Postdoctoral Fellows

Sam RoySam Roy

Home department: Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions
Research project: New England Sustainability Consortium: Future of Dams
Faculty Mentor: David Hart

Article about Sam: Rising to the Surface for Sustainability Solutions

Professional Preparation:

  • Ph.D. Geodynamics
    University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • M.S. Earth Sciences
    University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • B.S. Earth Sciences, magna cum laude
    University of Maine, Orono, ME

Research Interests on the Future of Dams Project:

  • Assess impacts and trade-offs of biophysical and hydropower parameters
    • Forecast hydrologic conditions to help optimize fish passage and hydro power: eels and salmon
    • Develop hydrologic conditions for dam removal/prehistoric/climate change scenarios
  • Develop educational approaches for graduate and undergraduate training in Sustainability Science
  • Contribute to stakeholder workshops to develop knowledge about stakeholder engagement process effectiveness
    • Analyze effectiveness of participatory modeling with stakeholders in a small- to moderate- sized mill dam scenarios on a variety of outcomes

Selected Publications:

Winski, D., Osterberg, E., Ferris, D., Kreutz, K., Wake, C., Campbell, S., Hawley, R., Roy, S.G., Birkel, S., Introne, D., Handley, M. (in review). Industrial-age doubling of snow accumulation in Alaska linked to tropical ocean warming. PNAS.

Kravitz, K., Upton, P., Mueller, K., Roy, S.G. (2017). Topographic controlled forcing of salt flow: Three-dimensional models of an active salt system, Canyonlands, Utah. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122.1, 710-733.

Roy, S.G., Koons, P.O., Upton, P., Tucker, G.E. (2016). Dynamic links among rock damage, erosion, and strain during orogenesis. Geology, accepted, doi: 10.1130/G37753.1.

Roy, S.G., Tucker, G.E., Smith, S., Koons, P.O., Upton, P. (2015). A fault runs through it: modeling the influence of heterogeneous rock mass strength and grain-size distribution in a fault-damaged landscape. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, in review.

Roy, S.G., Koons, P.O., Osti, B., Tucker, G.E., Upton, P. (2015). Multi-scale characterization of topographic anisotropy. Computers and Geosciences 90B, 102-116.

Roy, S.G., Koons, P.O., Upton, P., Tucker, G.E. (2015). The influence of crustal strength fields on patterns and rates of fluvial incision. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 120, 275-299, doi 10.1002/2014JF003281.

Campbell, S., Roy, S.G., Kreutz, K., Arcone, S., Koons, P.O., Osterberg, E. (2013). Strain Rate Estimates for Crevasse formation at an Alpine Ice Divide: Mount Hunter, Alaska. Annals of Glaciology, 54(63).

Roy, S. G., Johnson, S. E., Koons, P. O., & Jin, Z. (2012). Fractal analysis and thermal-elastic modeling of a subvolcanic magmatic breccia: The role of post-fragmentation partial melting and thermal fracture in clast size distributions. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 13(5), Q05009. doi:10.1029/2011GC004018.