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Emeriti and In Memoriam

Through their commitment to research, teaching, and mentorship, these individuals have left an indelible mark on our department, our West Virginia communities, and beyond.

Tim Carr

Tim is a geologist working to develop the energy resources that the people of the world require over the coming century, while protecting the environment. His current study areas concern unconventional resources and CO2 storage and utilization in...

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Greg Elmes

Greg’s research interests continue to be in the development of geographical information science (GISci), Crime Geography, the integration of geographical information systems (GIS) with spatial modeling, and their application in the interpretation and...

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Trevor Harris

Geographic Information Science, GIS and Society, Critical GIS, Participatory GIS, Humanities GIS, Spatial Humanities, Virtual GIS, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis, GIS and Archaeology, Environmental Impact Assessment.

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Ken Martis

Geography of Elections. The geographical aspects of American political culture.

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Joe Donovan

Quantitative hydrogeology. Mining hydrogeology. Groundwater-lake interaction. Holocene paleoclimate.

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Thomas Kammer

Dr. Kammer specializes in paleontology and paleoecology of Paleozoic marine fossils, especially crinoids, plus stratigraphy of the Mississippian Period. He is an Honorary Fellow of both the Geological Society of America and the Paleontological Society.

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Steven Kite

Quaternary Stratigraphy; Fluvial and Glacial Geomorphology; Geoarcheology; Surficial Geology Mapping; Floods; Landslides; Debris Flows; Colluvium; Stream Restoration, Reclamation Geomorphology, Surficial Geology and Geomorphology of the Appalachians...

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Henry Rauch

Henry Rauch specialized in hydrogeology and karst geology. He also researched the environmental impacts of carbon dioxide sequestration on groundwater and soil

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Richard Smosna

Sedimentology and Sedimentary Petrology, Stratigraphy and Basin Analysis, Petroleum Geology

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Timothy Warner

Tim specializes in remote sensing applications and the spatial analysis of images. He utilizes optical and thermal imagery, as well as lidar, to study terrestrial features including biogeographical and geological phenomena.

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Thomas Wilson

Dr. Wilson specializes in reservoir characterization, property modeling and fracture model development, carbon sequestration, Marcellus Shale stimulation and microseismic responses.

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In Memoriam

Alan C. Donaldson

Alan joined the West Virginia University faculty in 1957 as a geology professor. He served 24 years as Chairman of the Geology & Geography Department at WVU from 1971 to 1995.

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In Memoriam

Helen Lang

Helen was the first woman to hold a tenure-track faculty position in WVU's Department of Geology and Geography, and the only woman holding such a position in the geology department at WVU for most of the first 18 years of her career.

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In Memoriam

John Renton

Dr. Renton was an Eberly Family Professor for Distinguished Teaching for Earth Science education. He taught over 35,000 students in more than 300 sections of Physical Geology over 50 years at WVU.

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