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Faculty

Chair of the Department of Geosciences: Amy Frappier

Associate Professors: Gregory Gerbi,
Amy Frappier, Kyle Nichols

Assistant Professors: Margaret Estapa, Victor Guevara


Visiting Instructor: Jennifer Cholnoky

Research Associates and Fellows: Elly Breves, Darren Gravley, Brian Frappier

Emeritus Professor: Richard H. Lindemann



Geoscience is the study of planet Earth, its materials, the processes that act upon them, and the history of the planet and its life forms since its origin. The mission of Skidmore's geosciences program is to apply the understanding of Earth processes to contemporary issues such as Earth resources, land-use planning, and global change. The program's curriculum includes ocean and atmospheric sciences, Earth surface processes, and the history of global change. Our courses are designed for students with a general interest in the geosciences as well as for students planning to pursue a graduate degree. We accomplish this mission by providing an environment in which students acquire sound scientific problem-solving, research, and communication skills. Geoscience students obtain a strong foundation for lifelong learning, professional development in the geosciences, and enhanced career opportunities in other fields that require a broadly based background in this discipline. A liberal arts degree in geosciences prepares a student for a number of professional activities related to resource management, climatology, oceanography, hydrology, Earth hazards, land-use planning, earth science teaching, and environmental consulting. Our department contributes to the broader mission of the college by providing courses that enhance student awareness of, and appreciation for, Earth's dynamic systems and the scientific methodologies by which they are understood. Our program complements and is complemented by Environmental Studies and Sciences in additional to other natural sciences.

Jennifer T. Cholnoky

Jennifer T. Cholnoky

Visiting Instructor

Office: Dana 174
Phone: 518-580-8127
Email: jcholnok@skidmore.edu

Meg Estapa

Meg Estapa

Assistant Instructor

Office: Dana 176
Phone: 518-580-5477
Email: estapa@skidmore.edu

Amy Frappier

Amy Frappier

Department Chair / Associate Professor—Paleoclimatology

Office: Dana 178
Phone: 518-580-8371
Email: afrappie@skidmore.edu

Gregory Gerbi Gregory Gerbi

Department Chair, Physics and
Associate Professor, Physics/Geosciences

Office: Dana Science Center 239
Phone: (518) 580-5127
Email: ggerbi@skidmore.edu

Victor Guevara

Victor Guevara

Assistant Instructor

Office: Dana 176
Phone: 518-580-5121
Email: vguevara@skidmore.edu

Richard H. LindemannRichard H. Lindemann

Associate Professor - Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Paleobiology

Office: Dana 176 
Phone: (518) 580-5196
Email: rlindema@skidmore.edu

Kyle NicholsKyle Nichols

Associate Professor, Geomorphology, Quaternary Geology, Hydrology

Office: Dana 184
Phone: (518) 580-5194
Email: knichols@skidmore.edu