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Dr. Kristy Hopkins - 2014 Ph.D. Graduate - Research Scientist at the US Geological Survey

Dr. Suzanne Metlay - 1993 Ph.D. Graduate 

Suzanne T. Metlay is full-time faculty at Western Governors University, Teachers College, preparing pre-service and of-record teachers to become middle school and high school Earth science educators with subject matter expertise in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Suzanne leads the Geosciences Education program, teaches graduate students as well as undergraduates, and assists students getting ready for their Praxis and state content exams nationwide. Prior to joining WGU, Suzanne was full-time astronomy faculty at Front Range Community College, Colorado; Operations Director at Secure World Foundation (private non-profit for space sustainability); Education Programs Manager at Fiske Planetarium, University of Colorado at Boulder; and a member of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET). Current passions include annual talks at local astronomy clubs about Pluto and other dwarf planets, active engagement in professional organization s (NAGT, GSA, NSTA), and anything Orphan Black or Doctor Who.

Dr. Kevin Reath - 2011 MS Graduate - 2016 Ph.D. Graduate - Fellow at the USGS Powell Center and Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University

Christopher Hortert - 2016 MS Graduate - Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Sarah Lavin - 2015 MS Graduate - Rhea Engineers & Consultants

Ashley Ace - 2016 MS Graduate - US Census Bureau

Justin Coughlin - 2016 MS Graduate - Physical Scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency in Region 5 at the Chicago, IL headquarters

Matthew Dieterich - 2015 MS Graduate

His photo from Mt. Rainer was used in the US Postal Services celebration of National Park Sevice's Centennial

Paul R. Coyle - 2003 MS Graduate 

I am the team leader of the National Mine Map Repository, Office of Surface Mining, Regulation and Enforcement.We collect hard rock and coal mine maps from all over the country. We presently have 180,000 digital maps in our archives. I just want my classmates to know that I am still alive and kicking.

Barry J. Rava - 1980 MS Graduate

  • Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists - National Director founded
  • Icarus Oil and Gas, Inc. 1996 - awaiting pipeline connection for large discovery & marketing prospects; Formed BR E&P, LLC 2015; Icarus as part owner. BREP is seeking producing assets for acquisition BREP is seeking producing assets for acquisition

Michael Price - 1970 MS Graduate

Retired from HESS Corp in 2009. Last position was Geological Operations Manager for Offshore Gulf of Mexico. After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in April, 2010, he was called out of retirement for several months to help apply the new Federal regulations imposed for drilling in the the Gulf of Mexico. He has recently relocated from Seattle, WA to Melbourne, FL.  He is into wildlife photography, particularly at a protected wetland near our home.   

Darryl Bishop - 2016 Pro-MS Graduate - Adecco Engineering/contracting for Uber ATC as a Mapping Specialist

Francesco Corona - 1980 MS Graduate

Franco enjoying a fine cappuccino in his favorite Roman hangout Tazza D'Oro.

Francesco Corona retired after 34+ years in the petroleum industry with Exxon, Unocal, and ExxonMobil working throughout the upstream in research, exploration, development, and production with assignments in Houston, London, and Hannover (Germany). Franco's career ended at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in March 2015 as a Senior Technical Advisor in Structural Analysis. Henow lives in a country home in Albemarle County, northwest of Charlottesville, with his artist wife Victoria and two cats, Donizetti & Bellini

Matt Dieterich just finished receiving his teaching certificate in Texas and will be starting a lab management position at a company that makes oil/gas water treatment units in Houston.  He was also just accepted for an expedition fo Chile to visit the astronomy observatories.

Congratulations to Dr. Rob Rossi (PhD ’16) who was recently awarded a NatureNet Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the Nature Conservancy.  Rob will research soil carbon cycling and the enhanced sequestration of soil carbon through land management in the Environmental Earth System Science Department at Stanford University.

  • Professorships:
    • Dr. Matthew Finkenbinder - 2015 Ph.D. Graduate - Assistant Professor in the Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences Department at Wilkes University
    • Dr. Aubrey Hillman - 2015 Ph.D. Graduate - Assistant Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of Louisiana Lafayette
    • Dr. Christopher Hughes - 2011 Ph.D. Graduate - Assistant Professor at the Eastern Kentucky University
    • Dr. Alison H. Graettinger - 2012 Ph.D. Graduate - Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Missouri - Kansas City

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