Physical Science Experts

Linda C. Kah

Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Linda Kah combines field work, rock textures, and geochemistry of some of the Earth’s earliest rocks to explore the evolution of Earth’s oceans and the role of microbial life. She is also a co-investigator on the Mars Curiosity rover mission, and is responsible for interpreting depositional environments of Martian rocks.


Sally P. Horn

Chancellor's Professor in Geography, Director of the Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research, Co-director of the Laboratory of Paleoenvironmental Research

Sally Horn uses sediment cores and other natural archives to investigate Quaternary climate change and human-environment interactions in the circum-Caribbean region and southeastern US.


Robert Hatcher

Distinguished Scientist, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Bob Hatcher is a distinguished scientist and professor of earth and planetary sciences. He is an expert in geology, earthquakes, landslides, and other geological events in Appalachia and the Southeast.


Annette Engel

Jones Associate Professor of Aqueous Geochemistry

Annette Engel works to understand the nature and extent of microbial activities in geochemical reactions that involve aqueous solutions and geological materials through time.


Elbio Dagotto

Distinguished Professor of Physics

Elbio Dagotto is a distinguished professor at UT and a distinguished scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory studying transition metal oxides and the recently discovered iron arsenide materials.


Lee Riedinger

Professor of Physics, Director of Bredesen Center

Lee Riedinger is a professor of physics who studies experimental nuclear physics, emphasizing properties of high-spin states in deformed nuclei.


Sharon Thompson

Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness

Sharon Thompson is the director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness and a principal member of the Food and Agriculture Protection Training Consortium.


Jeff Moersch

Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Jeff Moersch is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences whose research focuses on planetary geology and creating new technology for remote sensing.