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 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.

Clara Cogswell
MS Student
BA, Geoscience, Wellesley College

Clara’s research is in coastal hydrology, with a focus on groundwater dynamics in beach aquifers. Her masters project explores the effect of groundwater flow dynamics on denitrifying microbial communities in these aquifers, and the subsequent nutrient loads in submarine groundwater discharge. Her hobbies include martial arts, reading, and Dungeons and Dragons!




Undergraduate Students


Jonathan Swanson, Fall 2020 - present
Project topic: Environmental parameter database management.

Sam Patriquin, spring 2019 - present
Project topic: Software development for IoT water quality sensor network.

Eric Viscione, summer 2020 - present
Project topic: Circuit board and hardware design for IoT water quality sensor network.

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

Zachary McCann, with Fred Martin, summer 2020 - present
Project topic: IoT water quality sensor network prototype development.

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.