Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Environmental Science Faculty and Staff

Mailing address for all Environmental Science personnel:
201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028

Beth Christensen, Professor and Founding Chair

Discovery Hall, Room 225

Key words: oceanography, climate change, marine geology, continental margin, micropaleontology

My research is focused on continental margins of NJ, NY, and around the world (New Zealand, western Africa, and currently, Australia). I use microfossils (foraminifera), sediments, and sediment geochemistry to understand how oceans have evolved and gain insight into continental climate changes on many different time scales. Recent projects include the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the coastal system and climate change in Australia over the last 5 million years. Most of my work is in collaboration with scientists participating in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and so is international by design.

Patrick Crumrine, Associate Professor
(joint appointment with Biological Sciences)

856-256-4500 ext. 53123
Discovery Hall, Room 322
Digital Works

Key words: predator-prey interactions, anthropogenic effects, population and community ecology, aquatic ecosystems

I use a combination of observational, comparative, and experimental methods to study the factors that shape community structure, primarily in aquatic systems. Much of my work has examined predator-prey interactions in size-structured populations using a variety of organisms including: aquatic insects, snails, amphibians, and trematode parasites. I am also interested in ecotoxicology and have studied how agricultural pesticides and pharmaceuticals affect aquatic organisms. Most recently, I have become involved in a project examining the role of urbanization and land use change on aquatic turtle population structure.

Thivanka Ariyarathna, Assistant Professor

Discovery Hall, Room 323

Key words: environmental pollutants, contaminant monitoring, biodegradation, bioaccumulation, bioremediation, stable isotopes, sedimentary biomarkers

I study distribution, fate, and transport of environmental pollutants in different aquatic environments from small freshwater tributaries to coastal marine ecosystems.  I evaluate removal of pollutants from aquatic systems via adsorption onto sediment and microbial degradation.  Moreover, I study bioaccumulation of these pollutants in ecosystem food web structure.  My research investigates how environmental parameters affect the fate and transport processes of contaminants in aquatic systems and utlizes stable isotopes as a tool.  I am interested in extending current research to explore cost-effective bioremediation strategies for widespread pollutants in the environment.  In addition to the research in environmental pollutants, I also study human-induced changes in natural biogeochemical cycles using sedimentary biomarkers.

Daniel “Dan” Duran, Assistant Professor and Naturalist

Discovery Hall, Room 325

Key words: systematics, taxonomy, conservation, biodiversity, ecosystem functioning

My interests are in the fields of systematics, taxonomy, and conservation. My research is primarily focused on biodiversity exploration and the discovery of 'cryptic species'; species that are distinct evolutionary units, but go undetected due to physical similarity with closely related species. I mostly use tiger beetles (Cicindelinae) as a study system. I am also interested in examining the important roles of insect and plant biodiversity in ecosystem functioning

Andra Garner, Assistant Professor

Discovery Hall, Room 328

Key words: climate change, tropical cyclones, sea-level rise, storm surge, coastal flooding 

My research has included studies investigating changing flood risk in New York City from the past millennium through 2300 CE due to tropical cyclones, storm surge, and sea-level rise, as well as projects related to the evolution of 21st century global sea-level rise projections. Currently, I am continuing research related to the impacts of a changing climate on natural hazards, including the effects of sea-level rise on tsunamis, and evolving characteristics of tropical cyclones and storm surge in a changing climate. In addition to working on innovative research projects related to climate change, I am committed to bringing this important science to the public. I have spoken about my work to a wide range of audiences at a number of venues, ranging from the NJ March for Science 2018 to high school classrooms.

Lauren Kipp, Assistant Professor

Discovery Hall, Room 327

Keywords: oceanography, radioactive isotopes, marine chemistry, geochemistry, climate change

I use naturally occurring radioactive isotopes to study the chemistry of the ocean. I have a particular interest in how the oceans influence, and are influenced by, climate change. Much of my research takes place in the Arctic, and is focused on understanding how rising air and sea temperatures are affecting interactions between the land and the Arctic Ocean. In the broader context of the global ocean, I use isotopes to study the transport of elements from boundary sources (including rivers, permafrost, hydrothermal vents, and continental shelves) to the coastal and open ocean.

Elisha "Eli" Moore, Assistant Professor

Discovery Hall, Room 320

Key words: geo-bio coevolution, global elemental cycling, origin of life, astrobiology, Deep-time Data Driven Discovery (4D)

I am an environmental chemist who studies interactions between the biosphere and the geosphere from present day to deep time. I am interested in how these interactions impacted the origin of life, evolution of microbial metabolism, and microorganism response to current changing environmental conditions. My lab group uses state-of-the-art instrumentation to examine and discover new biological molecules linked to environmental change. We also employ global data resources in order to develop new ways to investigate the history of life on Earth and elsewhere in the universe.

Charles Schutte, Assistant Professor

Discovery Hall, Room 329

Key words: biogeochemistry, elemental cycling, greenhouse gases, microbial processes, aquatic environments

I am a biogeochemist. I research nitrogen, carbon, and greenhouse gas cycling, with some sulfur on the side. I am particularly interested in how microbial processes alter the composition of groundwater and surface water that flows through sediment, and how these processes influence nutrient and greenhouse gas fluxes. My primary focus is on coastal systems, but I have experience (and enjoy!) working in a range of environments, from the Antarctic to the deep sea.

Rachael Young, Laboratory Technician

Discovery Hall, Room 122

Key words: laboratory, marine ecosystems, GIS, climate change

As the lab technician for Rowan University's School of Earth & Environment, my primary focus is to support the school's educational mission by aiding in the development of the next generation of scientists. Prior to working at Rowan, my research interests have involved the dynamics of marine ecosystems. I have worked my way through the food chain studying phytoplankton, zooplankton, bony fish, and sharks. Most recently, I was part of a research team that monitored how climate change in the West Antarctic Peninsula is affecting local phytoplankton and zooplankton populations.

Amanda Hogan, Administrative Assistant

Discovery Hall, Room 218

I am happy to be a part of the School of Earth & Environment where great changes are being made daily.  I have been a part of Rowan University since 2017, and a member of the School of Earth & Environment team since 2019.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.