Center for Earth & Environmental Science

CEES Alumni

Alumni Listings


Jeff Kane '98

B.S. Environmental Science
Miner Applied Environmental Science Program

image of Jeff Kane - CEES alum

Jeff received his B.S. in Environmental Science in 1998 after attending the Applied Environmental Science Program at Miner Center.  Through the years Jeff has gained experience working as a field technician for various organizations such as Manomet Conservation Science Center, Tall Timbers Research Station, The Nature Conservancy, US Geological Survey-Biological Resource Discipline, National Park Service and PRBO Conservation Science.  His vagabond lifestyle has allowed him to study plant and fire ecology in a variety of locations including Maine, New York, Florida, Nevada and California.  Most recently, Jeff is attending Humboldt State University in Arcata, California to obtain a M.S. degree in Forestry and Watershed Management.  His thesis topic is investigating the influence of time since treatment and prescribed fire on fuel loading and vegetation response in masticated fuel beds of Northern California and Southeastern Oregon.

Margaret Kavanaugh '87

BA Environmental Science: Study option in Planning and Management

image of Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch - CEES alum (on right) Margaret started on her career path as an Intern at the Clinton County Planning Department.  With the combination of her college degree and her internship, she was hired as an Assistant Planner in Schenectady County. After a few years in this jurisdiction, she was struck by wanderlust for the west coast. Margaret moved (without a job) to Seattle, WA. After working for a while outside of her career track, she accepted an offer to work for a beautiful small city called Port Orchard, WA.  From there, following her partner's dream job, she moved to northern CA and she has had the opportunity to work for a couple of different cities in the San Francisco Bay area over the years, including Berkeley, from which she has a few stories to tell.

Currently, Margaret is a Senior Associate with PMC, a full service environmental consulting firm. She is in charge of overseeing the Agency (current planning) staff working jurisdictions throughout the bay area, while working as senior level planning staff, herself. She is also very excited to be transitioning into the field of climate change, focusing on Climate Action Plans based on the ICLEI model of Greenhouse Gas audits and Green Building Ordinances.  For fun, she is also the Chair of her city's Planning Commission.  Margaret lives in El Cerrito, CA with her partner and their two children.

Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch
1440 Broadway, Suite 1008
Oakland, CA 94612
Office: (510) 272-4491 Mobile: (510) 292-5368

Dennis Keane '97

BS Geology (PSU)

Xpert Design and Diagnostics, LLC (XDD)
16 Marin Way
Stratham, NH 03885

603-778-1100 TEL
603-778-2121 FAX

Dennis is currently working as a staff scientist at Xpert Design and Diagnostic in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. XDD designs and installs bioremediation and chemical oxidation treatment systems for soil and groundwater pollution problems.

Timothy Kelly '99

B.A. in Environmental Science (Natural Resource Planning and Management)

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
100 First Ave.

Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, MA. 02129

Timothy works for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in Boston, MA as an Environmental Compliance Specialist.  He works mostly with Air Quality Compliance and the Massachusetts Clean State Intiative (Facility Audit Program).

Paul Kinzel  '95

BS Environmental Science (PSU)
MS Civil Engineering (Univ. of Colorado at Boulder)

U.S. Geological Survey
Water Resources Division
Box 25046, Denver Federal Center MS 413
Denver, CO  80225

Paul started working with the USGS as a graduate student in 1996 on the Grand Canyon experimental flood project. Since then he has been involved with sediment studies on the Snake River in Idaho and the Platte River in Nebraska.

Kevin Kleaka '95

B.S. Environmental Science

image of Kevin Kleaka - ENV alum

After graduating in 1995, I worked at
Wyeth Ayerst in Rouses Point for almost 2 years in the quality control
group (liquid chromatography). I moved to Long Island in 1997 and began working
as an environmental technician with Impact Environmental.  I moved up the
ladder at the firm fairly quickly, and was recently promoted to VP of
the company earlier this year. I am involved with all kinds of
environmental projects on LI and in NYC. Our company web site is

Kevin Kleaka, Vice President
Impact Environmental

Long Island Office
170 Keyland Court
Bohemia, New York 11716
telephone (631) 269-8800  facsimile (631) 269-1599
New York Office
1560 Broadway, Suite 1024
New York, New York 10036
telephone (212) 201-7905 facsimile (212) 201-7906

Justin Korkus '98

BS  Environmental Science (PSU)

29791 Chestnut Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439

Brown and Caldwell
Environmental Consulting and Engineering
Denver, CO

Justin works as an engineering technician for CTL/Thompson in Denver where he has been getting some first-hand experience with the engineering properties of expandable soils. He has also had a chance to take some evening graduate classes at the Colorado School of Mines. Justin recently landed a job with Brown and Caldwell-Environmental Consulting and Engineering as an assistant hydrogeologist for the geoscience department.He is working on a landfill closure at a cement plant in California and does some water resource work (Source water protection) or SWAP, as well as some small characterization and remediation projects for LaFarge. He is still working on his master's on a part time basis.

Mitch Krauss '93, '97

BS Environmental Science (PSU) - AESP Program
MALS Environmental Chemistry (PSU)Environmental Programs
Essex, VT

Tel. 802-769-1496
Fax.  802-769-4139

After leaving PSU, Mitch worked for a short time with Endyne, an environmental testing laboratory in Essex, Vermont where he conducted EPA analyses for volatile and semi-volatile organic materials using GC/MS. He is currently with Environmental Programs at IBM in Essex. His primary responsibilities include reviewing EIA's, and hazardous waste and air permits. Mitch is also helping to create a GIS database for the IBM site.

Contact Information

To learn more about the Center for Earth and Environmental Science, please contact:

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