Rick Oches

  • Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Dean of Arts & Sciences, Bentley University
  • Ph.D. Univ of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • MS Univ of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • BS Purdue Univ/West Lafayette

Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

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

Consulting/Practice Interests

Environmental Sustainability planning

Bio

Rick's teaching and research interests have focused on Earth's recent climate history and human and environmental response to past climate changes. Field research has taken him to diverse localities across Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Argentina, Yemen, and Alaska, Midcontinent, and East coast of the United States. His research interests presently focus on environmental sustainability planning to foster a more sustainable future in the context of population growth, increasing natural resource consumption, environmental degradation, and global climate change. Increasingly Rick’s academic interests center on Earth and environmental science education, transdisciplinary course and curriculum development, and interdisciplinary faculty engagement to foster improved science literacy for non-STEM majors.

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Quaternary Association
  • Geological Society of America
  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers
  • Association for Environmental Studies & Sciences
  • Council of Environmental Deans & Directors
  • National Council for Science and the Environment
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2019, Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • 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


  • Buffington, A., McCorriston, J., Harrower, M., Oches, E. A. (2017). A niche construction approach to vegetation community development in the South Arabian Neolithic: preliminary results. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, (47) 31-42.
  • Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Davis, P. T. (2016). A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Commentary of Broadcast Meteorologists on the Visual Presentation of Climate Change. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, (7) 4 1-16.
  • Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Fletcher Brown, D., Sipe, T. W., Nesteruk, J., Turner, S. P., Mooney, C. H., Iverson, E. R. (2016). Developing transdisciplinary sustainability curricula requires an academic culture change. In The Trenches, (6) 3 12-13.
  • Bouldin, R. M., Hall, G. J., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Ledley, F. D. (2015). Connecting Business and STEM Education Through Undergraduate Research. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, (35) 4 17-24. (Link)
  • Grimley, D. A., Oches, E. A. (2015). Amino Acid Geochronology of Gastropod-bearing Pleistocene Units in Illinois, Central USA. Quaternary Geochronology, (25) 10-25. (Link)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • Machalett, B., Frechen, M., Hambach, U., Oches, E. A., Z�ller, 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., 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., Kostic, N. S., Oches, E. A. (2004). Fossil soils in the Ruma loess section, Vojvodina, Yugoslavia. Revista mexicana de Ciencias Geologicas, (21) 79-87.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • McCorriston, J., Oches, E. A., Walter, D. E., Cole, K. (2002). Holocene Paleoecology and Prehistory in Highland Southern Arabia. Paleorient, (28) 1 61-88.
  • 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. (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


  • Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Davis, P. T. (2017). Speaking out or staying quiet on climate change: Broadcast meteorologists influenced by the need to be pithy, popular and politically cautious In Walter Leal Filho, Jesse M. Keenan, (Eds.) Climate Change Adaptation in North America: experiences, case studies and best practice, W. Leal Fihlo and J.M. Keenan (editors). Berlin: Springer International Publishing (Link)
  • 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. 331-348. New York, NY: Oxford University Press
  • Oches, E. A., McCorriston, J., Anderson, J., Harrower, M., Cole, K. (). Geomorphology, Paleohydrology, and Paleoecology of the Wadi Sana Region, Yemen In , (Eds.) A Landscape History of Hadramawt in Southern Yemen: Survey and Excavations by the RASA Project, 1998-2008. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Monumenta Archaeologica Series Forthcoming.

  • Conference Proceedings


  • Frechen, M.Oches, E. A.Tsukamoto, S. (2014). OSL Chronology of Dust Accumulation along the Mississippi Valley , (14th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating)
  • 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 American Geophysical Union, (AGU Chapman Conference - Communicating Climate Science)
  • Machalett, B.Oches, E. A.Haam, E.Lai, Z.Endlicher, W. (2013). Abrupt climate events recorded in Chinese and Central Asian loess sequences European Geophysical Union, (European Geophysical Union Annual Meeting)
  • Szymanski, D. W.Oches, E. A. (2013). Integrating Earth and Environmental Sciences into the Business Curriculum: Exploring Ethanol as a Complex Problem National Science Foundation, (NSF-TUES PI Meeting)
  • 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 Geological Society of America, (Geological Society of America Annual Meeting)
  • 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 , (Geological Society of America Annual Meeting)
  • 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 American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)
  • 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 American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)
  • 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 American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)
  • 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. International Quaternary Association, (XVIII INQUA Congress)
  • Oches, E. A.Szymanski, D. W.Davis, P. T. (2011). Preparing the next generation of business leaders to confront environmental challenges Geological Society of America, (Geological Society of America Annual Meeting)
  • 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 International Quaternary Association, (XVIII INQUA Congress)
  • Machalett, B.Oches, E. A. (2011). Amino acid geochronology as an independent test of numerical dating methods applied to Central Asian loess deposits International Quaternary Association, (XVIII INQUA Congress)
  • Oches, E. A.Machalett, B. M. (2011). Amino acid geocronology applied to loess deposits: Where do we stand today? American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)
  • 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 American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)
  • Machalett, B.Oches, E. A.Lai, Z.Endlicher, W. (2011). Abrupt climate events recorded in Chinese and Central Asian loess American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)
  • Grimley, D. A.Oches, E. A.Phillips, A. (2010). Chronology and paleoecology of pre-Illinoian and Illinoian deposits in southwestern Illinois , (Geological Society of America North-central Section Abstracts with Programs, vol. 42, no. 2)
  • 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 American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union: EOS Transactions, AGU, 91(52), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract PP13A-1496)
  • Oches, E. A.Machalett, B.McCoy, W. D.Markovic, S. B. (2010). Deciphering the geochronological framework of Serbian loess using Amino Acid Stratigraphy American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)
  • 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 American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union: EOS Transactions, AGU, 91(52), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract PP11F-03)

  • Other(s)


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

  • Novothny, A., Kiss, B., Bradak, B., Sagi, T., Oches, E. A., McCoy, W., , e. (2019). “Reinvestigation of the Bag Tephra, an important Middle Pleistocene marker horizon in the Carpathian Basin - composition and chronostratigraphy” Presented at the International Quaternary Association 20th INQUA Congress Dublin, Ireland
  • Quigley, R., Oches, E. A., Bernardo-Sousa, M. (2018). “Dynamic science hubs foster holistic education and enhanced student experience” Presented at the Society for College and University Planning SCUP 2018 North Atlantic Conference Boston, MA
  • Bricker, H., Bricker, J., Mitsunaga, B., Mering, J., Frechen, M., Oches, E. A., Eagle, R., Tripati, A. (2017). “Spatial analysis and comparison of temperature and precipitation n the American Midwest, Europe, and the Chinese Loess Plateau using clumped isotope thermometry” Presented at theGeological Society of America Annual Meeting Seattle, WA
  • Oches, E. A. (2017). “Developing Transdisciplinary Skills for Tackling Wicked Problems” Presented at the California University of Pennsylvania Strike A Spark Research Symposium California, PA
  • Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Davis, P. T. (2016). “Speaking out about sustainability: broadcast meteorologists who will and those who won't” Presented at the World Communication Association Communication and Culture in a Sustainable World Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Sliko, J., Oches, E. A., Hanselman, J., Wright, L. (2016). “Cli-Fi: Teaching climate change using literature” Presented at the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Earth Educators' Rendezvous Madison, Wisconsin
  • Frechen, M., Oches, E. A., S., T. (2016). “OSL chronology of dust accumulation along the Mississippi Valley” Presented at the INQUA Loess Focus Group Loessfest 2016 Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Davis, P. T. (2016). “Speaking out or staying quiet on climate change: Broadcast meteorologists influenced by the need to be pithy, popular and politically cautious” Presented at theNorth American Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Foley, K. A., Davis, P. T., Meldrum, H., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Doner, L. (2016). “Mobility of TV Broadcast Meteorologists in the Northeastern United States” Presented at the Lyndon State College 41st Annual Northeast Storm Conference Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Oches, E. A., Hartigan, D. B. (2015). “Environmental Systems and Global Health” Presented at the Bentley University Bentley Research Colloquium: Sustainable Worlds: Individual, Business, Societal, and Scientific Perspectives Waltham, MA
  • Harrower, M. J., Oches, E. A., McCorriston, J. (2015). “Climate, Hydrology, Geomorphology, and Human Adaptation in Southern Arabia 12,000 to 1,400 B.P.” Presented at the International Quaternary Association XIV INQUA Congress Nagoya, Japan
  • Davis, P. T., Szymanski, D. W., Meldrum, H., Oches, E. A., Foley, K., Mercer, R., Doner, L., McGarry, M., Kelsey, E., Perello, M. (2015). “Broadcast meteorologists and climate change ” Presented at the Lyndon State University Northeast Storm Conference Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Fletcher Brown, D., Sipe, T. W., Nesteruk, J., Sheldon, T., C, M., Ellen, I. (2015). “Fusing STEM, liberal arts and business in transdisciplinary undergraduate sustainability curricula” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Fletcher Brown, D., Sipe, T. W., Nesteruk, J., Mooney, C., Turner, S. (2015). “Toward Reciprocal Integration: Fusing STEM, Liberal Arts and Business Curricula in Undergraduate Sustainability Education” Presented at the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Earth Educators' Rendezvous Boulder, CO
  • Poirier, R., Cronin, T., Ghaleb, B., Portell, R., Hillaire-Marcel, C., Wehmiller, J., Thomson, W., Oches, E. A., Willard, D., Katz, M. (2015). “Quaternary sea level high-stand deposits of the southeast U.S. Atlantic Coastal Plain: Age, distribution, and implications” Presented at the American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, American Geophysical Union San Francisco, CA
  • Hanselman, J. A., Sliko, J., Oches, E. A., Wright, L. (2015). “Using an interdisciplinary approach to enhance climate literacy among K-12 teachers” Presented at the Geological Society of America Northeastern Section, Geological Society of America
  • Szymanski, D. W., Meldrum, H., Davis, P. T., Oches, E. A., Foley, K., Doner, L. (2014). “Views of broadcast meteorlogists on climate change communication with their audiences” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Davis, P. T., Doner, L., McGarry, M., Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Kelsey, E., Perello, M., Gaudette, E., Foley, K. (2014). “Climate Change Communication Between Broadcast Meteorologists and their Viewing Audiences” Presented at the National Science Foundation NSF-AISL PI Conference Washington, D.C.
  • Frechen, M., Oches, E. A., Tsukamoto, S. (2014). “OSL Chronology of Dust Accumulation along the Mississippi Valley” Presented at the14th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating Montreal, Canada
  • Doner, L., Davis, P. T., Lyons, R., Wilkinson, K., Foley, K., McGarry, M. A., Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Aviles, L. (2014). “Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience” Presented at the Lyndon State University Northeast Storm Conference Rutland, Vermont
  • 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 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 theAnnual 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 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 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 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 NSF-TUES PI Meeting Washington, D.C.
  • 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 theGeological 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 Aspen Undergraduate Business Education webinar online
  • 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 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 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA
  • 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 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 XVIII INQUA Congress Bern, Switzerland
  • 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 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 theGeological Society of America North-central Section Abstracts with Programs, vol. 42, no. 2 Branson, MO
  • 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 American Geophysical Union: EOS Transactions, AGU, 91(52), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract PP13A-1496 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 American Geophysical Union: EOS Transactions, AGU, 91(52), Fall Meeting Supplement, Abstract PP11F-03 San Francisco, CA
  • 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 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA
  • 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 theAmerican 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 theGeological 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 theLoessfest '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 theLoessfest '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 theSoutheastern 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 theSoutheastern 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 theSoutheastern 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 theAmerican 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 theAmerican 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 theAmerican 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 theGeological 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 theGeological Society of America Annual Meeting Houston, TX
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Member for Laboratory Safety Committee 2011 - Present
  • Facilities & Equipment Committee 2010 - Present
  • Lab Coordinator (Biochemistry) search committee 2017 - 2017
  • Biochemistry Lecturer search committee 2017 - 2017
  • Environmental Science Lecturer Search Committee 2017 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Psychology Lecturer search committee 2017 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Energy Faculty Search Committee 2016 - 2017
  • Committee Chair for Biotechnology Faculty search committee 2014 - 2014
  • Health Psychology Faculty Search Committee 2013 - 2014
  • Biological Chemistry Faculty Search Committee 2012 - 2013
  • University Service


  • Dean for Arts & Sciences 2018 - Present
  • Task Force Member for President's Energy Task Force 2017 - Present
  • Mentor (Faculty) for Undergraduate Curriculum Reform Task Force 2017 - Present
  • Committee Member for Judicial Board - Level III Hearings 2015 - Present
  • Committee Member for Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee 2017 - 2018
  • Department Chair for Department of Natural & Applied Sciences 2011 - 2018
  • Department Chair for Jennison Renovation Planning Committee 2014 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Interim Provost Search Committee 2017 - 2017
  • Program Coordinator for Earth, Environment & Global Sustainability LSM Coordinator 2009 - 2015
  • Committee Member for Search Committee - Director, Counseling Center 2014 - 2015
  • Task Force Member for Sustainability Task Force 2009 - 2014
  • Committee Member for Search Committee - Associate Dean for Academic Services 2014 - 2014
  • 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 - 2016
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Westfield State University, Department of Environmental Science, External Program Reviewer 2016 - 2016
  • Proposal Review Panel for National Science Foundation Proposal Review Panel 2013 - 2013
  • Proposal Review Panel for National Science Foundation Proposal Review Panel 2012 - 2012