What can I do with a Geology degree?


I’m working on a poster that answers the question    “What can I do with a Geology degree?”  The poster features Union College Geology alumni who have jobs in Education, Government Agencies, Business, Law, Medicine, Law Enforcement, Environmental and Geophysical Consulting, and Petroleum Industry and Consulting.  I’m updating continually (it’s now three posters!).

To contribute your story, email me at smithj4 AT  To download a pdf of the poster, click here for pdf.


Union Geology has some illustrious alumni who are not featured on the poster, including the late John Wold (’38) – yes, that John Wold – and the late John Ostrum (’51), Yale University paleontologist and professor who discovered Deinonychus, the dinosaur immortalized as the velociraptor in “Jurassic Park” (as described in the latest “Beyond the Blue Gate” and Yale’s news site).







I’m giving a talk on microplastics at the 2019 GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix (Sept. 22-25, 2019) in session T162, Environmental and Engineering Geology: “Elevated microplastic concentration in a small tributary stream under high-flow conditions: implications for the Mohawk River, New York.”


The 11th Mohawk Watershed Symposium was held on Friday, March 22, 2019, at College Park, Union College, Schenectady, NY.  John Garver, Carolyn Rodak, and I were Co-Chairs for the Symposium.  I presented a poster titled “Extreme rainfall, high water, and elevated microplastic concentration in the Hans Groot Kill: implications for the Mohawk River” (click here for pdf ).  The Mohawk Watershed Symposium website includes links to abstract volumes for all years (MWS website).



From 2018


I gave a talk titled “Microplastic pollution in tributaries of the Mohawk River, New York State” at the 2018 GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN (4-7 November 2018), Paper No: 319620.



I will be the after-dinner speaker at the annual meeting of the Albany Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, on April 30, 2018.  The meeting will be held at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.  Title of the talk: “Microplastic pollution in the Mohawk River Basin.”


The 10th Mohawk Watershed Symposium will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018, at College Park, Union College, Schenectady, NY.  I will be presenting a poster with final results of our investigation of microplastic pollution in the main channel of the Mohawk River.  For more information:


I gave a talk in the Biology Seminar on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 12:50 pm in 115 Olin at Union College.  Title of the talk: “Microplastic pollution in the Mohawk River.”  For the full list of seminars:

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