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Faculty and Research Staff Contributing to the Geophysics Graduate Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder

The geophysics faculty is defined informally as those faculty members in the participating and other departments who offer instruction and conduct research in appropriate scientific areas. Designation as a member of the geophysics faculty does not impose any special obligations and the faculty member remains obligated to the normal duties within his or her department. These duties may include the regular teaching of courses designed to meet the specific needs of the program.

The following members of the faculty and research staff of the Boulder Campus and of cooperating government agencies offer courses and conduct research of direct interest to students in the Geophysical Graduate Program.

Solid Earth
Snow and Ice

Solid Earth

Name Research Focus Affiliation(s)*
Michael Calkins Geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics PHYS
Lang Farmer Radiogenic isotope geochemistry GEOL and CIRES
Craig Jones
Program Committee Chair
Geophysics and tectonics GEOL and CIRES
Kristine Larson
Satellite geodesy and plate tectonics ASEN
Peter Molnar Tectonics, climate, and geodynamics GEOL and CIRES
Karl Mueller Kinematics and geomorphology of active structures GEOL
Steve Nerem
Program Committee
Satellite altimetry, geodesy ASEN
Michael Ritzwoller Seismology and Earth Structure, Imaging, Ambient Noise tomography PHYS
Anne Sheehan
Seismology, Geophysics, Plate Tectonics, and Earth Structure GEOL and CIRES
Joseph Smyth Mineral Physics: crystal structure controls on physical and chemical properties of minerals as related to the structure and composition of the Earth's mantle GEOL
James Syvitski Sediment transport, oceanography, marine geophysics, numerical modeling GEOL and INSTAAR
Paul Weimer Sequence stratigraphy and basin analysis, 3-D seismic interpretation, reservoir geology, petroleum systems of deep-water continental margins GEOL
Shijie Zhong
Program Committee
Dynamics of the Planetary Interiors PHYS


Name Research Focus Affiliation(s)*

Fran Bagenal

Magnetospheres of the giant planets APS and LASP
Dan Baker Magnetospheres of Earth and planets LASP and APS
David Brain
Program Committee
Plasma environments and atmospheres of unmagnetized planets LASP and APS
Bob Ergun Auroral processes at Earth and Jupiter LASP and APS
Larry Esposito Observational and theoretical studies of planetary atmospheres APS and LASP
Brian Hynek Geologic, hydrologic, and climatic histories of the planet Mars GEOL and LASP
Bruce Jakosky Planetary surfaces and astrobiology GEOL and LASP
Stephen Mojzsis Geophysical and geochemical dynamics of planet formation GEOL
Nick Schneider Planetary atmospheres, planetary astronomy, space physics, instrumentation, and scientific visualization APS and LASP

Snow and Ice

Name Research Focus Affiliation(s)*
Waleed Abdalati
Program Committee
Glaciers, ice sheets, and environmental remote sensing CIRES, ESOC, and GEOG
Ute Herzfeld
Program Committee
Glaciology, sea ice research, geomathematics, geophysics, active and passive remote sensing ECEE and CIRES
Tad Pfeffer
Program Committee
Glaciology and geophysics CVEN and INSTAAR
Marc Serreze Arctic climate; global implications; and climate warming in the Arctic CIRES, NSIDC, and GEOG


Name Research Focus Affiliation(s)*
Peter Bender Space geodesy JILA and PHYS
Roger Bilham Crustal deformation measurement, space geodesy, and seismotectonics of plate
boundaries. Global seismic hazard.
Robert Engdahl Seismology, Earth structure, and earthquakes PHYS
James Faller Gravimetry instrumentation PHYS and JILA
Alex Goetz
Remote sensing of Earth materials GEOL and CIRES
Anatoly Levshin Seismology, surface waves, and Earth structure PHYS
Doug Robertson
Geodesy, earth rotation, gravity CIRES and NOAA
Hartmut Spetzler Rock and mineral physics GEOL and CIRES

Affiliations Key

APS Dept. of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
ASEN Dept. of Aerospace Engineering
ATOC Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
CCAR Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research
CIRES Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
CVEN Civil Engineering
ECEE Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
ESOC Earth Science and Observation Center
GEOG Geography
GEOL Dept. of Geological Sciences
INSTAAR     Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
JILA Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics
LASP Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
MCEN Mechanical Engineering
NOAA National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
NSIDC National Snow and Ice Data Center
PHYS Physics

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