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
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.”
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.
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.
Michael Rawlins’ research focuses on climate process and the controls on terrestrial water and carbon cycles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Schaffner is director of the UMass Poll, which is committed to studying public opinion in Massachusetts and the United States to inform policymaking in the Commonwealth and beyond.