Center for Earth & Environmental Science

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Joseph E. Haas II, M.Sc., P.HG., P.EG.
M.S. Hydrogeology (Stony Brook '97)
B.S. Geology

Joe Haas ImageNew York State Department of Law,
Office of the Attorney General,
Environmental Protection Bureau,
120 Broadway, 26th floor
New York, NY 10271

Telephone: (212) 416-8481

Investigating, understanding, communicating, and resolving a wide range of environmental issues affecting New York State. He also works closely with experts from outside the OAG in varied technical areas to develop and marshal scientific evidence in support of the Attorney General’s litigation and public policy goals. Joe is the OAG scientists responsible for all technical aspects the Attorney General’s Bronx River Watershed Initiative (BRWI) including the implementation of the $7 million water quality and ecology improvement grant program.

Joe Joined the Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) within the New York State Office of the Attorney General (the OAG) in May 2008 where he is tasked with

Prior to joining the RPB, Joe worked 19 years as an Engineering Geologist within various Divisions of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). In his most recent position at DEC Joe supervised a remediation section within NYSDEC’s Division of Environmental Remediation while directly managing site investigation and remedial actions at over 20 New York State funded cleanup sites with annual costs exceeding $5 million.

In addition to his routine responsibilities at the OAG and NYSDEC, Joe continues to provide technical assistance and training to governmental and other technical groups both inside and outside of the New York State. He maintains research ties with representatives of the United States Geological Survey, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and various universities. His published research has primarily focused upon the analysis of the environmental fate and transport of the fuel oxygenates and the application of compound specific isotope analysis in organic contaminant hydrology. His work has been credited as having influenced the national debate on the use of MTBE in gasoline and has been recognized nationally in 2002 by the US EPA, ORD in the form of an award for Exceptional Support to ORD and in 2004 by the National Ground Water Association in the form of the Most Outstanding Ground Water Remediation Project Award.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh and a Masters of Science Degree in the Geological Sciences (Hydrogeology) from SUNY at Stony Brook. He also maintains specialty licenses as a Hydrogeologist and as an Engineering Geologist in the State of Washington as well as a Geologist license in the State of New Hampshire.


Heather Hartman '98

B.A. Environmental Science (SUNY Plattsburgh)
AESP '97 (Miner Institute)

141 E. Davis Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Heather is currently working as a hydrogeologist for Handex, an engineering consulting firm specializing in the assessment and remediation of petroleum underground storage tank sites landfill methane collection. She currently handles the assessment and monitoring phases of more than a dozen projects under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Preapproval Program.


Tyler Hastings, '06

image of Tyler Hastings - ENV alum B.A. Environmental Science (Planning/Management)

I have been working in Greenville, South Carolina for two and a half years now working with a Civil Engineering and Environmental Planning firm. I do a lot of work with GIS and stormwater master planning. We create databases for our clients and then do a large majority of the data collection and mapping of their infrastructure using GPS and Surveying equipment. I will be sitting for the Fundamentals of Surveying exam in the spring of 2009 leading up to a Professional Land Surveyor's license. I have been down here in the South for about two and a half years. I have been with McGill Associates since I graduated from PSU in 2006, servicing both the Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC offices. I am in charge of all the field work related to our environmental services. I do a lot of work with GIS including database design, spatial analysis, and field data collection. I have also had the opportunity to take wetland delineation courses through NC State which allowed me to get involved with our wetland design and stream restoration projects. Unfortunately, since entering the workforce, I have been able to see a lot of the problems that plague our natural environment first hand. It is good knowing that I do work in a field that aims at solving issues such as water quality and restoring ecosystems to function as they should. I recently met with Dr. Barry Nocks, director for the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture at Clemson University. I am going to be applying for admissions into the Master's of City and Regional Planning program. I am going to concentrate on environmental planning and development planning. After working in the civil engineering industry for some time, I feel that a Masters in Planning is the next step towards career advancement.


Chris Hawver '90, '93

B.A. Environmental Science (SUNY Plattsburgh)
M.A. Environmental Science (SUNY Plattsburgh)

Chris and E.O. Wilson at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

Director of Research
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
The Nature Conservancy
Albany, NY

Chris has been an employee of the Nature Conservancy since 1993. He works as Director of Research and Management for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, a globally rare inland pine barrens located in an urban setting. Chris conducted research at the jack pine barrens at Altona Flat Rock while at PSU. Chris oversees and directs all Preserve conservation science and stewardship activities including; ecological research, management and restoration, public education and outreach, conservation planning, and program administration. Certified as the co-fire manager for The Nature Conservancy of New York, he is directly responsible for implementing the nationally recognized Pine Bush fire management program and serves as a consulting resource for other state and federal fire programs. In addition, Chris supports land protection, fund-raising and outreach efforts and coordinates cooperative efforts among federal, state, municipal, and non-governmental agencies to increase program support. He supervises four full-time employees.


Jennifer (Hensinger) Hull '97

Jennifer Hull - CEES alumnaB.A. Environmental Science - (SUNY Plattsburgh)
B.A. Geology (SUNY Plattsburgh)

Jennifer graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in Geology and Environmental Science. As a student, Jennifer assisted with wetland mapping and remote sensing research conducted by Dr. Donald Bogucki and Eileen Allen in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science. She tutored for many geology and environmental science courses through the Clarke Learning Center. Jennifer was a resident assistant on campus and a member of several honor societies including Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. In 1996, Jennifer was named a Hudson Scholar and was a recipient of the Hudson Scholarship. Following graduation, Jennifer attended graduate school at Binghamton University and pursued a M.A. in Geology with a concentration on hydrogeology. After graduate school, Jennifer worked as a geologist and consultant for a petroleum company, primarily managing remediation sites. Her work included conducting remedial investigations and on-going maintenance for petroleum related spill sites. Jennifer married in November of 2000 and has two fabulous daughters ages 11 and 2. She is currently working as a paralegal for an environmental law firm in Syracuse.


Jay Hollingsworth '96

B.S. Environmental Science - (SUNY Plattsburgh)
M.S. Environmental Sci. & Engineering '97 (OGI)

Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology
Beaverton, OR 97006-8921

Jay has been working as a research associate with Dr. James Pankow at Oregon Graduate Institute since 1997. His research is part of a U.S. Geological Survey funded project to evaluate atmospheric sources of volatile organic compounds in shallow groundwater aquifers. They are also investigating phytoremediation of volatile organics in groundwater using hybrid poplars.


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