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People


X Comas  

 

 

 

Xavier Comas, PhD 

Professor

Department of Geosciences
E-mail:  xcomas@fau.edu

 

 

 

 

PhD, Rutgers Univesity, 2005
BSc, 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
 Mackenzie

Mackenzie Vecchio

PhD Student

Graduate Teaching Assistant
E-mail: mvecchio2013@fau.edu
Main research interest: "Critical Zone Geophysics: internal structure and dynamics of trees"
 Shelley

Shelley Peirce

PhD Student

Graduate Teaching Assistant
E-mail: speirce2019@fau.edu
Main research interest: "Peatlands Geophysics: spatial and temporal variability in carbon fluxes   "
 Umida

Umida Turamuratova

PhD Student

Graduate Teaching Assistant
E-mail:

uturamuratov2018@fau.edu

 

Main research interest: "Application of near-surface geophysical methods for investigating natural hazards "
 Max

Maxwell Florey

MSc Student

Graduate Teaching Assistant
E-mail: mflorey2014@fau.edu
Main research interest: " Peatlands Geophysics: changes in physical properties of peat soils caused by sea level rise and correspondence with peat collapse"
 Sanju  

Sanju Khatri

MSc Student

Graduate Teaching Assistant
E-mail: skhatri2020@fau.edu
Main research interest: " Sinkhole characterization using near-surface geophysical methods"
 Haibat

Haibat Khan

MSc Student

Graduate Teaching Assistant
E-mail: haibatkhan2019@fau.edu
Main research interest: " Shallow seismic methods for the characterization of natural hazards"
 Chris

Chris Davenport

PhD Student  (Part-time)

E-mail: chrisdavenport@gmail.com

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

Affiliates

 

 
 JR
 

 

Jorge A. Ramirez, PhD

   
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

MAtt   

Matt Sirianni, PhD

   
 
 
PhD December 2020
Department of Geosciences
 

Thesis: Investigating the effects of sea-level rise and increased salinity on peat soils of the Everglades (Florida): Implications for changes in biogenic gas dynamics and peat collapse

 MM
 
   
 

 

Matt McClellan, PhD

   
 
PhD May 2019
Department of Geosciences

 

 

 

Thesis: Using hydrogeophysical methods for investigating carbon dynamics in the Greater Everglades Watershed: implications for the spatial and temporal variability in carbon stocks and biogenic

 Current Position:  Geophysicist at US Army Corps of Engineers

 

    

 
 TB
 

 

Troy Bole

   
 
MSc Geology May 2019
Department of Geosciences

 

 

 

Thesis: High spatial resolution measurements using hydrogeophysical methods reveal the presence of hotspots for biogenic gas accumulation and release in the Florida Everglades



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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William Wright, PhD

   
 
PhD Dec. 2018
Department of Geosciences 
 
 

 

 

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

Current Position: CEO, WrightPSM, LLC; WrightPSM webpage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  CM
 
 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 FW
 
 

 

Finn Whiting

   
Graduate Teaching Assistant 2016-2017


 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 MJ
 
 

 

Mario Job

   
Graduate Research Assistant 2016-2017
 
 

 

 

 

Geophysics in the Critical Zone, Environmental Geophysics Lab

 

 

 

 

 

  AG
 
 

 

Alex Garcia

   
BS Geology, 2016 Honors College

Undergraduate Research Assistant Environmental Geophysics Lab
 

Current Position: Environmental Engineer; NASA KSC Spaceport Integration and Services; Kennedy Space Center (FL)

  GM
 
 

 

Greg Mount, Ph.D

   
Ph.D. May 2014
Department of Geosciences

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

 

 

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: Water Resources Manager; Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department; Broward County, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 MM
 
 

 

Mario Mustasaar

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 GH
 
 

 

Gerhard Heij

   
Undergraduate research assistant 2012
Environmental Geophysics Lab
 

 

 

Current Position: Sr. Geoscientist at ExxonMobil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ACa
 
 

 

Anastasija Cabolova, PhD

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

   

 

Current Position: Geophysicist, Shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 PM
 Diego
 

 

Paul Monahan

   
Undergraduate research assistant summer 2011

Environmental Geophysics Lab

   Current Position: Geologist at Silver Creek Oil & Gas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diego Quiros. PhD

MSc Physics, pending
Department
 of Physics
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Position: Lecturer in Geophysics, University of Cape Town

 
     

 


Lab Research Assistants

 

Joe Becker (2018-2019)

Chase Cornett (2016-2017)

Lucas Schaffer (2016)

Nathaniel Sharp (2014-2015)

Thomas Shahan (2014-2015)

Mitchell Collins (2015)

Zach Freeburg (2014)