Michael Tarullo, M.S.
M.S., Monmouth University
B.S., New Jersey City University
Office: Edison, Room 147A
Spring 2016 Office Hours:
By appointment only
Spring 2016 Courses:
Regularly Taught Courses:
Introduction to Geology
Principles of Software Engineering
Michael Tarullo's Alumni Profile
Professor Tarullo’s research interests involve the
application of software engineering to the geological sciences.
Currently he is actively involved in developing digital
imaging software that can be used to study and measure textural features of a
wide variety of rocks. Professor Tarullo
is working in collaboration with Professor Andriani of the University of Bari,
Italy to perfect the functionality of the software for use in Professor
Andriani’s research on calcarenites
He is also considering other ways to combine his background
in both computer science and geology.
Future projects under consideration are computer modeling and simulation
of the fluid flow depositional dynamics of the Jurassic alluvial fans of the
Newark Basin Passaic Formation in New Jersey,
and computer modeling of the geochemistry of oolite formation in the
Cambrian-Ordovician Allentown\Jasksonburgcarbonate sequence in western New Jersey.
Professor Tarullo, along with Professor Carl Natter, is currently
involved in creating a high-quality collection of rocks and fossils for the Monmouth
University collection. Together they
have collected excellent samples from the New
Jersey Newark Basin
More recently they are expanding the scope of the collection to include
rocks from other parts of the United States. In the future they hope to have these samples
on display in the renovated Edison Science
The photo below shows Professors Tarullo and Natter with School of Science Summer Research Program students and faculty at the base of Castle Point in Hoboken, NJ. They are inspecting ophiolite serpentinites derived from material from the upper mantle of the earth. This rock was formed approximately 500 million years ago.