People: UB Students
Jamal Amin, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Maar-diatreme volcanoes, volcanic hazards; Recent research includes the effect of pre-existing topography on maar morphology.
Jessica L. Ball, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Effects of water on lava dome stability: Field, remote sensing and numerical modeling investigations
Marc Bernstein, Geology Department at UB
Eric Breard, Geology Department at UB
Christine Burrill, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Volcanic Hazards, Explosive Eruptions; Recent research includes the application of statistical methods to monitoring data from Galeras volcano, Colombia.
Ken Christle, Geology Department at UB
John Benjamin Coles, Industrial and Systems Engineering at UB
Research interests: Disasters, Relief, Partnerships, Games, Optimization; Recent research has centered on improving partnership selection and dynamics during disaster relief and recovery operations. Using network analysis, game theory, and optimization we explore some of the characteristics of successful and unsuccessful relief operations with the objective of helping to improve operational success for all types of actors involved.
John Dlugosz, School of Social Work at UB
Research interests: Clinical Supervision Six-Sigma, Trauma response; Recent research at the OMH EBP project has been investigating clinical trainees' attitudes toward evidence-based practices and training. This study is longitudinal in nature, and data is collected via a series of pre- and post-test surveys.
Brijhette Farmer, School of Architecture and Planning at UB
Research interests: Building Dynamics/Engineering; Communities' preparedness for natural disasters
Jeffrey Gower, Geography Department at UB
Research interests: Borders, Regionalism, Spatial Ontology
Elnaz HajAbotalebi, Urban and Regional Planning at UB
Research interests: Environmental Issues, Climate Chagne, Geographical Systems, GIS
Andrew Harp, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Pyroclastic density currents, explosive eruptions; Recent research focused on constraining the source of a Pliocene volcanic deposit. The Nomlaki Tuff is a dacitic ash flow deposit found in the northern Sacramento Valley, CA. Using the petrography of lithics found within the deposit along with pumice clast size, welding intensity, and deposit thickness a source area was constrained to the Latour Volcanic Center. Currently working in the Reveille Range, NV studying basaltic vents.
Amanda Hintz, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Monogenetic volcanism, Volcanic fields and tectonics, Basaltic pluming, Probabilistic analysis; Recent research focused on physical volcanology, tectonics and hazards, specifically in the Lunar Crater Volcanic field in Nevada. Research includes evaluating long-term evolution and behavior of the field, and behavior of individual eruptions.
Peter Johnson, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Volcanoes, volcanic plumes, monogenetic eruptions; Recent research focused on reconstructing an explosive eruption based on field deposits, and then modeling the hazards posed by future similar eruptions to aircraft and infrastructure.
Gregory Korosec, Anthropology Department at UB
Meng Lu, Geography Department at UB
Research interests: Remote Sensing, Soil and water; Carbon and energy exchange; Forest canopy detecting; Recent research includes the sedimentation management using SWAT; tree canopy mortality detecting using Remote Sensing and causes analysis; Coding of Vector Change Analysis using Matlab.
Reza Madankan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UB
Research Interests: Stochastic systems, Uncertainty Quantification, inverse problems, source parameter estimation of large scale systems. Recent research examines how polynomial chaos based minimum variance formulation is developed to solve inverse problems. The utility of the proposed approach is evaluated by considering the ash transport problem arising due to volcanic eruption.
Derek Nichols, Urban and Regional Planning Department at UB
Research interests: Disaster Planning with a focus on local, regional, and the world's food system.
Timothy O'Brien, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Volcanic hazards, Slope stability, Debris avalanches/flows; Recent research includes regional tectonics and volcanism in Mount Burney, CA
Sarah Ogburn, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Pyroclastic flows and surges: Montserrat, Granular flow experimentation
Bion Pascale, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Volcanic hazards and risks
Solene Pouget, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Debris avalanches, volcanology; Recent research includes the impact of the volume and topography on volcanic debris avalanche.
Dawn Ruth, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Explosive and basaltic volcanism, volcanic monitoring
Dayana Schonwalder, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: monogenetic volcanism in subduction zones; Recent research includes relationships between monogenetic and poligenetic volcanism, in basaltic-andesitic volcanoes; and evolution and plumbing of that relation in subduction zones.
Mengjie Song, Urban and Regional Planning Department at UB
Research interests: research planning for geohazards
E. Ramona Stefanescu, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UB
Research interests: Uncertainty propagation, High dimensional model representation, Spatial data analysis, Geophysical flow models. Recent research includes the impact of Digital Elevation Models (DEM) errors on complex flow computations which can be modeled as granular flows.
Alessandro Tadini, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Hazard assessment, Monogenetic fields
Zhihao Wang, Geography Department at UB
Research interests: Geohazards, GIS, Environment, Modeling
Michael J. Widener, Geography Department at UB
Research interests: Dynamic Modeling, Spatial Optimization, Cities; Recent research includes analyses related to siting disaster relief in urban regions after hurricane strikes and the influence of different social networks on evacuation behavior. Dynamic modeling and spatial optimization methods have been utilized.
Roy Widrig, Geology Department at UB
Research interests: Catastrophic meltwater drainage, Deglaciation, Holocene; Recent research includes identifying geomorphic evidence of meltwater drainage channels of the Laurentide glacial lakes, development of a chronology for these events, and infer their significance in climate change in the Pleistocene and Holocene.