Buckley, Daniel
Professor Biology
Degrees
1983 PhD Syracuse University; 1978 MA SUNY at Oneonta; 1972 BA SUNY at Oswego
Areas of Expertise
Biology: Aquatic Biology, Ecology of Freshwater Mollusks, Environmental Monitoring/Spatial Analysis of Freshwater Habitats, Evolution, Invasive Aquatic Species
Environmental Science: Aquatic Biology, Ecology of Freshwater Mollusks, Evolution, Invasive Aquatic Species

Dan Buckley is an ecologist whose research interests are centered on freshwater ecosystems.  His current research efforts include the long term temperature  monitoring of over 25 Maine lakes and the effect of changing temperature regimes on lake water quality.  Each summer for the past 12 yers he has employed student interns, the "UMF aquatic research team", to work with local/regional lake organizations to study water quality of local lakes as influenced by shoreline development, location and the physical dimensions of lakes.  Students use high definition global positioning systems (GPS) in conjunction with sonar and geographic information systems (GIS) to develop accurate bathymetric maps of Maine lakes.  This same equipment is also used to map the extent of invasive plant species as lakes were surveyed for aquatic plants.  At UMF Dr. Buckley teaches aquatic biology, non-majors ecology, evolution and environmental impact analysis.


Butler, Ronald
Professor Biology
Degrees
1978 PhD Ecology/Zoology, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Syracuse University
Areas of Expertise
Biology: Animal Behavior, Butterfly Ecology and Behavior, Conservation Biology, Dragonfly Ecology and Behavior, Ecology, Entomology, Lichen Ecology, Ornithology, Seabird Ecology
Environmental Science: Animal Behavior, Ecology, Entomology, Ornithology

Dr. Ron Butler is a biologist with research interests in behavioral ecology, community ecology, and conservation biology. During the past 30 years, he has worked in Antarctica, Newfoundland, and Maine on a variety of projects concerning the ecology and conservation of seabirds, dragonflies, and butterflies.  Because of his interest in ecologically important insect groups, he presently helps coordinate two state-wide citizen scientist initiatives:  The Maine Damselfly and Dragonfly Survey and The Maine Butterfly Survey.  Dr. Butler’s undergraduate research students work with him each summer in Maine on dragonfly and butterfly ecology, and a number of these students have gone on to graduate programs in ecology.  In addition to teaching courses in Ecology, Entomology, Ornithology, and Conservation Biology, Ron also teaches Tropical Island Ecology each May-term in the US Virgin Islands.


Daly, Julia
Associate Professor of Geology
Degrees
2002 PhD University of Maine; 1997 MS University of Delaware; 1994 BA Carleton College
Areas of Expertise
Environmental Science: Climate Change, Fluvial Systems and Morphology, Surficial Geology
Geology: Climate Change, Fluvial Systems and Morphology, Surficial Geology, including Coastal and Glacial Geology

 Dr. Julia Daly is a geomorphologist at the University of Maine at Farmington. She teaches from an earth systems perspective, including courses focused on landscape processes and evolution, and climate change. Her research interests are currently centered on better understanding the dynamics of subalpine and alpine lake systems at high elevation lakes in western and central Maine. UMF undergraduates have worked on this project with Dr. Daly since 2007, helping to deploy and maintain high-resolution data loggers from these remote sites located along the Appalachian Trail. Dr. Daly is an enthusiastic advocate of engaging students in field-based projects at all levels and incorporates as much outdoors, place-based learning into her courses and research as possible.


Magri, Christopher
Associate Professor Physics
Degrees
1990 PhD Cornell University; 1986 MS Cornell University; 1983 BA University of Virginia
Areas of Expertise
Environmental Science: Astronomy, Physics, Radar Studies of Asteroids

Chris Magri is an astronomer whose research involves radar studies of asteroids.  He uses the world's most powerful radar facility, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, to transmit million-watt microwave beams at asteroids and then measure the faint echoes.  These data are used to determine the target's orbit, size, shape, rotation state, surface topography, and material composition.  Recently he and his collaborators around the country have also begun studying the thermal properties of asteroids, using an infrared telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii to measure emitted heat radiation.  Computer analysis of these emissions can reveal whether an asteroid's surface is loose material or else solid bedrock.  At UMF Dr. Magri teaches introductory physics and astronomy, typically as general education courses for nonscientists; he also offers first-year seminars, most recently on the topic of astrobiology, the search for life beyond Earth.


Morocco, Martin
Associate Professor Chemistry
Degrees
1992 PhD Washington State University; 1987 MS Indiana University of Pennsylvania; 1983 BA Saint Vincent College
Areas of Expertise
Environmental Science: Chemical Education, Electroanalytical Chemistry, Spectroscopy

In the laboratory, we are currently working on the trace voltammetric speciation of arsenic in the groundwater of the Farmington area, hoping to study/understand any seasonal variations.


Passarelli, Mariella
Professor Chemistry
Degrees
1989 PhD Emory University; 1984 BS Simmons College; 1991 Post Doctorate Organic Chemistry, Cambridge University, U.K.; 1992 Post Doctorate Toxicology, Vanderbilt University
Areas of Expertise
Biology: Biochemistry
Environmental Science: Biochemistry, Chemical Education, Organic Chemistry

Dr. Mariella Passarelli was trained as a synthetic organic chemist designing candidates, developing synthetic methods, and making promising molecules for use in the pharmaceutical industry.  After her doctorate, Passarelli did postdoctoral work in toxicology where her synthetic skills were used to adduct DNA with carcinogens.  This work catapulted Passarelli into the realm of biochemistry and now she uses enzymatic methods in synthetic work alongside organic chemistry methods. Her teaching responsibilities include both organic chemistry and biochemistry courses.  Because she teaches science majors and non-majors, Passarelli has also contributed new ideas to the teaching of science.  Her courses blend content, learning/teaching methodologies, and student research.


Sherrod, Michael
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Degrees
1989 PhD Organic Chemistry, Emory University; 1984 BS Chemistry, Columbus State University
Areas of Expertise
Environmental Science: Organic Chemistry

Michael J. Sherrod received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Emory University in 1989. His graduate research explored intramolecular catalysis, host-guest binding, and surfactant packing. He performed postdoctoral research in organic chemistry in Cambridge, England. He is the author or coauthor of 16 scientific publications. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level chemistry courses at Vanderbilt University, the University of New Hampshire and at UMF. He teaches an online course in Environmental Science for the University of Phoenix. Aside from academia, Sherrod has had a diverse career as a scientific entrepreneur in Maine, and as a corporate manager for a contract R&D company in Albany, NY.  He is an active volunteer in his community, currently serving as the Chair of the Town of Wilton Planning Board, on the Wilton Finance Committee, and previously as a volunteer for Scouting and the Service Core of Retired Executives.