Current and Past Events
The Department of Earth & Space Sciences at West Chester University frequently hosts speakers from national lecture series. The presentations are open to the public and typically held each Fall Semester on Thursdays, unless otherwise noted, from 4:00-4:50pm on Zoom.Click Here for Zoom Seminar Link
A panel of alumni speak to current students about their career paths in industry, education, and graduate school
Students work on their resumes and interview skills
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Drew Anderson, Meteorologist who is currently on air at WFMZ, an independent station in Allentown. Three-time Emmy nominee for excellence in on air weather and excellence in science reporting, Drew’s research interests are focused on sustainability and science communication. Drew is teaching Introduction to Our Atmosphere here at WCU. Each semester, his students do a sustainability scavenger hunt on campus. When they arrive at a correct location, media unlocks on their smartphone through an augmented reality app. The short video, website, or interactive image that appears explains how West Chester University does something sustainable at that spot. Drew also studies the most effective ways to communicate weather and science. He wants scientific concepts to stick with both students and viewers.
Mr. Matt Binder grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and a minor in mathematics. Since then, he has earned a Masters in Geoenvironmental Studies from Shippensburg University, where he did his graduate work at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, co-authoring an e-text book on ozone studies, and developed web-based educational resources for NASA environmental programs in the late 90s. He was selected as a finalist for NASA’s 2004 Astronaut Class and currently serves on NASA’s Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers. Currently he is a private meteorological consultant, forecasting for over 25 years, and has worked as an on-air meteorologist for WYOU in Northeast Pennsylvania and WGAL in Central Pennsylvania.
|Strategies to Communicate Science Effectively to Your Audience||Click Here to Access Recording|
Dr. Callen Bentley
Callan Bentley is an assistant professor of geology at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. He transferred to PVCC this summer from Northern Virginia Community College, where he taught for 14 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the College of William and Mary, a Master’s in Geology from the University of Maryland, and Master’s in Science Education from Montana State University. Callan is the Past President of the Geological Society of Washington and Geo2YC, the two-year college division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Callan writes the geology blog Mountain Beltway, and is known as an innovator in digital geoscience visualization. For many years, Callan served as a Contributing Editor for EARTH magazine. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia recognized Callan with the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2015. He was named a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2017. The National Association of Geoscience Teachers recognized his online outreach work with the Jim Shea Award in 2018. He lives with his wife and son in hills near Buck Mountain, Virginia.
|Visualization in Geology: a Brief History, Best Practices, and Dispatches from the Future.||Click Here to Access Recording|
Dr. Aronoff is a structural geologist who studies how continental crust is formed, modified, and preserved over geologic time. She has also conducted research with major energy companies and in renewable energy infrastructure. Dr. Aronoff’s current research focus is the tectonic development of North America in the Precambrian, and how Precambrian exposures of mid- and lower-crustal processes can inform our understanding of active plate margins today.
Revealing a Hidden Mountain Range in Proterozoic North America
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Michael Powers is a former graduate student from West Chester University and currently works as an Environmental Scientist for Patriot Environmental Management, LLC. His research was with Dr. Daria Nikitina on the tidal-groundwater interaction active in the salt marsh of Slaughter Beach, Delaware. He defended his thesis in May, 2020.
Groundwater Flow and Ponds Development in a Salt Marsh
Seasonal and decadal monitoring of salt marsh at Slaughter Beach, DE documented long-term and short-term variations in number and sizes of salt ponds. Over 400 salt ponds ranging in size between 0.5 m2 to 0.11 km2 were identified on 5.5 km2 salt marsh platform. The purpose of this study is to quantify hydrologic conditions and measure groundwater discharge of a salt marsh, particularly the impact of tidal forces on groundwater fluctuation.
Four wells with nests of mini-piezometers with ONSET Pressure Transducers were installed along a transect crossing the largest salt pond (0.11 km2) in the study area. Nests of wells, installed at depths of 1 m, 3 m, and 6 m recorded groundwater hydraulic head at five-minute intervals during a 90 day period. High resolution aerial imagery of the studied ponds was collected at peak high tide and low tide using an unmanned aerial system. Changes in groundwater elevation were correlated with tidal data recorded by the USGS stream gauge in Cedar Creek.
Our results document the presence of 2 aquifers; deep (3m) and shallow (1m). Relationship between groundwater elevation and tidal fluctuations is strong in the deep aquifer and weak in the shallow aquifer. Analysis of drone imagery reveal no changes in the shape or size of the pond during 1 tidal cycle. Groundwater elevation decreases in proportion to distance from Cedar Creek and decreases with depth. We suggest that the deep aquifer is confined. This study has established a baseline for hydrologic investigations within the salt marsh.
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Dr. Ryan M. Stauffer is a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist with the University of Maryland's Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC). He works at NASA/GSFC with Dr. Anne M. Thompson (Code 610) to analyze long-term historical records of ozonesonde profile data, and the links among the ozone profiles, meteorology, and near-surface pollution. Dr. Stauffer has also participated in numerous NASA-sponsored field projects focused on near-surface and tropospheric air quality and pollution. Involvement in field projects and measurement networks include SHADOZ, CAPABLE, DISCOVER-AQ, SEAC4RS, KORUS-AQ, OWLETS, and SCOAPE. He is currently a member of the Assessment of Standard Operating Procedures for Ozonesondes (ASOPOS) expert panel, and is leading an ASOPOS Task Team to examine data quality issues in the global ozonesonde network. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Sonde Working Group on the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) Steering Committee
|NASA's Monitoring of Atmospheric Ozone: The View from the Ground, Air, and Space.||Click Here to Access Recording|
Bio: Arianna is a volcanologist with a research focus on lava rheology. Her field areas include Central America, Hawaii, and most recently Iceland, but most of her work happens in the laboratory. Currently a postdoc at LMU - Munich, she will be joining NCSU's faculty in January 2021. Arianna is also a science communicator and National Geographic Explorer.
Lab Volcanoes: an Experimental Insight into Lava Flow Dynamics
Abstract: Volcanoes are complex, dynamic systems. There are therefore significant advantages to reproducing and studying volcanic processes in a laboratory setting. In this talk we will focus on how high-temperature rheological experiments can help us constrain lava flow hazard.
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Bowdoin College, Maine
Nanoscale Evidence of Tectonic-Scale Processes Recorded in Zircon
Zircon has been widely used across the geosciences to determine provenance and to quantify the nature, timing, and rates of tectonic, magmatic, impact, and metamorphic processes. In many cases, multiple geologic events are preserved within a single grain, such as successive igneous events, the growth of metamorphic rims, and the structural change to reidite in response to shock metamorphism. This presentation focuses on the response of zircon to extreme metamorphic events, with an emphasis on understanding the mechanisms by which these events are recorded at the nanoscale. Recent advances in atomic scale imaging of minerals now enables 3-D reconstructions of the position and composition of each atom within a specimen. These data reveal nanoscale clusters, planar features, and decorated dislocations--each with a unique geochemical fingerprint--that formed within zircon that was metamorphosed at either ultrahigh-pressure conditions or ultra-high temperatures. The spatial distribution and geochemical profiles of these nanoscale features show that each set is produced by different mechanisms. The size, distribution, crystallographic orientation, and geochemical fingerprint of these nanoscale features in zircon can thus be linked to discrete geologic events. These data suggest a new approach for identifying metamorphism at extreme conditions.
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Dr. Tim Lutz
Dr. Lutz says, "My specialty is being a generalist." As an undergraduate he designed and completed a major that combined geology, physics, history, and archaeology. As a graduate student he developed interests in models and statistics in geoscience. Throughout his 30-year career those broad interests led to published collaborative work on the ages of rocks, the movement and chemical evolution of molten rock in earth’s crust, the global pattern of earth’s tectonic plate boundaries, the pattern of reversals of earth’s magnetic field, the stability of supply of rare resources, patterns in fossil ammonite shells, the cooling history of rocks in over-thrusts, the chemistry of the mineral tourmaline, the role of mill dams in the evolution of streams, the formation of high-grade metamorphic rocks, and the locations of volcanoes and sinkholes in relation to fractures in earth’s crust. Most recently Dr. Lutz is studying topics that involve geoscience education, public policy, and sustainability, including teaching about flood risk, climate change, and using a values framework to develop thoughtful attitudes about citizenship and stewardship. President Weisenstein appointed Dr. Lutz West Chester University’s first sustainability coordinator in 2010. Dr. Lutz helped guide the University’s adoption of the College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and a University-wide assessment of sustainability.
Probability-Based Scenarios of Flood Futures: Reaching Across the Objective-Subjective
Floods have the greatest economic and social impacts of any natural hazard in the U.S. During the last half century, the conceptual framework that shapes our response to floods has evolved from an emphasis on flood control to one of societal engagement in risk management. The geoscience curriculum provides a number of opportunities to teach and learn about floods, including general education classes. But some typical approaches to teaching about floods are rooted in older ideas about structural controls and floodplain zoning. When the intention is to prepare society to actively participate in flood planning these ideas easily lead to misunderstandings of flood risk for everyone, teachers and students alike.
In the context of control, risk is a topic for objective discussion by scientists and engineers. When the context shifts to societal understanding, subjective considerations, especially relating to experiential imagination, have to be included. I show that statistical procedures developed for objective purposes can be re-imagined to enhance risk perception and communication for non-technical audiences. I develop an example based on flooding along the Delaware River at Trenton, NJ. My goal is to suggest a framework in which teachers can develop more effective lessons and activities about flood risk. In an even larger perspective, reaching across the objective-subjective divide gains importance for hazards of all kinds as climate changes and as populations shift to urban centers.
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Daniel Bochicchio, MS, GIT (Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.)
Dan Bochicchio is a Staff Environmental Scientist and sUAS Technical Lead at GES, focused on delivering innovative technologies in support of compliance monitoring and field-data collection programs through the application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). His recent UAV projects have included horizontal directional drilling (HDD) monitoring with thermal cameras, right-of-way (ROW) monitoring and inspection, and integration of new sensor types into the UAV toolset. Prior to joining GES, Mr. Bochicchio led the development of the drone program at West Chester University. He later founded Skybernetics, a start-up company specializing in the deployment strategies of corporate UAV services for technical research and commercial purposes.
John J. Ennis, Esq., P.G. (Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.)
John Ennis is a Pennsylvania PG, Senior Vice President, and General Counsel at GES. He has over 30 years of environmental experience spanning environmental law, hydrogeological consulting, environmental insurance consulting and brokerage, and petroleum exploration. As a member of GES’ Advisory Council of senior leadership, he is involved with strategic and corporate initiatives, including founding and management of GES’ Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program.
Martin Helmke, PhD, P.G. (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)
Dr. Helmke is Past President of PCPG, a Full Professor of Hydrogeology in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and President of Helmke Hydrogeologic, LLC. He is an FAA-licensed drone pilot with over 20 years of experience applying fixed-wing and multi-rotor UAVs for scientific research and commercial clients. He currently serves as scientific advisor to the GES UAV services program. Dr. Helmke and his students are investigated UAV magnetometer deployment strategies to detect UXO and pipelines, multi-instrument detection of abandoned wells, multispectral fracture trace analysis, and search algorithms using real-time drone-to-drone telemetry.
Recent Advancements in UAS (Drone) Technologies for Geologists and Allied Scientists
The geoscience industry has readily adopted Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, or drones) to provide high-resolution and up-to-date aerial imagery for site investigations. However, continuing improvements in UAS capability, instrument payloads, and software present new opportunities unavailable to geologists just a few years ago. A thorough understanding of these technologies and an appreciation of their benefits, limitations, and interpretation is crucial for successful adoption.
This presentation will discuss the latest advancements in drone technologies with a focus on geologic and related applications. We will explore how drones facilitate data collection better, safer, and more cost-effectively than traditional methods and how drones are evolving to serve these functions. We provide an update on legal developments and perspectives on Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations. Current and future capabilities of EO photogrammetry, IR thermography, IR and laser gas detection, LiDAR, Magnetometry, GPR, and multispectral/hyperspectral sensors will be covered.
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|November 5||Open House|
Darryl Reano is a geologist and geoscience educator from Acoma Pueblo, an Indigenous community in New Mexico. His B.S. degree is in geology from New Mexico State University. Darryl completed his M.S. (geology) and Ph.D. (geoscience education) in the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science Department at Purdue University. At the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting Darryl is co-organizing Innovative Session: “Moving Beyond the Standard: A Transdisciplinary Virtual Event for Early-Career Scientists” and has been invited to speak during the panel: "ED038 - Inclusivity in Geosciences: A Conversation Between Scientists and Educators I"
Centering Indigenous Perspectives within Geoscience Education Research
GeoConnections was an NSF-funded project designed using Indigenous research frameworks to create place-based, culturally-relevant geoscience education modules for two different Indigenous communities. Indigenous research frameworks (IRFs) provide a robust foundation for building long-term trust and reciprocity with local communities. IRFs were also used to design the module activities and to assess the effectiveness of the modules. Brief outcomes from both projects will be shared during this presentation.
Dr. Cynthia A. Hall is an environmental geochemist and farmer. She obtained a BS in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington, DC. Following the completion of her degree, she headed to the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Her dissertation research was focused on marine nitrogen cycling, which allowed her to participate in several expeditions at sea to collect sediment samples from the sea floor. Dr. Hall defended her dissertation in 2008 and landed a faculty position at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. After relocating to Philadelphia, PA, she began to study the chemistry of the soil in the city and became aware of the lead contamination that plagues the city. She has devoted the last 12 years to testing soil throughout Philadelphia and developing plans of action to decrease risk and exposure to local residents. Until 2019, she was an Associate Professor of Geosciences in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at West Chester University. Dr. Cynthia Hall now co-owns and operates Free Haven Farms in her hometown of Lawnside, N.J. with her husband, Micaiah Hall, and the help of their three children (sometimes). At Free Haven Farms, the couple grows high quality, seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as facilitates educational programs such as a summer science camp and school garden clubs. She continues to teach part-time at West Chester University. Dr. Hall also recently started a non-profit organization, Free Haven Institute of Science and Agriculture, Inc. (FHISA, Inc.), that will allow her to focus on training the next generation of scientists from underserved populations.
Characterization of Lead Particles in Contaminated, Urban Soils as an Assessment of Public Health Risk
Lead (Pb) contamination continues to persist in the environment, despite banning the use of lead-based paints and leaded-gasoline, two products that increased exposure of the neurotoxin to the wider public. The city of Philadelphia, PA experiences relatively high incidences of Pb poisoning in children, even compared to other major cities in the US. At the turn of the 20thcentury, Philadelphia was the home to a large number of lead smelters in an industrial neighborhood within the city’s limits. The objective of this study is to characterize the Pb particles from soils that have been collected from various locations in Philadelphia and to distinguish the 3 main sources of Pb contamination (gasoline, paint, and smelters) based on the results of this characterization. Pb is a known neurotoxin and its uptake and effect in the human body is influenced by particle size, associations with mineral phases, speciation, oxidation state, as well as other factors.
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|November 26||No Seminar -- Thanksgiving Holiday|
|December 3||Earth and Space Science Faculty||Research Opportuniaties at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences||Click Here to Access Recording|
GSA meetings are known for quality science covering a variety of disciplines. With 200 topical sessions, five Pardee Symposia, and four Feed Your Brain sessions, we’re delivering new scientific discoveries to you.
- Listen to the experts at a Pardee keynote symposia. Topics include: The Next Generation of Geoscience Leaders: Strategies for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion; Challenges and Solutions for a Changing Climate: New Directions for GSA; Our Coastal Futures: Working Together to Understand Hazards and Mitigate Disasters; Frontiers of Research, Discovery, and Societal Impact in the Hydrologic Sciences; Assembling Laurentia: Turning Points in the Geologic Evolution of Laurentia.
- Use the meeting app to explore more than 200 topical sessions covering a broad range of the geosciences.
- Take a virtual field trip to Canada.
Check out this short video on Biogeodynamics
Biogeodynamics is an emerging transdisciplinary field that explores how Earth's tectonic evolution is reflected in its biosphere. In this video, we explore the history of biogeodynamics and its relationship to how life and the solid earth evolved. Originally presented at the Geological Society of America 2020 Meeting
International Field Trips (ESS 348/548)
The Department offers field courses to study and explore geology in regions outside the United States. The field study is conducted under the supervision of West Chester faculty and graduate students, during which students learn to apply geology field methods to study geomorphology and morphotectonics. Here is a summary International trips in the past:
2009 - Peru
2011 - Costa Rica
2013 - Russia
In conjunction with Moscow State University, several students studied the most preserved geologic regions of all Europe; the Khibiny Mountains and Lovozero Tundra, the Baltic Shield.
2015 - Costa Rica
2017 - Jamaica
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students! For more information, please contactDr. Daria Nikitina
Geology of the National Parks (ESS 394/594 and 395/595)
Every two years in late summer, the Department offers a course studying field geology in the Western U.S., alternating between the NW Parks (in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana) and SW Parks (in Arizona and New Mexico). In this multi-week experience, students conduct geologic mapping exercises and investigating stratigraphy, tectonic history, structural geology, igneous petrology, geomorphology, hydrogeology, soils, natural hazards, and economic resources of the national parks.
For more information, please contactDr. Martin Helmke
The Gordon Natural Area (also referred to as 'the Gordon' and ‘the GNA’) occupies approximately 135 acres along the southeastern corner of West Chester University's campus and is administered in collaboration with the University's Office of Sustainability. Established as a protected area in 1971, the GNA has since served as a refuge for local wildlife and native plants, and as a multi-use setting for researchers, nature lovers, runners, dog walkers, and people looking to reconnect with the natural world.
2014 Northeastern Section Conference of GSA
WCU Geology majors presented their research posters at the 2014 Northeastern Section Conference of the Geological Society of America. A total of seven WCU students presented research posters that week - a record for the Department, and one of the larger University groups at the meeting.
Petrology Field Trips
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy Field Trips
Structural Geology Field Trips
Summer Southwestern Parks Field Trip
Service Learning Projects
Earth Day Fair - 2014
To benefit local land preservation and ecosystem restoration programs.
Annual Garlic Mustard Pull
Students harvesting this non-native plant in the Gordon Natural Area.
Annual Clean-Up of Goose Creek in West Chester
Geoscience students participate in the Chester Ridley Crum Watershed Association's annual clean-up of Goose Creek.
Tree Planting Along the Brandywine
Students planting trees along the Brandywine Creek to benefit local land preservation and ecosystem restoration programs.
Native Plant Gardening
Students gardening native plants at Hildacy Preserve, Natural Lands Trust
Brandywine Polar Plunge 2014
Students took the plunge for this fundraising event to keep the Brandywine and Red
clean and healthy, and to support environmental education at the Myrick Center.
Name: Daniel Bochiocchio, Class of 2017
WCU Degree: M.S. Geoscience
Current Location: West Chester, PA
Occupation: Geoscientist-In-Training, Drone Pilot
The initiative to purchase drones allowed me to pursue a new skill that has advanced my career progress three-fold. Given the resources from West Chester University Earth and Space Sciences I was given the opportunity to learn the steps of acquiring new data collection tools, learn to apply them to my field of interest, and continue to capitalize on that value by starting my own business using the skills I had learned. If not for this experience at WCU I would not have learned a new skill set, started a successful business, and moved myself to a higher position within a new company that would have required three-times the amount of time spent in a traditional career track to reach my current level.
Name: Malcolm Morris
WCU Degree: B.S Geoscience: Geology Concentration 2016
Current Location: Upper Darby, PA
Occupation: Field Technician, Groundwater & Environmental Services (GES).
The faculty at WCU helped me to attain my degree in a field I am passionate about. More than that, they have instilled in me life lessons and experiences which I will cherish years after my graduation. I must stress the importance of a college education, not only for facilitating your potential career, but for the advancement of your mind. With that said I wholeheartedly recommend any prospective students to consider an education with West Chester University.
Name: Krissy Sherlock
WCU Degree: B.S Geoscience: Earth Systems 2015
Current Location: Charleston, SC
Occupation: Graduate Student at College of Charleston, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning
During my time in the Earth and Space Science Department I grew not only as a professional, but as a person. Not only did I gain skills and knowledge needed to advance my career, I also made a great group of friends and had the best experience. I got the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research with Dr. Joby Hilliker, while leading on the executive board of the honors earth science fraternity. Currently, I am working on my master’s degree at the College of Charleston. I plan on obtaining a master’s in both environmental studies and public administration. I am applying the knowledge and skills that I gained from the department of earth and space sciences to my thesis work focusing on meteorological hazards management.
Name: Sarah Sharkey
WCU Degree: M.A. Geoscience 2014
Current Location: State College, PA
Occupation: Research Assistant at Penn State University
The amount of time the department dedicates to being in the field and working in teams was an invaluable experience for the start of my career. I use skills I learned from my research in the Gordon Natural area, my multi-disciplinary classes, and time spent in the GIS lab in my current position as a research assistant for the NSF Critical Zone Observatories program. I wanted a versatile degree and I feel confident my master’s education at WCU has prepared me to move from academia to industry as I navigate my career path in the field of Earth Science.
Name: Rebecca Schremp Flannery
WCU Degree: B.S. Earth Science/Geology 1997, Teacher Certification 2003, M.A. Geoscience 2007
Current Location: PA Department of Environmental Protection
Occupation: Geologic Specialist
When I started at WCU, I chose the Geology Department because I thought it would be interesting. Right away, all the students and teachers in the department made me feel welcome, like one big happy family. I currently work at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection using my degree as a Geologic Specialist. I work in the Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields section, where I use state regulations to make sure that responsible parties clean up soil and groundwater contamination to an appropriate standard.
My education at West Chester has been ongoing since I started there in 1993. I’m currently pursuing my Professional Geologist (P.G.) license since this was not available when I graduated. Throughout my years at WCU, the professors and staff have always been there to help me out, answer questions and offer support. I feel that all the classes that I took in receiving my degrees have helped me understand and be more prepared for my job.
Name: Jennie Matkov, B.S.
WCU Degree: B.S. Geoscience Geology, Anthropology Minor, 2009
Current Location: West Chester, PA
Occupation: Research Assistant, Stroud Water Research Center, Avondale, PA
"The incredible field experiences and warm community of the West Chester University department of Geology and Astronomy facilitated such a wonderful learning environment. Not only did I learn the technical intricacies of the geoscience field, but most importantly I was taught how to continually apply this knowledge in creative ways to ask more questions and to solve multidisciplinary problems. The amazing faculty in this department created in me an ability to build my career within the context of who I am and where I want to go."
Name: Russell Losco, B.A., M.A., PG, CPSS
WCU Degree: M.A. Geoscience, 2009
Current Location: West Grove, PA
Occupation: Principal Geologist & Soil Scientist, Lanchester Soil Consultants, Inc
Completing a master’s degree in geoscience at West Chester University opened countless opportunities for me. In addition to allowing me to become licensed as a Professional Geologist, I am now an adjunct professor, a published author with several peer-reviewed publications, and am active on a national scale in research and in professional organizations. The geographical range and scope of my work has increased dramatically based upon the knowledge and experience that I gained through West Chester.
Name: Maureen Moore, class of 2007
WCU Degree: B.S. Geology & B.S.E.D. Earth & Space Science Secondary Education (dual degree)
Occupation: Geologist, Newmont Mining Corporation
While attending West Chester University, I got the opportunity to be a part of the Geology & Astronomy Department. The well-rounded education I received from West Chester University has set me up to use my degree in a variety of disciplines within the field of Geology and Earth Sciences. Prior to pursing a graduate degree in Economic Geology and Ore Deposits, I had the opportunity to work for an environmental consulting firm directly supporting DuPont. I am currently working as a geologist in the emerging talent program at Newmont Mining Corporation in Denver, Colorado. The emerging talent program allows students coming out of graduate school to get exposed to the different geologic disciplines within the mining industry. My current focus within the program is precious and base metal mineral exploration. Without the solid geologic foundation I received from WCU, I would not have the opportunities I have.
Name: Dr. Tom Watters
WCU Degree: B.S. Earth Sciences, 1977
Current Location: Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Occupation: Senior Scientist and Chair, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies
My time at West Chester University set me on a path to become a planetary scientist. George Reed, Sy Greenberg, and the others were more than my teachers; they were my mentors and my friends. What success I’ve achieved as a scientist, I owe in large measure to them.
Name: Dr. Laura Mazzagatti
WCU Degree: M.S. Geoscience
Current Location: West Chester, PA
Occupation: Secondary Education Science Teacher
In obtaining my Masters from WCU, I have been able to combine my passion for both science and children as a Secondary Education Teacher. I have been pleasantly surprised by how rewarding and fulfilling this profession is and I enjoy brightening the minds of students with Astronomy, Geology, Meteorology, Physical Science and Environmental Science. I have WCU to thank for their incredible graduate program and talented professors.