Merger of Geological and Environmental Sciences

In Spring of 2017, the College of Arts and Sciences merged the Environmental Science Program into the Geology Department. The new name for the combined Geology Department and the Environmental Sciences Program is the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

This merger does not change the essential character of the Geology Department, which our current students and alumni know and love, nor does it change the interdisciplinary nature of the Environmental Sciences program curriculum.

The two logos have also been combined into a new logo:

 geology logoenvironmental science logo

new geological and environmental sciences combined logo

We are in the process of updating our new, combined website, but details about this merger are available from Dr. William Anderson, chair of the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.  Dr. Chuanhui Gu is the program contact for existing Environmental Science students.

The academic advisory board for the Environmental Science curriculum consists of the following faculty members:

Chuanhui Gu (Environmental Science Coordinator) is a geochemist and environmental hydrologist who focuses research on the hydrological control on inorganic nitrogen loading to coastal streams.

William Anderson (Geological and Environmental Sciences; non-voting member) is a hydrogeologist and is chair of the Department.

William Armstrong (Geological and Environmental Sciences) is a glaciologist who teaches required classes in the ENV track (Engineering Geology).

Carol Babyak (Chemistry Department Representative) is an environmental chemist who studies water quality, metal speciation using electrochemical methods, and environmental endocrine disruptors using solid phase extraction and high performance liquid chromatography.

Sarah Carmichael (Geological and Environmental Sciences) is a biomineralogist and geochemist with prior experience in the environmental industry, and teaches elective classes in the ENV track (The History of Coal).

Jeff Colby (Geography Department Representative) is a physical geographer with interests in the application of GIS and remote sensing science and technology to watershed, flood, and environmental modeling, and multi-spectral satellite imagery analysis in mountain environments.

Ellen Cowan (Geological and Environmental Sciences) is a geomorphologist and glacial sedimentologist who teaches classes for students in the ENV program (Geomorphology).

Robert Creed (Biology Department Representative) is and aquatic ecologist who is interested in the processes that structure aquatic communities (biotic interactions, disturbance) and evaluating how species can affect ecosystem functions.

Sarah Evans (Geological and Environmental Sciences) is a hydrogeologist who studies the dynamics of ice hydrogeology, and teaches required classes in the ENV track (Hydrogeology).

Scott Marshall (Geological and Environmental Sciences) is a geophysicist who works on problems in structural geology and neotectonics, and teaches a variety of classes in the ENV track (Geophysics, Quantitative Methods).

Jessica Mitchell (Affiliated Faculty - Geography and Environmental Science) has a background in applied remote sensing / GIS, and environmental planning. Her research currently focuses on the integration of terrestrial, airborne and satellite spatial data for 3D vegetation characterization and ecological forecasting.

Carla Penders (Advising) is a lecturer in Physics and Environmental Science and the student advisor for our program.  Carla studies various aspects of environmental phsyics, including stream bed grain sizing, atmospheric physics, and instrumentation/automation.

René Salinas (Mathematics Department Representative) is a mathematical ecologist who develops spatially explicit models to investigate spatial control problems in wildlife populations.

Bob Swarthout (Affiliated Faculty - Chemistry and Environmental Science) is an environmental chemist who studies the impacts of naturally produced organic compounds and organic pollutants derived from unconventional natural gas and oil production on air quality, water quality, and climate using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques.

Lauren Waterworth (Geological and Environmental Sciences) is a geologist and environmental lawyer.  She teaches required classes in the ENV - Environmental Professional Track (Environmental Regulation and Enforcement).