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
Phillip E. Conrad
M.S. Student in Geology
Philip has a background in aquatic ecology and hydrology monitoring and research. He has worked as a technician for U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Geological survey and as a Geoscientists-In-The-Parks intern at Cape Cod National Seashore. His goal after graduation is to work as a research scientist for a scientific or land management focused organization. Outside of work he enjoys hiking, kayaking and bread baking.
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 Environmental Geoscience
Michael is a senior undergraduate who is working with Philip Conrad exploring nutrient dynamics in urban landscapes. He's interested in aquatic ecology, harmful algal blooms, and zooplankton-macrophyte interactions and how they can potentially be used to improve water quality. When he's not in the lab, he enjoys gardening, hiking, and learning about the natural world.
B.Eng. Student in Electrical Engineering
Jared is the lab's resident electronics guru who designs and builds the scientific apparatuses that make our lab tick. (full bio to follow).