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Geological Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3022
Moscow, ID 83844-3022
phone: (208) 885-6192


Leslie Baker
Leslie Baker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Research) - Geochemistry, Soil Science, Planetary Geology
Research Interests: Environmental geochemistry of mining-contaminated wetlands; Synthesis, structure and properties of aluminosilicate nanoparticles; Basalt weathering and clay formation on Earth and Mars
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Elizabeth Cassel
Elizabeth Cassel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Tectonics & Sedimentology
Research Interests: Orogenesis and the interactions of tectonics, climate, and erosion, convergent margins, basin analysis, stable isotope geochemistry, sedimentology and stratigraphy, geo- and thermochronology, Earth surface processes
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Jerry Fairley
Jerry Fairley, Ph.D.
Professor - Hydrogeology
Research Interests: Multiphase flow and transport in heterogeneous porous media; Faults and fluid flow; Geothermal systems/EGS
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Dennis Geist
Dennis J. Geist, Ph.D.
Professor - Igneous Petrology, Volcanology
Research Interests: Volcanology of the Galapagos Islands, Northern Andes, Snake River Plain, Iceland, and Antarctica; Geology and island biodiversity
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Mickey Gunter
Mickey Gunter, Ph.D.
Department Chair & University Distinguished Professor - Mineralogy, Optical Mineralogy
Research Interests: Health effects of mineral dusts; Optical mineralogy; Zeolites
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Peter Isaacson
Peter E. Isaacson, Ph.D.
Professor - Paleontology, Stratigraphy
Research Interests: Glaciations of western Gondwana; Late Paleozoic stratigraphy and paleogeography of the central Andes; Sequence stratigraphy of southern Idaho
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Jeff Langman
Jeff Langman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Hydrogeochemistry
Research Interests: sulfide weathering, water-rock interactions, groundwater-surface water interactions, environmental isotope geochemistry, and anthropogenic influences on water resources
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Eric Mittelstaedt
Eric Mittelstaedt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Geodynamics
Research Interests: Tectonic and Magmatic Evolution of Mid-Ocean Ridges, Mantle Plume-Ridge Interaction, Hydrothermal Vents, Analog and Numerical Simulation of Earth Systems
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Kenneth Sprenke
Kenneth F. Sprenke, Ph.D.
Professor - Geophysics, Environmental and Planetary Science
Research Interests: Planetary and Environmental Geophysics
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Tom Wood
Tom Wood, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Hydrogeology
Research Interests: Unsaturated flow in fractured rocks; Water resources; Nuclear/hazardous waste site characterization/cleanup; Geothermal systems; Hydro fracking
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Brian Yanites
Brian Yanites, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Geomorphology
Research Interests: Geomorphology; Landscape evolution; Climate-tectonic-topography interactions; Tectonic geomorphology; Numerical modeling of landscape processes
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