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 to understand the controls on and likelihood of a record-breaking flood event like Hurricane Harvey.

Undergraduate Students & Co-Ops

David Carter — Undergraduate Research Assistant

David is a junior majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine Science. He previously worked as a research assistant in the Coastal Systems Group at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he developed interests in sedimentology, storms, and field methods. Here at the Earth Surface Systems Lab, his research focuses on the collection and analysis of recent coastal storm deposits across Massachusetts Bay on a project in collaboration with Jim Chen and Raymond Fu.

Michelle Chen — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Michelle is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Geology and Chemistry. She is interested in how large storm events shape landscapes and impact societies, and how pollutants are transported by these events. She is collecting and analyzing sediments from Boston harbor in collaboration with the Fernandez Lab.


Carleigh Norton — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Carleigh is a senior majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in geoscience. She is from Merrimac, Massachusetts, and is interested in land use planning and the impacts of climate change on people and environments. For her capstone project, she is investigating the potential of marshes and ponds on Boston’s North Shore to reconstruct past coastal storm frequency.

Research Opportunities

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