Dr. Werts is an associate professor of geology at Winthrop. He received his Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. Prior to arriving at Winthrop, Werts worked as a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Throughout his career, Werts also has spent time in the weather service in U.S. Marine Corps as a hydrogeologist in environmental consulting and in the Paleontology Department of the Calvert Marine Museum.
Werts currently teaches courses in "Physical Geology," "Earth and Space Systems," "Geochemistry," "Hydrogeology," and "Soils." His research focuses on utilizing various aspects of soil material to investigate everything from long-term carbon sequestration in soils using stable isotope trends in soil biological materials to investigating heating in soils from surface fires and investigating the geomorphology and stable isotope composition of peat cores for paleoclimate studies.