Faculty

Holli M. Frey

Holli M. Frey

Associate Professor of Geology and Chair Office: F.W. Olin 315 Phone: (518) 388-6418 Email: freyh @ union.edu (remove spaces) Website: H. Frey Education: B.A. 1999, Franklin Marshall College; Ph.D. 2005 Geology, University of Michigan Area of Specialization: Igneous Petrology, Volcanology, Weathering of volcanic terrains Field Areas: Oregon, Mexico, Maine, Dominica Research Interests: My research is focused on the evolution of volcanic and plutonic systems, phenocryst crystallization, and the weathering of volcanic terrains. I study the geochemical, geochronological, and physical aspects of...

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John I. Garver

John I. Garver

Professor of Geology Office: F.W. Olin 317 Phone: (518) 388-6517 Email: garverj @  union. edu (remove spaces) Website: J.I. Garver Education: B.A. 1984, Middlebury College; M.S. 1985, Ph.D. 1989 Geology, University of Washington Area of Specialization: Tectonics, Sedimentation, Mohawk River, Landslides, Ice jams Field Areas: Pacific Rim, including Alaska; Mohawk watershed Research Interests: Primary interests are are focused on low-temperature thermochronology, flood hazards, watershed analysis, the sediment record of environmental change, and the systematics of zircon and fission track...

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David P. Gillikin

David P. Gillikin

Associate Professor of Geology Office: F.W. Olin 311 Phone: (518) 388-6679 Email: gillikid @ union.edu (remove spaces) Website: D. Gillikin Education: B.S. 1994, SUNY New Paltz; M.S. 2000, Marine Ecology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Ph.D. 2005, Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Area of Specialization: Isotope Geochemistry, Sclerochronology, Biogeochemistry Field Areas: Belgium, France, North Carolina, Upstate New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Kenya, Central African Republic Research Interests: My research has most recently involved the validation of bivalve shell geochemistry as a proxy of climate...

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Kurt T. Hollocher

Kurt T. Hollocher

Professor of Geology Office: F.W. Olin 314 Phone: (518) 388-6518 Email: hollochk @ union.edu (remove spaces) Website: K. Hollocher Education B.S. 1978 Antioch College; M.S. 1981, Ph.D. 1985 Geology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Area of Specialization: Petrology, Geochemistry Field Areas: Norway, Upstate New York Research Interests: I work on rocks in the deeply, eroded cores of mountain belts to see what the igneous and metamorphic rocks there can tell us about the tectonic development of the original mountains. The mountains and the processes that made them are gone today, but old...

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Matthew R. Manon

Matthew R. Manon

Lecturer Office: F.W. Olin 312 Phone: (518) 388-8015 Fax: (518) 388-6417 Email: manonm @ union.edu (remove spaces) Education: B.A. 2002, Franklin Marshall College; Ph.D. 2008 Geology, University of Michigan Area of Specialization: Thermobarometry of Metamorphic Minerals Field Areas: Papua New Guinea, Crete Research Interests: My research focuses on the interplay between tectonic processes and rock metamorphism. I use the thermodynamic properties of minerals to unravel the pressure/temperature histories of metamorphic rocks. My graduate thesis focused on the exhumation history of lawsonite...

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Donald T. Rodbell

Donald T. Rodbell

Professor of Geology Office: F.W. Olin 313 Phone: (518) 388-6034 Email: rodbelld @ union.edu (remove spaces) Website: D. Rodbell Education: B.S. 1983, St. Lawrence University; M.S. 1986, Ph.D. 1991, Geology, University of Colorado Area of Specialization: Climate Change, Glacial Geology, Lake Sedimentology Field Areas: Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Upstate New York Research Interests: I am interested in documenting the geologic record of global climate change. My focus is on the timing of fluctuations of mountain glaciers during the last 2 million years in the Andes Mountains of Peru and Ecuador,...

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Jacqueline A. Smith

Jacqueline A. Smith

Adjunct and Research Professor of Geology Office: F.W. Olin 317 Phone: (518) 388-7195 Email: smithj4 @ union.edu (remove spaces) Website: J. Smith Education: Ph.D. Geology, Syracuse University M.S. Geology, University of Washington B.A. Geology, University of Maine Area of Specialization: Environmental geoscience, geomorphology, glacial geology, and paleoclimatology Field Areas: New York State Watersheds, San Juan Mountains – Colorado, Peruvian Andes – Peru Research Interests: My primary research interests lie in the fields of environmental geoscience, geomorphology, glacial...

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Mason O. Stahl

Mason O. Stahl

Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering Office: F.W. Olin 102A Phone: (518) 388-6942 Email: stahlm @ union.edu (remove spaces) Website: Mason Stahl Education: B.S. 2009, Mathematics and Quantitative Economics, Tufts University Ph.D. 2015, Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Area of Specialization: Hydrogeology, Geochemistry, Surface Water Hydrology Field Areas: Vietnam, Bangladesh Research Interests: My research spans the fields of hydrogeology, geochemistry and water resources.  I study how perturbations to the environment influence elemental cycling...

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Anouk Verheyden-Gillikin

Anouk Verheyden-Gillikin

Lecturer Office: F.W. Olin 316 Phone: (518) 388-8754 Fax: (518)388-6417 Email: verheyda @ union.edu (remove spaces) Website: A. Verheyden Education: BS and MS 1997, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium; Ph.D. 2004, Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Research Interests: My research interests revolves around tropical dendrochronology. Dendrochronology, or the study of tree rings, is a powerful tool to reconstruct past climate change, but is also extremely valuable when studying forest productivity, carbon sequestration and vegetation dynamics. In addition to classical...

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George H. Shaw – Professor Emeritus

George H. Shaw – Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus Office: F.W. Olin 012 Phone: (518) 388-6310 Email: shawg@union.edu Website: G. Shaw Education: B.S. 1967, University of Rochester; M.S. 1969, Ph.D. 1971, Geology, University of Washington Area of Specialization: Early Atmosphere, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Geomorphic Modeling, Saving Planet Earth Field Areas: California, Northern Minnesota, Australia, Quebec, New York Research Interests: My research interests cover the entire range of Earth’s geologic history. I have proposed a model for Earth’s early surface environment and atmosphere that contrasts sharply with the...

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Robert M. Finks – (Deceased) Research Professor

Robert M. Finks – (Deceased) Research Professor

The Department mourns the loss of Professor Robert Finks who passed away on May 25, 2014 Research Professor of Geology Education: B.S. 1947, Queens College; M.A. 1954, Ph.D. 1959, Geology, Columbia University Research Interests: Research was in the area of Paleontology and Paleoecology. Recent Publications: Finks, Robert M., Hollocher, Kurt, and Thies, Kenneth J.; A major Eocene sponge fauna (Castle Hayne Formation, North Carolina) (2011), Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science, vol. 127, no.2, pp 39-175, text-figs. 1-7, plates 1-63. Finks, Robert M.; Hypercalcified Demosponges and...

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Robert L. Fleischer – (Deceased) Research Professor

Robert L. Fleischer – (Deceased) Research Professor

The Department mourns the loss of Professor Robert Fleischer who passed away on March 3, 2011 More information can be found at : R Fleischer Research Professor of Geology Website: R Fleischer Education: A.B. 1952, A.M. 1953, Ph.D. 1957, Geology, Harvard University Area of Specialization: Nuclear tracks Field Areas: Hiroshima, Japan; Mohawk Valley Research Interests: Robert’s research was in the area of radioactivity in the environment. Past projects included measuring radon exposures of individuals and neutron exposures at ground zero at the time of the Hiroshima bombing. These studies...

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