Center for Earth & Environmental Science

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Marguerite Madden '79, '84

Image of Marguerite Madden '79, '84

PhD Ecology (Georgia)
MA Biology (PSU)
BA Biology (PSU)
Marguerite returned to PSU in October, 1999 as a Distinguished Visiting Alumnus.
Associate Director for Environmental Studies
Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Sciences (CRMS)
Department of Geography
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602-2503

Although Marguerite is technically a Biology Department alumnus, her masters degree research "Use of aerial photography to study beaver (Castor canadensis): Impact on plant community succession in the Adirondacks" was supervised by Drs. Bogucki, Gruendling, and K. Adams of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science. She also participated in the environmental science program at Miner Center in the fall of 1976.
Marguerite's current research involves creation of a vegetation map and digital database for the South Florida National Park Service to assess the long-term effects of Hurricane Andrew. She has amassed an impressive record of scholarship in the fields of remote sensing and GIS applications in environmental assessment during her career at The University of Georgia.

Johnathon Mangano '97

BS Environmental Science (PSU)
Brinkmann Instruments, Inc.
One Cantiague Road
Westbury, NY 11590
John is currently working for Brinkmann Instruments as an Applications Specialist. He is responsible for sample analysis and method development using Brinkmann and Metrohm instrumentation. John also provides technical support for Brinkmann customers.

Kara T. Mayette '00

BS Environmental Science, AESP
Daston Corporation
999 18th Street Suite 1800
Denver, CO 80202
phone - 303-312-7558

After graduation, Kara spent 2 months traveling across the states and eventually landed in Denver CO. She is with the DASTON Corporation and currently working as an EPA contractor as a GIS analyst. The projects include: 1) Western EMAP (Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Project)--which is designed to monitor the effects on our natural resources, and 2) an assessment of Animal Feed Operations throughout EPA region 8 and how these operations affect the surrounding watersheds. Kara is glad to offer any advice or help to current students.

Bryan McBride '04

BA Environmental Science (Planning & Management) PSU
National University of Ireland, Galway

Clinton County Office of Real Property
137 Margaret Street, Suite 210
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

After finishing my degree, I was hired as a GIS  Specialist at the Technical Assistance Center at  Plattsburgh State.  TAC received a grant through FEMA and SEMO and I was responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive GIS Response Database for Clinton County Emergency Services.  I am currently working for the Clinton County Office of Real Property as a Tax Mapper.  I maintain the County tax parcel database, research deeds, and analyze tax roll data.  I'm also working as an independent cartographer and GIS consultant.

Cheryl M. McCormick, Ph.D.

image of Cheryl McCormick, Ph.D. - CEES alum Director of Conservation Science
Santa Lucia Conservancy
26700 Rancho San Carlos Road
Carmel, California 93923
(831) 626-8595 ext. 102 (office)
(831) 626-8522 (fax)

Cheryl is a plant ecologist with over 13 years of experience working in all aspects of invasive species biology in Georgia, Florida, the Greater Caribbean Basin and California.  She obtained a B.A. in Environmental Science with minors in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, her M.A. in Geography/GIS, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from The University of Georgia (UGA).  Her doctoral research involved developing predictive generalized linear models to assist in the management of Chinese tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum L. Roxb.) populations in coastal south Georgia, and the effects of feral hog (Sus scrofa ) rooting on the mortality of invasive woody plant species.   After leaving UGA, she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants at the University of Florida (UF), where she collected and analyzed ecological data to assist the National Park Service to develop management plans for invasive plant species in Everglades and Biscayne National Parks.  Additionally, she has worked with scientists in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Grand Cayman to identify, prevent, and manage plant invasions.  She also developed management plans for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the State of Florida for S . sebiferum and Colubrina asiatica (L.) Brogng.  Most recently, she is the Director of Conservation Science for the Santa Lucia Conservancy, where she oversees research and conservation directives for the Santa Lucia Preserve, a 20,000-acre private landscape in Carmel, CA.  She is primarily responsible for developing long-term resource management plans and policies for invasive species and Sudden Oak Death, and works with federal and state regulatory agencies in developing multiple-species Habitat Conservation and Plans (HCP) for 5 federally endangered species, including the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii ), California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense ), Smith's blue buttery (Euphilotes enoptes smithi ), steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss ), and golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos ).

Kevin A. Mc Caffery '00

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1608 Peterson Ave.
Janesville, WI53548

MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Maine 2002
BS, Environmental Science SUNY Plattsburgh 2000 (AESP Miner Institute - 1999)
AS, Engineering Science Jefferson Community College - 1997

Kevin A. Mc Caffery joined Applied Ecological Services (AES) of Brodhead, WI in May 2004 as a Staff Environmental Engineer. Prior to joining AES, Mr. Mc Caffery's background includes a variety of work experiences. Most recently, as a Civil Engineer/Hydrologist for Kleinschmidt Associates in Pittsfield, Maine, his responsibilities included hydrologic/hydraulic modeling and discharge analysis related to topics such as dam safety, hydro plant operations, and fish passage systems.  As a Research Assistant in the Environmental Engineering Lab at the University of Maine he conducted original research related to arsenic contamination of groundwater and the associated microbiological interactions. As a Research Assistant for the SUNY Research Foundation, he helped to perform an extensive vegetative survey of the Adirondack Park following the Ice Storm of January 1998.

Mr. Mc Caffery's responsibilities at AES include hydrologic modeling and hydraulic analyses, as well as preparation of design plans and specifications for alternative stormwater management systems, stream restoration projects, and mine reclamation efforts. Mr. McCaffery is proficient with several hydrologic/hydraulic computer models, including PondPack, DAMBRK, HEC-1, HMR52, and HEC-RAS.He also has extensive knowledge in topics such as groundwater flow processes, aquatic chemistry/water quality, wetlands, and ecological interactions.His primary function is as a civil engineer, although his varied background allows him to work knowledgeably and coordinate with those in other disciplines.  He holds an EIT certificate from the state of Maine and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and the National Engineering Honor Society Chi Epsilon.

Tracey McGregor '00

BS Environmental Science, AESP
AmeriCorps Member
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
After living in Colorado for a year, I realized that I missed trees, and especially water, so I moved back to NY for an AmeriCorps position working with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. I live in Kingston and will be working here for 10 months. I work with the Stream Management Program and will assist with stream restoration sites, producing educational publications, and mapping the watershed.

Matt McPhee '98

BS Environmental Science (PSU)
2620 South Race Street
Denver, Colorado 80210
Environmental Technician
CTL/Thomson, Inc.
Denver, Colorado 80210
Matt is working with Justin Korkus '98 as an engineering technician at CTL/Thompson, Inc. in Denver. Both are doing well and learning a lot about the industry.

Charlotte Mehrtens '74

Image of Charlotte Mehrtens - CEES Alum

PhD Geology (University of Chicago)
BA  Geology (PSU)
Professor, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Department of Geology
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405-0122
Char received her PhD 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 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 UVM's highest distinctions. She became the Director of the UVM Living/Learning Center in 1993. As a consequence of this affiliation she has begun research into interdisciplinary studies and the teaching of science.
Char's research interests include the sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Lower Paleozoic sedimentary rocks in the Champlain and St. Lawrence valleys of New York, Vermont, and Quebec. She is an active participant in Vermont's Co-GeoMap Program, a joint effort of the State of Vermont and the U.S.G.S. working towards the production of a new 1:100,000 bedrock geologic map of the State of Vermont. Char is one of four editors of the map (along with Ratcliff, Stanley, and Doolan), responsible for the Lower Paleozoic stratigraphy of the western portion of Vermont, the Lake Champlain North and South 1:100,000 scale maps, and portions of other quadrangles. The LC North and South maps and cross sections have been submitted to the U.S.G.S. for review, with tentative date for public review is 1998 and publication scheduled for 2000. Char also works on the potential impact of changing land use on reef sedimentation in Roatan Bay, Honduras.
Finally, Char is a member of the Board of Directors for the Isle LaMotte Reef Preservation Trust, a group dedicated to preserving the classic Lower Paleozoic reef outcrops on Isle laMotte in the northern Champlain Valley.

Dan Michaud '98

BS Geology (PSU)
MS Candidate
SUNY Binghamton
Binghamton, NY
Dan is in his first year of graduate school at SUNY Binghamton where he will be working with Karen Salvage, a hydrologic engineer from Penn State.

Timothy Morphy '96

Environmental Science, AESP
Rupprecht & Patashnick Co., Inc.
Assistant Product Manager
25 Corporate Circle
Albany, NY 12203 USA
518.452.0065 (voice)
518.452.0067 (fax)
Upon my graduation from AESP in Dec. 96, I was able to acquire a job through a referral from Dr. Ken Adams (my academic advisor) as an Environmental Technician for a small, local Environmental Consulting Firm. My duties involved both hazardous materials survey work as well as ambient and worker air monitoring during hazardous materials abatement. My position expanded into working with engineering companies and construction managers to design and manage hazardous materials abatement projects. Currently, work as a product manager at Rupprecht & Patashnick Co., a research and design firm that specializes in ambient air monitoring products ( ). I spend a good portion of my time traveling throughout the country, providing product training and support for state/federal agencies as well as universities.

Michael Murabito '97

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BA Environmental Science (PSU)
249 Cambridge Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
After graduating Mike worked for the NYDEC at the Salmon River fish hatchery, as part of their environmental education and stewardship programs. He then ran the environmental education program and nature center for the Palisades Park Commission in Herriman and Bear Mountain State Park. In the spring of 1999, Mike started a MPS (Masters of Professional Studies) graduate program in Environmental Policy and Democratic Process at SUNY ESF (Syracuse). He has also recently applied for a MPA (Masters of Public Administration) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. Mike will intern with the Bristol-Meyers-Squibb Environmental Health and Safety team this summer.

Chris Murray (B.S. in Geology, 1990)

Formation Evaluation - Chad Exploration & Development
ExxonMobil Development Company
(218) 654-7498

I have been employed by ExxonMobil (formerly Exxon) for the last eight years. I spent the first two years in the new hire-training program, which consisted of three eight-month rotations through the exploration, production, and technology groups. For the past six years I've been a member of the Formation Evaluation group as a petrophysicist. My primary duties include the evaluation of various downhole well log data and core data in the assessment of hydrocarbon reservoirs (porosity, permeability, oil saturation, etc.). My first year with the company was in New Orleans, the past seven have been in Houston.

Ph.D in Geology :  May 1996, University of South Carolina. Dissertation title: The Use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance T2 Relaxation Measurements in the Characterization of the Porous Microstructure and Reservoir Properties of Sandstones .

Master of Science in Geology December 1992, University of South Carolina. Thesis Title: Analysis of the Trapping Mechanism in the Cardium Formation, Deep Basin, Western Alberta .

Rebecca (Mushtare) Flora '80

"The non-profit organization that I run is focused on the built environment and
its impact on the natural environment and humans. I would be happy to
help connect any students to the environmental network here in Plattsburgh."

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