Our Faculty - Geological Sciences

Our Faculty

Faculty Profiles

  • Robert Cicerone

    Robert Cicerone
    Professor and Chair of Geological Sciences
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 147
    Tel:
    508.531.2713

    "My specific areas of interest are geophysics and planetary sciences. My research focuses on earthquake mechanics and prediction, and the use of seismic waves to unravel earth structure. One of my students recently completed a research project on the magnetic-field precursors to the Loma Prieta earthquake. I have also completed a project with collaborators at MIT on the scattering and attenuation of seismic waves in New England. We offer a modern geological science curriculum at BSU and geophysics is an important part of that curriculum. Moreover, BSU provides an excellent environment for students to pursue independent research and I am working to expand such opportunities in the realm of geophysics."

    Degrees

    BS, Northeastern University
    MS, Boston College
    PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Christine Brandon

    Christine Brandon
    Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 141
    Tel:
    508.531.2125

    Christine Brandon received her doctorate in Geosciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and now joins the Bridgewater State University Department of Geological Sciences. This Fall (2015), she will teach Sedimentary Geology (GEOL 370) and "A Sweet Suite of Planets," one of the First Year Seminars. Her research is in a subfield of geology called "paleotempestology" or the study of past storms. She develops records of hurricane activity by looking at the sediments left in coastal ponds by hurricane storm surges which can help local residents understand their susceptibility to future storms. Her hobbies include reading (particularly science fiction), hiking and swimming, playing board games and volunteering.

    Degrees

    BS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    MA, Boston University
    PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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  • Richard L. Enright

    Professor of Geological Sciences
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 137
    Tel:
    508.531.2782

    "My research in Remote Sensing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has allowed me to use the most advanced airborne and satellite imaging spectrometer data in geological, hydrological, engineering, and environmental studies. Many of my students have presented their research results at the Lunar Planetary Institute at the Johnson Space Center, Geological Society of America and other professional venues. Some of them have won awards for their research! Our department continues to lead exciting annual field trips to exotic locales such as Hawaii, Iceland, central Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula and the southwestern United States."

    Degrees

    BA, MS, PhD, Rutgers University

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  • Michael Krol

    Michael Krol
    Professor of Geological Sciences
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 145
    Tel:
    508.531.2121

    "My primary interests are in the petrology and tectonic evolution of mountain belts around the world including the Himalayas of Pakistan and Tibet, the Sierras de Pampeanas of Argentina, the Appalachians of the eastern U.S., and most recently, the Rocky Mountains of the western U.S. In the summer of 2002, I spent two weeks studying the geology of the Blacktail Mountains of Montana along with my former undergraduate advisor; talk about coming full circle. At BSU, we cultivate and foster this same type of student-faculty interaction. Undergraduates are encouraged to participate and are included in all aspects of our active professional research program."

    Degrees

    BS, State University of New York at Oneonta
    MS, Bowling Green State University
    PhD, Lehigh University

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  • Peter J. Saccocia

    Peter J. Saccocia
    Professor of Geological Sciences
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 135
    Tel:
    508.531.2124

    "My primary interests include marine geology and geochemistry. Over the last four years I have been a member of the science team on three different oceanographic expeditions to locations that include the Kerguelen Plateau in the Southern Indian Ocean, and the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the Pacific. This work has included two dives in the deep sea submersible “Alvin” to study the organic geochemistry of hot springs on the sea floor. Quite an adventure! I have had the good fortune to involve many talented BSU geological science students on these and other research projects. The face of science has changed dramatically at BSU in recent years and the number of undergraduate research opportunities is expanding every year. It is an exciting time."

    Degrees

    BA, Colby College
    MS, PhD, University of Minnesota

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Staff Profiles

  • Jessica Campbell

    Jessica Campbell
    Laboratory Staff Assistant, Geological Sciences
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 143
    Tel:
    508.531.2301

    Jessica Sousa's specific areas of interest are metamorphism and geochemical evolution during mountain building events. Her recent research has focused on using high precision garnet geochronology at a small spatial scale to measure the rate of crystal growth in order to determine the timescales involved with metamorphic events and their tectonic driving forces. Jessica has studied mountain belts from around the world including the southern Chilean Andes, the western Italian Alps, and the western New Hampshire and eastern Vermont Appalachians.

    Degrees

    MS, Boise State University 2011

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  • Brenda Flint

    Brenda Flint
    Administrative Assistant I, Geography and Geological Sciences
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 131
    Tel:
    508.531.1390

    Mrs. Flint is our department's office manager. She can help you contact our faculty, she supervises student workers, and help students with their concerns.

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