Physics Faculty Research

The PHYS faculty offer expertise across a wide-range of Physics-related disciplines. Click on the individual names below for faculty websites, research interests, publications and contact information.

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Dr. Neil Aaronson
Associate Professor of Physics

Dr. Aaronson’s primary field of research is acoustics.  He has done work in the fields of psychoacoustics, musical acoustics, room acoustics, and underwater acoustics.  His recent research has involved projects on musical intonation detection, analysis of the calls of avian raptors, and the mathematical analysis of how sound diffracts around the head.  The musical intonation detection study is an effort to understand how well musicians as well as untrained listeners can pick out wrong notes in a musical context.  The study of the calls of avian raptors is working towards an automatic way of detecting and identifying those birds in the wild without relying on human spotting.  The diffraction study is relevant to models of human perception relevant to, for instance, virtual reality and sound source localization applications.


Dr. J. Russell Manson
Professor of Applied Physics
Director of the Graduate Program in Data Science and Strategic Analytics

Effect of temperature on stream metabolism. Transient storage in streams.

Dr. Jason Shulman
Associate Professor of Physics

Dr. Shulman’s primary interest involves the study of complex networks. His research focuses on the ability to control a network’s behavior through exploitation of its connectivity. There are many examples of systems that one would like to regulate; however, a particularly important application of the research is the manipulation of genetic networks to cure diseases. If such a network is in a diseased state, one would like to determine the actions necessary to change the state to one considered healthy. Dr. Shulman’s interests also include the electrical properties of nanosystems, specifically negative capacitance within such materials.

Dr. Joseph Trout

Associate Professor of Physics

Dr. Joe Trout completes research in atmospheric physics, meteorology and climatology. He also completes research in physics education. The majority of his research deals with computational weather models and Dr. Trout and Dr. Manson have recently received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to model the weather over the airport and to investigate the effects the weather has on the vortices which are produced off the tips of airplane wings. The model Dr. Trout uses is the Weather research and Forecasting (WRF) Model produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Daily forescasts are made and are available at Dr.Trout also uses Fourier and Wavelet analysis to investigate long term trends in meteorological data. Dr. Trout also completes research in physics education, investigating and testing new, and potentially improved, methods to teach science.