Center for Earth & Environmental Science

CEES Alumni

Alumni Listings


Quentin T. Gahan '01

PO Box 413
Phoenicia, NY 12464

A.S. in Environmental Control / Water Quality Management (SUNY-UCCC) '99
AESP Miner Center Graduate '00
B.S. in Environmental Science (PSU) '01

When I applied to attend Plattsburgh as a transfer student in 1999, I was a recipient of a Community Service Scholarship. I was placed at the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) field office in Plattsburgh, under District Conservationist Rich Redman's supervision (also a PSU Alum) as an Earth Team Volunteer for the fall and spring semesters of '99.

In June 2000, I was hired as a Student Trainee Soil Conservationist with NRCS and worked part-time during the semesters and full-time over the summers of 2000 and 2001. I also worked part-time during the school year down in the LCRI center, analyzing lake samples under the direction of Dr. Tim Mihuc, who was also my academic advisor. I had a really positive experience at PSU, including my attendance at the Miner Institute in fall 2000, and my participation in an independent study under the supervision of Dr. Bob Fuller. The topic we researched was Biogeochemical Cycling in Watersheds during the spring and fall semesters of 2001. The members of the research team and I presented our findings at a poster session at the Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2002.

After my graduation in December 2001, I moved down to Ulster County, in anticipation of pursuit of a master's degree in the fall of '02. Instead, I was hired as a full-time Soil Conservationist with NRCS in July 2002, and have been working with farmers, private landowners, various organizations as well as units of local, state, and federal government. My duties include planning, design, and supervision of the implementation of conservation systems adhering to NRCS standards and specifications. The conservation systems are implemented under contracts in federal and state cost-share programs. Along with our partners in the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District, we make use of various technologies, such as Total Station Survey, AutoCAD, GPS, and ArcGIS to aid in the design of conservation systems and to inventory and evaluate resource concerns in the watersheds throughout our area.

Jeff Gaines '84

Image of Jeff Gaines - CEES alum

BA Environmental Science
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Solid Waste
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
MC 5303W
Washington, DC 20460

Jeff has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since February of 1990. Prior to joining EPA, he served for a few years with USDA's Soil Conservation Service, now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service. As a "soil conservationist" with SCS, Jeff worked in a rural eastern Virginia field office. Much of the work was spent literally in the "field," assisting farmers and other landowners in using their land resources more wisely. At EPA, Jeff works as an "environmental scientist" in the Agency's hazardous waste permitting program, which implements Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), governing the "cradle to grave" management of hazardous wastes. The work involves regulatory, policy, and guidance development and interpretations, and also involves contact with other federal agencies, states, industry, and the general public. Jeff also helps manage his office's internet and intranet sites as an occasional respite from his regular duties.
Jeff lives in the northern Virginia area with his wife and two children.

Sarah Gebbie '03

Image of Sarah Gebbie - CEES alum Environmental Planning Assistant
Lake Champlain - Lake George
Regional Planning Board
Ph:  518-668-5773
Fax: 518-668-5774

I am currently employed at the Lake Champlain - Lake George Regional Planning Board in Lake George, NY. I'm the Environmental Planning Assistant and work with DEC regarding stormwater quality in five counties, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren and Washington. The EPA's new Phase II for stormwater regulation has affected 8 designated MS4s in Warren and Washington County and my position helps these MS4s implement the stormwater regulations required of them. I also work closely with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in all 5 counties and attend Water Quality Coordination Committee meetings in all 5 counties as well as other various organizations, such as the Greater Adirondack RC&D and the Champlain Watershed Improvement in New York (CWICNY). It is a very independent job funded by the DEC. Including all the stormwater quality issues I deal with I am also working with RC&D and Cornell Cooperative Extension on "Adirondack Harvest" a program that will help advertise local farmers and their products in the Adirondacks and beyond to the public. I will also be working on the Adirondack Waterfest committee. I believe the annual event was held in Plattsburgh last summer. I am very happy with this job and the experience Plattsburgh offered me in my 4 years there.

Addendum:  I thought I'd let you know my information has changed.  After 5 years I am moving from the Lake Champlain - Lake George Regional Planning Board to the Adirondack/Glens Falls Transportation Council.  I will be a Transportation Planner and am very excited to delve into a more planning based role for communities in Warren and Washington County.

Oliver Gellerman '06

BA Geography - (PSU)

Oliver, a member of the Class of 2006, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and was inducted into Gamma Theta Upsilon in May of 2006. He graduated with department honors (GTU) and is pursuing a Master's degree and GIS Certificate at UAlbany, and is expected to graduate in May 2008.

Cara Gentry '94

Image of Cara Gentry - CEES alum BA Environmental Science - (PSU)

131 Dogwood Rd. #B-4
West Haven, CT 06516

Cara is currently finishing her thesis for a masters degree in Geoscience at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Her research concentrates on investigating the hydrological and geological controls of fresh water wetlands on the island of San Salvador, Bahamas (see picture). Cara recently (November, 2003) gave a presentation on her thesis topic at the national Geological Society of America conference in Seattle, WA and has been asked to present her research at the Geology of the Bahamas Symposium in June 2004. She is also working on writing an educational field guide to the geologic features of a cave in the Albany NY area.

Neil Gifford  '91, 94

BS Environmental Science (PSU)
MA Environmental Science (PSU)

Preserve Ecologist
The Nature Conservancy
Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Neil is the Preserve Ecologist for the Nature Conservancy at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.  He worked as an Ecologist, Conservation Biologist and Prescribed Fire Technician for The Nature Conservancy and other conservation organizations in New York, Maine, and Missouri. As the Preserve Ecologist, he coordinates and implements the Pine Bush Native Plant Restoration Initiative and the recovery program for the Karner blue butterfly, which is federally recognized as endangered.  He also assists with prescribed fire management, invasive species management and other biological research and management projects within the 2,600 Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

Trevis Gigliotti '98

BA  Environmental Science -  (PSU)
(Nat. Res. Plan. and Management)Master of Science Candidate
Environmental Resource and Forest Engineering
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, NY

Immediately after graduation, Trevis enrolled in the Environmental Resource and Forest Engineering graduate program at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse.  He is currently a research assistant with the NASA Affiliated Research Center (see link below) on campus where he works on a variety of projects. His thesis research will involve the use of data fusion techniques as a means to achieve a species level classification of forested areas from digital imagery. Trevis will graduate in December 2000.

Craig Gorman '00

In May, Craig started work with the US Forest Service on timber stand improvement in Summit Co., CO, then moved on to work with a geotechnical firm. He is now applying for graduate school in water resources, contaminant transport and land reclamation to UC-Boulder and CSU.

John Grant '82

B.A., Geology, Magna Cum Laude

Center for Earth and Planetary Studies
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Institution
4th and Independence SW
Washington, DC 20560-0315
202-357-1494 (Voice)
202-786-2566 (Fax)

"I have moved around a bit since PSU. Did MS at Univ. of RI, PhD at Brown, then became tenured faculty at SUNY College Buffalo. Left there for a couple of years to work at NASA Headquarters in Washington as Program Scientist for Mars Global Surveyor mission and Mars Sample Return mission. Now I am a civil servant at National Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian) as a geologist. Focus of my research is mainly Mars, but I am doing some terrestrial stuff as well...I am currently co-chair of a NASA-appointed group selecting landing sites for the Mars Exploration Rovers (to be launched in 2003), am getting NASA money to develop a miniaturized ground penetrating radar for rover deployment on Mars, and am funded to do Mars mapping and assess the morphometry of valley networks to try and distinguish formation mechanisms. I very much enjoyed my years at Plattsburgh!"

Contact Information

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