Michael "Bodhi" Rogers
Chair, Professor

Office: North Classroom 3123B


    Michael "Bodhi" Rogers is a Professor of Physics and Chair of the Physics Department at CU Denver. Along with being a Ph.D. physicist he is also a registered professional archaeologist. Bodhi's research focuses on geophysical archaeology approaches such as ground-penetrating radar and magnetometry to map buried features of interest at archaeology sites. His most recent interests are in digital preservation of historic sites and artifacts using 3D Laser Scanning with a focus on castles in Ireland. He received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from the State University of New York at Geneseo. His graduate degrees in archaeology and physics are from Oregon State University. Before joining the CU Denver faculty Bodhi was a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York for 16 years. I've been a photograph my entire life and you can see some of my photographs on my Flickr site.


    • Architecture and Artifact Preservation and Public Accessibility:  Undergraduate students and I are using state-of-the-art 3D laser scanning and printing to digitally preserve historic houses and artifacts. We've digitally preserved at a resolution of readings every 5 mm the President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington D.C., Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark in Fort Johnson NY, Grant Cottage, Seward House, Philipse Manor Hall, and Trim Castle (Ireland).
    • Non-Invasive Imaging of Archaeology Sites: My research examines methods of increasing the accuracy and efficiency of ground-based remote sensing (GBRS). I am interested in all types of GBRS methods, but my current research focus is on magnetometry and ground-penetrating radar. My research is often applied to archaeology projects and to helping solve environmental problems. I'm currently interested in examining how people interacted with each other and their environment on a landscape scale. Archaeogeophysical survey methods can cover approximately 2 acres each day while taking readings every 5 cm in one direction and every 25 cm in the other direction. 
    • Education Research: My research examines how curricular reform can lead to improved student achievement of learning outcomes and improved sense of belonging. 

    • Registered Professional Archaeologist : License # 39722070
    • Ph.D., Oregon State University, Physics, 2003
    • M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Oregon State University, Archaeology, 2001
    • M.S., Oregon State University, Physics, 1999
    • B.A., SUNY @ Geneseo, Mathematics and Physics, 1994

    Farrington, A. Anticipated 2020. Virtual Historical Preservation of the Old Fort Johnson Estate Through the Development of an iOS Augmented Reality App. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Cuzzi, C. 2020. Fused Deposition Modelling: Printing Laser Scans of Ferns Castle. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Polcari, A. 2020. The Physics of Frisbee Flight. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Weeks, S. 2020. Visualizing in 3D: How to Display a 3D Point Cloud from Laser Scan Data using WebGL. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Lazarevic, S. 2019. The Mechanical and Conductive Properties of Caramel. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Cosentino, K. 2018. Harvesting Electricity from a Cryptocurrency Mining Chip. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Kesel, H. 2018. Examining the National Parks Service Statements on using Laser Scanners to Collect Measurements for a Historic American Building Survey. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Pomer, K. 2018. Creating Accurate Digital and Physical Models of the Papier-Mache Ceiling Figures in Philipse Manor Hall. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Bouricius, B. 2017. Get a Grip: An Exploration of 3D Printed Mechanical Prosthetic Hands. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Fedora, R. 2017. Using Drone-Based Photogrammetry to Supplement Ground-based 3D Laser Scanning for Historic Preservation. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Fischler, M. 2017. 2 Ground Penetrating Radar and its applicability in determining underground materials and subsurface structures on asteroid surfaces. BS Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Steele, T. 2017. Reducing Warping in Architectural Fused Deposition Models. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Antonacci, N. 2016. Quantitative Literacy in First-Year College Calculus Students. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Coldren, K. 2016. Using 3D Laser Scanning as a Method for Architectural Preservation and Analysis. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Hejna, J. 2016. Automating Magnetometer Data & Processing Using Java. BS Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Larsen, D. 2016. Using Discourse Analysis to Further Understand Einstein's and Poincare's 1905 Papers on Special Relativity. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Van de Wall, E. 2016. The Use of 3D Laser Scanning for Architectural Conservation. BS Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Mahoney, C. 2015. Comparing Cesium and Fluxgate Magnetometer and Total Field and Gradient Modes at a Range of Archaeology Sites. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Woodward, C. 2015. Archaeogeophysical Surveys of Washingtonian Hall: A Revolutionary War Era House in Endwell, New York. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Hallock, R. 2014. Generating Electricity From Compost Using the Seebeck Effect. BS Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Bradac, D. 2013. Locating Revolutionary War Era Unmarked Burials with Archaeogeophysical Surveying, Morris County, New Jersey. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Hill, H. 2013. Acoustics of Marimba Bars. BA Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Wu, J. 2013. Using Discourse Analysis to Understand Poincare and Einstein’s Scientific Arguments in their 1905 Papers on Special Relativity. BS Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Hurley, K. 2011. Archaeogeophysical Survey of an 18th Century Manor House in the Mohawk River Valley. BS Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Ahearn, C. 2010. Sustainably Charging Batteries With Compost. BS Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Hanrahan, R. 2009. Gains Found in the Maryland Physics Expectation Survey for Introductory College Physics. BS Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    Howard, C. 2009. The Compost Thermal Heating Project: Using Thermoelectric Modules to Charge Batteries with a Compost Pile. BS Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    DeBeck, G. 2008. Identifying and Reducing Positional Errors in Cesium Magnetometer Surveys. BS Thesis. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

    May 2019: $1,199,384: National Science Foundation DUE-1852870 Preparation of STEM Teachers for Professional Growth and Effectiveness [Note that I stepped down as PI when I moved to CU Denver]

    August 2011: $1,197,000: National Science Foundation DUE-1136320 Ithaca College Robert Noyce Scholarship Program

    June 2009: $60,638: National Science Foundation. BCS#0917734 Collaborative Research: the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project. Investigating Social Transformation in Late Bronze Age Cyprus

    March 2009: $149,104: National Science Foundation. DUE#0837721 Multidisciplinary Sustainability Modules: Integrating STEM Courses

    February 2009: $33,299: National Science Foundation. DUE: 0837301 Collaborative Research: Paradigms in Physics: Creating and Testing Materials to Facilitate Dissemination of the Energy and Entropy Module

    June 2007: $188,071: National Science Foundation. BCS#0722572 Acquisition of Geophysics Survey Instruments for Archaeological Geophysics Research and Training

    January 2007: $150,000: National Science Foundation. DUE#0536246 Creating a Performance-Based Physics Program for Introductory Physics and Astronomy Classes Using the SCALE-UP Model of Teaching Physics

    Michael Rogers, Ryan Bouricius, Denis Shine, and Stephen Mandal. “Capturing Carrick – A Digital Approach to Constructing and Deconstructing the Modern and Relict Landscape” in Carrick, County Wexford: Ireland's first Anglo-Norman stronghold. Eds Denis Shine, Michael Potterton, Stephen Mandal, Catherine McLoughlin. Four Courts Press Ltd. 2019.

    Scott Stull and Michael Rogers. “Chapter 7: The Surrender and Aftermath of the Battles” in The Saratoga Campaign: Uncovering an Embattled Landscape. Eds. William A. Griswold and Donald W. Linebaugh. University Press of New England. 2016. pp. 163-178.

    Michael Rogers. “Chapter 1: Visualizing an Integrated Landscape using Archaeogeophysical and 3D Laser Surveying” in From West to East: Current Approaches in Medieval Archaeology. Eds. Scott Stull. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2015. pp. 6-19.

    Michael Rogers. “Chapter 3: Archaeogeophysical Surveys” in Corey Village and the 16th Century Cayuga World,  Ed. Jack Rossen. Syracuse University Press. 2015. pp. 35-40.

    Michael Rogers. “Chapter 8: Archaeological Geophysics: Seeing Deeper with Technology to Compliment Digging” in Archaeology in 3D: Deciphering Buried Sites in the Western U.S. Eds. Matthew Seddon, Heidi Roberts, and Richard V.N. Ahlstrom. Society for American Archaeology Press. 2011. pp. 114-137. 

    Barry J. Allred, Michael Rogers, M. Reza Ehsani,  and Jeffrey J. Daniels. “Chapter 8: Additional Geophysical Methods with Probable Significant Future Use in Agriculture: Magnetometry, Self-Potential, and Seismic” in Handbook of Agricultural Geophysics. Eds. Barry Allred, ,Jeffrey J. Daniels, and Mohammad Reza Ehsani. CRC Press. 2008. pp. 147-152.

    Antonacci, N., M. Rogers, T. Pfaff, and J. Hamilton. 2017. Figures and First Years: An Analysis of Calculus Students' Use of Figures in Technical Reports. Numeracy. 10 (2) Article 10.

    Saltzman, J., M. F. Price, and M. B. Rogers. 2016. "Initial study of neutral post-instruction responses on the Maryland Physics Expectation Survey." Physical Review Physics Education Research 12.1 (2016): 013101.

    Gerard-Little, P., A. Moutner, K. Jordan, and M. Rogers. 2016. The Production of Affluence in Central New York: The Archaeology and History of Geneva’s White Springs Manor, 1806–1951. Historical Archaeology. 50 (3), pp. 36-64. 

    Price, M. and M. Rogers. Accepted 2014. Teaching Nature of Science through Scientific Models: The Geocentric vs. Heliocentric Cosmology. Journal of College Science Teaching. 

    Rogers, M., Pfaff, T., Hamilton, J., & Erkan, A. (2015). Using Sustainability Themes and Multidisciplinary Approaches to Enhance STEM Education. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 16(4), pp. 523 - 536.

    Davidowsky, P., and Rogers, M. 2015. Debunking a Video on YouTube as an Authentic Research Experience. The Physics Teacher, 53(5), pp. 304-306.

    Rogers, M., M. Price, L. Keller, and A. Crouse. 2015. Implementing Comprehensive Reform of Introductory Physics at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution: A Longitudinal Case Study. Journal of College Science Teaching. V44 (3) pp. 90-98.

    Stull, S., M. Rogers, and K. Hurley. 2014. Colonial Houses and Cultural Identity in New York State’s Mohawk River Valley. Archaeological Discovery. No. 2, pp. 13-25.

    Stull, S., M. Rogers, and N. Batruch. 2013. Finding Fort Hardy: Combining Documentary Research, Remote Sensing, and Excavation to Locate a French and Indian War Fort. Northeast Anthropology. No. 79-80, pp. 125–143.

    Rogers, M., T. Pfaff, J. Hamilton, A. Erkan. 2013. Incorporating Sustainability and 21st Century Problem Solving into Physics Courses. The Physics Teacher. V51. pages 372. doi:10.1119/1.4818380. 

    D. Roundy, and M. Rogers. 2013. Exploring the thermodynamics of a rubber band. American Journal of Physics. Vol. 81, pp 20-23. doi: 10.1119/1.4757908

    M. Rogers, J. Leon, K. Fisher, S. Manning, D. Sewell. 2012. Comparing Similar Ground-Penetrating Radar Surveys Under Different Moisture Conditions at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Cyprus. Archaeological Prospection. DOI: 10.1002/arp.1435. 

    Gerard-Little, P., M. Rogers, and K. Jordan. 2012. Understanding the Built Environment at the Seneca Iroquois White Springs Site using Large-scale, Multi-instrument Archaeogeophysical Surveys. Journal of Archaeological Science. V39. pages 2042-2048. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2012.02.011.

    Erkan, A., T. Pfaff, J. Hamilton, and M. Rogers. 2012. Multidisciplinary Problem Solving in Data Structures and Algorithms. In SIGCSE ’12: Proceedings of the 43rd SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, pages 9-14, New York, NY, USA, ACM. doi:10.1145/2157136.2157146

    Pfaff, T., A. Erkan, J. Hamilton, M. Rogers. Jan 2011. Multidisciplinary Engagement of Calculus Students in Climate Issues. Sencer: Science Education and Civic Engagement-An International Journal.

    Pfaff, T., M. Rogers, A, Erkan, and J, Hamilton. 2011. Go Figure, Calculus Students use of Figures and Graphs in Technical Report Writing. Numeracy. V4 Issue 1. doi:10.5038/1936-4660.4.1.6

    Kregenow, J., M. Rogers, M. Price. 2011. Is there a "back" of the room when the teacher is in the middle?. Journal of College Science Teaching. V60 (6).

    Hamilton, J., M. Rogers, T. Pfaff, and A. Erkan. 2010. Multidisciplinary Collaborations in the Traditional Classroom: Wrestling with Global Climate Change to Improve Science Education. "Teaching the Earth," a special edition of Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy.

    Erkan, A., J. Hamilton, T. Pfaff, and M. Rogers. 2010. Use of Satellite Imagery in Multidisciplinary Projects. In SIGCSE '10: Proceedings of the 41st SIGCSE technical symposium on Computer Science education, pages 32-36, New York, NY, USA, ACM. doi:10.1145/1734263.1734275

    Kregenow, J., Rogers, M., and Constas, M., 2010. Multidimensional Education Research: Managing Multiple Data Streams, Astronomy Education Review. 9 (1), doi: 10.3847/AER2009047

    Rogers, M.B., Faehndrich, K., Roth, B., Shear, G., 2010. Cesium Magnetometer Surveys at a Pithouse Site near Silver City, New Mexico, Journal of Archaeological Science (2010), doi:10.1016/j.jas.2009.12.010

    Rogers, M. An Inquiry-based course using “Physics?” in Cartoons and Movies. 2006. The Physics Teacher. Vol 44. doi:10.1119/1.2409508

    Rogers, M.B., J.E. Baham, M.I. Dragila. 2006. Effect Of Soil Iron Content On Magnetometer Survey's Ability To Locate Subsurface Agricultural Drainage Pipes. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 22(5): 701-704. 

    Rogers, M. B.,  J. R. Cassidy, M. I. Dragila. 2005. Ground-based Magnetic Surveys as a New Technique to Locate Subsurface Drainage Pipes: A Case Study. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 21 (3):421-426.

    Rogers, M., B. Bouricius, D. Shine, S. Mandal, and S. Stull. Laser Scanning Trim Castle. Archaeology Ireland. Vol 32 (3) Issue No 125. Autumn 2018. pp 34-39.

    M. O’Sullivan, Rogers, M., D. Shine, and S. Mandal. Seir Kieran - Place, Pilgrimage, and Tradition in the Monastic Midlands. Offaly Heritage Journal. No 10. 2018. pp 21-42.

    Hamilton, J., T. Pfaff, M. Rogers, and A. Erkan. 2013. On Jargon: 21st Century Problems. The UMAP Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications. V34 (4).

    M. Rogers and S. Stull. 2013. A Multi-method Examination of an American Revolutionary War era House Fort in New York State's Mohawk Valley. In Archaeological Prospection: Extended Abstracts for 10th International Conference on Archaeological Prospection, p. 319-320. edited by W. Neubauer, I. Trinks, R. Salisbury, and C. Einwogerer.

    M.Rogers, K. Fisher, J. Leon, S. Manning. 2012. Large-scale Archaeogeophysical Surveys at the Late Bronze Age Settlements at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios and Maroni-Vournes/-Tsaroukkas in Cyprus. International Society of Archaeological Prospection News. Issue 32. 

    M. Rogers, K. Fisher, J. Leon, S. Manning. 2012. Large-scale Archaeogeophysical Surveys at the Late Bronze Age Settlements at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios and Maroni-Vournes/-Tsaroukkas in Cyprus. International Society of Archaeological Prospection News. Vol 32. pp 8-10.

    J. Leon, K. Fisher, S. Manning, and M. Rogers. 2012. Interim Report on the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project: The 2011 Field Season. Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus 2013.

    Fisher, K., J. Leon, S. Manning, M. Rogers, D. Sewell. 2012. The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project: Introduction and Preliminary Report on the 2008 and 2010 Seasons. Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus 2011-2012.

    Ahearn, C. and C. Howard [M. Rogers, Faculty Advisor]. 2010. Sustainably Charging Batteries Using Compost. NCUR 2010 Proceedings. National Conferences on Undergraduate Research.

    M. Rogers. 2017. Ground-penetrating Radar survey at the Schenck Playground in Brooklyn, NY. Report for Hartgen Archaeology Inc.

    M. Rogers. 2017. Locating Unmarked Grave Shafts with Archaeogeophysical Surveying, Maplewood Cemetery, Genoa, NY. Report for the Maplewood Cemetery Association.

    M. Rogers. 2015. Ground-penetrating Radar and Magnetometry Surveys at the Larder Site, Clark County, NV. Report for HRA Inc., Conservation Archaeology.

    M. Rogers. 2014. Locating Unmarked Grave Shafts with Archaeogeophysical Surveying, Perry Public Library, Perry, NY. Report for the Perry Public Library Board of Trustees. 

    M. Rogers. 2013. Locating Unmarked Burials with Archaeogeophysical Surveying, Pioneer Park, Dansville, NY. Report for the Dansville Area Historical Society.

    M. Rogers. 2011. Locating Unmarked Burials with Ground-Penetrating Radar, Weedsport, NY. Report for the Public Archaeology Facility—Binghamton University.

    D. Bradac and M. Rogers. 2011. Archaeogeophysical Surveys at a Revolutionary War Era Cemetery in Morris County, New Jersey. Report for Robert Nichols, Cemetery Sexton, Rockaway Presbyterian Cemetery.

    M. Rogers. 2009. Archaeological Geophysical Investigations of the Springs Preserve Pithouse Village Site, Las Vegas, NV. Report for the Springs Preserve.

    M. Rogers. 2007. Cesium Magnetometer and Ground-Penetrating Radar Studies at the Burnt Hill Mound Complex, Finger Lakes National Forest, NY. Report for the National Forest Service and Seneca Nation.

    Rogers, M. 2006. Cesium Magnetometer and Ground-Penetrating Radar Studies at Fort Hardy Park, Schuylerville, New York. Submitted to Scott Stull, PhD., Hartgen Archaeological Associates, Inc. Rensselaer, NY.

    Rogers, M. 2006. Cesium Magnetometer Studies at the Corey "Healing" Village Site near Aurora, NY.

    Rogers, M. 2005. Cesium Magnetometer Studies at the Betts Historic Farmstead Site near Troy, NY. Submitted to Chris Hazel, RPA, HAZEx, Ithaca, NY

    Rogers, M. 2004. Establishing Longitudinal Wildlife Census Quadrangles in Sterling Forest State Park, Sterling Forest, New York.

    Rogers, M. 2002. Ultra High Resolution Cesium Magnetometer Feasibility Study at the Bridge Maintenance Shop Site (Site # 35CS64) near Bridge, Oregon. Submitted to Stephan R. Samuels, BLM District Archaeologist Bureau of Land Management Coos Bay Districte North Bend, OR.

    Rogers, M. 2002. Ultra High Resolution Cesium Magnetometer Feasibility Study at the Klondike Gold Rush City of Dyea, Alaska. Submitted to Dr. David Brauner, Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

    Rogers, M. 2001. Cesium Magnetometer Survey of the Corvallis Historic Water Front, Oregon State University's 2001 Archaeological Field School Site, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Submitted to Dr. Barbara Roth, Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

    Rogers, M. 1999. Ground-Penetrating Radar Survey of the Toledo Turntable Site : Toledo, Oregon. Submitted to The Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society, Toledo, OR.

    Rogers, M. 2003. Effect of iron redistribution in soils on cesium magnetometer surveys at the Oregon State University research dairy. PhD diss. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University, Department of Physics.

    Rogers, M. 2001. Detection of burials at the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians historic period cemetery, Oregon: A comparison of ground-based remote sensing methods. MA thesis Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University, Department of Anthropology.