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Name: Dr. Bill Simpkins - Department Chair
Email: bsimp@iastate.edu
Classes taught: Geol 411/511, Geol 409/509, Geol 414/514, Env S 324
Area of research: Hydrogeology, Groundwater Modeling
Name: Dr. Xiaoqing Wu - Meteorology Program Director
Email: wuxq@iastate.edu
Classes taught: Meor 341 and 342 Physical Meteorology
Mteor 542 Graduate Physical Meteorology
Area of research: Cloud and Climate System Modeling
Name: Dr. Raymond Arritt
Email: rwarritt@iastate.edu
Classes taught: Agron 206, Agron 406
Area of research: Regional climate, mesoscale meteorology, land-atmosphere interactions.
Name: Dr. Igor Beresnev
Email: beresnev@iastate.edu
Classes taught: Teach classes in applied geophysics, seismic exploration, meteorology, and introductory geology:
GEOL 451/551 “Applied and Environmental Geophysics”
GEOL 457/557 “Exploration Seismology”
MTEOR 432 “Meteorological Instrumentation and Measurements”
GEOL 201 "Geology for Engineers and Environmental Scientists"
Area of research: Over the past decade, research has primarily focused on two-phase fluid flow in porous media and capillary phenomena. In particular, investigation of the possibility of increasing oil and gas production from petroleum reservoirs trough subjecting them to artificial vibrations. Possible technological applications are in developing methods of acoustic stimulation of oil-producing wells, and also in the acoustically enhanced cleanup of groundwater polluted by liquid organic contaminants insoluble in water. Also interested in studying how to best predict surface effects of large earthquakes, including modeling radiation of seismic waves from rupturing geologic faults.
Name: Dr. Cinzia Cervato
Email: cinzia@iastate.edu
Classes taught: I teach introductory geology face-to-face and online and used to teach MTEOR 206 until 2011. I also advise geology undergraduates, especially the ones who want to become Earth science teachers in middle and high school.
Area of research: I do research on stratigraphy (figuring out the sequence of events in geologic time from rocks and fossils) and the application of technology for science literacy and student engagement.
Name: Dr. Mike Chen
Email: tmchen@iastate.edu
Classes taught: Mteor 443, Mteor 499
Area of research: Dynamic Meteorology, Asian Monsoon
Name: Dave Flory
Email: flory@iastate.edu
Classes taught: Mteor 111, Mteor 112, Mteor 201, Mteor 206, Mteor 227, Mteor 301, Mteor 311, Mteor 432 (I think that is all of them).
Area of research: Computational Meteorology
Name: Dr. Kristie Franz
Email: kfranz@iastate.edu
Classes taught: Watershed Hydrology (402/502), Hydrologic Modeling and Analysis (416/516), Water Resources of the World (160)
Area of research: Surface water hydrology, snow and rainfall-runoff modeling, hydrologic applications of remote sensing data, snow modeling, streamflow and water supply prediction.
Name: DeAnn Frisk
Email: dfrisk@iastate.edu
Tasks: I do just about anything and everything to support the department.
Name: Dr. William A. Gallus, Jr.
Email: wgallus@iastate.edu
Classes taught: Advanced Synoptic Meteorology (411)
Mesoscale Forecasting Laboratory (417)
Mesoscale Dynamic Meteorology (407)
Severe and Hazardous Weather (107)
Meteorology Internship (321)
Area of research: Mesoscale modeling
Mesoscale convective systems
Severe local storms/tornadoes
Numerical weather prediction, usually of small-scale phenomena
Innovative geoscience education
Name: Dr. William J. Gutowski, Jr.
Email: gutowski@iastate.edu
Classes taught: MTEOR 454 – Atmospheric Dynamics II
MTEOR/AGRON/ENV SC/ENV ST 404/504 – Global Change (classroom and online versions)
MTEOR 452/552 – Climate modeling
In the past, I have taught MTEOR 301, 455 and contributed to several other courses.
Area of research: Climate modeling, climate change, impacts of climate change. Emphasis on regional climate for several places around the world, water-cycle processes and extreme events.
Name: Daryl Herzmann
Email: akrherz@iastate.edu
Tasks: I am an Assistant Scientist with the Department of Agronomy.  I am involved in a number of research projects ranging from: green house gas emissions from agricultural cropping systems, to modelling road pavement wear, to modelling soil erosion in Iowa.  I also maintain the weather / climate data archives found on the Iowa Environmental Mesonet website.
Area of research: Computational Meteorology, Mesoscale Meteorology, and Climate Modelling.
Name: Dr. Brian Hornbuckle
Email: bkh@iastate.edu
Classes taught: Agron/Mteor 206, Agron/Mteor/EnSci 405/505, Agron/Mteor/EE 518, EnSci 690.
Area of research: Remote sensing of soil and vegetation water content; the movement of energy and mass among the soil, vegetation, and atmosphere in agricultural ecosystems.
Name: Melissa Stolt
Email: mstolt@iastate.edu
Tasks: I’m the undergraduate Agron/Mteor secretary. I’ve worked at the university for 16 years. I’ve been married for 20 years and we have two children. Curtis, 20 is in his 2nd year at Iowa Central Committee College in the Diesel Tech Program. Our daughter, Hailey, 17 is a senior at South Hamilton and will attend ISU in Fall 2013 in Ag Business.
Name: Dr. Gene Takle
Email: gstakle@iastate.edu
Classes taught: Wind Energy Science, Engineering and Policy 501
Area of research: Regional climate change. Impacts of future climate change on such areas as roadway construction, crop diseases, streamflow, soil carbon, crop growth, and building design. This project involves running climate models and analyzing model output and station observations to understand past trends and future climate projections. I also am engaged in research in wind energy. For the past three years we have made meteorological measurements in a large wind farm. We are evaluating the impact of turbines on crops and also assessing how turbines interact with each other and with the free atmosphere. The wind project engages numerous graduate students and undergrads participating in putting out instruments, taking measurements, analyzing data, and taking down instruments.