Front Office Staffing Functions and Information:

Who to contact:


Department Head: Dr. Stephen Burns

Geography Program Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. Toby Applegate

Geology and Earth Systems Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. Steve Petsch

Geography Program Director: Dr. Qian Yu 

Geosciences Graduate Program Director: Julie Brigham-Grette

Geography Program Heads: Dr. Eve Vogel and Dr. Forrest Bowlick

Environmental Science Program Heads: Dr. David Boutt and Dr. Marco Keiluweit (Stockbridge School of Agriculture)

MS Geography-GIST Concentration Graduate Program Director: Dr. Forrest Bowlick

1-year MS in Hydrogeology Program Director: Dr. David Boutt

Massachusetts State Geologist: Dr. Steve Mabee


Human Resources

Human Resources tasks and questions about post-docs, ad comp, IPO related issues for foreign graduate students and post-docs, and personnel actions. 

Hiring & Appointments

Graduate TA & RA student appointments and hiring undergraduate students’ actions.


Payroll for all department hourly employees’ questions. Time and Attendance Reporting. 


All travel questions concerning and documents for travel reimbursement should be accompanied with information about the travel: who, when where; copies of receipts; funding source, including Speed Type#.  Submit all reimbursement paperwork electronically. 

UMass bank card (formerly ProCard)

UMASS bankcard scanned receipts and reallocations documents.   Reimbursement requests should be accompanied information about the expense: who, when, where; copies of receipts; funding source, including Speed Type #.  Submit all reimbursement paperwork electronically. 


Purchase orders, invoice/bill payments other reimbursement and reallocations (excluding Travel and UMASS bank card reimbursement). Submit all reimbursement paperwork electronically.

Webpage and Social Media

For all department webpage and social media requests please e-mail Joe Kopera,
department digital communications coordinator.