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Expert in Environmental Geosciences

Expert ID: 731305 Pennsylvania, USA

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Expert has 22 years of college teaching and research experience, to include posts at several tier one research universities and was recently employed as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina teaching Geology and Earth Science before going to Mansfield University in Pennsylvania to help develop their Oil and Gas Geology program. He has a varied background as a geoscientist with experience in geology, geomorphology, geography, and spatial sciences, including remote sensing, GIS and spatial analysis. He also has much detailed research and application experience with geology and geography in government and private sectors, working several years with the West Virginia State GIS Technical Center, West Virginia Geological Survey, and the West Virginia Speleological Survey. He has participated in many research projects dealing with a variety of environmental science topics such as monitoring water quality in caves and surface streams, coring sediments for age dating and stratigraphic interpretation, locating abandoned mines and gas wells, etc. His research generally focuses on a broad laundry list of environmental topics but he particularly enjoys researching karst regions, or landforms formed by the dissolution of limestone, particularly the geohazards and impacts in those karst environments, including sinkholes, landslides and caves. He is an avid caver of both vertical and horizontal caves and incorporates this topic into his research and publication regime. Also recently his research has created a morphometric and geomorphic analysis of Carolina Bays, a phenomena common to the Carolinas, where elliptical features show common orientation with unknown origin. Another geophysical method he has explored in recent years is Ground Penetrating Radar, used to determine subsurface structure, such as sinkholes, caves, glacial reconstructions, etc. Current projects include LIDAR mapping of caves, compiling a database of abandoned gas wells in Central Pennsylvania, and a multi-year environmental monitoring of Maxwelton Sink cave system, which is being rapidly urbanized. Expert has dual bachelors degrees in Political Science and Geoscience from Concord University, a Masters degree in Physical Geography and Geology from West Virginia University and a Doctorate in Physical Geography and Geology from Kent State University with a focus on sinkholes, so his research, teaching, and expertise are found in a broad range of environmental science and geoscience topics.

Expert has reviewed many developmental texts

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Rochester, New York - Scranton, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2010 Degree: PhD Subject: Geography Institution: Kent State University
Year: 2001 Degree: MA Subject: Environmental Resource Geography Institution: West Virginia University
Year: 1998 Degree: BA Subject: Geography Institution: Concord University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2012 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Associate Professor Department: Department of Geosciences Responsibilities: Developed and instructed coursework for various geoscience topics including geology, geography, earth and environmental sciences. Conducted research and published results in various media and journal venues. Advised students in environmental science major. Served on university and public committees.
Years: 2008 to 2012 Employer: Mansfield University Title: Assistant Professor of Geology and Geography Department: Department of Geology and Geography Responsibilities: Developed and instructed coursework for various geoscience topics including geology, geography, earth and environmental sciences. Conducted research and published results in various media and journal venues. Advised students in environmental science major. Served on university and public committees.
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Part-Time Science Faculty Department: School of Science and Technology Responsibilities: Developed and instructed coursework for geology, geography, and environmental sciences.
Years: 2006 to 2008 Employer: West Virginia Geological Survey Title: Geologist Department: Geoscience Section Responsibilities: Reviewed WV Department of Environmental Protection permits for class 5 shallow-water injection wells; took service requests for karst, hydro and geoscience topics; updated and revised geoscience publications; field mapped topographic quadrangles and geologic structure maps; evaluated sites for government projects; used GIS and remote sensing technologies for geologic analysis; compiled database of karst geo-hazards in West Virginia for GIS analysis; compiled/analyzed oil/gas production and stratigraphy; commented on Draft Environmental Assessments for Proposed Federal Projects in WV.
Years: 2005 to 2006 Employer: West Virginia Geological Survey, Geoscience Section Title: Geologist Department: Coal Section Responsibilities: Georeferenced and digitized abandoned coal mine maps using ArcGIS, ArcSDE and ArcIMS for population and dissemination of GIS database for state-wide coverage of mined areas; developed specific oracle-based GIS applications for data capture and manipulation; heads-up digitizing of polygons, mine data and geologic data related to coal mining operations; merged and join attribute tables; used STRATIFACT for geologic correlations and creating Isopach maps of coal thicknesses.
Years: 2006 to 2008 Employer: West Virginia Geological Survey Title: Part-Time Science Faculty Department: Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Geoscience Responsibilities: Developed and instructed coursework for geology, geography, and environmental sciences.
Years: 2002 to 2005 Employer: Kent State University Title: Part-Time Faculty Department: Department of Geography Responsibilities: Developed and instructed coursework for geology, geography, and environmental sciences.
Years: 2001 to 2002 Employer: West Virginia State GIS Technical Center Title: GIS Technician Department: Responsibilities: Compiled and analyzed Expert and DLG data for population of GIS database; Linked, joined, and edited attribute tables in ArcView; Used manual and heads-up digitizing to compile and overlay remotely sensed data. Geo-referenced data layers for accuracy of attributing; Geo-rectification and mosaicing of digital images for environmental assessment; Duties also included using FTP, Drum Scanning, Access applications, and some scripting.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2005 to 2008 Agency: West Virginia Geological Survey Role: Geologist Description: Reviewed WV Department of Environmental Protection permits for class 5 shallow-water injection wells; took service requests for karst, hydro and geoscience topics; updated and revised geoscience publications; field mapped topographic quadrangles and geologic structure maps; evaluated sites for government projects; used GIS and remote sensing technologies for geologic analysis; compiled database of karst geo-hazards in West Virginia for GIS analysis; compiled/analyzed oil/gas production and stratigraphy; commented on Draft Environmental Assessments for Proposed Federal Projects in WV.
Years: 2001 to 2002 Agency: West Virginia State GIS Technical Center Role: GIS Technician Description: Compiled and analyzed Expert and DLG data for population of GIS database; Linked, joined, and edited attribute tables in ArcView; Used manual and heads-up digitizing to compile and overlay remotely sensed data. Geo-referenced data layers for accuracy of attributing; Geo-rectification and mosaicing of digital images for environmental assessment; used FTP, Drum Scanning, Access applications, and some scripting.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of several professional groups including:
- Geological Society of America
- American Association of Geographers
- National Speleological Society
- Geography & Geology Section of the NSS
- Friends of Deckers Creek
- Southeast Division of the AAG
- Bald Eagle Grotto
- Greenbrier County Grotto
- West Virginia Association for Cave Studies
Licenses / Certifications
Expert holds several professional certifications including:
- GISP (GIS Professional)
- 40 Hour HAZWZOPER
- Medic First Aid
- 8 Hour Confined Space Entrant-Attendant
- 8 Hour Confined Space Rescue
- 8 Hour Fall Protection End User
- 8 Hour Fall Protection Competent Person Rescue
- 40 Hour Safety Trained Supervisor
- 8 Hour Crane and Rigging
Professional Appointments
Board Member Mill Cove Environmental Area
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 6 peer-reviewed publications in journals, 5 published abstracts, over 25 presentations at various conferences, several non-peer reviewed publications, and several authored chapters.

Fields of Expertise

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