Meet the NRESS Faculty

The NRESS Ph.D. Program is very proud of the over 80 UNH faculty members who advise, mentor and serve on numerous guidance and doctoral committees for nearly 65 NRESS students. As seen on the menus for NRESS Faculty Affiliations, NRESS faculty represent a wide range of 23 research groups, departments, and schools, colleges and UNH outreach.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact NRESS faculty members directly when seeking a potential advisor for mentoring and possible funding of applicant’s doctoral studies.

Faculty | Email Department/Research Group Research Interests  
John Aber
Natural Resources and the Environment Forest ecosystems, acid rain, modeling, agroecosystems  
Heidi Asbjornsen
Natural Resources and the Environment Forest ecology  

Catherine M. Ashcraft

Natural Resources and the Environment Environmental policy and planning; International environmental governance; Negotiation and dispute resolution; Water resources management  
Shadi Atallah
Natural Resources and the Environment Environmental and resource economics; agroforestry; bioeconomics of pests and diseases; ecological-economic modeling; ecosystem services; food systems  
Semra Aytur
Health Management and Policy Relationships between policy, environment, and systems change to promote healthy behaviors and prevent chronic diseases  
Kimberly J. Babbitt 
Natural Resources and the Environment Wildlife ecology, amphibian ecology; ecology of temporary aquatic systems  
Margaret Boettcher
Earth Sciences Earthquake physics, rock mechanics, and frictional behavior of faults  
Jennifer Brewer

Human-environment dynamics, political ecology, policy, natural resource co-management, collective action, fisheries, climate change

Julie Bryce
Earth Sciences Applications of trace element and isotope geochemistry to lithospheric, hydrologic, atmospheric and biogeochemical processes  

Elizabeth Burakowski

Earth Sciences/Earth Systems Research Center    
David Burdick
Natural Resources and the Environment/Jackson Estuarine Laboratory Physiology and restoration ecology of marsh plants and sea grasses; cumulative impact management  
Rosemarie Came
Earth Sciences Paleoclimatology, with a specific interest in the forcings that initiate climate changes, and the mechanisms by which climatic signals propagate globally  

John E. Carroll
(Professor Emeritus)

Natural Resources and the Environment Ecological ethics and values, sustainable agriculture, food and energy sustainability  
William Clyde
Earth Sciences Vertebrate paleontology, stratigraphy  
Russell Congalton Natural Resources and the Environment Remote sensing and geographic information systems  
Alexandra Contosta
Earth Systems Research Center Land use-climate feedbacks; winter ecology; ecosystem ecology  
J. Matthew Davis
Earth Sciences Hydrogeology  
Jack Dibb
Earth Sciences Atmospheric chemistry, air-snow exchange  
Semme Dijkstra

Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center Ocean Mapping: seafloor characterization, small object detection and habitat mapping  
Kurk Dorsey
History U.S. foreign relations, environmental history, Canada  
Mark Ducey
Natural Resources and the Environment Forest biometrics and management  
Jessica Ernakovich
Natural Resources and the Environment

Microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, stable isotopes

Charles French
UNH Extension Civic agriculture, public participation in local decision-making, land use conflict, and rural economic development  
Serita Frey
Natural Resources and the Environment Soil science, microbial ecology, ecosystem science  
Stephen Frolking
Earth Sciences/Earth Systems Research Center Ecosystem modeling and carbon balance  
Kevin Gardner
Civil and Environmental Engineering Contaminant behavior in estuarine environments, contaminated sediment chemistry and management, trace chemical behavior in the environment.  
Jeffrey Garnas
Natural Resources and the Environment

Ecology and evolution of insects and pathogens in forest ecosystems; insect-fungal interactions; biological invasions; genetics

Stuart Grandy
Natural Resources and the Environment Soil fertility and biogeochemistry  
Curt Grimm
Anthropology/Carsey School of Public Policy Rural community development; organizational and project strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation  
Iago Hale


Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems

Development of plant genetic resources for sustainable food systems; agronomic and horticultural breeding, genetics, and genomics; agricultural system diversification

John Halstead
Natural Resources and the Environment Solid waste management  
Lawrence Hamilton
Sociology Statistics, survey research, the Arctic  
Erik Hobbie
Earth Sciences/Earth Systems Research Center Mycorrhizal fungi, isotopes, carbon and nitrogen cycling  
Theodore Howard
Natural Resources and the Environment Economics of natural resources  
Meghan Howey
Anthropology Archaeology: anthropocene, landscape, geospatial modeling, cultural heritage and sustainability, North America  
Jennifer Jacobs
Civil and Environmental Engineering Surface water hydrology and land-surface
water and energy dynamics
Joel Johnson
Earth Sciences Marine geology, sedimentology  
Nancy Kinner
Civil and Environmental Engineering Bioremediation of contaminated subsurface environments and more generally, environmental microbiology  
Adrienne Kovach
Natural Resources and the Environment Molecular ecology, population biology and conservation genetics of vertebrates  
Jo Laird
Earth Sciences Metamorphic petrology  
Richard Lammers
Earth Systems Research Center Hydrological cycle and human influences  
Thomas Lee
Natural Resources and the Environment Community and physiological ecology  
Joseph Licciardi
Earth Sciences Glacial geology  
Anne Lightbody
Earth Sciences/Civil and Environmental Engineering Flow and transport within surface water systems, including rivers, streams, lakes, fresh-water wetlands, and salt-water marshes  
Marian Litvaitis
Natural Resources and the Environment Biodiversity, phylogenetics, and connectivity of marine invertebrates; conservation genetics of vertebrates  
Anthony Lyons
CCOM/JHC Underwater acoustics and acoustical oceanography  
Mary Martin
Earth Systems Research Center Hyperspectral remote sensing  
Larry Mayer
Earth Sciences/
Ocean mapping  
William McDowell
Natural Resources and the Environment Land use and water quality, biogeochemical cycles  
Michael Merenda
Management Strategic management, entrepreneurship, international business and SME competitiveness  
Weiwei Mo
Civil and Environmental Engineering Sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure, complex systems modeling, life cycle assessment, industrial ecology  
Gregg Moore
Biological Sciences/Jackson Estuarine Laboratory

Coastal wetland restoration ecology, conservation and land management

Paula Mouser


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bioremediation of contaminated environments; environmental microbiology of water and wastewaters; -omics tools applied to engineered systems

Scott Ollinger
Natural Resources and the Environment/Earth Systems Research Center Forest ecology, nutrient cycling, air pollution impacts on forest ecosystems, modeling  
Michael Palace
Earth Sciences/Earth Systems Research Center Tropical forest ecology and structure  
Peter Pekins
Natural Resources and the Environment Ecological energetics of wildlife  
James Pringle
Earth Sciences/OPAL Physical oceanography  
Robert Robertson
Natural Resources and the Environment Human dimensions in natural resources management, sustainable tourism development  
Shannon Rogers
UNH Extension How people and communities use and value the environment and natural capital  
Rebecca J. Rowe
Natural Resources and the Environment Vertebrate community ecology, landscape ecology, impacts of land use and climate
change, ecosystem sustainability, historical ecology
Thomas Safford
International Affairs
Analyzing inter-organizational relationships and understanding the roles different public and private sector organizations play in environmental management  
Joseph E. Salisbury

Earth Sciences/OPAL Characterize distributions of carbon dioxide, air-sea carbon exchange, acidification and productivity in riverine-influenced coastal regions, developing methods for understanding community productivity dynamics and plume detection using satellite ocean color data  
Fredrick Short
Natural Resources and the Environment/Jackson Estuarine Laboratory Ecology of marine plants ecosystems  
Rebecca Sideman

Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems/UNH Extension Sustainable agriculture, vegetable and small fruit production, plant breeding and genetics, plant disease resistance and pathogen interactions, plant pathology and disease management  
Richard G. Smith
Natural Resources and the Environment Agroecology, sustainable agricultural systems, weed ecology and management, functional role of biological diversity in agroecosystems, plant invasions, community ecology  
Jeannie Sowers
Political Science/ International Affairs Comparative environmental politics, environment and politics in the Middle East and North Africa, climate and resource politics, war and the environment  
Michael Swack
Economics/Carsey School of Public Policy Development finance, community development, economic development and microfinance  
Douglas Vandemark
Earth Sciences/OPAL Air-sea interaction and ocean remote sensing  
Ruth Varner
Earth Sciences/Earth Systems Research Center Trace gas measurements of methyl bromide and carbon dioxide  
Cameron Wake
Earth Sciences/Earth Systems Research Center Ice chemistry, glaciology, air quality and human health interactions  
Larry Ward
Earth Sciences/
Coastal geology, sedimentation  
Fiona Wilson
Carsey School of Public Policy Corporate sustainability, business models designed for social and environmental impact, social entrepreneurship  
Wilfred Wollheim
Natural Resources and the Environment Watershed nutrient and carbon dynamics, aquatic ecosystems, watershed and ecosystem modeling  
Adam Wymore
Natural Resources and the Environment

Aquatic ecosystems, watershed biogeochemistry, carbon and nitrogen cycling, water quality

Jingfeng Xiao
Earth Systems Research Center Terrestrial carbon cycle, remote sensing, ecological modeling, disturbances, vegetation dynamics, land cover/land use change, and human-environment interactions  
Affiliate Faculty/ Email Department Research Interests  
Janet Campbell (Emerita)
School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering Remote sensing of phytoplankton pigments and primary productivity in the ocean, optics of the ocean  
John Campbell
USDA Forest Service Biogeochemical cycling, water quality, forest ecosystems  
Kevin Dodds
USDA Forest Service Forest entomology, forest health, insect ecology, forest disturbance  
Jeffrey Foster

Northern Arizona Univ Disease ecology, conservation biology, avian ecology, and pathogen genomics  
Richard Hallett
USDA Forest Service

Urban forest ecology and management, remote sensing, forest health, working across the rural to urban continuum

Joel Hartter
Carsey School of Public Policy Natural resource use in rural communities, human-environment interactions, protected areas, and land use/land cover change  
David Hollinger
USDA Forest Service Forest-atmosphere interactions, global policy change  
John G.W. Kelley
Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center GIS-based web mapping and coastal, estuarine, and Great Lakes oceanographic forecast modeling systems  
Paul Kirshen
Carsey School of Public Policy Water resources engineering and management, climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning  
Rakesh Minocha
USDA Forest Service Acid rain, stress physiology, biochemical stress indicators, forest health  
Isabel Munck
USDA Forest Service

Forest pathology, forest health, forest ecology, forest management