EGGS Faculty and Staff

EGGS Faculty and Staff

Michael Shepard

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

Office: Hartline 128

Personal Website:

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Cheryl Smith

Ms. Cheryl Smith - Department Secretary

Office: Hartline 127

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

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

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

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