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MeandBusterDr. Jennifer Demchak

Dr. Jennifer Demchak is the chair of the Department of Geosciences and leads the Watershed Management program. She teaches courses such as Introduction to Watershed Management, Introduction to Soils, and Hydrogeology. Her main professional interests are acid mine drainage remediation.

She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (B.S. Biology, 1996), Clarion University ( M.S. Biology, 1998) and West Virginia University (Ph.D. Plant and Soil Science, 2005). From 2002 to the present she has been president of an environmental consulting company which focuses on watershed management and mine drainage treatment. 

She has enjoyed instilling a passion for watershed restoration in many students in the department.

To contact Dr. Demchak, call (570) 662-4613 or email jdemchak@mansfield.edu.


Lilace Mellin GuignardLilace Mellin Guignard

Lilace Mellin Guignard is the Director of the Environmental Studies program, and serves as Director of Education and Outreach for the Institute of Science and the Environment.  Lilace has been an instructor in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program since 2011, teaching Introduction to Outdoor Recreation Leadership, Leading Outdoor Recreation Trips, and Rock Climbing.  She enjoys climbing, backpacking, kayaking, biking, and hiking, hanging out beside a stream, and educating outdoor leaders.  She takes her fun seriously.

She was a founding member of the Outdoor Academy of the Southern Appalachians, a residential school for tenth graders, where she taught Literature of the Land as well as Environmental Seminar.  She has also taught at the University of California, Irvine; Warren Wilson College; Western Carolina University; and the University of Nevada, Reno.  In her free time she raises two children, helps run the Mansfield Growers Market, and writes.  She is currently working on a middle grade novel about a barefoot princess who gets in trouble for climbing the castle walls. She also teaches courses in the MU English Department and Women's Studies Program.

To contact Professor Guignard, call (570) 404-4666 or email lguignar@mansfield.edu.



Dr. Linda Kennedy

Dr. Linda Kennedy

Dr. Linda Kennedy is an Assistant Professor of Geography and teaches geography and geology courses. Prior to joining the Mansfield faculty in 2013, she was a lecturer in geography at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Dr. Kennedy earned her PhD in Geography from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  Her dissertation research focused on the impacts of historic land use on the generation, movement and storage of sediment in Southern Appalachian watersheds.  Dr. Kennedy is looking forward to continuing her line of research in Northern Appalachia, specifically identifying potential research projects suitable for mentoring undergraduate students who are interested in sediment dynamics in watersheds, and/or the impact of human activities on geomorphological processes.  Dr. Kennedy also holds an MS in Environmental Archaeology from Sheffield University and a BS in Geology and Archaeology from Leeds University.  Before beginning her PhD studies, she had a successful 20-year career as an archaeologist and a geoarchaeologist for several private-sector, cultural resource management firms.  Dr. Kennedy looks forward to becoming involved in the geology and geography clubs.

To contact Dr. Kennedy, call (570) 662-4609 or email lkennedy@mansfield.edu.



Dr. Christopher Kopf

Dr. Christopher Kopf

Dr. Christopher Kopf serves as the Director of Grants and Research for the Institute of Science and the Environment, directs the Natural Gas Production and Services program and teaches a range of courses in Geology.  Dr. Kopf’s courses stress the importance of basic field observations and geologic mapping. In his courses he helps students to understand connections between geologic processes that impact the world at the scale of tiny mineral grains all the way up to giant mountain ranges. Dr. Kopf is also the advisor to the campus Geology Club.

Dr. Kopf joined the faculty at Mansfield in the fall of 2008. He first became interested in geology as an undergraduate at Colgate University, and received his doctorate in Geology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1999. Dr. Kopf was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota and taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown prior to joining the Mansfield faculty. His primary research interests revolve around the behavior of the deep crust and the (very!) long-term growth and evolution of North America, but he also maintains a broad fascination with most aspects of the world around us. His research has allowed him to spend extensive time mapping and enjoying the outdoors in Northern Canada, the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, the Adirondacks, and Sierra Nevada mountains of California. He is an avid backpacker, cyclist, and canoeist.

To contact Dr. Kopf, call (570) 662-4615 or email ckopf@mansfield.edu.

 

Dr. Lee Stocks Jr.Dr. Lee Stocks Jr.

Dr. Lee Stocks Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Geography who teaches both geography and geology courses. Prior to joining the Mansfield faculty he was an Assistant Professor of Geology at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  Along with Dr. Shears, Lee is spearheading the geoscience undergraduate research initiative, co-advising several ongoing student projects.

He has worked in the geosciences for sixteen years in both academic and professional capacities. Dr. Stocks has a diverse background with experience in geology, geomorphology, geography, and environmental science. Dr. Stocks worked for several years with the West Virginia GIS Technical Center, West Virginia Geological Survey, and the West Virginia Speleological Survey conducting research and field investigations, mapping geologic quadrangles, caves, abandoned coal mines and gas wells, as well as reviewing permits for shallow injection wells. His research focuses on karst geomorphology, or landforms produced by the dissolution of limestone, particularly the geohazards and impacts in those environments including sinkholes, landslides, and caves which are exacerbated by human development. 

Dr. Stocks earned his Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Geology from Kent State University were he focused on sinkhole collapse in the rapidly urbanizing panhandle of West Virginia. Outside of academia he spends time with family biking, hiking, geocaching, fossil hunting, climbing/rappelling, ridgewalking, and looking for new caves to explore.

To contact Dr. Stocks call (570) 662-4612 or email lstocks@mansfield.edu.


Dr. Russell Dodson

Dr. Russell Dodson

Dr. Russell Dodson is a part-time faculty member who served as chair of the department for over 20 years before semi-retiring in 2014.  The outdoors are important to him and he enjoys taking students hiking, whitewater rafting, caving, skiing- and dinner and a movie. He has been advisor to the Geography Club since its inception in 1983. Listening to live music (bluegrass, folk, old timey) and dancing (contra dancing mostly) are his favorite pastimes.

He has even been known to clog in class - at the request of students, of course. He is also learning to play the mountain dulcimer, though it's proving to be a slow process. Recently, he has acted in a number of non-professional plays and skits, written a humorous song and poem about a dreaded childhood experience (the Saturday night bath), and concocted a story suitable for a Liars Club presentation. Dr. Dodson joined the Mansfield faculty in 1982. He is a graduate of Wayne State University (B.S.E. Geography, 1972), and Michigan State University (M.S. Geography 1974; Ph.D. Geography, 1985). In his nonacademic life he has had jobs ranging from surveyor in the Army to production foreman at Ford Motor Company.

To contact Dr. Dodson, call (570) 662-4614 or email rdodson@mansfield.edu.


Jimmy Guignard

Dr. Jimmy Guignard

Dr. Jimmy Guignard teaches mountain biking for the Outdoor Leadership Program, in addition to being a professor in the English Department.

To contact Dr. Guignard, call (570) 662-4592 or email jguignar@mansfield.edu.

 

 

 

 



Retired Faculty

Dr. Kathy ThorneDr. Kathy Thorne

Dr. Kathy Thorne retired from Mansfield University in the Spring of 2009. We all wish her the best in her new home in Louisiana.

Her current email address is: kfthorne@epix.net