Group Members

Interested in joining us? Please contact James Heiss at James_Heiss@uml.edu and include an updated resume or CV and a brief (<150 words) description of your research interests.

James Heiss
PhD, University of Delaware

Assistant Professor
UMass Lowell
Kennedy College of Sciences
Envir., Earth & Atmos. Science
Olney Hall 102C
One University Ave.
Lowell, MA 01854

Email: james_heiss@uml.edu
Phone: 978-934-6304
Google Scholar
ResearchGate

My research interests are in the role of terrestrial and oceanographic forcings on coastal groundwater dynamics, groundwater resources, and chemical fluxes to the coastal zone. A primary goal is to understand links between physical groundwater flow and biogeochemical processes in nearshore aquifers across temporal (waves to climate) and spatial (beach to shelf) scales.



Graduate Students

Bryce Mase
MS Student
BS, Mathematics, Eastern Connecticut State University BS, Environmental Earth Science, Eastern Connecticut State University

Bryce’s research interests are in shifts of the saltwater/freshwater interface due to tides, seasons, and storm events. He is mainly concerned with the human implications which occur due to these changes. Bryce previously interned at the engineering and environmental firm, Milone and MacBroom Inc. When Bryce isn’t working in the field or in the classroom, he can most likely be found hiking or mountain biking.

Olasunkanmi Olorunsaye
MS Student
BS, Federal University of Technology Akure

Olasunkanmi is interested in the hydrologic mechanisms that affect mixing between freshwater and saltwater in coastal aquifers.













Undergraduate Students


Zachary McCann, summer 2020 - present
Project topic: Multi-parameter sensor calibration, beta testing, software development, and hardware support.

John Swanson, summer 2020 - present
Project topic: IoT water quality sensor network prototype development.



Group Alumni

Graduate Students

Clara Cogswell
MS, Environmental Studies, UMass Lowell
BA, Geoscience, Wellesley College

Now at CAUSHI.

















Undergraduate Students

Fiona Benzi, summer 2021
Project topic: Well construction and field preparation support.

Anthony Terravacchia, summer 2021
Project topic: Environmental sensor testing.

Eric Viscione, summer 2020 - Fall 2020
Project topic: Electrical conductivity, DO, ORP, and temperature sensor circuit board design.

Kristina Douglas, KCS Scholars, summer 2020
Project topic: Aquifer response to sea level rise beneath Boston, MA.

Sam Patriquin, Spring 2019 - Summer 2021
Project topic: Aquifer response to sea level rise beneath Boston, MA.

Christopher Leary, summer 2019 - spring 2020
Project topic: Hydrogeologic instrument design and construction.

Charlie Mirabile, summer 2019 - spring 2020
Project topic: Development of Internet of Things (IoT) device for water quality monitoring.

Grace Chin, 2018
Project topic: Wireless water quality network software and hardware development.

Joel Savits, 2018
Project topic: Wireless water quality network software and hardware development.

Peter Woislaw, 2019
Project topic: Wireless water quality network software and hardware development.