Our Faculty

Falk Amelung, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Primary appointment, MGG; Secondary appointment, GSC
Email
305-421-4949

Active Volcanism and Tectonics, InSAR, Remote Sensing‌‌


Keir Becker, Ph.D. 

Professor
Primary appointment, MGG; Secondary appointment, GSC
Email
305-421-4661

Heat flow and hydrothermal circulation in the oceanic crust; permeability and porosity of oceanic crust; borehole hydrogeological observatories.


Patricia Blackwelder, Ph.D. 

Science Coordinator, Electron Microscopy Facility
Primary appointment, MGG; Secondary appointment, GSC
305-284-4736 (Wed/Fri)
305-775-5801 (Mon/Tue/Thurs)
Email

Biomineralization and Calcification in Invertebrates, Ecology and Paleoecology of benthic microorganisms, Coccolithophorids from Modern and Paleoceanographic Environments, Ultrastructural Studies of Recent and Fossil Invertebrates, Particulate Analysis


Gregor Eberli, Ph.D. 

Professor
Primary appointment, MGG; Secondary appointment, GSC
Email
305-421-4678

Seismic stratigraphy, carbonate platform evolution and architecture, basin analysis, petrophysics of carbonates


Robert Ginsburg, Ph.D. 

Professor
Primary appointment, MGG; Secondary appointment, GSC
Email
305-421-4875

Marine Geology, Comparative Sedimentology of Reefs and Platform Carbonates, Holocene and PreCambrian microbiolites


Mark Grasmueck, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor
Primary appointment, MGG; Secondary appointment, GSC
Email
305-421-4858

My current research interests include development and integration of efficient and highly resolving Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and acoustic methods for non-invasive 3D and 4D imaging of natural environments. I am pursuing applications in carbonate reservoir characterization, tracking and quantification of fluid flow in the vadose zone, archeological mapping and characterization of deep-water coral ecosystems.


Christopher G.A. Harrison, Ph.D. 

Professor
Primary appointment, MGG; Secondary appointment, GSC
Email
305-421-4610

Geomagnetism; Paleomagnetic data analysis; Magnetic anomalies; Sea level change; Plate tectonics; Satellite geodesy; Remote sensing.


Terri Hood, Ph.D.

Lecturer
Email
CV
305-284-4253

Dr. Terri Hood is the Assistant Director of the Ecosystem Science and Policy (ESC) Undergraduate Program. Her research interests include chemical processes occurring in coastal sediments (kinetics of pyrite oxidation in marine systems) and development of new methods in electron microscopy. Her research in the last decade has focused on deciphering human impacts in coastal environments using sediment records. Dr. Hood's particular areas of study have included the Everglades/Florida Bay ecosystem and the Mississippi River outflow region in the northern Gulf of Mexico.


Jim Klaus, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Email
305-284-3426

Evolution and extinction of Cenozoic to Recent reef corals, paleoecology of Cenozoic reef coral communities, geomicrobiology of modern coral reef ecosystems


Peter "Jake" Leech, Ph.D. 

Full-Time Lecturer
Email
305-284-1898

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.


Don McNeill, Ph.D.

Scientist
Email
305-421-4790


James H. Natland, Ph.D. 

Professor
Primary appointment, MGG; Secondary appointment, GSC
Email
305-421-4123

Igneous petrology and geochemistry of abyssal tholeiites and gabbros; ocean-island basalts; ultramafic xenoliths; island-arc/backarc petrology; regional geology of spreading ridges and linear island chains


Larry C. Peterson, Ph.D. (Brown University. 1984)

Professor
Joint Appointment, GSC and MGG
Email
Personal Page
305-284-6821

Reconstruction of past oceans and climates from evidence in the fossil record, deep sea sedimentation processes, stable isotope geochemistry of foraminifera.  Current research: Century to millennial-scale ocean and climate variability in the Caribbean during the past 150,000 years; Cariaco Basin sediments.  Keynote speaker at 30th anniversary meeting Ocean Drilling Program.‌


Pamela Reid, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor
Primary appointment, MGG; Secondary appointment, GSC
Email
305-421-4606

Carbonate sedimentation and diagenesis, geomicrobiology and biomineralization: formation and lithification of stromatolites; shallow-water alteration of carbonate skeletons; effects of sea level, volcanism and tectonics on processes of carbonate deposition.


John Southam, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, 1974)

Professor
Email
305-284-1898

Paleoclimatology, computer modeling.  Dr. Southam uses his extensive physics and mathematics background to model such geologic phenomena as: the development of carbonate platforms, anoxic events in the world's ocean, changes in chemistry and circulation of oceans, burning of fossil fuels and the effects on climate, and the variations in rate of sedimentation due to climate changes and changes in distributions of ancient land masses.


Peter Swart, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Marine Geology & Geophysics
Primary appointment, MGG; Secondary appointment, GSC
Email
305-421-4103

Stable Isotope Geochemistry Stable Isotope Laboratory; Carbonate Diagenesis; Sedimentology and Petrology Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory ; Cosmochemistry.


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Ta-Shana Taylor

Full-Time Lecturer
Email
305-284-4254

Geoscience education, outreach and science communication, with a background in marine mammal taphonomy and conservation paleoecological techniques.


Harold R. Wanless, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University, 1973)

Professor and Department Chair 
Email
305-284-4253

Sedimentology, coastal geology, environmental geology, departmental chair.  Dr. Wanless has an active research program, funded by the National Park Service, the National Biological Survey, and NOAA to document hurricane effects on coastal environments; also to document the Holocene and historical evolution of the mangrove coastal wetlands and anthropogenic effects on coastal and shallow marine environments.


Shimon Wdowinski, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor
Email
Personal Page
305-421-4730

Dr. Shimon Wdowinski is a research associate professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, where he teaches and researches geology and geophysics. His work has focused on the development and usage of space geodetic techniques that can detect very precisely small movements of the Earth's surface. He successfully applied these technologies to study natural hazards and environmental phenomena, such as earthquakes, landslides, and wetland surface flow. He received a B.Sc in Earth Sciences (1983) and M.Sc. in Geology (1985) from the Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) and an M.S. in Engineering Sciences (1987) and Ph.D. in Geophysics (1990) from Harvard University. Before resuming a faculty position at Tel Aviv University in 1994, he conducted a post-doctorate research at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UCSD (1990-1993). He joined the University of Miami in 2001.


Our Staff

Ruth Goodin

Department Administrator
Email
305-284-4253