Department of Geosciences

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Jeremy AberJeremy Aber

KOM 325-E

Assistant Professor of Geography - Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems

B.F.A, 2005, Emporia State University
M.A., 2007, Kansas State University
PhD, 2012, Kansas State University

Dr. Mark Abolins

KOM 322-D


Associate Professor of Geosciences - Structural Geology, Geology Field Methods, Remote Sensing, GIS.

A.B.,1992, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., 1996, California Institute of Technology
Ph.D., 1999, California Institute of Technology


Dr. Pat Boda

KOM 325-C


Assistant Professor of Geosciences - Geographic Information Systems, Cartography
B.A. 1993, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
M.A. 1995, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
PhD. 2007, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


Alan Brown

KOM 325-A


Lecturer in Geosciences -  Earth Science, Hydrogeology

B.S. Geology, 1997, Illinois State University
M.S. Hydrogeology, 2002, Illinois State University

Laura Collins

Lecturer in Geosciences - Earth Science

Master of Science in Geosciences (Geography and Geology), Mississippi State University (MSU), Starkville, MS, May 2005
Bachelor of Science in Geology with a minor in Biology, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Murfreesboro, TN, August 1998
Associate of Science in General Science, Tri-County Technical College (TCTC), Pendleton, SC, May 1994


 Dr. Warner Cribb, Department ChairDr. Warner Cribb

KOM 322-A


Professor of Geosciences - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry

B.S.,1983, Vanderbilt University
M. S., 1986, George Washington University
Ph.D., 1993, THE Ohio State University 


Dr. Hari Garbharran

KOM 322-F


Professor of Geosciences - Geography of Asia, Africa, Middle East, & Global Issues

B.A.,1976, University of Durham-Westville (South Africa)
M.A., 1981, University of Kwa-Natal (South Africa)
Ph.D., 1989, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
MBA, 2008, Keller Graduate School of Management, Online, FL, USA


Dr.Clay Harris, Graduate Program Coordinator

KOM 322-E


Associate Professor of Geosciences - Sedimentology, Oceanography, Geoscience of Energy

B.A.,1981, Indiana University, Bloomington
M.S., 1987, Southern Illinois University,Carbondale
Ph.D., 1992, Indiana University, Bloomington.


Dr. Jim Henry

KOM 325-D


Professor of Geosciences - Meteorology, Geomorphology, Remote Sensing

B.A.,1971, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., 1974, California State University, Long Beach
Ph.D., 1978, University of Kansas


 Mike Hiett

KOM 325-F


Lecturer in Geosciences - Physical Geology and Earth Science

B.S. Agriculture, 1977, Middle Tennessee State University
B.S. Geology, 1985, Middle Tennessee State University
M.S. Hydrogeology, 1996, University of Kentucky


Sarah KrentzSarah Krentz

KOM 301-G


Lecturer in Geosciences - Earth Science

B.A., 2006, Northwestern University
M.S., 2009, Vanderbilt University


 Zada Law Zada Law

KOM 101-A


Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology - GIS

A.B., Anthropology/Archaeology, University of Indiana
M.A., Anthropology/Archaeology, University of Wisconsin


  Dr. Melissa Lobegeier

KOM 322-B


Assistant Professor of Geosciences. - Paleontology, Historical Geology

B.Sc.,1994, University of Queensland;
B.Sc. (Hons), 1995, University of Queensland;
Ph.D., 2001, James Cook University.


 Steve McClainSteve McClain

Lecturer in Geosciences - Geography

KOM 301-D


B.A., 2001, Geography, Kent State University
M.A., 2003, Geography, Kent State University


  Dr. Henrique MommDr. Henrique Momm

KOM 322-G


Assistant Professor of Geosciences -  Geographic Information Systems
Director, MTSU GIS Center 

B.S., 1999, Civil Engineering, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
M.S., 2003, Civil Engineering, The University of Mississippi
Ph.D., 2008, Geology and Geological Engineering, The University of Mississippi

 Karen Marie Wolfe

KOM 322-A


Executive Aide 

Room 0325B Bldg KOM
MTSU Box 0009

B.A.,1984, David Lipscomb University.


Dr. Ron Zawislak

KOM 301-C


Professor of Geosciences -  Geophysics

B.A.,1966, Vanderbilt University
M.A.T., 1968, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., 1980, University of Wyoming