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Sure, the Earth is billions of years old, but there’s still so much left to discover.

Our department conducts research in a variety of areas, including: air quality, groundwater contamination and environmental water pollution, the effects of agricultural practices on groundwater quality; eclipses and comets; the influence of climate on human populations, and the influence of human populations on the climate; science education teaching methods; and more.

Want to learn more about what our faculty are doing? Check out the research areas below.

 

Dr. Alan Czarnetzki

Dr. Alan Czarnetzki explores:

  • Analysis and forecasting of middle latitude cyclones (dynamic and synoptic meteorology)
  • Thunderstorm phenomena (mesoscale dynamics)
  • Air quality
  • Meteorological decision support systems that can be used by decision makers, planners, and emergency managers charged with protecting communities in the path of potentially adverse weather
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Dr. Kyle Gray

Dr. Kyle Gray explores:

  • Science education methods and pedagogy
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Dr. Chad Heinzel

Dr. Chad Heinzel explores some of the primary environmental factors including:

  • holocene climatic variability
  • evolving fluvial landscapes
  • soil development
  • natural resource availability (i.e. soil quality, building materials stone/clay, potable water) that influence human populations
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Dr. Thomas Hockey

Dr. Thomas Hockey explores:

  • the history of planetary astronomy in light of the modern search for planets orbiting other stars
  • the astronomy of solar eclipses and comets
  • the archeoastronomy of prehistoric peoples
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Dr. Mohammad Iqbal

Dr. Mohammad Iqbal specializes in:

  • hydrogeological research including soil water and groundwater contamination
  • assessment of groundwater flow parameters in various hydrogeologic settings
  • groundwater modeling
  • subsurface contaminant transport mechanisms
  • environmental water pollution research

    He is also interested in the effects of agricultural practices on groundwater quality and nitrate degradation pathways in the Cedar River Watershed of north-east Iowa, nitrogen isotopic source evaluation, and development of multi-component mixing models of storm discharge in a watershed by using oxygen and deuterium isotopes.
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Dr. Siobahn Morgan

Dr. Siobahn Morgan explores:

  • the behavior of pulsating stars found in our galaxy and others
  • the evolution of stars, particularly massive stars

    In addition, she provides on-line databases of pulsating star data for other researchers and WWW-based educational packages for K-12 and higher education astronomy courses.
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