Areas of expertise:
Modern and Ancient Coral Reefs, Carbonate/Tropical Marine Geology, Devonian Geology and Paleontology of New York State, Economic Mineralogy
Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton
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.