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Research Interests

Michael Berger

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • 360-546-9347
  • Role of environmental gradients on marine invertebrate life-history
  • Ecology, physiology, and larval biology of marine invertebrates
  • Teaching innovations and pedagogy
  • Michael Berger Lab
  • Michael Berger CV

Keith Blatner

  • The analysis of markets for timber and non-timber forest products under existing and potential future environmental, social and political constraints.
  • The changing role of non-industrial private forest landowners in the forest products sector of the Pacific Northwest and the application of collaborative learning as a mechanism for fostering more effective public involvement in the management of public forest lands.

Stephen Bollens

Matthew Carroll

  • Human response to both the threat and reality of uncontrolled fire in the residential/forest interface
  • Social issues surrounding controlled and uncontrolled wild-land fire.
  • Matt Carroll CV

Catherine Cooper

  • Geodynamics
  • Plate tectonics/mantle convection
  • Planetary evolution
  • Lithospheric creation and deformation
  • Early earth processes
  • Catherine Cooper CV

Allan Felsot

  • Professor, Entomology & Environmental Toxicology
  • 509-372-7365
  • Environmental chemistry and toxicology
  • Probabilistic risk assessments of environmental contaminants and exposure science
  • Entomology and integrated pest management
  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Alan Felsot CV

Alex Fremier

  • Fluvial geomorphology and ecology
  • Coupling mechanisms between the ecology and it hydro-geomorphic character
  • Basic and applied research
  • Alex Fremier CV

David Gaylord

  • Clastic sedimentology
  • Reconstructing Quaternary paleoclimates using eolian and related deposits
  • Volcaniclastic successions and volcanic hazards assessment

Caren Goldberg

  • Detection of rare species using environmental DNA
  • Impacts of landscape and climate change on functional connectivity of amphibian populations
  • Conservation genetics of reintroduction efforts
  • Hybridization and adaptation in novel ecosystems
  • Caren Goldberg Publications

Stephanie Hampton

Linda Hardesty

  • The long term ecological impacts of cattle grazing on forested ranges of the interior northwest.
  • Developing methods for control of the invasive grass Phalaris arundinacea in northwest wetlands.

John Harrison

  • Associate Professor, School of the Environment
  • 360-546-9210
  • Sources, fate and effects of nitrogen and phosphorus over-enrichment of rivers, lakes, and coastal waters
  • The role of dams and reservoirs as agents of biogeochemical change, including greenhouse gas production
  • Biogeochemical fluxes and transformations at the sediment-water interface
  • Stormwater infrastructure effects on nutrient transport
  • John Harrison CV
  • John Harrison Lab

Sarah Hart

  • Quantitative forest ecology
  • Causes and consequences of forest disturbance (bark beetle outbreaks, wildfire, blowdown)
  • Global change ecology
  • Remote sensing and GIS
  • Sarah Hart CV

Stephen Henderson

Stephen Katz

  • Statistical modelling of multivariate time series.  We are currently developing new multivariate statistical tools for the analysis of ecological communities that reveal quantitative measures of the interactions of creatures with each other and their environment, and also quantitative measures of overall ecosystem stability in the face of perturbations such as management actions or climate variability.
  • Conceptual Modelling of the FEW Nexus.  We are beginning a new, NSF-funded program in applied epistemology and conceptual analysis examining the dynamics, trade-offs and stability at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water systems in the Columbia River Basin as part of a larger collaboration on resilience in the provisioning capacity of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Habitat Restoration in the Pacific Northwest.  We continue a decades-long project to evaluate large-scale decision making in habitat management across the Pacific Northwest using applied semantics and ecoinformatics to ask questions such as “are we being efficient or effective with the billions of dollars spent on habitat restoration in the last 20 years?”
  • Local-scale climate variability impacts.  We are continuing projects that use data confederation methods to evaluate how short-term climate variability affects local regional eco-systems and human-natural coupled systems, such as how the changing frequency of extreme events may have affected regional fisheries and other maritime activity?
  • Steve Katz CV


Chester Keller

  • Groundwater and Critical-Zone biogeochemistry
  • Chemical weathering, chemical denudation, and C exports from terrestrial ecosystems
  • Nutrient cycling and nutrient budgets in agroecosystems
  • Environmental isotopes in biogeochemical studies
  • Kent Keller CV

Allyson King

  • Assistant Clinical Professor
  • 509-335-4037

Marc Kramer

  • Interactions among climate, the biosphere and the pedosphere
  • The structure and function of the Earth’s surface from a biogeochemical perspective — particularly in the context of climate change and the forcing factors that drive earth surface structure and function
  • Mechanisms of carbon stabilization in soil and the biogeochemical effects of winds on the earth’s surface
  • Marc Kramer CV
  • Kramer Lab Website

Peter Larson

  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Yellowstone hot springs
  • Metal resources
  • Magma genesis
  • Peter Larson CV

Sean Long

  • The dynamics of contractional orogenic systems
  • The construction of orogenic plateaus
  • The evolution of continental normal fault systems
  • Sean Long CV

Jenifer McIntyre

  • Toxic impacts of urban runoff and other complex chemical mixtures to aquatic animals, particularly species native to the Pacific Northwest
  • Source control of toxic chemicals to urban runoff and other anthropogenic chemical mixtures
  • Green infrastructure biological effectiveness for preventing toxicity to aquatic animals
  • Jenifer McIntyre CV

Kevan Moffett

  • Urban Ecohydrology
  • Intertidal Ecohydrology and Ecogeomorphology
  • Post-wildfire Ecohydrology
  • Kevan Moffett CV

Barry Moore

  • The movements and effects of pollutants in freshwater ecosystems, particularly on the ecological and management implications of sediment/water interactions
  • The ecology, analysis, remote sensing, and management
    of aquatic macrophytes because of their structural and functional roles in eutrophic lake ecosystems
  • Evaluation of hypolimnetic oxygenation and aluminum sulfate injection for reducing internal nutrient cycling in eutrophic lakes
  • The relationship between sediment heavy metal contamination and morphological deformities in larval chironomids (midges).

Marcia Ostrom

  • 509-663-8181
  •  Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Agrifood Movements
  • Agricultural and Food Policy
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Marcia Ostrom CV

Charles Robbins

  • Nutritional requirements of bears
  • Interactions between bears and people
  • Hibernation physiology
  • Charles Robbins CV

Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens

  • Biological Oceanography and Aquatic Ecology, with primary expertise in the population and community ecology of plankton.
  • Trophic role of heterotrophic planktonic protists 2-200 µm in size (“microzooplankton”) and metazoan planktonic animals 200-2,000 µm in size (“mesozooplankton”) as mediators of carbon and energy flow from primary producers to higher trophic levels such as invertebrates and fish, and especially how these small grazers influence the dynamics of harmful algal blooms and impact ecosystems when introduced to novel environments.
  • Interdisciplinary studies across the domains of aquatic science, political science, and science education.
  • Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens CV
  • Aquatic Ecology Lab

Rodney Sayler

  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Conservation Science
  • Threatened and Endangered Species Conservation (birds, mammals, amphibians)
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Wetland and Palouse Prairie Ecology

Lisa Shipley

  • Foraging ecology and nutrition of mammals
  • Interactions between plants and herbivores at different spatial scales
  • Ecology and management of wild ungulates
  • Lisa Shipley CV

Mark Swanson

  • Compositional, structural, and function attributes of early succession on forest sites in the Pacific Northwest
  • Ecology of native large mammals
  • Forest disturbance processes, including fire and volcanic eruption
  • Ad hoc participation in agricultural and horticultural research with partners within WSU
  • Mark Swanson CV


Daniel Thornton

  • Carnivore ecology and conservation
  • Species distribution modeling and connectivity modeling
  • Impacts of land use and climate change on species
  • Large-scale survey and monitoring
  • Dan Thornton CV
  • Dan Thornton Lab

Jeffrey Vervoort

  • Understand the Earth from the perspective of geochemistry
  • Radiogenic isotopes and geochronology
  • Utilizing radiogenic isotopes as natural tracers of sources and geological processes and also as geochronometers to determine the ages of rocks and geological events
  • Understanding how the Earth formed and how it has evolved through its history and also help constrain the geological processes that are operating on Earth today
  • Worked on a wide range of Earth and planetary materials including meteorites, igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks of all ages, modern sediments and volcanic rocks, and water samples.  Vervoort is director of the Radiogenic Isotope and Geochronology Laboratory at WSU.
  • Jeff Vervoort CV

Kara Whitman

  • Transformational education strategies for improving scientific literacy for both majors and non-majors in environmental and natural resource sciences.
  • Improving and increasing use of collaborative public policy to address grand environmental challenges that face the Northwest region and the Nation.
  • Addressing complex water quality and quantity issues at a local and regional scale through multi-stakeholder collaboration and cooperation as an alternative (or compliment) to command-and-control strategies (i.e. regulation).
  • Kara Whitman CV

Robert Wielgus

  • Population, behavioral, and habitat ecology of large carnivores (grizzly bears, black bears, cougars) and their prey (mountain caribou, mule deer).

Kurtis Wilkie

  • Senior Instructor Geology 101

John Wolff

  • Super-eruptions and their outcomes: flood basalts and caldera-forming ignimbrites
  • Causes and consequences of compositional variations in volcanic rocks
  • High-temperature rhyolites
  • John Wolff CV

Benjamin Zamora

  • Properties, distribution, and environmental relationships of terrestrial ecosystems
  • Fire ecology
  • Palouse Prairie restoration



David Baumgartner

William Budd

Roger Chapman

Frederick Ford

James Pratt

Philip Rosenberg

Anthony Watkinson