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Rick  Alan Oches

Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
Chair, Department of Natural & Applied Sciences, Bentley University
Associate Professor of Geology & Environmental Sciences , Bentley University
Ph.D., Univ of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1994
MS, Univ of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1990
BS, Purdue Univ/West Lafayette, 1986
Office: Jennison Hall 100C | 781.891._2937 | roches@bentley.edu
                       


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Bio

The teaching and research interests of Eric (Rick) Oches have focused on Earth's recent climate history and human and environmental response to climate changes in the past, present, and future. Field research has taken Rick to diverse localities across Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Argentina, Alaska, midcontinent United States, and Yemen. Rick's research interests presently focus on environmental sustainability and public policy to foster a more sustainable future in the context of population growth, increasing natural resource consumption, environmental degradation, and global climate change. Rick's academic interests increasingly center on Earth and environmental science education for non-STEM students to foster improved science literacy. View Rick's CV /academics-research/faculty_research/faculty_database/cv_pdfs/eric-oches-cv.pdf

Teaching Interests

Global climate change; Science of environmental sustainability; Earth Resources - extraction, consumption, disposal, and environmental impacts; Earth systems science; Surficial geology

Research Interests

Reconstructing Earth's climate history; Environmental response to climate change; Human - environment interactions; Earth surface processes; Geoarchaeology; Earth & Environmental Sciences Education

Consulting/Practice Interests

Environmental Sustainability planning

Professional Memberships

American Geophysical Union
American Quaternary Association
Geological Society of America
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
National Council for Science and the Environment

Awards and Honors

2011, Bentley Rainbow Award, Bentley University
2010, Bentley University Faculty Publication Award
2009, Bentley University Faculty Publication Award
1999, University of South Florida Presidential Young Faculty Award for project titled "Global Dust Storms and Ice-Age Climate: Reading the Terrestrial Record of Past Climate Change". $10,000 (7/99 - 11/00)

Publications

Journal Articles
Henton, E., McCorriston, J., Martin, L., Oches, E. A. (2014). Seasonal aggregation and ritual slaughter: isotopic and dental microwear evidence for cattle herder mobility in the Arabian Neolithic. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 33, 119-131.

Harrower, M., Oches, E. A., McCorriston, J. (2012). Hydro-geospatial analysis of ancient pastoral/agro-pastoral landscapes along Wadi Sana (Yemen). Journal of Arid Environments, 86, 131-138.

McCorriston, J., Harrower, M., Martin, L., Oches, E. A. (2012). Cattle cults of the Arabian Neolithic and early territorial societies. American Anthropologist, 114, 45-63.

Markovic, S. B., Hambach, U., Stevens, T., Kukla, G. J., Heller, F., McCoy, W. D., Oches, E. A., Buggle, B., Zoeller, L. (2011). The last million years recorded at the Stari Slankamen loess-paleosol sequence: revised chronostratigraphy and long term environmental trends. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30 (9-10), 1142-1154.

Kehrwald, N., McCoy, W. D., Thibeault, J., Burns, S., Oches, E. A. (2010). Paleoclimatic implications of modern and LGM European land-snail shell delta-18O. Quaternary Research, 74 (1), 166-176.

Strahl, J., Luckert, J., Krbetschek, M., Machalett, B., Meng, S., Oches, E. A., Rappsilber, I., Wansa, S., Zoeller, L. (2010). Geologie, Palaontologie und Geochronologie des Eem-Beckens Neumark-Nord 2 und Vergleich mit dem Becken Neumark-Nord 1 (Geiseltal, Sachsen-Anhalt). Eiszeitalter und Gegenwart, 59 (1-2), 120-167.

Novothny, A., Frechen, M., Horvath, E., Bradak, B., Oches, E. A., McCoy, W. D. (2009). Luminescence and amino acid racemization chronology of the loess-paleosol sequence at Sutto, Hungary. Quaternary International, 198 (1-2), 62-76. (link)

Grimley, D. A., Larsen, D., Kaplan, S. W., Yansa, C. H., Curry, B. B., Oches, E. A. (2009). A multi-proxy paleoecological and paleoclimatic record within full glacial lacustrine deposits, western Tennessee, USA. Journal of Quaternary Science, 24 (8), 960-981. (link)

Markovic, S. B., Bokhorst, M. P., Vandenberghe, J., McCoy, W. D., Oches, E. A., Hambach, U. (2008). Late Pleistocene loess-paleosol sequences in the Vojvodina region, North Serbia. Journal of Quaternary Science, 23, 73-84. (link)

Machalett, B., Oches, E. A., Frechen, M., al, e. (2008). Aeolian dust dynamics in Central Asia during the Pleistocene: Driven by the long-term migration, seasonality, and permanency of the Asiatic polar front. Geochemistry, Geophysics & Geosystems, 9 (Q08Q09), 1-22. (link)

Rao, G. S., Appel, E., Gautam, P., Oches, E. A., Wehland, F. (2007). The lacustrine section at Lukondol, Kathmandu Basin, Nepal: dating and magnetic fabric aspects. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 30, 73-81.

Markovi, S. B., Oches, E. A., McCoy, W. D., Frechen, M., Gaudenyi, T., Jovanovic, M. (2007). Malacological and sedimentological evidence for "warm" glacial climate from the Irig loess sequence, Vojvodina, Serbia. Geochemistry Geophysics & Geosystems, 8 (Q09008). (link)

Machalett, B., Frechen, M., Hambach, U., Oches, E. A., Z´┐Żller, L., Markovic, S. B. (2006). The loess sequence from Remisowka (Northern Boundary of the Tien Shan Mountains, Kazakhstan), Part I: Luminescence dating. Quaternary International, 152-153, 192-201. (link)

Markovic, S. B., Oches, E. A., Sumegi, P., Jovanovic, M., Gaudenyi, T. (2006). An introduction to the Middle and Upper Pleistocene loess-paleosol sequence at Ruma Brickyard, Vojvodina, Yugoslavia. Quaternary International, 149, 80-86.

Carter-Stiglitz, B., Banerjee, S. K., Gourlan, A., Oches, E. A. (2006). A multi-proxy study of Argentine loess: marine oxygen isotope stage 4 and 5 environmental record from pedogenic hematite. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 239, 45-62.

Markovic, S. B., McCoy, W. D., Oches, E. A., al, e. (2005). Paleoclimate record in the late Pleistocene loess-paleosol sequence at Petrovaradin Brickyard (Vojvodina, Serbia). Geologica Carpathica, 56 (6), 545-552.

Markovic, S. B., Oches, E. A., Gaudenyi, T., Jovanovic, M., Hambach, U., Zoeller, L. (2004). Paleoclimate record in the late Pleistocene loess-paleosol sequence at Miseluk (Vojvodina, Serbia). Quaternaire, 15 (4), 361-364.

Markovic, S. B., Kostic, N. S., Oches, E. A. (2004). Fossil soils in the Ruma loess section, Vojvodina, Yugoslavia. Revista mexicana de Ciencias Geologicas, 21, 79-87.

Frechen, M., Oches, E. A., Kohfeld, K. E. (2003). Loess in Europe - Mass accumulation rates during OIS 2. Quaternary Science Reviews, 22, 1835-1857. (link)

Harrower, M. J., McCorriston, J., Oches, E. A. (2002). Mapping the Roots of Agriculture in Southern Arabia: The application of satellite remote sensing, global positioning system (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS) technologies. Archaeological Prospection, 9, 35-42.

McCorriston, J., Oches, E. A., Walter, D. E., Cole, K. (2002). Holocene Paleoecology and Prehistory in Highland Southern Arabia. Paleorient, 28 (1), 61-88.

McCorriston, J., Oches, E. A. (2001). Two early Holocene check dams from southern Arabia. Antiquity, 75, 675-676.

Oches, E. A., McCoy, W. D. (2001). Historical developments and recent advances in Amino Acid Geochronology applied to Loess Research. Earth-Science Reviews, 54, 173-192. (link)

Book Chapters
Ledley, F. D, Oches, E. A. (2013). Business Education in an age of science and technology. In Everett, D., and Hardy, G. (Eds.), Shaping the Future of Business Education: Relevance, Rigor, and Life Preparation. . Palgrave Macmillan (link)

Oches, E. A. (2009). Quaternary History. In Cilek, Vaclav (Eds.), Earth System: History and Natural Variability (Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems ). Oxford, UK: . EOLSS Publishers - UNESCO (link)

Oches, E. A, McCoy, W. D, Gnieser, D. (2000). Aminostratigraphic correlation of loess-paleosol sequences across Europe. In Goodfriend, G, Collins, M, Fogel, M, Macko, S, Wehmiller, J. F (Eds.), Perspectives in Amino Acid and Protein Geochemistry (pp. 331-348). New York, NY: . Oxford University Press

Other(s)
Gosselin, D, Manduca, C, Oches, E. A, MacGregor, J, Kirk, K. (2013). Curricular materials integrate geosciences into the teaching of sustainability. In The Trenches - National Association of Geoscience Teachers, 3(4), 10-11.

Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Doner, L., Davis, P. T., Lyons, R., Wilkinson, K., Foley, K., McGarry, M., Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Aviles, L. (2013). Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Gulati, G. J., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Snyder, B. J. (2013). "Corn Ethanol Across the Curriculum: Teaching Policy Analysis in an Introductory Course for Non-Majors." Presented at the Annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

Davis, P. T., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Meldrum, H., Doner, L., McGarry, M., Aviles, L., Miller, S. (2013). Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's AGU Chapman Conference - Communicating Climate Science, Granby, CO.

Machalett, B., Oches, E. A., Haam, E., Lai, Z., Endlicher, W. (2013). Abrupt climate events recorded in Chinese and Central Asian loess sequences. Presented at the European Geophysical Union's European Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria.

Buono, A. F., Kirsch, G. E., Oches, E. A. (2013). "Stories of Institutional Change." Presented at the Aspen Institute's Aspen Undergraduate Business Education Consortium.

Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A. (2013). Integrating Earth and Environmental Sciences into the Business Curriculum: Exploring Ethanol as a Complex Problem. Presented at the National Science Foundation's NSF-TUES PI Meeting, Washington, D.C..

Blockstein, D., Manduca, C. A., Bralower, T. J., Castendyk, D., Egger, A. E., Gosselin, D. C., Iverson, E. A., Matson, P. H., MacGregor, J., McConnell, D., Mogt, D. W., Neyle, R., Oches, E. A., Steer, D. N., Weise, K. (2012). Transforming the Teaching of Geoscience and Sustainability. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Snyder, B. J., Gulati, G. J., Davis, P. T. (2012). Exploring Corn-Ethanol as a Complex Problem to Teach Sustainability Concepts across the Science-Business-Liberal Arts Curriculum. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Gosselin, D., Manduca, C., Oches, E. A., MacGregor, J., Kirk, K. (2012). Systems, Society, Sustainability, and the Geosciences: A Workshop to Create New Curricular Materials to Integrate Geosciences into the Teaching of Sustainability. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Snyder, B. J., Gulati, G. J., Davis, P. T. (2012). A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching Sustainability: Corn Ethanol Across the Curriculum. Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC.

Durkin, M. B., Oches, E. A. (2012). "The Liberal Arts - Business Connection at Bentley." Presented at the Aspen Consortium's Aspen Undergraduate Business Education webinar, online.

Machalett, B., Oches, E. A., Lai, Z., Endlicher, W. (2011). Abrupt climate events recorded in Chinese and Central Asian loess. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Markley, C., Machalett, B., Oches, E. A. (2011). Aeolian dust dynamics and synoptic atmospheric circulation patterns in the Black Sea Region since marine isotope stage 15. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Oches, E. A., Machalett, B. M. (2011). Amino acid geocronology applied to loess deposits: Where do we stand today?. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Davis, P. T. (2011). Preparing the next generation of business leaders to confront environmental challenges. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Machalett, B., Oches, E. A. (2011). Amino acid geochronology as an independent test of numerical dating methods applied to Central Asian loess deposits. Presented at the International Quaternary Association's XVIII INQUA Congress, Bern, Switzerland.

Oches, E. A., Sanford, S., Sanford, P., Harries, P., Portell, R. (2011). Combining amino acid D/L and concentration measurements provides enhanced chronostratigraphic resolution of Plio-Pleistocene formations in Florida, U.S.A.. Presented at the International Quaternary Association's XVIII INQUA Congress, Bern, Switzerland.

Machalett, B., Oches, E. A., Roberts, H. M., McCoy, W. D., Markovic, S. B. (2011). Deciphering the geochronological framework of Serbian loess using Amino Acid Stratigraphy. Presented at the International Quaternary Association's XVIII INQUA Congress, Bern, Switzerland.

Oches, E. A., Machalett, B., McCoy, W. D., Markovic, S. B. (2010). Deciphering the geochronological framework of Serbian loess using Amino Acid Stratigraphy. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Machalett, B., Oches, E. A., Lai, Z., Endlicher, W. (2010). The role of Central and High Asia in northern hemisphere short-term climate variability - a paleoclimate perspective. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union: EOS Transactions, AGU, 91(52), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract PP11F-03, San Francisco, CA.

Markley, C., Machalett, B., Oches, E. A., Markovic, S., Endlicher, W. (2010). Aeolian dust dynamics and synoptic atmospheric circulation patterns in the Black Sea region since marine isotope stage 15. Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union: EOS Transactions, AGU, 91(52), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract PP13A-1496, San Francisco, CA.

Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Davis, P. T., Ledley, F. D. (2010). Integrating Earth and environmental science into a business curriculum toward enhanced workforce science literacy. Presented at the Geological Society of America's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Grimley, D. A., Oches, E. A., Phillips, A. (2010). Chronology and paleoecology of pre-Illinoian and Illinoian deposits in southwestern Illinois. Presented at the Geological Society of America North-central Section Abstracts with Programs, vol. 42, no. 2, Branson, MO.

Machalett, B., Oches, E. A., Markovic, S. B., Endlicher, W. B. (2009). "Long term seasonality changes and abrupt climate oscillations recorded in highly resolved dust/loess sequences in SE Europe and Central Asia." Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Oches, E. A., Little, M., Harries, P. J. (2009). "Geochronology of Late-Holocene Mangrove Island Sedimentation in Florida Bay." Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

Machalett, B., Oches, E. A., Markovic, S. B., Mavlyanova, N. G., Endlicher, W. (2009). "Long term seasonality changes and abrupt climate shifts recorded in highly resolved dust/loess sequences across Eurasia." Presented at the Loessfest '09 - The International Conference on Loess Research, Novi Sad, Serbia.

Markovic, S. B., Hambach, U., Stevens, T., Machalett, B., Kukla, G. J., Oches, E. A. (2009). "The last million years recorded at the loess-palaeosol sequences in the Vojvodina region, Serbia." Presented at the Loessfest '09 - The International Conference on Loess Research, Novi Sad, Serbia.

Wehmiller, J. F., Oches, E. A., Portell, R., Karrow, P., Sanford, P., al, e. (2009). "Aminostratigraphy of the Marine Plio-Pleistocene of Florida: History and Progress Report." Presented at the Southeastern Section, Geological Society of America, St. Petersburg, Florida.

McKnight, J., Oches, E. A., Herbert, G., Harries, P. (2009). "Is it all in the looks? taphonomic grades, time averaging, and age estimates from Chione (Bivalvia), West Florida Shelf" Presented at the Southeastern Section, Geological Society of America, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Harries, P. J., Oches, E. A., Herbert, G. M., Portell, R. (2009). "Sea Level and Stratigraphy: Implications for Florida's Plio-Pleistocene record." Presented at the Southeastern Section, Geological Society of America, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Oches, E. A., Machalett, B., Markovic, S. B., McCoy, W. D., Stevens, T. (2008). "Amino acid geochronology as an independent test of numerical dating methods applied to loess deposits in southeastern Europe and central Asia." Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Markley, C., Machalett, B., Hambach, U., Oches, E. A. (2008). "Glacial-interglacial climate variability in the Black Sea region since MIS 15: record of highly resolved particle-size dynamics from the loess sequence Mircea Voda, Romania." Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Machalett, B., Oches, E. A., Markovic, S. B., al, e. (2008). "Inter-hemispheric linkages and teleconnections of past atmospheric circulation and aeolian dust dynamics recorded in loess sequences across Eurasia." Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

McKnight, J., Oches, E. A., Herbert, G., Harries, P. (2008). "Is it modern on the surface? Time-averaging estimates from the west Florida shelf using amino acid racemization in Chione (Bivalvia)" Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Houston, TX.

Sliko, J., Oches, E. A., Lambert, J. (2008). "Middle to Late Holocene evolution of Weedon Island and NW tampa Bay, Florida." Presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Houston, TX.

Service

Department Service
Facilities & Equipment Committee - Present
Laboratory Safety Committee - Present
Health Psychology Faculty Search Committee, 2013 - 2014
Biological Chemistry Search Committee, 2012 - 2013

University Service
Department Chair for Department of Natural & Applied Sciences, 2011 - Present
Task Force Member for Sustainability Task Force, 2009 - Present
Program Coordinator for Earth, Environment & Global Sustainability LSM Coordinator, 2009
Task Force Member for NEASC Self-study Task Force, 2012 - 2013

Professional Service
Board of Directors representative for Gloria Larson for Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, 2013
Proposal Review Panel for National Science Foundation Proposal Review Panel, 2013 - 2013
Proposal Review Panel for National Science Foundation Proposal Review Panel, 2012 - 2012

Public Service
Board Member for Waltham Fields Community Farm, 2012 - Present