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
Sonya Atalay is an anthropologist primarily focused on the overlap between archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, heritage studies and Native American and indigenous studies.
Wesley Autio is a pomologist—an expert on the growing of apples. His research focuses on apple and peach rootstocks, controlling the growth of apple trees with mechanical and hormonal approaches and chemical thinning of peaches.
M. V. Lee Badgett is one of the world’s leading experts on the economics of same-sex marriage, and is interviewed frequently in media coverage of gay marriage efforts both domestically and internationally.
Jeffrey Blanchard’s research focuses on the ecology and evolution of gut and forest soil microbiomes using genomic and computational methods. His laboratory is set up for standard molecular biology and microbial physiology research and contains specialized equipment for isolating and culturing anaerobic bacteria.
Jeffrey Blaustein studies the ways that hormones, and particularly the ovarian hormones estradiol and progesterone, act in the brain to modify brain function and behavior, and how the environment can influences these processes.
David F. Boutt’s research interests include: interactions between physical, chemical, and human processes in near-surface hydrologic environments; coupling between fluid flow and deformation in geologic materials; linkages between micromechanical properties of porous and fractured media and macro-scale properties; and modeling of coupled processes in geologic materials.
Bethany Bradley studies how terrestrial ecosystems respond to anthropogenically driven changes, particularly interactions between invasive species, land use and climate change.
Co-author of the famous report on global warming that popularized the “hockey stick” temperature graph, Bradley found himself the target of climate change deniers and conspiracy theorists during the “Climategate controversy” of 2009..
Branch has a background in corporate finance, financial institutions, futures markets, bankruptcies, strategic planning, and industrial organization.
Sylvia Brandt’s research focuses on two different areas where traditional economic theories have failed to solve difficult problems in the allocation of public goods: chronic illness and fisheries management. Speakers bureau.