DepartmentGeology and Environmental Sciences
Areas of Expertise
Modern and Ancient Coral Reefs, Carbonate/Tropical Marine Geology, Devonian Geology and Paleontology of New York State, Economic Mineralogy
EducationPh.D., State University of New York at Binghamton
Professor of Geology and Department Chair
- GEOL 107 – Introduction to Physical Geology
- GEOL 110 – Environmental Geology
- GEOL 200 – Oceanography
- GEOL 205 – Paleontology
- GEOL 227 – Experiential Field Studies (study area changes yearly)
- GEOL 274 – Off-campus Field studies Orientation (Fall prep-course for GEOL 275)
- GEOL 275 – Off-campus Field Studies: Geology and Natural History of Hawaii (J-Term course offered every 2-3 years). Current coordinator of this long-running course.
- GEOL 275 – Off-campus Field Studies: Field Geology in the Desert Southwest (J-Term course offered occasionally)
- GEOL 304 – Tectonics
- GEOL 306 – Mineralogy
- GEOL 311 – Field Geology
- GEOL 489 – Pre-thesis Research
- GEOL 490 – Senior Project
Distinctions (Awards, Fellowships and Grants):
- 2015 Freedman Prize in collaboration with student Skylar Kortright ’17
- 2013 Freedman Prize in collaboration with student Caitlin Pointer ’14
- 2013 Freedman Prize in collaboration with students Danielle Lord ’14 and Jenae Withey ’14 (co-advisor Dr. Balogh-Brunstad)
- 2013 Trustees Faculty Research Grant – Project Title: Post-mortem coral alteration and the role of microbial carbonate fixing in modern and fossil reefs, San Salvador Island, Bahamas: key components in understanding the effects of past greenhouse climates on coral reef environments.
- 2011 Mellon Presidential J-Term Development Grant (with Eric Johnson) – Development of the off-campus J-Term course Field Geology of the Desert Southwest.
- 2010 Freedman Prize in collaboration with student Brandt Kayser ’11
- 2010 Freedman Prize in collaboration with student Skylar Haas ’11 (co-advisor Dr. Johnson)
- Hartwick Trustees Faculty Research Grants – Project Title: Marble Weathering and Influences on Climate and
- Fault Movement on Landscape. For 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years.