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Geosciences

Faculty

Members of the geosciences faculty are all dedicated, published scholars whose teaching and research interests span the entire range of geological sciences. Included among the members of this department is a New York State Professor of the Year and a former president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

Dave Bailey, Ph.D., Professor of Geosciences

dbailey@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: geochemistry and petrogenesis of Miocene volcanic rocks in the Powder River Volcanic Field; history of igneous and tectonic activity in the Northeastern United States and the mineralogy of New York State.
David Bailey earned his Ph.D. from Washington State University. His dissertation focused on geochemistry and petrogenesis of Miocene volcanic rocks in the Powder River Volcanic Field, NE Oregon. More >>

Bailey is a recipient of National Science Foundation ILI and CCLI Grants, and is a Research Associate of the New York State Museum. His current research focuses on the history of igneous and tectonic activity in the northeastern United States, and on the mineralogy of New York State. He is the author of numerous peer reviewed papers, conference abstracts, and field trip guides.

Carolyn Dash, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Geosciences

cdash@hamilton.edu
Carolyn (Barrett) Dash received her B.A. in biology from Kenyon College and a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and conservation biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More >>

Dash’s research focuses on understanding the patterns and controls of ecosystem change across multiple spatial and temporal scales. She is specifically interested in the interactions between vegetation communities, landscape, climate change and disturbance regimes and in applying this knowledge to anticipate and plan for future change.

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Cynthia Domack, Ph.D., Professor of Geosciences

cdomack@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: paleontology, oceanography and coastal geology.
A member of the Hamilton College faculty since 1985, Cindy Domack earned her Ph.D. in geology from Rice University. More >>

Domack specializes in paleontology, oceanography, and coastal geology. She is also interested in meteorology. Domack's research has centered on micropaleontology, and she has published papers for Paleobiology and the Journal of Geoscience Education. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award for her work at Hamilton.

Todd Rayne, Ph.D., J. W. Johnson Family Professor of Environmental Studies

trayne@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: hydrogeology and environmental geology. 
Todd Rayne received his doctorate in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and before that he worked in the petroleum and environmental consulting industries. More >>

Rayne's current research involves using numerical models to predict the impacts of urbanization on ground water flow systems.  He also is involved with modeling ground water flow through fractured aquifers and wellhead protection studies.  He is the author of two solution manuals for hydrogeology textbooks and has published papers in Hydrogeology Journal, Nordic Hydrology, and Northeastern Geology and Environmental Science.

Barbara Tewksbury, Ph.D., Upson Chair of Public Discourse, Professor of Geosciences

btewksbu@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: structural geology and geoscience education.
A member of the Hamilton College faculty since 1978, Tewksbury earned a Ph.D. in geology from University of Colorado and has held three different endowed chairs at Hamilton. More >>

She is a structural geologist and is currently engaged in research projects in Iceland and in Egypt. Tewksbury has also played a leadership role in the national geoscience education community for over 15 years and has given dozens of workshops to faculty in departments across the country and abroad. She has been awarded nine different NSF grants to fund both her research and her work in geoscience education. Tewksbury is a past president of the American Geological Institute and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. She was named New York State Professor of the Year in 1997 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and was the 2004 recipient of NAGT's Neil Miner Award for exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences. In 2006, she received an honorary degree from St. Lawrence University for her work in geoscience education.

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