David Griffing, Professor of Geology and Department Chair

243 Johnstone Science Center
griffingd@hartwick.edu
607-431-4629

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

Courses taught:

  • 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.

 

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