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Michael Poage

Michael PoageAssociate Professor

  • Office: Walsh 118
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  • Office Phone: 724-357-5627


  • B.S., Dartmouth College, Earth Sciences
  • M.S., University of Montana , Igneous Petrology
  • Ph.D., Dartmouth College, Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry

Courses Taught:

GEOS 101/102 Dynamic Earth and Lab
GEOS 201 Foundations of Geology
GEOS 202 Quantitative Methods in the Geosciences
GEOS 152 Physical Resources of the Earth
GEOS 301 Mineralogy and Petrology
GEOS 311 Geochemistry
GEOS 313 Soils and Soil Geochemistry
GEOS 402 Northern Rockies Field Workshop

Professional Interests:

Soil Geochemistry, Paleoclimate, Paleoaltimetry

Current Projects:

Soil geochemistry and metazoan habitat suitability in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Selected Publications:

Poage, M.A., Barrett, J.E., Virginia, R.A. and Wall, D.H. (2008) The influence of soil geochemistry on nematode distribution, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica: Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, v. 40, p. 119-228; DOI:10.1657/1523-0430(06051([POAGE]2.0.CO;2.

Bate, D.B., Barrett, J.E., Poage, M.A. and Virginia, R.A. (2008) Phosphorus cycling in an Antarctic Polar Desert: Geoderma, v. 144, p. 21-31.

Poage, M.A. and Chamberlain, C.P. (2006) Rising mountain ranges: Science, v. 311. p. 478-479.

Poage, M.A. and Feng, X.F. (2004) A theoretical analysis of steady state d13C profiles of soil organic matter: Global Biogeochemical Cycles, v. 18, no. 2, GB2016, doi:10.1029/2003GB002195.

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  • Geoscience Department
  • Walsh Hall, Room 111
    302 East Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2379
  • Fax: 724-357-6208
  • Office Hours
  • Mon. and Wed.: 8:00 a.m.–2:15 p.m.
  • Tue., Thu., Fri: 8;00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Closed 12:00–1:00 p.m. daily