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. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce is the program contact for existing Environmental Science students.

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

Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce (Geological and Environmental Sciences) is the director of the Environmental Science program.

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

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

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 (Energy Extraction in Appalachia).

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

Mike Madritch (Biology Department Representative) studies biodiversity changes, shifts in climate, and invasive species and their influences on ecosystems.

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).

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. He teaches the Biogeochemical Cycles class in the ENV track.

Lauren Waterworth (Geological and Environmental Sciences) is a geologist and environmental lawyer.  She teaches several classes in the ENV tracks (Environmental Regulation and Enforcement, Issues in Environmental Geology).