(in order of tenure)
Assistant Professor of Geology
I came to UB in the fall of 2020 as an assistant professor in the Geology department. I am someone who is passionate about understanding how humans are shaping our biogeochemical world for better and for worse, and I am interested in training broad thinkers and vocal scientists who can help humanity address our environmental problems. Before arriving at UB, I was a postdoc with Nandita Basu at the University of Waterloo, and before that I was a Ph.D. student at Duke University with Emily Bernhardt. Before that, I was a agroforestry volunteer in the Peace Corps Cameroon, a chef, a farmhand, and a self-absorbed philosophy major. I love to spend time woodworking, biking, hunting for mushrooms, and playing with my two awesome kids and my wonderful partner.
428 Cooke Hall
UB North Campus
Fiona M. Ellsworth
Ph.D. Student in Geology
Fiona is a second-year PhD student conducting biogeochemistry research. She attended Kenyon College for undergrad where she majored in Biology and researched carbon dynamics of restored and natural wetlands. She is a Washington, DC native and when she isn’t doing science, can be found catching discs and enjoying the outdoors.
B.S. Student in Electrical Engineering
Jared is an undergraduate from Rochester. His major interests are solid state electronics, 3D printing, and manufacturing. His main role is helping the lab create open-source style instruments made of common materials. Their projects include a gas-handling robot, a combustion analysis system for soils and plant materials, and a smart growth chamber for plants. He is also part of the on campus 3D Printing Working Group, a group of students who meet regularly to upgrade and maintain some of the printers available to students while teaching them how to use them. Jared plans to graduate in 2024 and pursue a career in digital manufacturing.
B.S./EdM Student in Geological and Earth Science Education
Derek is a sophomore undergraduate who is working with Philip Conrad on urban denitrification. He's interested in glaciology, volcanology, plate tectonics, planetary geosciences, and physics education. When he's not in the lab, he enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, photography, and reading about science.
B.S. Student in Environmental Geosciences
Jessica is an undergraduate student working with Fiona Ellsworth on biogeochemistry research. She is interested in geochemistry and plans to pursue a masters degree in geology after graduation. Jessica enjoys hiking and reading in her free time.
M.S. Student in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
Angela’s research interests include aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry. Prior to becoming a Master’s student at the University at Buffalo, she attended Penn State Behrend, where she earned concurrent bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Biology. As an undergrad, she completed an honors thesis research project focusing on an invasive species of crayfish in Lake Erie. Her hobbies include digital art and spending time outdoors.
Philip Conrad M.S. in Environmental Geoscience
(now traveling and seeing the world)
Michael McDonald B.S. in Environmental Geoscience
(now M.S. student at Auburn University)
Riley Jones B.S. in Environmental Geoscience
(now Ph.D. student at UC-Riverside)