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People


X Comas  

Xavier Comas, Ph.D. 

Professor
Department of Geosciences

E-mail: xcomas@fau.edu

   


Ph.D., Rutgers Univesity, 2005
B.Sc., Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), 2000

Research Interests: Application of near-surface hydrogeophysical methods to environmental studies with an emphasis in peatlands geophysics, karst geophysics, and studies of the Critical Zone.

Xavier Comas Faculty page
FAU Geosciences Homepage

   


   

Graduate Students

 

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Matt Sirianni 

   
Ph.D. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: msirianni2014@fau.edu

 

 

 

Main research interest: "Peatlands Geophysics: effects of sea-level rise on carbon dynamics in peat soils"

 

 

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Mackenzie Vecchio

   
Ph.D. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: mvecchio2013@fau.edu

 

 

 

Main research interest: "Critical Zone Geophysics: internal structure and dynamics of trees"

 

 

 

 

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Shelley Peirce

   
Ph.D. Student
Graduate Teaching Assitant
E-mail: speirce2019@fau.edu

 

 

 

Main research interest: "Peatlands Geophysics: spatial and temporal variability in carbon fluxes   "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Davenport

   
Ph.D. Student  (Part-time)
E-mail: chrisdavenport@gmail.com

   

 

Main research interest: "Archaeological applications: characterization of native American mounds using electromagnetic methods"

  


Affiliates

 

 
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Jorge A. Ramirez, Ph.D

   
Research Affiliate; Postdoctoral Researcher 2015
Department of Geosciences
E-mail: ramirez08063@alumni.itc.nl

 Personal Webpage

 

 

Current Position: Postdoctoral  Researcher, University of Bern, Switzerland, Institute of Geographyiscs

 

    

      


Lab Alumni

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Matt McClellan, Ph.D.

   
MSc. Student
Department of Geosciences

 

 

 

Thesis: "Peatland Geophysics: vertical distribution and dynamics of biogenic gases in the Everglades "

 

 

    

 
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Troy Bole

   
MSc. Student
Department of Geosciences

 

 

 

Thesis: "Peatland Geophysics: vertical distribution and dynamics of biogenic gases in the Everglades "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Diego Quiros. Ph.D

   
MSc Physics, pending
Department
 of Physics
 

 

 

 

Current Position:  Postdoc at Baylor University; Ph.D. Cornell University

 

 

    

 
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William Wright, PhD

   
Ph.D. Dec. 2018
Department of Geosciences 
 
WrightPSM webpage

 

 

Thesis: "Investigating biogenic gas dynamics from peat soils of the Everglades using hydrogeophysical methods

Current Position: CEO, WrightPSM, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cali Munzenrieder 

   
MSc Geology, August 2016
Graduate Teaching Assitant

 

 

 

Thesis"Understanding variability of biogenic gas fluxes from peat soils at high temporal resolution using capacitance probes"

Current Position: Hydrogeologist, JLA Geosciences

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finn Whiting

   
Graduate Teaching Assistant 2016-2017


 

 

 

Current Position:  Environmental Hydrogeologist at Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mario Job

   
Graduate Research Assistant 2016-2017
 
 

 

 

 

Geophysics in the Critical Zone, Environmental Geophysics Lab

 

 

 

 

 

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Alex Garcia

   
BS Geology, 2016 Honors College

Undergraduate Research Assistant Environmental Geophysics Lab
 

Current Position: Graduate student in Environmental Engineering, University of Texas-El Paso; Pathways Intern at Kennedy Space Center (NASA)

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Greg Mount, Ph.D

   
Ph.D. May 2014
Department of Geosciences

Post-doc, May-August 2014, Environmental Geophysics Lab

IUP Geoscience webpage 

 

Thesis: "Multi-scale characterization of dissolution structures and porosity distribution in the upper part of the Biscayne aquifer using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) "

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Geoscience

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mario Mustasaar

   
Ph.D. Student intern 2012-2013
Environmental Geophysics Lab
 

 

 

 

Current Position:  Ph.D. student at University of Tartu (Estonia), Department of Geology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gerhard Heij

   
Undergraduate research assistant 2012
Environmental Geophysics Lab
 

 

 

Current Position: Sr. Geoscientist at ExxonMobil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anastasija Cabolova, PhD

   
MSc Physics, January 2011
Department of Physics FAU; Ph.D. Cornell University 2015

   

 

Current Position: "Geophysicist, Shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paul Monahan

   
Undergraduate research assistant summer 2011
Environmental Geophysics Lab

 

 

 

Current Position: " Peatlands Geophysics: Geologist at Silver Creek Oil & Gas

 

 


Lab Research Assistants

 

Joe Becker (2018)

Chase Cornett (2016-2017)

Lucas Schaffer (2016)

Nathaniel Sharp (2014-2015)

Thomas Shahan (2014-2015)

Mitchell Collins (2015)

Zach Freeburg (2014)