Russell Scholars Program

Irwin Novak, Ph.D.

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Office Location

112A Bailey Hall




Irwin Novak, professor of geology, is a member of the faculty of the department of geosciences at the University of Southern Maine. Born in The Bronx, New York, he attended Hunter College (B.A.), the University of Florida (M.S.), and, in 1971, received the Ph.D. from Cornell University. In 1991, he began a geological odyssey in Greece that led to his use of satellite imagery in research on the island of Lesvos. With his Greek colleague Nikos Soulakellis, he published "Identifying geomorphic features using LANDSAT-5/TM data-processing techniques on Lesvos, Greece" in the journal Geomorphology in 2000 and he has given numerous presentations involving the application of satellite imagery to interpret the geology of Lesvos and Chios, another Greek isle. Currently, he is enjoying the relative quiet of teaching classes and doing research. His research is currently focused in Greece where he spends at least two months per year with his wife, Mary Snell. Together they offer the Russell Scholars Summer Study Abroad Program in Greece. He collaborates with faculty members at the University of the Aegean on the island of Lesvos. His primary area of interest is the geology and landscapes of earth as viewed from space.