Daniel R. Rogers

Biography

Dr. Daniel Rogers joined the faculty at Stonehill in 2014. His teaching interests include analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry and microbiology. He also serves within the Environmental Sciences and Studies Program and is actively working with other faculty to build an Earth and Planetary Sciences program at the College. Dr. Rogers has transdisciplinary research interests, bridging the interface between environmental chemistry and microbiology to better understand how life and the environment shape each other.

Dr. Rogers' training is equal parts geochemistry and microbiology, earning a M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Connecticut using electrochemical techniques, thermodynamic models and traditional microbiological techniques to investigate the roles of different physiologies in driving the lithification of modern marine stromatolytes. Dr. Rogers then moved to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a Research Associate, studying metal-oxidizing metabolisms in autotrophic, basalt-oxidizing deep-sea prokaryotes. Much of this work and subsequent work involved designing and building equipment to make appropriate measurements in the environment (in situ). He earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography where he focused on combining isotopic techniques and molecular biology to better understand the rates of chemical transformation within the nitrogen cycle and which microorganisms drive those changes in a coastal groundwater system. For his postdoc, Dr. Rogers returned to the deep-sea using isotopic studies and molecular biology to constrain the rates of carbon-fixation, methanogenesis and sulfate-reduction at hydrothermal vents.

At Stonehill College, Rogers’ lab continues to focus on leveraging geochemical and biological techniques to develop a better understanding how chemicals (e.g. nitrogen or pharmaceutical pollutants) travel through the ecosystem, what processes are actively transforming these chemicals and at what rates these transformations occur. He is interested in developing the techniques and instrumentation needed to measure these pollutants in situ. Students working with Dr. Rogers have included undergraduate and graduate researchers from the disciplines of chemistry, biology, geology, physics and engineering.

Education

  • B.S. University of Connecticut
  • M.S. University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program

Research Interests

  • Biogeochemical cycling in coastal and deep-sea environments
  • In situ techniques and instruments to access biological activity

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemistry Lab
  • Global Biogeochemical Cycles