David Bailey, Chair, Professor of Geosciences

B.S., Bates College; M.S., Dalhousie University; Ph.D., Washington State University
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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, the mineralogy of New York State

David Bailey's 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 a recipient of National Science Foundation ILI and CCLI grants and is a research associate of the New York State Museum. Baily has written numerous peer-reviewed papers, conference abstracts and field trip guides. He earned his doctorate from Washington State University. His dissertation focused on geochemistry and petrogenesis of Miocene volcanic rocks in the Powder River Volcanic Field, northeast Oregon.

Catherine Beck, Assistant Professor of Geosciences

B.S., Tufts University; M.S. and Ph.D., Rutgers University
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Areas of expertise: sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleolimnology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction

Catherine Beck’s research focuses on how sediments from the East African Rift Valley preserve changes in paleoclimate and paleoenvironment over the past four million years. This work is strongly based in field research, and she is particularly interested in coupling the study of lake sediments with paleoecology and stable isotope analyses in an effort to better constrain the conditions in which early hominins evolved. Beck received her bachelor's in geology and archaeology from Tufts University and her master's and doctorate in geosciences from Rutgers University.

Carolyn Barrett Dash, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geosciences

B.A., Kenyon College; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Areas of expertise: ecosystem and disturbance ecology, climate change and paleoecology

Carolyn (Barrett) Dash is 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. More generally, she focuses her research on understanding the patterns and controls of ecosystem change across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Dash received her bachelor's degree in biology from Kenyon College and a doctorate in ecology, evolution and conservation biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Cynthia Domack, Professor of Geosciences

B.A., Colby College, M.A. and Ph.D., Rice University
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Areas of expertise: paleontology, oceanography and coastal geology

Cynthia Domack, who joined the Hamilton faculty in 1985, specializes in paleontology, oceanography and coastal geology. She is also interested in meteorology. Her research has centered on micropaleontology, and she has published papers for Paleobiology and the Journal of Geoscience Education. Domack received the Excellence in Teaching Award for her work at Hamilton. She earned her doctorate in geology from Rice University.

Todd Rayne, the Joel W. Johnson Family Professor of Environmental Studies

B.S., Montana State University; M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Areas of expertise: hydrogeology and environmental geology

Todd Rayne's current research involves using environmental tracers numerical modeling to study 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. He received his doctorate in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before that he worked in the petroleum and environmental consulting industries.

Barbara Tewksbury, the Upson Chair of Public Discourse, Professor of Geosciences

B.S., St. Lawrence University; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Colorado
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Areas of expertise: structural geology and geoscience education

Barbara Tewksbury, a structural geologist, is engaged in research projects in Iceland and Egypt. She has been a leader in the national geoscience education community for more than 15 years and has given workshops to faculty across the country and abroad. Tewksbury has been awarded nine different National Science Foundation grants to fund her research and work. A member of the Hamilton College faculty since 1978, Tewksbury earned a doctorate in geology from University of Colorado and has held three different endowed chairs at Hamilton. She is a past president of the American Geological Institute and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Tewksbury was named New York State Professor of the Year in 1997 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and in 2004 she received the 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. She maintains her own professional website.