EGGS Faculty and Staff

EGGS Faculty and Staff


Michael Shepard

Dr. Michael Shepard, Professor and Chair. Remote Sensing, Planetary Geology, Geophysics

Office: Hartline 128
Email: mshepard@bloomu.edu
570-389-4568

Personal Website: http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/mshepard

Dr. Shepard earned a B.S. in Physics (1984) from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Science (1994) from Washington University.

His research interests include Geology of the Terrestrial Planets and Asteroids, Remote Sensing of Planetary Surfaces, and Fractal Characteristics of Geologic Surfaces.

Other Activities
Mars Exploration Rover Steering Committee

Publications, Presentations, Grants and Awards
Curriculum Vitae (PDF format)


Dr. Ashley Belle

Dr. Ashley J. Belle, Assistant Professor. Environmental Science and Technology

Office: Hartline 121
Email: abelle@bloomu.edu
570-389-3902

Dr. Belle earned a B.S. in Chemistry (2004) from Dillard University, a M.S. in Environmental Sciences (2007) from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Technology (2015) from the University of Maryland College Park.

Her research interests include ecological technology for waste treatment with an emphasis on anaerobic digestion for bioenergy production.

Other Activities
Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar
Alliance for Student Achievement Program (ASAP)
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES)
Phi Kappa Phi (Honor Society)
Sigma Xi (Scientific Honorary)

Recent Publications:

    Belle, A.J., Lansing, S., Mulbry, W., Weil, R.R., 2015. Methane and hydrogen sulfide production during co-digestion of forage radish and dairy manure. Biomass and Bioenergy. 80, 44-51.
    Belle, A.J., Lansing, S., Mulbry, W., Weil, R.R., 2015. Anaerobic co-digestion of forage radish and dairy manure in complete mix digesters. Bioresource Technology. 178, 230-237.
    Patricia Beyer

    Dr. Patricia Beyer, Associate Professor. Water Resources, Surface Hydrology, Physical Geography
    (Dr. Beyer is currently serving as the Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Achievement)

    Office: Hartline 243
    Email: pbeyer@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4570

    Dr. Beyer earned a B.A. in Geography and English (1990), Valparaiso University, M.S. in Geography (1992), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ph.D. in Geography (1997), Arizona State University.

    Her research interests include Fluvial and Dryland Geomorphology, Human Impact on Hydrology and Rivers and Environmental History.

    Other Activities
    American Geophysical Union (AGU)
    Association of American Geographers (AAG)
    Gamma Theta Upsilon (Geographic Honorary)
    International Society for River Science (ISRS)
    Pennsylvania Geographical Society
    Sigma Xi (Scientific Honorary)
    Generally causing trouble
    Webmaster for AAG Middle States Division

    Publications, Presentations, Grants and Awards
    Curriculum Vitae (PDF format)


    John Bodenman

    Dr. John Bodenman, Professor. Economic, Urban, and Cultural Geography

    Office: Hartline 131
    Email: jbodenm2@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4697

    Dr. Bodenman earned a B.S. Economics (1985), Willamette University, M.S. in Resources Economics (1991), Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D. in Geography (1995), Pennsylvania State University.

    His research interests include Spatial Dynamics of the Producer Services Sector, Processes of Economic Change at the Sub-national Level and Regional Economic Development Programs and Policies.

    Other Activities
    Association of American Geographers (AAG)
    Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers
    Community Development Society
    Regional Science Association International
    Pennsylvania Geographical Society
    Advisor to Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), Geographical Honor Society


    Jeff Brunskill

    Dr. Jeff Brunskill, Associate Professor. Meteorology, GIS (Geographical Information Systems)

    Office: Hartline 130
    Email: jbrunski@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4355

    Dr. Brunskill earned a B.S. in Meteorology (1999), North Carolina State University, M.A. in Geography (2002), University at Buffalo, and Ph.D. in Geography (2005), University at Buffalo.

    His research interests include Weather and Society, Communication of Weather Information to the Public, Geographic Information Systems & Science, Geographic Education.

    Other Activities
    American Meteorological Society (AMS)
    Association of American Geographers (AAG)
    National Council for Geographic Eduction (NCGE)

    Websites
    Bloomsburg University Weather Station - the Weather Den
    Bloomsburg Solar Array
    Green Campus Initiative

    Publications, Presentations, Grants and Awards
    Curriculum Vitae (PDF format)


    Dr. Craig Dalton is now teaching at Hofstra University. We wish him luck in his new adventure!


    3D model of DoeCreekRecArea

    Dr. Tina Delahunty, Assistant Professor. GIS, Remote Sensing, Land Cover Change

    Office: Hartline 242
    Email: tdelahun@bloomu.edu
    570-389-5181

    Dr. Delahunty received her M.A. in Geography (1998) from Florida Atlantic University, and her Ph.D. in Geography (2002) from the University of Florida

    Her research interests include spatial and temporal analysis of Holocene land cover and environmental change using remote sensing, GIS, and palynology.

    Selected Recent Publications:

    2015 Muharam, F.M.; Mass, S.J.; Bronson, K.F.; and Delahunty, T. "Estimating cotton nitrogen nutrition status using leaf greenness and ground cover information." Remote Sensing. 7: 7007-7028.

    2012 Delahunty, T.; Lewis-Gonzales, Sarah; Phelps, Jack; Sawicki, Ben; Roberts, Charles; and Carpenter, Penny. “Land cover change and remote sensing in the classroom: An exercise to study urban growth.” Journal of Geography. 111: 113-122.

    2010 Roberts, Charles, and Delahunty, T. “A technique for creating animated maps of urbanized areas using Landsat imagery.” Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences. 33: 18-23

    Recent Awards:
    2013 Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (Recreational Trails Program)
    On behalf of Doe Mountain Recreation Authority: “Improving Public Access to the Doe Mountain
    Recreation Area” $249,000

    2012 Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative
    PI: “Doe Mountain Recreation Area Master Plan: A Blueprint for Complementary Tourism
    Development and Water and Natural Resources Protection”
    Collaboration with The Nature Conservancy $100,000


    Dr. Ben Franek

    Dr. Benjamin Franek, Assistant Professor. Natural Hazards, Watershed Planning, Stream Dynamics

    Office: Hartline 121
    Email: bfranek@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4567

    Dr. Franek earned an A.S. in Wildlife Technology (1998) from Penn State University, a B.S. in Physical/Environmental Geography (2001) from Penn State University, an M.A. in Geography and Regional Planning (2004) from California University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Geography (2013) from the University of Connecticut.

    His research interests include human perception of fluvial systems; watershed conservation and planning; teaching methods and learning styles synthesis; stream dynamics modeling; and natural hazards.

    Other Activities:
    Association of American Geographers (AAG)
    Briar Creek Association for Watershed Solutions (BCAWS - Secretary)
    hiking and board gaming


    Dr. Alan Gishlick

    Dr. Alan Gishlick, Instructor. Evolution, Taphonomy, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

    Office: Hartline 244
    Email: agishlic@bloomu.edu
    570-389-3842

    Dr. Gishlick earned a BA in Geology (1995) from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, and a PhD in Geology and Geophysics (Paleontology) from Yale University (2002).

    His research interests include evolution of form, function, and behavior in living and fossil organisms; taphonomy; and sedimentology and stratigraphy.

    Other Activities
    Growing orchids and living fossil plants
    collecting fossils

    Curriculum Vitae coming soon!


    Dr. Jennifer Haney

    Dr. Jennifer Haney, Assistant Professor. Environmental Hazards

    Office: Hartline 136
    Email: jhaney@bloomu.edu
    570-389-5305

    Dr. Haney earned B.A. in Geography with Environmental Planning option (2003) from Bloomsburg University, an M.A. in Geography (2006) from Binghamton University, and a Ph.D. in Geography (2010) from the University of South Carolina.

    Her research interests include Environmental Hazards and Vulnerability, Societal Responses to Environmental Hazards, Hazard perception, and Spatial Patterns of Terrorism.

    Other Activities
    Association of American Geographers (AAG), Hazards Specialty Group
    Gamma Theta Upsilon (International Geography Honor Society)
    Faculty advisor, Colleges Against Cancer – Bloomsburg University Chapter

    Publications, Presentations, Grants and Awards

    Haney, Jennifer J. 2014. Exploring Hurricane Sandy Using a Town Hall Meeting. Presentation at InTeGrate Workshop: Teaching about Risk and Resilience: Sea Level Rise, Flooding, and Earthquakes at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.
    Gao, Peng; Diansheng Guo; Ke Liao; Jennifer J. Webb; and Susan L. Cutter. 2013. Early Detection of Terrorism Outbreaks Using Prospective Space-Time Scan Statistics. The Professional Geographer 65(4): 676-691.


    John Hintz

    Dr. John Hintz, Associate Professor. Environmental Issues and Politics

    Office: Hartline 244
    Email: jhintz@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4140

    Dr. Hintz earned a B.S. Geography (1988) at Florida State University, M.S. in Geography (1998) at University of Idaho and Ph.D. in Geography (2005) at the University of Kentucky.

    His research interests include environmental geography, environmental/land use: politics and governance, History of U.S. Conservation Movement, biodiversity and wilderness conservation, Geographic Research Methodologies - GIS and Thematic Mapping and Archival and Document Research.

    Other Activities
    Association of American Geographers (AAG)
    Society for Conservation GIS
    Pennsylvania Geographical Society (PGS)

    Publications, Presentations, Grants and Awards
    Curriculum Vitae (PDF format)


    Sandra Kehoe-Forutan

    Dr. Sandra Kehoe-Forutan, Professor. Urban, City, Regional, and Environmental Planning

    Office: Hartline 126
    Email: skehoe@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4106

    Dr. Kehoe-Forutan earned a B.A. (Honors) in Geography (1980) from Queen's University, an MCRP in Planning (1982) from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Geography/Planning (1991) from Queensland University.

    Her research interests include Torres Strait Islands, Australia, Necrogeography, and Campus Planning.

    Other Activities
    Faculty Advisor, Mapping, Planning, Environment and Rocks Society (MaPERs - student activity group)
    Chair, BU Space and Facilities Committee


    Dr. Brett McLaurin

    Dr. Brett McLaurin, Associate Professor. Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

    Office: Hartline B38
    Email: bmclauri@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4142

    Dr. McLaurin earned a B.S. in Geology (1993), University of North Carolina - Wilmington, M.S. in Geology (1995), University of North Carolina - Wilmington and Ph.D. in Geology (2000), University of Wyoming.

    His research interests include Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, Geoarchaeology and Remote Sensing and GIS.

    Other Activities
    Geological Society of America (GSA)
    Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists
    Bloomsburg University Geological Society (advisor)
    Snake Handling
    Video Games


    Dr. Matthew Ricker

    Dr. Matthew Ricker, Assistant Professor. Environmental Science, Soils, Biogeochemistry, Wetlands

    Office: Hartline 130
    Email: mricker@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4350

    Personal Webpage

    Dr. Ricker earned a B.S. in Geology (2006) from University of Mary Washington, an M.S. in Environmental Sciences (2010) from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Forestry (2013) from Auburn University.

    He is interested in terrestrial biogeochemistry, soil carbon accounting, impacts of land use on floodplain and lacustrine systems, plant litter decomposition and nutrient cycling, above and belowground net primary productivity, urban ecosystems, subaqueous soils, plant-soil interactions, and incorporation of innovative approaches (palynology, radionuclides, etc.) in environmental soil science research.

    Other Activities
    Soil Science Society of America
    Soil Judging
    Fishing


    Ms. Cheryl Smith

    Ms. Cheryl Smith - Department Secretary

    Office: Hartline 127
    Email: csmit3@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4108

    Ms. Smith earned a B.S. in Communications (1984) from Clarion University of Pennsylvania

    Other Activities
    Editor and proofreader
    Bloomsburg University Clerical Organization
    Bloomsburg University Secretarial Roundtable
    Bloomsburg University Women's Consortium


    Cynthia Venn

    Dr. Cynthia Venn, Professor. Oceanography, Marine Geology, Aqueous Geochemistry

    Office: Hartline B39
    Email: cvenn@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4141

    Dr. Venn earned a B.A. in General Biology (1974), Vanderbilt University, M.S. in Oceanography (1980), Texas A & M University and Ph.D. in Geology (1996), University of Pittsburgh.

    Her research interests include Antarctic Research, Distribution of pelagic barnacles of the tropical Pacific Ocean with respect to hydrologic parameters, and sea ice communities in the Antarctic Pack Ice.

    Other Activities
    Marine Science Consortium, Academic Advisory Council Representative
    Organizing Committee for the BU Institute for Environmental Analysis


    Dr. Jennifer Whisner

    Dr. Jennifer Whisner, Assistant Professor. Groundwater Hydrology, Geomorphology

    Office: Hartline B43
    Email: jwhisner@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4139

    Dr. Jennifer Whisner earned a B.S. in Chemistry (1991), University of Michigan, M.S. in Geology (1994), Western Michigan University, and Ph.D. in Geology (2010), University of Tennessee.

    Her research interests include hydrogeology - contaminant fate and transport/hydrocarbon tracers, human impacts on stream channels, and development of curvature in mountain chains.

    Other Activities
    American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
    Columbia-Montour Coalition for Source Water Protection (CMC4SWP)
    Geological Society of America (GSA)
    Mapping, Planning, Environment and Rocks Society (MaPERS) advisor
    National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
    National Groundwater Association (NGWA)

    Publications, Presentations, Grants and Awards
    Curriculum Vitae (PDF format)


    Dr. S. Christopher Whisner

    Dr. S. Christopher Whisner, Associate Professor. Structural Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology

    Office: Hartline B42
    Email: swhisner@bloomu.edu
    570-389-4746

    Dr. Whisner earned a B.S. in Geology (1994) at Western Michigan University, M.S. in Geology (1998) from Western Michigan University and Ph.D. Geology (2005) from the University of Tennessee.

    His research interests include Structural Geology, Paleoseismology, Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing, Planetary Remote Sensing and Terrestrial Analogs to Martian Sedimentary Processes.

    Other Activities
    Structural Geology
    Geological Society of America (GSA)
    Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists
    Mapping, Planning, Environment and Rocks Society (MaPERS) advisor
    Butter Sculpting
    Electronic games played on a video display device

    Publications, Presentations, Grants and Awards
    Curriculum Vitae (PDF format)


    Emeritus Faculty

    Dr. Shalalam Amin - Environmental, Soils, Coastal, and Physical Geography
    Dr. Duane Braun - Pleistocene Geology, Surficial Deposit Mapping
    Dr. Dale Springer - Paleontology, Paleoecology, and Geoscience Education
    Dr. Karen Trifonoff - Cartography and Geographic Education