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Faculty and Staff


Richard E. Deal
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2000
Office:  202 Cooper Hall 
Phone: 732-1733 
Specialty:  GIS, Cartography, Political Geography,  and Geography of Small Island States


Karen S. Eisenhart
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Colorado 2004
Office: 231 Cooper Hall 
Phone: 732-2398
Specialty: Physical Geography, Conservation of Natural Resources, Dendroecology, and Landscape Ecology


Baher A.Ghosheh
Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo, 1988
Office: 243 Cooper Hall 
Phone: 732-2207
Specialty: Cultural Geography, International Trade, Middle East, and Japan


Jeff J. Gryta
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Penn State, 1987
Office: 210 Cooper Hall 
Phone: 732-2803
Specialty: Geomorphology, Hydrology, Glacial Geology, and Environmental Geology


David W. Hurd
Professor and Planetarium Director
Ph.D., Cleveland State, 1997
Office: 169 Cooper Hall
Phone: 732-2493
Specialty: Atmospheric and Space Science


Tadesse Kidane-Mariam
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2001
Office: 200 Cooper Hall 
Phone: 732-1576
Specialty: Human Geography, Urban and Regional Development, Environmental Management, and Africa

Henry W. Lawrence
Ph.D., Oregon, 1985
Office: 204 Cooper  Hall 
Phone: 732-1572
Specialty: Conservation and Resource Management, Environmental Planning, and Latin America


Dr. Wook Lee
Assistant Professor
Ph.D.,  Ohio State University
Office: 225 Cooper Hall
Phone: 732-2291
Specialty: Urban and Transportation Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, GIS, Spatial Analysis / Quantitative methods, and East Asia / North America


Kerry A. Moyer
Ph.D., Penn State University, 1993
Office: 208 Cooper Hall
Phone: 732-2454
Specialty: Dr. Moyer is a meteorologist who teaches Atmospheric and Space Science, Meteorology I, and Meteorology II. His research interests focus on air-sea interaction and lake-effect snow.


Laurie A. Parendes
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., Oregon State, 1997
Office: 126d & 212 Cooper Hall 
Phone: 732-2840
Specialty: Biogeography, Environmental Issues, Conservation of Natural Resources, and Landscape Ecology

Joseph Reese
Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin, 1995
Office: 245 Cooper Hall
Phone: 732-2814
Specialty: Structural Geology, Tectonics, Earth History, Precambrian Geology of North America, Mountain Building Processes

Eric Straffin
Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2000
Office: 229 Cooper Hall
Phone: 732-1574
Specialty: Dr. Straffin studies Geomorphology and Sedimentology. He teaches Introductory Geology and upper level courses in Quaternary Geology, Sedimentology/Stratigraphy, and Soil Geomorphology.


Dale Tshudy

Ph.D., Kent State, 1993
Office: 235 Cooper Hall
Phone: 732-2453
Specialty: Prof. Dale Tshudy is a paleontologist specializing in crustacean taxonomy and evolution. He teaches Oceanography, Paleontology, Field Studies, and upper Environmental Geology.


Brian S. Zimmerman
Ph.D., Washington State, 1991
Office: 237 Cooper Hall
Phone: 732-1575
Specialty: Dr. Brian Zimmerman is a geologist who teaches Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geology of National Parks. His current research focusses on the geologic history and environmental restoration of Edinboro Lake.

Penny Tingley
Department Secretary
Office: 126 Cooper Hall
Phone: 732 - 2529





Dr. Richard Deal

Dr. Karen Eisenhart

Dr. Baher Ghosheh

Dr. Jeffrey Gryta

Dr. David Hurd 

Dr. Tadesse Kidane-Mariam

Dr. Henry Lawrence

Dr. Wook Lee

Dr. Kerry Moyer

Dr. Laurie Parendes

Dr. Joseph Reese

Dr. Eric Straffin


Dr. Dale Tshudy 


Dr. Brian Zimmerman


Ms. Penny Tingley