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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.
  • Melissa Knapp
    Melissa Knapp
    Administrative Assistant Geology/Environmental Science
    Science Bldg 140
    Phone: 509.359.2286
    Fax: 509.359.4386

    Specializes in Purchasing, Scheduling, Budget, EWU Geology Facebook page

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

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

    Specializes in Glacial Geomorphology, Regional Geology, Science outreach

  • 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

    Specializes in Mineralogy, Petrology, Advisor-BS/BA

    Editor: American Mineralogist (2008 - 2012)

  • 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

    Specializes in Geologic Mapping, Spatial Modeling

  • 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

    Specializes in Earth Science Education, Geomorphology, Science Outreach, Advisor-BAE

  • Lindsay MacKenzie, Phd
    Lindsay MacKenzie, Phd
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Science Bldg 119
    Phone: 509.359.4278

    Specializes in Sedimentology, Paleontology, Taphonomy

  • 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

    Specializes in Environmental Geochemistry, Water and Soil Quality, Advisor-ENVS/GEOL, Director of Environmental Science

  • 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

    Specializes in Geotechnical Engineering, Soil and Surface Processes, Advisor ENVS/GEOL

    EWU Field Camp Director

  • 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

    Specializing in Structure, Regional Geology, Drone Mapping, Advisor-BS/BA

  • John P. Buchanan, PhD
    John P. Buchanan, PhD
    Professor Emeritus
    Science Bldg
    Phone: 509.359.2286

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

    Specializes in clastic sedimentology, environments of deposition, hydrogeology, fluvial geomorphology, environmental geology

  • Ernest H. Gilmour, PhD
    Ernest H. Gilmour, PhD
    Professor Emeritus
    Science Bldg 107
    Phone: 509.359.7480

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

    Specializes in Invertebrate Paleontology, Carbonate Petrology, Paleoecology


  • Linda McCollum, PhD
    Linda McCollum, PhD
    Professor Emeritus
    Science Bldg 126
    Phone: 509.359.7473

    BS - University of California, Davis
    MS - University of California, Davis
    PhD - State University of New York, Binghamton

    Specializes in early speciation and evolution of life; depositional environments in which life evolved; deciphering the local geology through time

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