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Dr. Michael Massey

Associate Professor and Chair

Enviromental Chemistry, Soil Chemistry, Water Quality

North Science 329A

(510) 885-3439

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Michael Massey is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He teaches primarily Environmental Science (ENSC) courses, and his research focuses on soil and water chemistry. Other scientific interests include water and wastewater treatment, hazardous waste management, agricultural waste management, and space exploration.

 

Dr. Mitch Craig

Professor

North Science 351

(510) 885-3425

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Mitchell Craig is Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He teaches courses in Applied Geophysics, Near Surface Geophysics, Exploration Seismology, Geographic Information Systems, and Natural Disasters.

He uses geophysical methods to study sedimentary environments. Current projects include earthquake hazard assessment in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and geophysical imaging of lake deposits in a mountain meadow in the Sierras.

 

Jean Moran

 Professor

Isotope Hydrology, Contaminant Transport

North Science 329

(510) 885-2491

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Dr. Jean Moran's research focuses on applying naturally-occurring and introduced isotopes to examine geochemical and transport processes during recharge and groundwater transport. Over the last 20 years, she has led numerous projects on groundwater recharge and contamination vulnerability, water quality including fate and transport of nitrate, and surface water-groundwater interaction under the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment program sponsored by the California State Water Resources Control Board. Dr. Moran has a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Rochester, Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Geology from the University of Rochester and a Master’s degree in Geophysics from the University of Washington. She has been an author on more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. Graduate and undergraduate students are fully integrated in the research group she leads, and carry out field work, laboratory analyses, GIS, and data interpretation.

Patty Oikawa

Assistant Professor

Biogeochemistry, Greenhouse Gas Measurements

North Science 341A

(510) 885-4068

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Dr. Patty Oikawa specializes in biogeochemistry and greenhouse gas measurements. She is currently studying how wetland restoration in the Bay Area and Sacramento Delta can be used to mitigate climate change. Dr. Oikawa received her B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at UC Santa Barbara before moving to the east coast for graduate school. She received her PhD in Biology from the University of Virginia in 2011 on trace gas emissions from leaves and plant carbon cycling. She then moved back to California for a postdoctoral position at UC Riverside where she studied nitrogen oxide emissions from high temperature agricultural systems and how they influence air quality. Finally, Dr. Oikawa received a USDA Postdoctoral Fellowship to measure and model greenhouse gas exchange in restored wetlands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta at UC Berkeley. She joined the Cal State East Bay faculty in 2016 and is currently accepting undergraduate and graduate students in her lab. Please contact her for more information.

Jose Rosario

Jose Rosario is an Assistant Professor who specializes in Paleoclimatology. He joined the faculty in Fall 2017. Dr. Rosario's research is focused on using deep sediment cores and stratigraphy to study ancient climates in diverse locations including Puerto Rico, Peru and the Sacramento Delta. Dr. Rosario is currently accepting undergraduate and graduate students into his lab so please contact him for more information.

Luther Strayer

Luther Strayer is a structural geologist. His research is currently focused on seismic surveying in local fault zones including the Hayward and Chabot faults.
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