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

Housing discrimination, Housing, health and social policy, Social and spatial relations
Ellen Pader

Ellen Pader’s primary area of research is the cultural, social and political facets of housing policy and design, with particular focus on subtle forms of housing discrimination.

Water resources planning, Flood management, Drought management, Impacts of climate change on water resources and flood levels, Modeling of engineering systems
Richard Palmer

Palmer's primary area of interest is water resource planning and management, including impacts of climate change on water resources, drought planning and real-time water resource management, and he pioneered the use of “virtual drought exercises.”

archaeology, Pompeii, digital humanities, speakers bureau
Eric Poehler

Eric Poehler is a classical archaeologist with over 16 years of experience in the field at Pompeii, Italy. Poehler co-directs the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project, an archaeological investigation of one of the largest monumental structures at Pompeii that employs non-invasive methodologies and cutting-edge research technologies. 

Economics, Green Jobs/Economy, Low-wage labor
Robert Pollin

Pollin's research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and the economics of building a clean-energy economy in the U.S and globally.

Arctic water and carbon cycle, Climate variations and change across the Northeast U.S., Climate modeling
Michael Rawlins

Michael Rawlins’ research focuses on climate process and the controls on terrestrial water and carbon cycles.

water safety, drinking water, water purification, water contaminants, speakers bureau
David A. Reckhow

David A. Reckhow’s work focuses on water safety and safe drinking water issues. His research looks at drinking water contaminants—including pharmaceuticals, personal care products and the byproducts of water disinfection—and water purification technologies. 

zoonotic diseases, Lyme disease, malaria, ticks, mosquitos, speakers bureau
Stephen M. Rich

Stephen M. Rich studies zoonotic diseases, those that originate and/or are maintained in natural animal populations but which occasionally spill over into human populations. The research has focused primarily on the study of Lyme Disease, human malaria and intervention strategies.

microbial evolution, microbial ecology, antibiotic resistance, speakers bureau
Margaret Riley

Margaret Riley studies the processes and patterns of microbial ecology and evolution. Her research interests range from studies of experimental evolution of microbes to developing novel antimicrobials and redefining the microbial species concept. 

microtubule cytoskeleton, cellular processes, speakers bureau
Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross studies how the microtubule cytoskeleton organizes the interior of living cells. Ross’ research group investigates the underlying physical principles governing microtubule organization to address this large number of essential cellular processes.

large carbon molecules known as “buckyballs,” use of Vitamin B-2 embedded in glass as an environmentally friendly chemical catalyst, biosensors, biomedical and materials applications of nanosystems, medical uses of nonomaterials, speakers bureau
Vincent Rotello

Vince Rotello’s research program has developed particles for biological applications, including highly effective gene and drug delivery agents and sensors for the identification of pathogens. His research group has also focused on using nanoparticles as building blocks for the creation of new functional materials.