Fulltime Faculty


Suzanne Baldwin


Michael G. and Susan T. Thonis Professor of Earth Sciences
218 Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-4920

Prof. Baldwin specializes in noble gas thermochronology, P-T-t evolution of crustal terranes, plate boundary processes in the southwest Pacific, continental extensional tectonics.

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Laura Condon


Assistant Professor
151D Link Hall
315-443-3307

Dr. Condon focuses on large-scale water sustainability and the dynamic behavior of managed hydrologic systems in the context of past development and future climate change.

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Paul Fitzgerald


Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


Professor of Earth Sciences
207 Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-2619

Prof. Fitzgerald specializes in low-temperature thermochronology (fission track, U-Th/He) applied to tectonics in extensional, convergent and strike-slip regimes. He has projects in Antarctica, the Basin and Range Province, Papua New Guinea, Alaska and the Pyrenees.

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Greg Hoke


Associate Professor
314 Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-1903

Dr. Hoke studies the interactions of climate and tectonics on the earth's surface using geomorphology and the stratigraphic record. His active research projects are in the southern central Andes and SE Tibet.

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Linda Ivany


Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
214 Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-3626

Prof. Ivany specializes in evolutionary paleoecology, geobiology, and paleoclimatology.

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Christopher Junium


Assistant Professor
322A Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-8969

Prof. Junium is a stable isotope and organic geochemist focusing on global climate change through geological time.

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Jeffrey A. Karson


Professor
222 Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-7976

Prof. Jeff Karson's expertise lies in structural geology and tectonics of oceanic spreading centers. Field Geology. Relationships between magmatic construction and mechanical extension.

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Christa A. Kelleher


Assistant Professor
215 Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-1402

Prof. Christa Kelleher uses a combination of observations and computational models to investigate hydrology and water quality across a variety of spatio-temporal scales.

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Laura Lautz


Associate Professor
317 Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-1196

Prof. Lautz specializes in physical hydrologic processes and their influence on water quality and movement through watersheds.

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Zunli Lu


Assistant Professor
310 Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-0281

Prof. Lu specializes in low temperature geochemistry and uses a variety of methods (trace elements, isotopes and models) to investigate crustal fluids, carbon cycle and global environmental changes.

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Robert Moucha


Assistant Professor
208A Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-6239

Prof. Moucha is focused on large-scale solid-earth geophysics and geodynamics through the use of remote sensing data and computer modeling as tools in visualizing mantle circulation and dynamics as expressed at Earth's surface.

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Cathryn Newton


Professor and Dean Emerita
466 Life Sciences Complex
315-443-3487

Prof. Newton's scholarly work involves studies of modern and ancient biodiversity, including the quantitative dynamics of ancient and modern mass extinction.

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Scott D. Samson


Associate Dept. Chair and Professor
319 Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-3762

Prof. Samson's research includes U-Pb geochronology and Nd-Sr-Pb isotope geochemistry. These techniques are used to address diverse topics ranging from tephrochronology, to unraveling the evolution of orogenic belts, to tracking the birthplaces of suspect terranes.

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Christopher Scholz


Professor
011A Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-4673

Prof. Scholz specializes in sedimentary geology, the geologic record of climate change, paleolimnology, and sedimentary basin analysis.

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Donald Siegel


Department Chair, Jessie Page Heroy Professor as well as Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor
314 Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-3607

Prof. Siegel’s primary research interests include wetland hydrogeology and isotopic geochemistry of water and solutes to characterize solute sources, and the intersection of law, policy and hydrology.

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Jay Thomas


Assistant Professor
206A Heroy Geology Laboratory
315-443-2672

The majority of Jay's research focuses on using laboratory-based experiments to reproduce conditions that exist on or in the Earth to make crystals, melts and rocks.

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Lecturers and Part Time Instructors


Dan Curewitz


Lecturer
206A Heroy Geology Laboratory



Adjuct Faculty


Mauricio Bermudez


Universidad Central de Venezuela Laboratorios de Termocronología y Geomatemáticas,
Departamento de Geología, Escuela de Geología, Minas y Geofísica.
Facultad de Ingeniería,

mauricio.bermudez@ucv.ve

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Paul Tomascak


Visiting Faculty
212 Heroy Geology Laboratory
tomascak@oswego.edu

Prof. Tomascak is interested in elemental and isotope geochemistry; granite and granitic pegmatite studies.

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Philippe Vidon


Department of Forestry & Natural Resource Management
SUNY-ESF
pgvidon@esf.edu

(315) 470 4765

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E. Bruce Watson


Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
watsoe@rpi.edu

(518) 276-8838

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Affiliated Faculty


Charles T. Driscoll Jr.


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
151 Link Hall
ctdrisco@syr.edu

(315) 443-3434

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Peng Gao


Department of Geography
144 Eggers Hall
pegao@maxwell.syr.edu

(315)‐443‐3679

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Jason Wiles


Assistant Professor of Biology
150 Life Sciences Complex
jwiles01@syr.edu

315-443-3193

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Research and Emeriti Professors


Marion E. (Pat) Bickford


Research Professor and Professor Emeritus
304 Heroy Geology Laboratory

Prof. Bickford is a petrologist and isotope geochemist; most of his work has been on the U-Pb zircon geochronology of Paleo- and Meso- Proterozoic rocks.

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James C. Brower


Professor Emeritus
211 Heroy Geology Laboratory

Prof. Brower is a paleontologist and paleobiologist; his most recent research has been redirected toward Paleozoic crinoids.

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Bryce Hand


Professor Emeritus
204 Heroy Geology Laboratory

bhand1@twcny.rr.com

Prof. Hand takes retirement seriously!  However, he continues to be involved in education through participation in a listserv of 2000+ pre-college earth science teachers, speaking on topics from global warming to evolution, and leading public beachwalks in Ocean City NJ, which his wife (Judy) describes as "a college course in two hours."



Joe Robinson


Professor Emeritus
204 Heroy Geology Laboratory



Bruce Wilkinson


Research Professor
220 Heroy Geology Laboratory

Prof. Wilkinson conducts research in the field of sedimentary geology with emphasis on modern and ancient carbonate sequences. Recent effort has focused on questions about the chemical evolution of Phanerozoic carbonates as records of past atmospheric-hydrospheric systems, on quantification of global cycling rates of sedimentary components at the Earth's surface, and on problems concerning the relative importance of stochastic versus periodic processes during the accumulation of seemingly cyclic peritidal carbonate sequences. He likes limestones a lot.

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Contact Us

Department of Earth Sciences
204 Heroy GL
Ph: 315-443-2672
Fx: 315-443-3363