Experts and Media Resources

UMass Amherst has a number of faculty experts who have agreed to be available to reporters as expert sources for stories.

A sampling of our experts by topic area

bio-inspired adhesion, polymers, nanoparticles, materials research, speakers bureau
Alfred Crosby

Alfred Crosby is a materials scientist and engineer interested in the mechanics of soft materials and biological systems. Crosby is the leader of the initial project that developed Geckskin™, a super-sticky adhesive modeled after gecko feet. In addition to Geckskin™, Crosby leads a research group focused on learning and using lessons from nature to understand and design materials.

aquaculture, coastal fisheries, impact of climate change on fish and aquatic ecosystems recreational fisheries, speakers bureau
Andy J. Danylchuck

Andy J. Danylchuk’s research aims to understand the natural and anthropogenic factors that influence the life history, ecology and population dynamics of marine and freshwater fishes and other aquatic organisms. His work investigates stress physiology, behavioral ecology, spatial ecology, predator-prey interactions and adaptations in life history traits as a response to disturbance.


Implicit bias, stereotypes, social identity, Diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Social psychology
Nilanjana Dasgupta

Nilanjana Dasgupta (nil-ON-juh-nuh das-GOOP-tuh) studies implicit or unconscious bias. Her research spotlights how implicit bias influences people’s first impressions and behavior toward others, as well as how implicit stereotypes influence individuals’ own academic and professional choices.

climate change and soil microbes, soil carbon dynamics and greenhouse gas emissions, plant-microbial interactions, speakers bureau
Kristen DeAngelis

Kristen DeAngelis’ work focuses on the effects that climate change has on soil microbial communities. Her research examines soil carbon dynamics, with a focus on microbial carbon storage and greenhouse gas emissions in the rhizosphere and within the context of plant-microbial interactions. 

strategies to inhibit lipid oxidation; antioxidants; impact of processing on bioactive lipids; altering food lipid bioavailability; seafood/muscle biochemistry, speakers bureau
Eric A. Decker

Eric A. Decker studies the bioactivity of lipids including omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and carotenoids as well as technologies to incorporate these nutritionally important compounds into food systems. His research has also looked at the impact of food components on the bioavailability of lipids­.

cranberries, sustainable agriculture, water quality, speakers bureau
Carolyn DeMoranville

Carolyn DeMoranville is an expert on the cultivation of cranberries. Her research focuses on environmental sustainability issues and expanding uses of the fruit as well as the history of the cranberry as a food crop from pre-European Massachusetts to the present.

Low-wage labor markets and the minimum wage, Fiscal policy and local multipliers, Health care reform and employer mandates, Political economy of conflict, Immigration and occupational change, Impact of unionization
Arindrajit Dube

Dube’s research focuses on labor economics, health economics, public finance, and political economy, particularly based around minimum wage policies, fiscal policy, income inequality, health reform and the economics of conflict.

evolutionary biology, mammal feeding strategies, bats, speakers bureau
Elizabeth R. Dumont

Elizabeth R. Dumont’s research aims to understand the evolution of feeding strategies in mammals. This includes analyzing the variation in anatomy associated with feeding, such as the mechanical functions of skull and tooth shape. Her research is conducted on bat, carnivoran and avian species.

invasive species, invasive forest insects, winter moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer, browntail moth, gypsy moth, speakers bureau
Joseph Elkinton

Joseph Elkinton’s research focuses on population dynamics and biological control of invasive forest insects, including winter moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer, browntail moth and gypsy moth. 


The psychology of lying, The factors that promote academic success in college students
Robert Feldman

Feldman is one of America’s preeminent experts on lying, including self-presentation in adults and children, nonverbal behavior and verbal deception, how people lie strategically in social interactions, and the consequences of deception.