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Faculty and Staff

Below you will find a listing of faculty for the Geology Program. If you are unsure of who to contact with your questions, please call the main office at 509.359.2286.
  • Jennifer A. Thomson, PhD
    Jennifer A. Thomson, PhD
    Department Chair, Professor of Geology
    Science Hall 126
    Phone: 509.359.7478

    BS - University of New Hampshire
    MS - University of Maine at Orono
    PhD - University of Massachusetts

    Interests: mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, volcanology

    Editor: American Mineralogist (2008 - 2012)

  • Carmen A. Nezat, PhD
    Carmen A. Nezat, PhD
    Director of Environmental Science Program; Professor, Department of Geology
    Science Hall 132
    Phone: 509.359.7959

    BS -  University of Southwestern Louisiana
    MS -  University of Alabama
    PhD - University of Michigan

    Interests: water and soil geochemistry, biogeochemistry, mineral dissolution, environmental geology




  • John P. Buchanan, PhD
    John P. Buchanan, PhD
    Professor of Geology
    Science Bldg 120
    Phone: 509.359.7493

    BS - Southern Illinois University
    MS - Colorado State University
    PhD - Colorado State University

    Interests: clastic sedimentology, environments of deposition, hydrogeology, fluvial geomorphology, environmental geology

  • Richard L. Orndorff, PhD
    Richard L. Orndorff, PhD
    Professor of Geology
    Science Bldg 124
    Phone: 509.359.2855

    BS - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    MS - Ohio State University
    PhD - Kent State University

    Interests: geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, earth surface processes

    Courses:  Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

                   Geotechnical Engineering of Soil and Foundations

                   Water and the West, Water Resource Engineering in Arid Lands

    EWU Field Camp Director

  • Sharen Keattch
    Sharen Keattch
    Geology Department Senior Lecturer
    Science Bldg 136
    Phone: 509.359.7358

    BS - University of Leicester, England
    MS - Kent State University
    PDDSE, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • Jeanne Case
    Jeanne Case
    Science Bldg 116
    Phone: 509.359.4288

    B.S. Geology, University of California at Riverside

    M.S. Geology, University of California at Riverside

    Interests: Field geology and GIS

  • Dr. Chad Pritchard
    Dr. Chad Pritchard
    Associate Professor of Geology
    Science Bldg 100
    Phone: 509.359.7026

    BS - Portland State University
    MS - Humboldt State University
    PhD - Washington State University

    Interests: Structural geology, Tectonics, Magma-Crust Interaction, Magma Mixing

  • Lindsay MacKenzie, PHD
    Lindsay MacKenzie, PHD
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Science Bldg 119
    Phone: 509.359.4278
  • Ernest H. Gilmour, PhD
    Ernest H. Gilmour, PhD
    Professor Emeritus
    Science Bldg 102A
    Phone: 509.359.7480

    BS - University of Southern California
    MS - Montana State University
    PhD - University of Montana

    Interests: invertebrate paleontology, carbonate petrology, paleoecology


  • Nigel Davies
    Nigel Davies
    Scientific Instructional Technician
    Science Bldg 122
    Phone: 509.359.2789

    BS - Washington University, St. Louis
    MS - Western Washington University

    Interests: Geologic mapping, glacial geology, climate change

    EWU Field Camp Director

  • Melissa Knapp
    Melissa Knapp
    Administrative Assistant
    Science Bldg 140
    Phone: 509.359.2286
    Fax: 509.359.4386
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