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
Peter Haas is an expert in global governance and the dynamics of international environmental cooperation.
Elisabeth M. Hamin’s research focuses on local governments and land use planning for climate change, and growth management policy and regionalism at the state, regional and local level.
Douglas R. Hardy’s research studies the impact that weather and climate have on glaciers and snow pack in the Arctic and at high altitudes.
Krista Harper’s research interests include ethnographic, qualitative and participatory action research methods; applied anthropology; the anthropology of Europe; and urban mobilizations around the environment, food justice and place-making.
James F. Holden’s research focuses on the physiology and genomics of thermophilic and hyperthermophilic archaea and the geomicrobiology of the geothermal environments where these organisms are found.
Duncan J. Irschick is an integrative biologist and innovator interested in the evolution and ecology of animal athletics and how biological form can inform synthetic design. Along with polymer science professor Alfred Crosby, Irshick led the development of Geckskin, a super-sticky adhesive modeled after the feet of a gecko.
Elizabeth M. Jakob is a behavioral ecologist whose research is focused on spiders, including the role of learning in spider behavior, the evolution of group living and the role of behavior in the establishment of invasive species. Her research has focused on perception and learning in jumping spiders and what sort of visual information is gathered by each of their eight eyes and integrated together in the spider’s tiny brain.
Miliann Kang's research shows how we stereotype Asian-American women as model minorities and potential threats, which can fuel racial hostility and unrealistic expectations.
Panos G. Kevrekidis studies a variety of systems chiefly stemming from the mathematical physics of optical systems as well as from the soft-condensed matter setting of Bose-Einstein Condensates. Kevrekidis also maintains a wide variety of additional interests.
Amanda Kinchla’s research focuses on applied research and food safety education to support the food industry. Her work supports the development of research from concept to commercialization to address technical challenges and delivery against product/business needs from farm to fork.