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Michael Tarullo, M.S.


M.S., Monmouth University

B.S., New Jersey City University

Office: Edison, Room 147A

Phone: 732-923-4772


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


Research Interests:

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 and Highlands.  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 Building.

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.


Michael Tarullo Field Trip 06-27-2015