Joseph D. Ortiz

Joseph D. Ortiz

Office Location:
Room 336 McGilvrey Hall
Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday 10:30 - 11:30 am; Thursday 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
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With training in Aquatic Biology and Oceanography, I work at the interface between sciences unraveling climate mysteries, exploring the relationship between sedimentary strata, and helping to improve water quality using electromagnetic sensing techniques.

My primary research interest is in the area of  paleoclimate. I study sedimentary records to extract climate-related information on seasonal  to glacial-interglacial  time scales. I employ diverse methods ranging from marine micropaleontology to light isotope geochemistry and core and well logging to decipher Earth's climate record.



Sedimentology, Climate Change, Well Logging Energy/Sector, water quality, Environmental Geology, Climate, Environment, diversity in STEM education, geoscience STEM education, diversity and intercultural dialogue, interconnections of human organizations and social groups


  • Lewis, A.R., Simone, D., Williams, J., Erin, M.I., and Ortiz, J.D., Using visible derivative spectroscopy to assess flaked projectile point provenance: application and preliminary analysis of the Welling Site, Ohio, U.S.A., Archeometry, in press.
  • Olaoye, I.A.; Confesor, R.B., Jr.; Ortiz, J.D. Impact of Agricultural Practices onWater Quality of Old Woman Creek Watershed, Ohio. Agriculture 2021, 11, 426
  • Olaoye, I.A., Confesor, R.B., Jr., Ortiz, J.D. Effect of Projected Land Use and Climate Change on Water Quality of Old Woman Creek Watershed, Ohio. Hydrology, 2021, 8, 62
  • Olaoye, I.A., Confesor, R.B., Jr., Ortiz, J.D. Impact of Seasonal Variation in Climate on Water Quality of Old Woman Creek Watershed Ohio Using SWAT. Climate, 2021, 9, 50
  • Cawse-Nicholson...Ortiz, J.D., et al, the SBG Algorithms Working Group NASA’s surface biology and geology designated observable: A perspective on surface imaging algorithms, Remote Sensing of Environment 257 (2021) 112349
  • Maselli, V.,... and Ortiz, J.D., A 1,000-year-old tsunami in the Indian Ocean points to greater risk for East Africa: REPLY,GEOLOGY, 49, 2021. e516-e516
  • Judice, T., Widder, E.A., Falls, W.H., Avouris, D.M., Cristiano, D.J., & Ortiz, J.D. Field-validated detection of Aureoumbra lagunensis brown tide blooms in the Indian River Lagoon...GeoHealth, accepted pending revision, 2020
  • Maselli, V., Oppo, D., Moore, A.L, Gusman, A.R., Mtelela, C., Iacopini, D., Taviani, M., Mjema, E., Mulaya, E. Che, M.m Tomioka, A.L., Mshiu, E., and Ortiz, J.D., A 1,000-year-old tsunami in the Indian Ocean points to greater risk for East Africa, GEOLOGY
  • Ortiz, J.D., Palaeoclimate: ancient ice sheet collapse, Nature Geoscience, in press, 2020
  • Akins, L., Ortiz, J.D., Leff, L.G., (2019) Strain-specific responses of toxic and non-toxic Microcystis aeruginosa to exudates of heterotrophic bacteria, Hydrobiologica,


American Geophysical Union (AGU), Oceanography Society (TOS), Geological Society of America (GSA), Sigma Xi (Scientific research honor society), American Quaternary Association (AMQUA), National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), Northern Ohio Geological Society (NOGS)


Research Institutes and Initiatives

Global Understanding Research Initiative, Healthy Communities Research Initiative