Benjamin Crosby, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 235
- Surface Processes
- Fluvial and Hillslope Geomorphology
- Arctic Landscape Evolution
- Digital Topographic Analysis
I am fascinated by the physical and biological processes through which the Earth's surface responds to climatic, tectonic and anthropogenic disturbance. I enjoy exploring the response time and morphology of landscape adjustment (rivers, hillslopes, coastlines and the species that inhabit them) and the implications of this adjustment over both human and geologic timescales.
Ryan Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Field Camp Director
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 215B
Field geology and mapping
Science education of pedagogy
Structural geology and Tectonics
I have two main areas of research interest. 1) The structural evolution of continental crust, both extensional and contractional, and the orogenic models that predict their behavior. 2) The structural controls of hydrothermal fluids, mainly in amagmatic settings within the Basin and Range of the Western U.S. My main approach is detailed geologic mapping coupled with construction of balanced and restored cross-sections, apatite and zircon thermochronology, geochronology, and peak temperature data using RSCM (Raman spectroscopy on carbonaceous material).
H. Carrie Bottenberg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Director of Geotechnologies
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 225
- Principles of GIS
- Advanced GIS
- Remote Sensing
- GPS Applications in Research
- Physical Geology
My research interests involve the disciplines of geology, remote sensing and GIS. I use InSAR techniques to study the movement of the Earth's crust and to detect volcanic inflation and deflation. I model tectonic plate motion in 3D visualization software to understand rifting environments. Specifically, I have worked in the Afar, Ethiopia (see the photo above) to study the kinematics of the African, Arabian and Somali plates. I also have a research interest in environmental geochemistry and the effects of heavy metals in streams. Currently, I have an interest in exploring past volcanic activity on the Snake River Plain in Idaho using remote sensing and field based studies.
Donna M. Delparte, Ph.D.
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 201
I have an extensive background in the applications of GIS and remote sensing to the fields of geosciences, resource management and conservation/environmental planning. My current research focus relates to visualization, 3D modeling and analysis. I'm using 3D platforms to visualize research work with photogrammetry, Structure from Motion (SfM), LiDAR and point-cloud generation from gaming devices. Specific research applications relate to avalanche flow modeling and hazard mapping, terrain models, land cover change, precision agriculture and image analysis. My professional experience also extends to government and industry sectors.
Bruce Finney, Ph.D.
Professor, Director Stable Isotope Laboratory
Office: Gale Life Sciences Bldg, Rm 236 & Physical Sciences Bldg, Rm 202A
Biological Sciences & Geosciences (Joint Appointment)
- Climate Change
- Analyzing Lake & Ocean Sediments
Bruce Finney is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Geosciences. Much of his research focuses on using lake and ocean sediment-based data to study past and future climate changes and its effects on wildlife, humans and fish. He is particularly well known for his research on the effects of climate change on Pacific salmon populations. More than 100 of Finney's publications have been featured in peer-reviewed journals, 40 of which have been published since his arrival at ISU in 2007. His publications have been cited more than 5,000 times in the peer-reviewed literature.
Sarah Godsey, Ph.D.
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 231
Our group at Idaho State University focuses on hydrology in mountain and polar regions. We're interested in how climate and land use changes may affect water resources in these areas.
I am currently studying hillslope contributions to fluvial carbon fluxes and patterns of water quality in drinking water and risk perceptions associated with water pollution in mountainous watersheds throughout Idaho. We're also currently wrapping up a collaborative project to understand coupled hydrology and biogeochemistry of water tracks in Arctic Alaska with a great team from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Kathleen Lohse, Ph.D.
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Rm 202C
Biological Sciences & Geosciences (Joint Appointment)
Dr. Lohse has been an Associate Professor at Idaho State University since 2013. She obtained her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2002 working with Pamela Matson at Stanford University and Ronald Amundson at UC Berkeley. Her training was in soil science with an emphasis in ecosystem ecology/soil biogeochemistry. Prior to her employment at ISU in 2010, Dr. Lohse worked at University of Arizona for three and half years as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Lohse's group works at the interface of ecology, earth system/soil science and hydrology studying the processes shaping ecosystems and their responses to anthropogenic changes.
The Lohse Biogeochemistry Laboratory (LBL) is led by Dr. Kathleen Lohse in the Department of Biological Science with joint appointment in the Department of Geosciences at Idaho State University and includes researchers who conduct interdisciplinary research to understand the hydrologic and biogeochemical processes shaping watersheds and their responses to anthropogenic changes. Increasingly, we are incorporating social processes into our conceptual and quantitative models to understand and predict these responses.
Kendra Murray, Ph.D.
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 229
- Low-temperature thermochronology
- Igneous petrology
- Western US tectonics
- Tectonic geomorphology
Shannon Kobs Nawotniak, Ph.D.
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 223
- Physical volcanology
- Computational fluid dynamics
- High performance computing
I investigate the connection between process and produce in volcanic eruptions, ranging in scale from the origins and underpinnings of monogenetic volcanic fields through eddy-scale mixing in eruption columns. I'm currently Geology Co-Lead on the NASA FINESSE project and Deputy PI on the NASA BASALT project, both of which use terrestrial lavas to investigate planetary volcanoes.
David M. Pearson, Ph.D.
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 215A
- Structural Geology and Tectonics
- Geo- and Thermochronology
- Regional Geology of the Northern Rocky Mountains
- Metamorphic Petrology
Dave's research is focused on deformation of the continental crust. His approach is primarily field-based and at the regional scale, integrating structural geology, geo- and thermochronology, and metamorphic petrology in the context of tectonic processes.
David W. Rodgers, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research & Associate Director of CAES, Professor of Geology
Office: Administration Building 142 & Center for Advanced Energy Studies 286
- Structural Geology
- Regional Tectonics
Since July 2019, I have been serving as ISU's Associate Vice-President for Research and as Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES).
In 2018-2019, I was on sabbatical leave while serving as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Central Asia in Khorog, Tajikistan.
From 2013-2018, I was the ISU Site Leader for a large research program called MILES (Managing Idaho's Landscapes for Ecosystem Services). Funded by a five-year, $20M grant from NSF through their EPSCoR program, MILES involved 100+ participants at the three Idaho research universities. Faculty, post-docs, staff members, graduate students, and undergraduate students worked collaboratively to study the past, present and future growth of mid-sized cities, especially in relation to ecosystem services such as water supply, water quality, flood control, and recreation. The ISU MILES project is described in more detail here, and the statewide MILES project is described here.
From 2010-2018, I was Associate Dean in the ISU College of Science & Engineering. Comprising ten different disciplines, CoSE is a vibrant college characterized by quality education and significant research success.
Leif Tapanila, Ph.D.
Professor, Director, Idaho Museum of Natural History
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 209
- Sedimentary Geology
Our ancient past provides a rich data set to understand how ecosystems respond to change over time, and I have dedicated my research career to discovering, analyzing and educating the public about the unbelievable history recorded by fossils. I have little use for traditional boundaries in paleontology: all clades, ages and environments are fair game for study. Owing to the regional geology of the west, I have spent a good deal of time studying Paleozoic marine and Mesozoic continental rocks. Past projects have studied the trace fossil record in rock, wood, and coralline skeletons; continental mollusks and their geochemistry; eugeneodontid sharks; and post-impact recovery of a marine coastline.
Through the Idaho Virtualization Lab, I am working to expand the capacity and capability of making the fossil record accessible to anyone, anywhere. Our 3-D scanning lab is the best in the country at making high-fidelity digital reproductions for the purposes of archiving, research, and education. Many of these same tools and techniques are breathing new life into ancient fossils, especially specimens collected decades ago and collecting dust in the basement of museums around the world. The Helicoprion project, which has garnered the most attention for our lab, is a good example of how a century's old mystery can finally be solved using virtual paleontology. It is exciting to imagine what discoveries lie ahead!
Glenn Thackray, Ph.D.
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 228
- Quaternary Geology
- Environment Geology
- Tectonic Geomorphology
My research interests span a broad range of surficial geologic realms. My principal background and research focus lies in the application of Quaternary geology and geomorphology to paleoclimatic and active tectonic investigations. I am currently pursuing projects in these realms in Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and New Zealand.
I also apply my background in surficial geology to hydrogeology. I am involved in current projects in eastern Idaho, exploring the impacts of bedrock and unconsolidated sediments on groundwater flow and groundwater quality, and have worked extensively on public groundwater protection efforts.
Lecturers & Adjunct Faculty
Laurel J Krumenacker
- Radiochemistry analysis
- Physical Geology
Di Wu, Ph.D.
Cyber-programming Analyst and Adjunct Geotechnologies Instructor
Charles W. Blount, Ph.D.
Scott S. Hughes, Ph.D
Paul K. Link, Ph.D
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 230
cell (208) 317-3946
- Sedimentary Geology
- Regional Geology of Intermountain West
- Detrital Zircon Study of Proterozoic Sandstones
- Field Geology
Geology of Idaho, Belt Supergroup, Windermere Supergroup; Neogene stratigraphy on the Snake River Plain; Stratigraphy and basin analysis. Former field camp director for "Lost River Field Station" in Mackay, Idaho.
Michael McCurry, Ph.D.
Office: Phys. Sci. Bldg. 3, Room 227A
- Tectonic Magmatic Evolution
Interests are in the areas of low and high temperature geochemistry, igneous petrology, and volcanology. Principal experience is in geochemistry and petrology of magmatic systems in south eastern Idaho, Snake River Plain as well as Nevada and California.