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Geology Department

Welcome to the Geology Department

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Major in Geology!

As salaries and demand for geologists continue to climb, prepare yourself for your career with an exceptional core curriculum at New Paltz. With tracks in general geology, environmental geoscience, environmental geochemical science and secondary education in earth science, the Geology major at New Paltz provides excellent employment potential in industry, teaching, research, and government. Our modern facilities and stunning natural setting offer endless opportunities for undergraduate research, including recent projects focusing on climate effects on tree ring widths; post-glacial history and modern atmospheric lead deposition; and experimental reconstruction of an early arthropod trackway. Our graduates go on to attend prestigious grad schools, teach in colleges and school districts, and work for government agencies and several high-level environmental consulting firms.

Contact Information

South Classroom Building 107
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443

Phone: (845) 257-3760
Fax: (845) 257-3755

Geology News

2013 GSA

Geological Society of America National Meeting, Denver Colorado 2013

Over a dozen New Paltz Geology faculty, staff, and students attended the week long Geological Society of America's National Meeting in Denver Colorado this October, where they presented research, and networked with colleagues and alumni. The annual meeting attracts thousands of geoscientists from around the world, and is one of the primer international venues for the presentation of geologic research. Numerous graduate schools, companies, and government agencies are represented at the meeting, giving our students numerous opportunities for graduate school and employment.

A highlight was the awarding of New Paltz undergraduate Sebastian Dirringer the Sigma Gamma Epsilon 2013 National Council Best Poster Award for his work with Dr. Vollmer on strain analysis. Sebastian is now a graduate student at Kent State University. A second award, the Sigma Gamma Epsilon 2013 Austin A. Sartin Best Poster Award, went to Brittany M. Klemm, a University of the Pacific student working on a collaborative project with Dr. Vollmer. Sigma Gamma Epsilon is an earth science honor society that gives out two annual awards; New Paltz student Melissa Gundersen was the recipient of the 2012 Austin A. Sartin Best Poster Award.

New Paltz undergraduates presenting their research included Emily K. Bowles, Tristan Craddock, Sebastian Dirringer, Lauren Leudemann, and Jonathan Valle. Geology Instructional Support Technician Donald Hodder gave a presentation with Dr. Chowdhury. Following is a list of presentations by New Paltz students, faculty and staff:

  • BARTHOLOMEW, Alex J., BRETT, Carlton E., BAIRD, Gordon C., and ZAMBITO, James IV, 2013. EVOLUTIONARY-ECOLOGICAL SUBUNIT TURNOVER EVENTS: DIFFERING MODELS FOR COORDINATED FAUNAL TURNOVER EVENTS WITHIN THE DEVONIAN OF THE APPALACHIAN BASIN.
  • BOWLES, Emily K., and BARTHOLOMEW, Alex J., 2013. CONTROLS ON PASSAGE FORMATION IN POMPEY'S CAVE, ULSTER CO., NEW YORK STATE.
  • CHOWDHURY, Shafiul, and HODDER, Donald, 2013. AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIMENTAL COLUMN DESIGN FOR TEACHING THE CONCEPTS OF DARCY’S LAW AND HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY
  • COOPER, Max P., MYLROIE, John E., and BARTHOLOMEW, Alex J., 2013. MAZE CAVES AS VERIFICATION OF POST-GLACIAL CAVE ORIGIN MODEL IN THE GLACIATED KARST OF NEW YORK.
  • CRADDOCK, Tristan, and VOLLMER, Frederick W., 2013. TECTONIC SIGNIFICANCE AND AGE RELATIONSHIPS OF JOINT SETS IN THE EASTERN CATSKILL MOUNTAINS, NORTH-SOUTH LAKE AREA, NEW YORK.
  • DIRRINGER, Sebastian, and VOLLMER, Frederick W., 2013. A TEST OF THE ANALYTICAL WELLMAN AND MEAN POLYGON MOMENT ELLIPSE METHODS OF STRAIN ANALYSIS USING A SAMPLE OF DEFORMED ORDOVICIAN GRAPTOLIFEROUS SLATE FROM THE TACONIC OROGEN, NEW YORK. [Sigma Gamma Epsilon 2013 National Council Best Poster Award]
  • KLEMM, Brittany M., BURMEISTER, Kurtis C., GIORGIS, Scott D., and VOLLMER, Frederick W., 2013. POST-FOLDING VERTICAL FLATTENING STRAIN FABRICS IN MECHANICALLY RIGID ROCKS DEFORMED UNDER SUB-METAMORPHIC CONDITIONS IN A FORELAND FOLD-THRUST BELT. [Sigma Gamma Epsilon 2013 Austin A. Sartin Best Poster Award]
  • LEUDEMANN, Lauren, ORT, Michael H., and WITTER, Molly, 2013. TRANSITION FROM STROMBOLIAN TO PHREATOMAGMATIC ACTIVITY DUE TO SCORIA CONE VENT MIGRATION: COLTON CRATER, SAN FRANCISCO VOLCANIC FIELD, NORTHERN ARIZONA.
  • VALLE, Jonathan, and BARTHOLOMEW, Alex J., 2013. EASTERN NEW YORK MIDDLE DEVONIAN NEAR SHORE BIOFACIES: CONTROLS ON BIOFACIES DISTRIBUTION IN AREAS WITH VARYING SEDIMENTARY INPUT.
  • VER STRAETEN, Charles A., BAIRD, Gordon, BARTHOLOMEW, Alex J., BRETT, Carlton E., CSONKA, Jayme, EBERT, James R., MATTESON, Damon K., OVER, D. Jeffrey, SMITH, Gerald, and ZAMBITO, James IV, 2013. THE NEW YORK DEVONIAN: A NEW STRATIGRAPHIC SYNTHESIS AND CHRONOSTRATIGRAPHIC CHART FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN STANDARD.