UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ALUMNI PROFILES
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Lackawanna Senior Environment Corps
Paul is currently enrolled in the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences at Fordham University in New York City. He is working toward a Master’s in Biology with an Ecology Concentration. He is in the process of declaring his thesis topic. He is attending Fordham University full-time on a Presidential Scholarship and he has been awarded a Teaching Assistantship for Freshmen Biology Labs.
Since graduating in 2000, Paul has had a number of experiences and jobs including:
-Volunteered with Earthwatch, fall 2001, and studied Leatherback Sea Turtles for two
weeks in Costa Rica before looking for a job.
-His main full-time job was as the Environmental Coordinator for the Voluntary Action
Center and the Lackawanna River Corridor Association (non-profit organizations).
(2001-2004). Non Profits are great for networking and grass-roots environmental work.
-As a supplement to the non-profit salary and to build further skills before entering
graduate school, he worked at the following -Project Manager for AquaTech
Incorporation, Mountaintop, PA. Completed a Lake Management study and Lake
Monitoring (bacterial, physiochemical, biological) (2003); Temporary Lab Technician at
EcoScientific Solutions, Scranton PA, working in the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Laboratory with Pseudoscymnus tsugse, a biological control species (2003); He
obtained a certificate in Wetland Delineation from Rutgers University, Cook College
(2002); and worked as a Wetland Delineator for McLane and Associates a Landscape
Architectural firm in Scranton, PA. (2004).
While at the University of Scranton, Paul performed an internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, working directly under the Region 3 Director, Mr. William McDonnell (also a graduate of the University of Scranton), in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Paul was an active member of the Environmentally Concerned Organization, often helping to plan and execute events. One of his major roles in ECO was the off-campus recycling program. Paul was also one of the hearty souls who braved the cold waters of Lake Henry during the fall and spring outings at Dr. Cann's house. You can see his picture here. He is in the second picture on the left hand side freezing with Matt Stadler.
Jason R. Bohenek
The UM Field Station
The University of Mississippi
As of April 2015, Jason is enrolled in a PhD program in the Biology Department at Ole Miss. He is studying aquatic ecology, in particular the influence of chemical cues on salamander development and life history choice.
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
PhD student in Department of Biological Sciences 2012-2014
The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
PhD student in Department of Biology 2014-Current
Research Experience, Outreach and Professional Services
Research Assistant to Dr. William J. Resetarits Jr. 2012-current
The Shaw Institute for Field Training (SIFT) NSF-Supported Program 2013
Reviewer for Amphibia-Reptilia 2013
Bohenek JR, Druther K, Smith R (2012) “The Effects of Invasive Shrubs in Early Successional Habitats on Migratory Birds.” Twelfth Annual Celebration of Student Scholars. The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
Bohenek JR & Resetarits WJ Jr. (2013) “Search for Proximate Environmental Cues of Polyphenism in Facultatively Paedomorphic Newts.” Texas Tech Annual Biological Sciences Symposium. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Eveland LL, Bohenek JR, Silberbush A & Resetarits WJ Jr. (2014) The effects of different aquatic predators on mosquito oviposition site choice. International Society for Chemical Ecology - Chemical Signals in Vertebrates meeting (ISCE-CSiV); July 8-12; Urbana-Champaign, IL.
Bohenek, JR (2012) “A Comparative Analysis of Nietzsche’s Will to Power and Darwin’s Natural Selection Theory.” Phi Sigma Tau, Penn-Tau Chapter Forum. The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
Bohenek JR, Eveland LL & Resetarits WJ Jr. (2014) The influence of newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) on oviposition site choice of mosquitoes. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists; July 30-Aug 3; Chattanooga, TN.
Bohenek JR (2013) “A Comparative Analysis of Nietzsche’s Will to Power and Darwin’s Natural Selection Theory.” Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Journal Discourse at the University of Scranton
Eveland LL, Bohenek JR, Silberbush A & Resetarits WJ Jr. (2015) Detection of Fish and Newt Kairomones by Ovipositing Mosquitoes. Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 13 (accepted)
The University of Scranton, Scranton PA 2008-2012
-Major Philosophy 2011
-Major Environmental Science 2012
-Major Biology 2012
Academic All-American Nomination 2010
Sarah Beth Beynon Memorial Scholarship, Scranton Area Foundation 2011
Two-time Landmark Conference Fall All-Academic Team 2010- 2011
Landmark Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete 2011
Dean’s List 2008-2012
Fall Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll 2009-2011
Research Experience, Outreach and Professional Services
Research Assistant to Dr. Robert Smith 2011
Research Assistant to Dr. Vincent Marshall 2012
When Brian left the University, he worked as an environmental/chemical laboratory technician with NYESG Environmental Laboratories. His duties included QA/QC chemical analysis (Sulfates, Metals, Chlorine, Oils...) of environmental waste water samples from NYSEG plants through the use EPA wet chemical techniques and instrumental analysis (FE/AA/ICPMS).
Brian then was employed by Proctor and Gamble Pharmaceuticals in North Norwich, NY as a quality assurance chemist/research technician. His work included QA/QC testing of drug product stability (shelf life tests) samples and QA testing of incoming raw materials through HPLC, MS and dissolution baths.
Brian then moved up to a position as Analytical Laboratory Services Coordinator at Corning Incorporated, in Corning, NY. His job included acting as an interface between external Corning customers and internal Corning scientists/engineers while coordinating the sale, sample flow, and results of a large variety of laboratory analysis services (~20 labs).
Still moving up the ladder, Brain is now a process technician with Corning. As a member of the QA team working for Corning's North American Optical division, he works in a chemistry lab providing quality control for raw materials and final products (photochromic monomer) using spectrophotometer, viscosity, turbidity, HPLC, Karl Fisher, Refractive Index (to name a few) testing.....to support POLLUX (project name) manufacturing. Because this endeavor is still in a project status, it allows for occasional R&D work developing new monomer compositions for better lens performance (the monomer is sold to customers who cast the material into plastic photochromic lenses). This work is done in conjunction with Corning's main R&D facility in Fountableu, France to develop new generations of the product. Brian has also gained some chemical engineering experience, working with the project engineer, while learning to operate and troubleshoot the process system equipment that Brian, in a very important way, still utilizes his environmental interests and expertise by acting as the safety/health, environmental officer for his project. In that role he is responsible for monthly inspections, safety/environmental training of employees, and overall compliance for the project area (i.e. waste stream profile, hazardous waste disposal, maintaining MSDS, enforcing PPE).
Brian has returned to school taking online classes through NTU to obtain a master’s in chemical engineering.
While at Scranton Brian, performed his internship with Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Ross Park Zoo both in Binghamton, NY. At the cooperative extension, Brian assisted with educational programs related to solid waste management and water quality. At the zoo, he was involved in the daily feeding and care of the animals, and assisting the veterinarian on his rounds.
Molly L. Calderone
McCormick Taylor, Inc.
Upon graduation, Molly connected with another Scranton Environmental Science alum - Paul Bechtel who works in Scranton at a landscape architecture firm. Paul assisted her by taking Molly along on fieldwork - showing the ropes so to speak - and allowing her to gain valuable experiences which included the writing of technical reports.
In June of 2014, Molly took a position at McCormick Taylor, a full service environmental and engineering consulting firm located in Philadelphia. Initially she was hired as an administrative assistant, but also to gain experience in the environmental field. In her first few months she worked on wetland delineation projects, and assisted in technical report writing. In February 2015, she transitioned into her current role as an Environmental Planner. She works in the Special Projects Group, whose main focus is to work with utility companies.
During her years at Scranton, Molly was actively involved in LIVA Arts Company - both performing in shows and working behind the scenes.
Her Academic Achievements include:
-Induction into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society in her freshman year
-Excellence in Environmental Science Award
-Graduated magna cum laude
-Minored in psychology
She completed her senior research project with Michael Hardisky, Ph.D. which involved designing a research hypothesis and project focused on methane flux in cattail marshes. Through this, she gained experience in fieldwork and utilizing different research methodologies. She presented her results at the University's Celebration of Student Scholars symposium in the spring of her senior year (2013).
Quality Control Analyst
After graduation, Paul worked for a company called Kiewit Construction for a few months. The project he worked on involved a contract from the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild Poplar Island in the Chesapeake Bay.
In January 2000, Paul moved to Denver to volunteer with Americorps NCCC. This was a 10 month program that included such projects as tutoring first graders in an inner city school, renovating a former army barracks for a homeless crisis center and building a model community garden on a Navajo Indian Reservation in AZ.
After taking some time off after the above program, Paul accepted a position with Safety-Kleen, an environmental recycling and disposal company in North Anover, MA. In this position he performed analysis on samples for PCBs by gas chromatography.
His current job is with Borregaard Synthesis which produces fine chemicals to be used in pharmaceuticals and health imaging film. He is a quality control analyst and employs such instruments as HPLC, GC, FTIR and UV-VIS in his work.
While at Scranton, Paul performed an internship with NatureWorks Clearwater Associates which involved testing and treating ponds and lakes.
Aaron A. Davis
Quality Control Analyst/Lab Technician
Maxum Petroleum a part of Pilot Thomas Logistics
Long Beach, CA
With his diploma in hand, Aaron spent a summer in an internship with Quaker Chemical Corporation, Conshohocken, PA. He learned about the treatment storage and disposal of hazardous waste, health and safety of those working with such substances, maintaining records, SDS's (Safety Data Sheets), performing site inspection reports, and the infrastructure of a corporation This would become the starting point to an exciting career with unlimited possibilities.
One of which was the offer to move to California as the Environmental Health and Safety Representative for Omni Machine Corporation. In this position Aaron worked alongside skilled, beyond belief, machinists supplying bushings and bearings to the aerospace industry. Being around laths, mills, J n L's, and many other types of heavy equipment with moving parts was a great experience which he will always be grateful for.
Responding to an opening seeking someone with an industrial background and environmentally conscious, added a Certified California Underground Storage Tank Inspectors License to his resume. Working for Praxair, Inc. with a new technology called Tracer Research, he traveled from gas station to gas station locating leaks in pipes 10 feet underground. The primary tools that he worked with were helium detectors, Tracer, a GC, F-350 Diesel truck, maps, and a hotel room.
Aaron then worked for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California located in the heart of Los Angeles, as an Environmental Specialist. Working on-site at the Venice pumping station, he assisted with the daunting task of bringing on line an underground hydro-electric generator. This involved traveling from the Jensen Water Treatment Facility, to The Wadsworth Dam and everywhere in between. Aaron states he “truly loved this position!”
Aaron was then the mainstay at the QA/QC lab for General Petroleum’s marine cylinder oil blend plant which allowed him to work hands on and directly impact the reduction of friction and prevent engine wear thus improving the fuel economy and reducing emissions from global trade.
Aaron states that the “best days of my life were spent earning my Bachelor’s of Science, Environmental Science degree at the U! The curriculum has provided me with an opportunity to live and learn and grow! Earth will thank you for embarking upon a life long journey striving for man-kinds success and will power to carry on, protect, and provide for us all! I often find myself referencing subject matter learned from my Global Bio-Geochemical Cycles, Environmental Chemistry, and Ecology classes! Many thanks goes out to all my professors!”
“Finding my Father’s name, Dr. James W. Davis, on the page titled Acknowledgements in the 2nd edition of the Lubrication Engineers Manual from the Association of Iron and Steel Technology; I knew how I got to where I am today! Whom by the way is a native Scrantonian and an Alumni '65. Thank you Dad, and love you with all my heart, Peace.”
Coordinator: Environmental Health & Safety
Following graduation from the University, Devin received an administrative internship with the Northeast Pennsylvania Region of the Department of Environmental Protection. In this program he circulated amongst various regulatory departments and was fortunate enough to spend much of his time with the Regional Director, Mr. William McDonnell (a University of Scranton graduate). Toward the end of the summer, he received a position with the Environmental Health & Safety department within OMG Fidelity, Inc., located in Newark, NJ. OMG Fidelity is a subsidiary of OM Group, Inc., and is a worldwide leader in the production of metal salts, plating chemistry and even catalytic converters. His position has evolved to the point where he currently manages all aspects of environmental & OSHA regulations, product stewardship, hazardous waste, waste treatment, air permits, stormwater, site remediation, responsible care, recycling, raining, discharge prevention and employee health. Devin stated "I believe this is an excellent field for myself at this time, because I’m exposed to so many facets that affect environmental health." In addition, he is currently working toward an M.S. in Environmental Policy at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and he has an interest with the Chemical Industry Council of New Jersey and Bergen County Emergency Medical Service Training Center.
While at the University of Scranton, Devin performed an internship in the Environmental and Safety Department of Schott Glass Technologies, Duryea, PA. Devin was also an active member of the Environmentally Concerned Organization and served as Student Government Vice President.
High School Teacher
Toms River High School
North Toms River, NJ
After graduation, Brian worked for two years at PMK Group. This company is an Environmental Consulting Firm located in Farmingdale, New Jersey. Brian worked with both the private and public sectors assisting in air/water permitting and health/safety programs. Brian helped a Scranton Environmental Science major obtain an internship with the PMK Group during the summer of 2002.
In September 2002, Brian took a job teaching Earth Science at Toms River High School North in Toms River, NJ. Brian teaches five classes of college prep level through New Jersey's Alternate Route provisional teaching certificate program. For some time, teaching has been on of Brian's goals. In the fall 2005, Brian began a Master’s program in chemistry at Rutgers while maintaining his full time teaching position.
At Scranton, Brian was an avid swimmer as a member of the varsity swim team. Brian was also a very active member of ECO and could always be counted on to take a dip in the frigid waters of Lake Henry during ECO picnics. Brian performed a joint internship at the Cooper Environmental Center and the Jenkinson's Aquarium, both of which are in Toms River, NJ. At the aquarium, Brian learned a great deal about the behind the scenes operation, and also interacted with the patrons giving tours and participating in educational programs. At the environmental center, Brian assisted in the educational programs offered by the center, and as a special project he developed a self guided habitat information trail.
Michael J. Farrell
Structure Tone, Inc.
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
For two years after graduation, Mike worked for a consulting engineering firm, Birdsall Engineering, in Belmar, NJ (www.birdsall.com) as an environmental consultant. During that time, he completed a Professional Certificate in Geomatics (GIS) at Rutgers University. In December of 2000, he left Birdsall Engineering, for a construction management firm, Structure Tone, Inc., in Lyndhurst, NJ (www.structuretone.com) where he is currently working in the Estimating Department. Although he is not directly involved with environmental work as much as he used to be as an environmental consultant, every project he is involved with almost always has environmental issues associated with it. Mike indicates that his education, and more importantly his work experience and contacts from his previous job has enabled him to be a value added member to project teams unique to the construction industry. In January of 2002, he will be starting a Graduate Certificate program at NJIT in Project Management.
On the personal side Mike indicated the following: "As for my personal life, I got married on November 2nd, 2001, and I am looking forward to spending the holidays with my wife and family”. I miss being in school for sure, and can only hope to convince my younger brother who is a senior in high school to go to the University of Scranton next year. I am always available to come speak or make any possible contacts for anyone from the University of Scranton. If I can help anyone with anything, please contact me.
While at the University, Mike performed an internship in the Environmental Chemistry Division, of American Cyanamid, in Princeton, NJ.
Michelle Ferri Wheeler
Delaware County Conservation District
Shortly after graduating from the University, she began working at the Delaware County Conservation District in Media, PA as a district technician. The Conservation District is delegated to administer the Chapter 102 program on behalf of the PA DEP. The 102 program aims to control sediment pollution from earth disturbance activities. One of her tasks it to review National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities. She also conducts field inspections at construction sites to make sure they are following their plans to implement erosion and sedimentation controls so that sediment pollution to the waterways is minimal during precipitation events.
Before her senior year at the University she performed her internship at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Region 3 office in Philadelphia. She worked in the Water Protection Division. One of the tasks she was assigned was to compile listings of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for creeks in Pennsylvania. While at the EPA, she had the opportunity to participate in various wetland training courses.
Kitty Fromtling Wilkin
Following graduation, Kitty was offered a job at an Environmental Consulting & Engineering firm in NJ at which she had worked as an intern the summer after her Junior year. She worked at this firm as a wetlands/land use scientist for just over 6 years while earning a Master's Degree in Elementary Education at Montclair State University in NJ. Upon graduation with her Master's degree, She was offered a job she couldn't refuse teaching 3rd grade at a local elementary school. She taught for nearly 3 years before having her first child and becoming a full time mom. She now resides in Maine with her husband and two children, with another baby on the way (as of April 2015. She a full time mom, but still utilize her degrees daily in passing her love of nature and fascination with science and learning on to her children.
At Scranton she majored in Environmental Science and graduated with honors. While at the U, she was also a member of the University swim team and played ultimate frisbee for the club team, as well as playing intramural basketball, ultimate frisbee, & volleyball.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Prior to working for the NJDEP, John held a junior consultant position at an environmental consulting firm (AL&S Environmental Management Services, Inc.) in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.
In the fall of 2001, John joined the NJDEP, where he is part of an 8 person unit in charge of permitting all discharges to groundwater in the state of New Jersey. John heads the unit's industrial cases, including facilities like Fort Dix and the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station.
John is pursuing his Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
While at the University of Scranton, John performed a research project with Dr. Daniel Townsend titled "The Effects of White-Tailed Deer on the Demography of Red Maple (Acer rubrum) in a Northern Hardwood Forest." John also served as an officer of the Environmentally Concerned Organization (ECO) where he was one of the main spark plugs of this organization. His cooking talents were much appreciated at the ECO fall and spring outings at Dr. Cann's house. He, Christine Potts and Kristin Kaeser can be seen flipping burgers at an ECO picnic here.
Environmental Protection Specialist
Immediately after graduation, Tracy attended a great week-long conference on environmental journalism that she recommends to anyone interested in that field. (More info can be found at http://www.envirocitizen.org/news/eja/2001/index.html).
In 2000, she enrolled in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program at Virginia Tech, where she is focusing on a blend of physical and environmental planning. Her interests include the connection between land use and environmental quality, land use law, and how the environment relates to quality of life. After her first year, she was awarded a Virginia Citizens Planning Associate Fellowship for Outstanding First Year Graduate Students, in addition to her graduate assistantship. Her final project compared the ways states are redeveloping their brownfield sites through the use of voluntary cleanup programs.
While matriculating at Virginia Tech, Tracy spent time working for the Virginia Water Resources Research Center as a volunteer trainer and program coordinator. Her efforts, in conjunction with one of Virginia's Soil and Water Conservation Districts, resulted in the formation of a volunteer water quality monitoring network in a five-county area in the Piedmont region of Virginia.
Currently, Tracy works for the Office of Water at EPA headquarters in Washington, DC. She does work related to the implementation of the Clean Water Act's regulations and public outreach activities.
During her Scranton days, Tracy performed an internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, working directly under the Region 3 Director, Mr. William McDonnell (also a graduate of the University of Scranton), in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Tracy was able to rotate through all the departments of the DEP and learned first hand about the inner workings of this agency. At Scranton, she also assisted Dr. Daniel Townsend in his research on the effects of deer browsing on a northern hardwood forest.
Lindsay (Jenkins) Keitzer
Fisheries Federal Aid Coordinator
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife
After graduation, Lindsay moved to coastal North Carolina to do an internship through the SCA (Student Conservation Association). She worked for a year at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in their Environmental Management Branch. This further exposed her to fieldwork experiences including monitoring sea turtle nests, managing red cockaded woodpecker habitat, and installing wood duck nesting boxes. She then moved to western North Carolina and worked for a year as an intern for the National Park Service on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here she monitored rare or threatened plant species in the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia.
After two years of field experience, Lindsay entered graduate school at Purdue University in the Forestry and Natural Resources Department. Her focus was forest ecology, resulting in Master's thesis work involving a study of vegetative recovery in Indiana's state Parks after the introduction of controlled deer hunting
(JENKINS, L.H. M.A. JENKINS, C.R. WEBSTER, P.A. ZOLLNER, AND J.M. SHIELDS. 2014. Herbaceous layer response to 17 years of controlled deer hunting in forested natural areas. Biol. Conserv. 175: 119–128.)
After graduation with her masters she worked as a research assistant in the forest ecology program for two years.
Presently she is employed with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Wildlife. Her primary responsibilities as Fisheries Federal Aid Coordinator are to manage grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, and other federal agencies to accomplish state fishery projects. In this position she submits grant applications, handles financial reimbursements, and ensures that the state activities are in compliance with federal requirements. In addition she completes environmental compliance documents for NEPA and Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and coordinates with the region 3 office for the Fish and Wildlife Service.
During her undergraduate years at Scranton, she was a member of the Environmentally Concerned Organization and took advantage of as many ecology courses as possible. Between her junior and senior years she did an internship with the Pennsylvania DEP, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation. She really enjoyed the fieldwork component of this internship which required that she collect wetland delineation data from reclaimed mining sites.
Assistant Project Manager
TTI Environmental, Inc.
After graduation, Kristin interviewed with about four companies with positions ranging from an environmental consultant to lab technician. Kristin took a position with TTI Environmental in Marlton, NJ where she is an assistant project manager for the environmental consulting department. Her work focuses on Phase I investigations. She is in the field for approximately 50-60% of the time, and her work load is always steady. Her job takes her all over the east coast. TTI Environmental also has an Industrial Hygiene Dept, a Training Dept, and a Tank Management Services Dept. Kristen is OSHA certified and a certified building inspector. Her department also does water and soil sampling.
The ECO club flourished under her co-leadership with Christine Potts while she was at Scranton and her positive attitude was always appreciated. She, Christine and John Gray can be seen flipping burgers at an ECO picnic here.
Kristin did her internship with the Environmental Management Assistance Program in the Small Business Development Center at the University of Scranton. As an Environmental Specialist, Kristin's job was to assist businesses in finding ways to reduce their consumption of natural resources and prevent pollution. Kristin not only spent the summer in this position, but because of her quality work she was asked to continue in this role throughout her senior year.
Blue Bell, PA
After graduating from Scranton, Stephanie began her career at CertainTeed Corporation in the Insulation Group as a Lab Technician. She was subsequently promoted to a Chemist I and then to her current position as a Chemist II. As a Glass Chemist she prepares and analyzes glass, fiberglass, and raw material samples. Her job not only requires her to analyze samples but to also to interpret results utilizing classical and instrumental techniques.
She is continuing her education at the McCrone Research Institute in Chicago, where she will be earn a graduate certificate in Chemical Microscopy.
While at the University of Scranton Stephanie performed an internship at Sea World in Orlando, Florida. As a Secondary Instructor, in the Education Department at Sea World, Stephanie assisted in the preparation and teaching of classes, and had the opportunity to "go behind the scenes" and interact with most of the animals.
Stephanie is married, has one daughter and is expecting her second child in February 2002.
Andrew S Kijesky
Operations Research Analyst
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
Patuxent River, MD
Andrew is employed in the Electro-Optic and Special Mission Sensors Division at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, MD. His job responsibilities include data collection while flying on P-3 aircraft in various locations across the world (i.e. Iceland, Japan, Mediterranean, etc.) in-lab data analysis, algorithm development, sensor improvements to IR and radar systems, prediction of atmospheric and oceanic conditions, database generation of environmentals in flight operational areas, Unmanned Air Vehicle development (UAV) and other sensor and environmental related topics.
In addition, Andrew graduated in June 2005 from Johns Hopkins University (Washington D.C. campus) with an MS in Environmental Science and Policy.
Between his busy work and study schedule, Andrew finds the time to play the mellophone as a member of the Washington Redskins Marching Band.
Andrew married Crystal Wacke on May 31st 2003 at the Nativity of Our Lord Church in southside Scranton. Fr. G. Donald Pantle, S.J., a Jesuit at the University of Scranton presided over the mass and ceremony. Andrew and his wife are the proud parents of a baby girl (April 2005).
While at Scranton Andrew did an internship with Systems Integration and Research, Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland. His internship involved vegetation specimen collection, mapping, research and analysis, and database management.
Environmental, Health and Safety Assistant
Schott Glass Technologies Inc.
Cara currently serves as an Environmental, Health and Safety assistant at Schott Glass Technologies where she has been employed since January 2000.
Cara's job requires that she be well versed in EPA, PADEP and OSHA laws and regulations. Her responsibilities include the preparation, processing and interpretation of information for governmental reporting requirements, and conveying this information to appropriate government agencies. Cara also prepares, conducts and maintains records for necessary water/air/noise sampling and safety training as per state and federal regulations. In addition, she assists in assuring compliance with applicable EPA, PADEP, OSHA and other governmental regulations regarding safety and the environment, and also with corporate IMSU guidelines. Cara is supervised by, and reports directly to the Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety. Furthermore, her responsibilities include the continuous improvement of Environmental, Health and Safety to make the facility safer for employees, the community and the Environment. Cara also takes part in the Schott Corporate EHS Assessment Team, where team members visit Schott facilities in North America and conduct Environmental and Safety assessments.
In addition to her university education, Cara has taken the 40 hour OSHA course on General Industry Standards and attended many professional development seminars and conferences.
Cara's association with Schott Glass Technologies goes back to her days at Scranton when she performed her internship in the Environmental Health and Safety department at Schott. Cara's work was so valued by Schott, she began working at Schott the January before her May graduation.
While at Scranton, Cara was a member of E.C.O.. She also was involved in the Student/Teacher Research Program during her junior and senior year, doing research on the effects of deer browsing on a northern hardwood forest under the direction
of Dr. Townsend. Cara also was involved in the Student/Teacher Mentoring Program as a teaching assistant for Ecology lab during her senior year.
Cara received a Loyola scholarship to the University of Scranton. Cara also was on the Dean's list for several semesters and graduated cum laude.
McCullough James T.
After graduation, James returned to a 6-month position at the Pennypack Trust as an assistant to the Restoration Specialist and Land Steward. He assisted with a cumulative survey of the woody vegetation over the 400+ acre preserve. The purpose of this survey was to provide data of forest regeneration and the effects of deer browsing to be compared to similar studies of previous years. He also assisted the Restoration Specialist with his Master's thesis study of the effects that sulfur applications could have on the soil characteristics. The aim was to replicate the methodology past studies in forest regeneration, but apply the strategy to enhance the regeneration of native grassland habitat.
In January of 2004, he accepted a position with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Radioactive Materials Program out of Ewing, NJ (www.agreementstate.nj.gov). Through this position he has obtained extensive additional training given through various federal resources including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Department of Energy. Primary duties involve reviewing license documents regarding radioactive materials use and conducting facility inspections and incident investigations. In recent years, he has become more involved with evaluation of facilities requesting license termination and evaluation of sites contaminated with radioactive materials. Other duties include responding to incidents involving radioactive materials with the Radioactive Materials Radiological Assessment Team (RAMRAT) and preparedness training as a Nuclear Emergency Responder performing dose assessment and field sampling in the event of an emergency at a nuclear power plant.
While at Scranton James was active with the Environmentally Concerned Organization (E.C.O. club), planning and participating in highway and stream clean-ups and other events. One of his most memorable course experiences were the many hours spent trying to get things right in the chemistry and biology labs; and especially early morning birding trips for Animal Behavior and a trip to the salt marshes in Georgia and Louisiana for Estuarine Ecology.
He completed an internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Cleanup Program, Special Projects Division operating out of the Southeast Region office of PADEP. Duties included case review and writing summaries of Act 2 clean-up completions, updating databases, paperwork management and field work accompanying specialists on site investigations and sampling events.
He also worked between most semesters at the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust in Huntingdon Valley, PA (http://www.pennypacktrust.org/) as an assistant to the Restoration Specialist and Land Steward. Duties were primarily maintaining trails, reforestation plots and other native vegetation. It remains one of my favorite local spots for a short hike.
Field Engineer 1
Currently, Matt is working in the regulatory division at PMK Group. PMK Group is a consulting and environmental engineering firm employing civil, geotechnical, environmental, mechanical and chemical engineers, scientists, geologists, hydrogeologists, and industrial hygienists. Matt has excelled at PMK and was named "Employee of the Quarter" for the first quarter of 2004.
While at Scranton Matt was an active member of ECO and did his internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast Regional Office in Conshohocken. During his internship, Matt worked in the Bureau of Waste Management. Matt performed field audits of abandoned landfills and compiled an inventory of these sites. In the initial stage of the internship Matt underwent intensive training in the use of digital navigational and mapping devices. Throughout the remainder of the internship he made extensive use of these devices.
Alison (Murphy) Miskiman
City Research Scientist II
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New York, NY
Alison and her husband recently moved to New York City where she accepted a position as a City Research Scientist II with the Emergency Preparedness Unit at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Her primary focus is interagency outreach working with federal, state, and city agencies to share/exchange environmental monitoring data.
From 2001-2005 she lived and worked just north of Boston, Massachusetts for Weston Solutions, Inc. under U.S. EPA Region I's Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team contract as a Project Scientist. At Weston, she was part of the Site Assessment team and conducted atmospheric modeling. One of the highlights at Weston was being part of the Unified Modeling Team at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004.
From 1998-2000 Alison attended the University of New Hampshire and earned her masters degree in Earth Science/Geochemical Systems. While at UNH, she was a Research Assistant in the Climate Change Research Center and had the opportunity to spend a field season in the Canadian Arctic on Devon Island and assisted with the drilling and collection of an Arctic ice core. For her masters research, she sampled the Devon ice core, interpreted its glaciochemistry, and developed the first 5,200-year sea-ice proxy of the North Water Polynya. In addition, while at UNH, she had the opportunity to travel to Iceland and present her research to an International Sea-Ice Conference.
Montrose Environmental Group
After graduation Seth took a job with Avogadro Environmental Corporation in Easton, PA as an Air Emissions Technician. In July 2014 Avogadro was acquired by the Montrose Environmental Group. They perform informational and compliance testing of stationary source air emissions in various settings. Seth’s responsibilities include preparing glassware for field sample trains, assembling equipment and gas cylinders for projects, field set-up of sampling equipment, and the monitoring of source sampling equipment for moisture and particulate sample trains during test days. This position required Seth to attain several certifications including 40 Hr. HAZWOPER, Hazard Communication, Aerial & Scissor Lift Operation, and Fall Protection.
Seth began his undergraduate years at Scranton as a Chemistry major, but switched to Environmental Science halfway through his sophomore year. His performance in the Biology courses associated with Environmental Science led to his induction into the Tri-Beta Honor Society. In the summer after his junior year he performed an internship with MACtac, Inc., Scranton, PA, under Cara Kleinberger Glaser (2000 ES alumna). The internship was a great experience regarding the application of environmental regulations in an industrial/manufacturing setting. Many times facilities merge the environmental responsibilities with those of Health & Safety. Often worker safety discussions, tasks and other responsibilities take priority.
During all four years at Scranton he played on the University's ACHA club ice hockey team, and even became one of the student representatives/DII team captains during his senior year.
Senior Public Health Sanitarian
Suffolk Country Department of Health
Nancy is presently working at the Suffolk County Department of Health - Office of Ecology as a Senior Public Health Sanitarian. Her job responsibilities include marine and fresh water sampling (VOCs, bacteria, pesticides, nutrients, etc.) of Long Island's major water ways (Great South Bay, Long Island Sound, Peconic Estuary System, etc.).
She is currently the program manager for the Suffolk County Bathing Beach Monitoring & Notification Program. Duties include inspecting permitted beaches to be sure they are up to code and functioning properly; sampling over 190 bathing beaches during the spring and summer months for E.coli and Enterococcus bacteria to ensure public health safety; training summer interns to aid in beach bacteria sampling.
In 2010 Nancy earned an MS in Environmental Studies from Long Island University CW Post. In 2010, she was awarded the Environmental Science Award from Long Island University CW Post.
While at Scranton, she was very active in the ECO club and was one of the crazy ones who braved the cold waters of Lake Henry during ECO outings.
At Scranton she was selected to do an internship under Mr. William McDonnell, Regional Director, Northeast Region Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. In addition to working closely with the Regional Director, her duties also included field word with the Emergency Response Team and electro-shock fish sampling.
She was also a member of the University of Scranton equestrian team known as "The Royal Rides".
Earth Tech, Inc
Upon graduation from Scranton, Christine found employment with Earth Tech, Inc. This firm specializes in environmental consulting and engineering. Earth Tech is located in Trevose, PA just outside of Northeast Philadelphia.
Christine's responsibilities as a Professional I included:
1) Field monitoring of groundwater, surface water and soil
2) Site investigations
3) Data collection and compilation.
While on the job, Christine completed the 40-hour OSHA Hazwoper Certification. This has set the stage for further on-site training while in the field.
In October 2004 Christine moved to Conestoga-Rovers & Assoc. (CRA) located in Exton, PA, where she is involved with natural resource work, ecological risk assessments and threatened species surveys.
During her Scranton years she was very active in ECO where she served as an officer in her senior year. Christine was one of the spark plugs that kept ECO very active. She, John Gray and Kristin Kaeser can be seen flipping burgers at an ECO picnic here. She spent the summer of 2001 at the Southeast Regional Office of the Pennsylvania DEP in Conshohocken on her internship. The field work that she performed included an assessment of the environmental and health compliance of auto body shops in the region. Christine's constant smile and upbeat personality is appreciated by all.
Senior Associate Risk Assessment
After graduating from Scranton, Francis earned his Master in Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicolas School of the Environment. He was enrolled in the Water and Air program at Duke. His Master's Project dealt with modeling nitrogen flow in the Vadose zone of the Duke Forest. Upon graduation from Duke in the fall of 2000 he began working as an Environmental Consultant for ENVIRON in Princeton, NJ. At ENVIRON he is an Associate in the Risk Assessment group, where his work includes performing human health and ecological risk assessments, Environmental Indicators determinations, and risk-based criteria calculation at facilities (mainly those under RCRA) throughout the midwest.
While at the University of Scranton, Francis performed an internship with the Minnesota Department of Environmental Protection where he was involved in a program to prevent the spread of non-native aquatic nuisance species. Francis also was the manager of the Scranton Royals men's intercollegiate basketball team.
Francis is married and resides with his wife in the Philadelphia area.
TRC Raviv Associate
Directly after college, Todd started working at WRS Infrastructure and environment where he learned the ropes by starting as a Field Technician Shoveling waste and running heavy equipment. I was then moved into the office where I conducted the technical oversight of the remediation projects. Todd then moved to Toxikon (Environmental Laboratory) in Bedford, MA as Chemical Analyst running a GC/MS. He then went to work for Dan Raviv Associates were he is a Scientist conducting Ecological assessments.
Consolidated Safety Services
Takoma Park, MD
After leaving Scranton, Ryan took his time exploring options in the professional world. After a few interviews, he was presented with an excellent opportunity for a newly graduated environmental science student. Ryan took a position with a German owned company called PCI-WEDECO Environmental Technology. The focus of Ryan's work dealt primarily with water purification using ozone as an oxidant instead of chlorine. In addition, PCI-WEDECO Environmental Technology is a major player in employing UV light in water purification. PCI-WEDECO has branch divisions all over the world and is the number one provider of ozone technology for use in water purification.
Ryan's present position has taken him to the Washington, DC area where he works for Consolidated Safety Services in the area of industrial hygiene. One of the contracts that his company is handling is the more than 100 buildings at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Ryan's current project is working with a diverse team in conjuction with an architectural and engineering firm to design a new building for the Space Science Directorate at Goddard.
During his tenure at the University of Scranton, Ryan worked as an intern at the the Northeast Institute of Environmental Renewal in Mayfield, PA. There, Ryan took part in the Institute's Chesapeake Bay Program by monitoring and assessing pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Ryan enjoys his new location in Maryland, but still visits Northeastern Pennsylvania frequently and connects with some of his old friends that have remained in the area.
Mary Ann V. Smith
Mary Ann never really has left Scranton. After her ES degree, she started a Master's in biochemistry because Dr. Baumann convinced her it was a good idea and she agrees it was. She did research on bioethanol and received her degree in 2009 and while performing part time teaching jobs throughout the area. She was still not finished and decided to do a second bachelor's degree in Philosophy (2011), which went quickly. This led her to the Master's of Theology that she is (as of April 2015) currently finishing. Her topic of research is bioethics with a special interest in transplant ethics. “I don't think I would have walked this road if ES was not as diverse as it is.” She is currently the Freshmen Chemistry instructor at Marywood University and loves teaching her students chemistry. Taking a cue from her instructors Mary Ann states “I just try to be as good and fair as my teachers were.”
Mary Ann says “my time as an environmental science major at Scranton was amazing. I loved being at the University (and still spend a significant amount of time there now).” She was the first environmental science major to successfully complete the Honors Program, which also sponsored her research on acid mine drainage. In addition, the diversity of courses in the major gave her the opportunity to work on developing courses with her faculty (Conversation Issues with Dr. Smith) and explore many different aspects of her education. She was able to pick up a minor in history as well as have a significant start in other areas of her education, Philosophy and Theology. The diversity of courses and her ability to succeed in them also gave her the opportunity to join multiple honor societies. She is a member of the Biology Honor Society, Chemistry Honor Society, History Honor Society, Social Sciences Honor Society, Theology Honor Society, and Freshmen Honor Societies. She was also honored by being named to Who's Who Among College and University students.
Chemistry Department, Carnegie Mellon University
During the summer of 2000, Matt served an internship with Aventis-Pasteur in Swiftwater, PA in the biochemistry research department. In the fall of 2000, Matt began graduate school in the Chemistry Department of Carnegie Mellon University toward his doctorate. At CMU he joined Terry Collins' research group where they have been developing environmentally benign oxidation systems and exploring their chemistry and efficacy. Matt's first publication, as second author, is currently undergoing the review process prior to acceptance. He has been a teaching assistant since his first semester at CMU and has had the opportunity give a 2 lecture series introducing basic concepts of Green chemistry and Environmental chemistry to undergraduate chemistry majors at CMU. Dr. Collins is recognized both nationally and internationally for his achievements in the field of green chemistry. Dr. Collins won a prestigious Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 1999 for his TAML oxidant activators and has recently been awarded the title of Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry.
While at the University, Matt served as an officer of the Environmentally Concerned Organization (ECO) where his enthusiasm and unorthodox style were always appreciated. Matt was a TA for the ecology lab which involves "in the field" (literally often in fields) experiments and projects. He also participated in undergraduate research with Dr. Carey, conducting behavioral experiments on "Responses of Field Sparrow adults to threats of Brown-headed Cowbird parasitism at their nests." Matt also aided Dr. Carey in DNA fingerprint analysis of parent-offspring relationships in Field Sparrows.
Matt was always the first one to dive in the cold waters of Lake Henry during the fall and spring ECO outings at Dr. Cann's house. You can see his picture here. He is in the second picture on the left hand side freezing with Paul Bechtel.
Matt could was also known to liven up the ECO highway cleanups and camping expeditions.
University of Arkansas, Food Science
After graduation in 2011, with a double major in Environmental Science and Biology, Nate entered the Master’s program in Biochemistry at Scranton. In 2013 he completed a thesis, under the direction of Joe Vinson, PhD, titled 'Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory comparison of plant extracts and pure polyphenols. This work involved plenty of analytical chemistry, especially HPLC and LC-MS.
He then entered the University of Arkansas as a PhD student in Food Science. As of April 2015, he is nearly half-way through the program and his dissertation is titled 'Fate of anthocyanins during processing and storage of berry juices.’ He finds research to be extremely competitive with a focus on publishing high quality research. He indicates his work accomplishing/discovering original information is very satisfying.
As an undergraduate at Scranton, Nate began research as a freshman with Ned Fetcher, PhD on a computational growth model on plants grown in shade settings. He then joined Dr. Rob Smith's research group working on a project where he investigated the dietary composition of migrating Grey Catbirds through fecal analysis. Nate enjoyed collecting samples at Lackawanna State Park, even though he had to wake up at 4AM to get on the same schedule as the birds.
Nate earned the Excellence in Environmental Science award in 2011, and was on the Dean's List for several semesters. His extracurricular activities included serving as a resident assistant and playing in most of the intramural sports offered. As a graduate student at Scranton, he taught Physics Lab.
Gateway National Recreation Area
Jamaica Bay Institute
Kathleen's first job after graduating from Scranton was a seasonal (not to exceed 6 mo.) position as a Biological Technician for Gateway National Recreation Area, Jamaica Bay Unit. Gateway was the first urban national park in the United States, created to bring the national park experience to the residents of the New York City area. As a seasonal Bio-Tech, her main responsibility was to monitor threatened and endangered species (e.g. piping plover, roseate tern, sea beach amiranth). After her first 6 months, she was kept on for another season as a park ranger. In this position, she helped to create the park's Jr. Ranger program and lead several environmental education programs for children and adults.
In April 2000, she was offered a permanent position as a secretary. Permanent positions are hard to come by in the National Park Service so she took the opportunity. As a secretary she learned a lot about the administrative side of making a park work. It was very valuable to learn how goals are set, programs are created and funds are appropriated. It is quite the balancing act to try and meet visitors needs while continuing to protect the parks natural and cultural resources.
With the reorganization of the Jamaica Bay Unit she was offered a permanent Biological Technician position in March 2002. Her main responsibility was to lead the Unit's sustainability program. The park has committed to "greening" the way they do their work. Sustainability or greening basically means making sound decisions to meet the reasonable needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. She is currently leading projects that range from recycling and composting programs to developing plans to reduce our hazardous waste generation and training employees on how to work safely with hazardous chemicals.
Recently, she was offered a position working with the newly formed Jamaica Bay Institute. The Institute is one of 13 Learning Centers created throughout the Park Service to help increase the protection of the parks' natural resources. The primary goals of the Institute are to expand and facilitate research in Jamaica Bay (which is loosing marsh at an alarming rate), to promote improved understanding and decision-making within Jamaica Bay, and to exemplify stewardship of Jamaica Bay by showcasing applications of sustainable principles within Gateway. Although, her title has not officially changed, as of January, 2003 she has already begun work as the Institute's education specialist. She will still be leading the Unit's sustainablity program but with also be working to increase the public's, including major decision-makers (e.g. politicians, land owners and city/state government agencies), knowledge of the issues affecting the park's resources.
The park is always looking for educated volunteers and interns and is currently able to provide reasonably priced government housing. If anyone is interested, feel free to contact Kathleen. E-mail is best.
Kathleen and her fellow classmates were the first to graduate from the U of S with a degree in environmental science and she is glad to see everyone is doing so well and contributing in some way to the protection of our planet's vital resources. She implores everyone to keep up the good work. Kathleen also wrote: "I think Dr. Cann deserves some special thanks for his dedication to improving the world we live in. You were a constant inspiration to my class and I am sure many classes to follow.
Kathleen is engaged to be married Sept. 19, 2003.
Kathleen's association with Gateway National Recreation Area goes all the way back to her days at Scranton when she performed her internship at the Park. Her internship experience involved educating individuals about threatened and endangered species of birds that inhabited the park and monitoring their habitats. While at Scranton she was one of the first instigators of the Environmental Science Club (now called ECO) and organized our first field trip to participate in a beach cleanup at Gateway.
Forest Health Specialist
New Mexico State Forestry Division,
Santa Fe, NM
Forest Health Specialist, New Mexico State Forestry Division, Santa Fe, NM
- administer the Forest Health Initiative Program
- provide technical assistance
- conduct aerial and ground surveys to detect insect and disease pests
- author an annual forest insect and disease conditions report for New Mexico
Past employment (in chronological order after graduating from the University of Scranton):
Chemist - Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel, Jackson, CA
Electrician - Pacific Beach, CA
Biological Science Technician - Forest Health Protection, USFS, Intermountain West
Graduate Assistant - Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Dendrochronologist - Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Mushroom Forager - New Milford, CT
Pricer - Goodwill, Flagstaff, AZ
Tom earned his MS degree in Forestry at Northern Arizona University in 2011.
While at the University, Tom could be continually heard praising the chemistry courses that he took (always wanting to take more of course, NOT). Tom did his internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under the Regional Director. His efforts at DEP were praised highly by his supervisor and those who worked with him. Tom could be found at many an ECO Club picnics jumping in the lake and doing his Tarzan imitation here. "Terrorizing" Kitty Fromtling (Wilkin) and local brown trout were favorite pastimes of Tom.
1) Zegler, Moore, Fairweather, Ireland, & Fulé. Populus tremuloides mortality near the southwestern edge of its range. Forest Ecology and Management, 2012.
2) Ireland, Moore, Fulé, Zegler, & Keane. Slow lifelong growth predisposes Populus tremuloides trees to mortality. Oecologia, 2014.
3) Huffman, Zegler, & Fulé. Fire history of a mixed conifer forest on the Mogollon Rim, northern Arizona, USA. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 2015.