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Alumni Profiles

Charlotte Mehrtens (Class of 1974)

Ph.D. Geology (University of Chicago)
B.A. Geology (SUNY Plattsburgh)

Professor, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Department of Geology - University of Vermont

Char received her Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of Chicago and spent the next two years as an Assistant Professor at St. Lawrence University. She accepted a position at the University of Vermont (U.V.M.) in 1981 where she is now a full professor. She teaches courses in sedimentology and stratigraphy, Earth history, and sedimentary facies modeling. In 1991 Char won the University's George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award, one of U.V.M.'s highest distinctions. She became the Director of the U.V.M. Living/Learning Center in 1993. As a consequence of this affiliation she has begun research into interdisciplinary studies and the teaching of science.

Michael Pickering (Class of 1996)

B.S. Geology (SUNY Plattsburgh)
M.S. Hydrogeology (Washington State University)

Sr. Staff Hydrogeologist
Hart Crowser, Inc.

After graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh, Michael received an M.S. in Hydrogeology at Washington State University. He currently works in Portland, Oregon as an environmental consultant. The majority of his projects involve the implementation of site investigations and remedial measures at various types of hazardous waste and petroleum contaminated sites. Michael attributes his educational and professional successes to the inspiration and guidance he received from Dr. Mary Roden-Tice and Dr. David Franzi

Jackie (Rotelli) Young (Class of 1996)

Image of Jackie (Rotelli) Young and Eric Young - CEES alumniB.S. Geology (SUNY Plattsburgh)

Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.
300 Gateway Park Drive
North Syracuse, NY 13212

Jackie has been working with Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc. since September, 1999, specializing in petroleum contamination remediation. One of her current projects involves the site work for the expansion of Carousel Mall in Syracuse. She is now the GES, Inc. CAD operator as well.

Jackie and Eric Young (SUNY Plattsburgh Environmental Science '96) married on July 1st, 2000.


Eric White (Class of 1998)

B.S. Environmental Science ('96)
B.S. Geology ('98)

Graduate Student
Department of Earth Sciences
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Eric is investigating the paleohydrology in western Belize at the time of the mass Mayan population decline using stable isotope data and Uranium-series dates from cave speleothems. He spent last summer in Belize and hopes to graduate in May, 2000. Eric reports that he has a new job with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in Tallahassee. He is working in the groundwater section, modeling groundwater flow for the SWAP and well-head protection programs.

These are just a few of the over 2,000 alumni that have come out of the Plattsburgh State Center for Earth and Environmental Science programs over the last thirty years. To learn about many more of them, visit the CEES alumni website.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about geology at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Edwin Romanowicz, Director
Office: Hudson Hall 132
Phone: (518) 564-2028
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 554-1041
Fax: (518) 564-5267