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Environmental Geology, Hydrogeology



Amy Sheldon

Assistant Professor of

Geological Sciences

ISC 252
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Amy Sheldon has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2000. 

Faculty Information


  • Doctorate – Geological Sciences, University of Utah; 2002.
  • Master of Science – Geology University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1995.
  • Bachelor of Arts – Geological Sciences, SUNY Geneseo; 1990.


  • 2002 – present, Assistant Professor, SUNY Geneseo
  • 2000 – 2002, Instructor, SUNY Geneseo
  • 1995 – 2000, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Utah
  • 1994 – 1995, Post-Graduate Research Participant, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
  • 1991, Geologist, GS5, U.S. Geological Survey, Altemonte Springs, Florida.

Research Interests

  • Analysis of CFC sorption in low-carbon containing sedimentary aquifers. NSF-funded project. PI and Co-investigator: R. Allen-King at SUNY at Buffalo. Undergraduate research students supported: Neil Swanson and Dana Smith.
  • POPs: Power of physical sciences. Creating science curriculum to increase the number of females entering the physical sciences. NSF MSP-Start funded project. Co-investigators: K. Fletcher (Physics), D. Farthing (Geology), K. Rommel-Esham (Education).
  • Extended Fieldtrips as an Integral Part of a Seminar Course: A Capstone Experience for Undergraduates. This project is addressing assessment of the program for publication. Co-authorsFarthing, D.J., Giorgis, S., Hatheway, R.B., Laabs, B., Over, D.J., and R.A. Young.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Sheldon, A. L., Solomon, D. K., Poreda, R. J., and A. Hunt. 2003. Radiogenic Helium In Shallow Groundwater Within a Clay Till, Southwestern Ontario. Water Resources Research, v. 39, no. 12 1331- 1342.
  • Manning, A.H., Solomon, D. K., and A.L. Sheldon. 2003. Applications of a Total Dissolved Gas Pressure Probe in Ground Water Studies. Ground Water. v. 41, no. 4, 440-448.
  • Vacco, D., 2001. Geochemistry of a modern anoxic environment; Buck Run, Mt. Morris, SUNY Geneseo Undergraduate Journal of Science and Mathematics, SUNY Geneseo, NY, v. 2, no.1, p. 35-42. (I served as the Faculty Advisor and co-author, but the Journal published only student authors.)
  • Nativ R., A. Halleran, and A. Hunley, 1997. Evidence for Ground-Water Circulation in The Brine-Filled Aquitard, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Ground Water, 35, v. 4, 647-659. (Halleran was my maiden name.)


  • Rochester Academy of Science
  • American Geophysical Union
  • National Ground Water Association
  • Geological Society of America
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon
  • Convention Assistant for the Rochester Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Geneseo, NY, Fall 2007.
  • NSF Grant Reviewer
  • Peer Reviewer
Spring 2015 Classes

GSCI 121:
N/Our Geological EnvironmntLab

    An introduction to description and interpretation of rocks, geologic, and topographic maps. Students will learn identification techniques, data collection, and systematic analysis of data sets to bet
    ter understand earth processes. Corequisite: GSCI 120.
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GSCI 315:
Principles of Geochemistry

    The application of the basic principles of chemistry to the study of geologic processes. Topics include the origin and distribution of the chemical elements, the fundamentals of crystal chemistry, the
    important chemical reactions occurring in low-temperature aqueous solutions, and the construction and interpretation of mineral-stability diagrams. Prerequisites: GSCI 220 and CHEM 118 or CHEM 204 or permission of instructor. Offered when demand is sufficient
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