

Pierre-André Jacinthe

Associate Professor, Earth Sciences

Soil biochemistry, agronomy, nitrogen cycle Dr. Jacinthe interests include: nitrogen dynamics and water quality; soil-atmosphere exchange of trace gases (CO2, CH4 and N2O); biogeochemistry of restored wetlands; soil erosion and the global carbon cycle; carbon sequestration; conservation tillage and soil processes. Dr. Jacinthe has a long history of collaborations through CEES and has several active connections. Among his current projects, Dr. Jacinthe is conducting research on the constructed wetland installed with support from Veolia and in collaboration with other IUPUI colleagues. Dr. Jacinthe is also embarking on work in the watershed exploiting several years of water quality data collected as part of the Eagle Creek Watershed Alliance/EPA 319 Grant with field work managed by staff scientist Michael Stouder. Read more

Lin Li

Associate Professor, Earth Sciences

Remote sensing, planetary geology, engineering. Dr. Li and his interdisciplinary research team perform experimental, theoretical and applied remote sensing studies, such as mapping planetary surface composition for investigating the origin and geological evolution of a planet, and conducting radiative transfer modeling to derive biochemical and biophysical parameters of vegetation, physical and compositional properties of soil and snow, and water quality parameters for inland waters. In his research with CEES, Dr. Li has been developing remote sensing and geospatial technologies promoting our understanding of the impact of environmental change on land and aquatic ecosystems to address environmental questions of local, and regional and global importance. Dr. Li also has connected his research funded by NASA with CEES' K-12 mobile technology trailer programming. Read more

Lixin Wang

Associate Professor, Earth Sciences

Environmental science, biology, water cycles Dr. Wang's research focuses on how water cycles and biogeochemical cycles are connected at multiple temporal and spatial scales, and are connected from both economic and scientific point of view. Anthropogenic activities constantly create or interrupt connectivity between water cycles and biogeochemical cycles and raise the needs to better understand such connectivity. His general research interests are studying spatial and temporal patterns of water and nitrogen availability, how vegetation adapts to and affects such patterns, and how future climate/land use changes affect vegetation-resources interactions. He uses a variety of research tools, including analyses based on stable isotopes, manipulative experiments, field observations, geostatistical methods, greenhouse experiments and process-based modeling to tackle these questions. Read more

Xianzhong Wang

Associate Professor, Biology

Environmental biology, ecology, nutrient cycling Dr. Wang's research centers on the effects of global environmental change on plant physiology and productivity at the cell, organismal and ecosystem levels. His specific interests are the (1) Effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) on plant respiration; (2). The interaction of other environmental factors, e.g. soil nutrients, with elevated CO2 in affecting carbon sequestration at the individual and ecosystem levels; (3). Physiological adaptation of plants to their changing environments; (4). How will global change affect male and female individuals of dioecious species; (5). Statistical synthesis of published results using meta-analysis. My research is interdisciplinary in nature and aims at understanding the responses of plants to the abiotic factors. Read more

Social Sciences

Jason Kelly

Associate Professor, History

History, geography, liberal arts.Dr. Kelly’s monograph, The Society of Dilettanti: Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment (US, UK), was published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Yale University Press in February 2010. His recent articles include "The Portraits of Sir James Gray, Bt." and "James 'Athenian' Stuart's Portrait of James Dawkins" for The British Art Journal and "Riots, Revelry, and Rumor: Libertinism and Masculine Association in Enlightenment London" for the Journal of British Studies.Read more

Phil Scarpino

Professor, History

Environmental and oral history, historic preservation Dr. Scapino teaches classes focused on public history, historic preservation, oral history environmental history, and environmental history of the Great Lakes comparing U.S.and Canadian perspectives. He has worked with a number of museums that have mounted exhibits with environmental themes, several funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He serves as the graduate internship supervisor, working with partners to secure internships and funding. He has contributed to a number of books and publications and has donated his time to various boards and charities. This work included offering feedback on the development of the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park's “Prairie Science", which is an innovative hands-on exhibit introducing science concepts in the context of Indiana history to family audiences and school children. Read more

Public Health

Steve Lacey

Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Environmental health science, industrial hygiene. Dr. Lacey is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. A Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional, Steve’s work centers around environmental and occupational exposure assessment and injury prevention. Read more

Science Education

Kathleen A Marrs

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Biology, education, academic affairs. Dr. Marrs’ research focuses on Biology Education developing ways to reinforce content students are exposed to in lecture, helping students develop the intellectual skills needed to understand science and the scientific process, and continually establishing connections concerning the relationship of biology and science to society. Dr. Marrs has been instrumental in the NSF funded GK12 program which supports graduate student participation in delivering CEES STEM programming in central Indiana schools and is helping to shape the next phase of our our Discovering the Science of the Environment program. Read more

Brian Plankis

Assistant Professor, School of Education

Education, environmental science, educational technology. Dr. Plankis is currently teaching in the elementary teacher education program and in the undergraduate program (pre-teacher education students). The courses focus on science methods, science inquiry, and technology integration into the K-12 environment. His research interests include understanding how people learn, how people understand the nature of science, and how teaching and education can influence environmental literacy and sustainability. He is particularly interested in developing his students into life long learners by guiding them through scientific inquiry and encouraging them to question everything they hear. Research shows that a better understanding of scientific inquiry and developing the ability to question information makes students more educated consumers of scientific information and allows them to start on the path to being citizens that participate in finding solutions to the difficult problems preventing a more sustainable future for our society and the world.