Samuel Muñoz — Assistant Professor

Sam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine & Environmental Sciences with a cross-appointment in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He obtained a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was advised by Jack Williams, and then held a postdoctoral position in the Coastal Systems Group at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His research uses geological, historical, and numerical approaches to understand environmental variability and its influence on people.

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Graduate Students

Joeri Reinders — Ph.D. Student

Joeri is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Marine & Environmental Sciences. He is from the Netherlands, and most recently lived and studied in The Hague where he received a B.Sc in Earth, Energy and Sustainability with a focus on Earth system science  from Leiden University. At the Earth Surface Systems Lab, his research focuses on integrating new paleoflood records from southeast Texas with a hydrologic model as part of a project to understand the controls on and likelihood of a record-breaking flood event like Hurricane Harvey.

Charlotte Wiman — Ph.D. Student

Charlotte is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Marine & Environmental Sciences. Charlotte is a Northeastern graduate (B.S. Environmental Science), and completed her M.S. at Northern Arizona University with Nick McCay. Here, she is working on a project integrating paleoflood deposits with a hydraulic model to understand the hydrologic history of the Mississippi basin over the late Holocene.

Michelle O’Donnell — Ph.D. Student

Michelle is a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She graduated with a BS in Environmental Science from Northeastern in 2016, then worked for the Cambridge Water Department before completing her MS in Civil Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder with Ben Livneh. She is also a recipient of the NSF GRFP.

Undergraduate Students

B Parazin – Undergraduate Research Assistant

B is Physics major with a minor in Environmental Science, and is working on processing sediment samples from the southeastern US, as well as tinkering with new geophysical equipment in the lab.

Portia Freeman – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Portia is an Environmental Science major with a concentration in geoscience. This summer, she is helping Charlotte process sediment samples from the lower Ohio and Missouri Rivers by running them through the gamma detector, grain-sizer, and picking material for radiocarbon dating.

Lab Alumni

  • Brynnydd Hamilton (Ph.D. student MIT/WHOI Joint Program)
  • Olivia Burek (M.S. student Boston College)
  • B Parazin (B.S. Physics, Northeastern U. )
  • Aaron Goodman (M.S. student, Colorado School of Mines)
  • Isabella Lopez
  • Annie Tucker (Environmental Scientist at Environmental Partners)
  • Brandan Lawrence (B.S. Environmental Science, Northeastern U.)
  • David Carter
  • Ilana Hirschfeld
  • Carleigh Norton (M.S. student, Northeastern U.)
  • Michelle Chen
  • Daniel Litchmore (NASA GISS)

Research Opportunities

I am always looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students to join our group! If you are interested in joining us, please take a look at the information for prospective students and contact me.