Atmospheric and Geological Sciences (formerly Earth Sciences)

Overview

The Atmospheric and Geological Sciences department at SUNY Oswego offers students a wide range of unique and practical experiences that result in our graduates successfully finding acceptance to graduate schools and diverse employment after graduation. We feel strongly that students learn best from hands-on experience, and as a result, our students are regularly outside collecting data, making analyses and tackling real-life problems.

The proximity to a diversity of world-class rock exposures and the regularity of exceptional meteorological conditions, combined with faculty highly active in research and eager to involve students, makes the undergraduate experience through this department one-of-a-kind. We believe that a strong classical background in the discipline combined with strong faculty student relationships make SUNY Oswego the ideal place to get a degree in this field.

Majors and Programs

Student Opportunities

Most of our students get more involved in their discipline by participating in our astronomy, geology or meteorology clubs. Some learn leadership skills by leading field trips, organizing conferences or offering programs for the public. Many involve themselves in research, producing senior theses and presenting at local, regional and national meetings. Some are paid through grants to join faculty in research. Many also do internships with industry, government offices or TV stations which is a great way to learn, explore opportunities and make connections for future employment. Some students also forecast for campus TV station WTOP.

Faculty

Geology Program

Dr. Diana Boyer, Assistant Professor 
dboyer@oswego.edu
Specialties:
 Paleontology
 Stratigraphy
BS Univ of Delaware
MS Univ of California, Riverside
PhD Univ California, Riverside
Appointed 2007

Dr. Paul Tomascak, Associate Professor 
tomascak@oswego.edu
Specialties:
 Mineralogy
 Petrology
 Geochemistry
BS New Mexico Tech
MSc University of Manitoba
PhD University of Maryland
Appointed 2004

Dr. David Valentino, Professor
dvalenti@oswego.edu
Specialties:
 Structural Geology
 Tectonics
 Geophysics
 Petrology
BA, MA Temple University
PhD Virginia Polytech
Appointed 1997

Dr. J. Graham Bradley, Assistant Professor
Specialties:
Hydrogeology
Engineering Geology
Geomorphology
Environmental Sustainability
B.Sc. University of St. Andrews, England
M.Sc. University of Leeds, England
Ph.D. University College London, England 
Appointed in 2012

 
Meteorology Program

Dr. Robert Ballentine, Associate Professor
ballenti@oswego.edu
Specialties:
 Mesometeorology
 Numerical Modeling
 Weather Forecasting
AB Colgate University
MS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PhD SUNY Albany
Appointed 1985

Dr. Steven Skubis, Assistant Professor
skubis@oswego.edu
Specialties:
 Tropical Meteorology
 Dynamic Meteorology
 Atmospheric Physics
BS, MS, & PhD SUNY Albany
Appointed 2000

Dr. Alfred Stamm, Distinguished Service Professor
stamm@oswego.edu
Specialties:
 Meteorological Instruments
 Micrometeorology
 Air pollution
 Climatology
BS North Carolina State University
MS & PhD University of Wisconsin
Appointed 1977

Dr. Scott Steiger, Associate Professor
scott.steiger@oswego.edu
Specialties:
 Atmospheric Electricity
 Radar Meteorology
 Convective Storms
 Weather Forecasting
BS SUNY Oswego
MS & PhD Texas A&M University
Appointed 2003

Emeritus Faculty

Astronomy

Dr. Ronald Chaldu
BA UCLA
MS San Diego State University
PhD Indiana University
Appointed 1972 

Geology

Dr. Robert Maurer
BS Ohio State Univ
PhD Univ. of Utah
Appointed 1966

Dr. Raymond Schneider
AB, MA Univ of Missouri
PhD Univ of Tennessee
Appointed 1961

Dr. David Thomas
thomas@oswego.edu
BS University of Western Ontario
PhD SUNY Binghamton
Appointed 1970 

After Oswego

Employers cite the demanding course load and high-level research that all Oswego graduates from the department undertake as key components to their successes in industry and government. Employers know that Oswego graduates have solid grasp of both principles of the discipline and fundamental science and mathematics, since its students must satisfy requirements in calculus, physics, and chemistry as presented in demanding courses.

Outlook for employment in the Earth and Environmental sciences is at its all-time best. A significant proportion of professional geologists work in areas such as urban planning, environmental restoration and defense intelligence, as well as in oil, gas and mineral exploration. Graduates from a strong Geology program like SUNY Oswego's can expect employment opportunities in a wide assortment of industries. Most recent graduates are employed in industries related to the environment or as secondary teachers. Many students have also found success in excellent graduate programs such as SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, Rutgers University, Temple University, the University of Florida and the University of Pittsburgh.

Employment opportunity in meteorology is sufficient, with most of our graduates finding good jobs as forecasters, climatologists, hydrologists, environmental specialists, field technicians, ocean ship routers, teachers or media weather reporters with the National Weather Service, TV stations, government labs, the Air Force or Navy, environmental firms, or high schools. Many students find themselves to be well prepared to continue in graduate programs at universities including Penn State, Albany, Princeton, Texas A&M, University of Illinois, University of Oklahoma, North Carolina State, University of Washington, University of San Diego and Colorado State. Several have gone on to become professors.