My research is in the area of environmental geophysics and hydrology. I advocate preserving the subsurface environment through non-invasive investigations using methods such as ground penetrating radar, magnetic surveys, and DC resistivity. This offers cost-effective means for obtaining a quantitative, spatially representative overview of subsurface conditions and avoids puncturing drums of common toxins which could enormously complicate site remediation and threaten the natural environment.
I received my Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 1967 and served as a Research Associate at MIT for one year before joining the Brown Faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1968. I have 30+ years experience as a professor, developing a range of courses and electronic mediated instructional materials in theoretical geophysics, hydrology and risk assessment of natural hazards. I am a consultant to industry, public groups, private individuals and the legal profession in a variety of lead and support roles. My major research interests include: environmental geophysics and hydrology, particularly those activities related to groundwater and watershed studies. I have directed numerous geophysical field projects in Iceland, the Azores, the Yukon, Canada, major volcanic centers in the western United States, and the Northeast U.S.
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GEOL 1580 Course Information
GEOL 1600 Course Information
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Brown's Solid Earth Dynamics Group
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