Office Hours




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
My Classes

GSCI 100:

    GSCI 310:
    Sci & Tech Writing-Geosciences

      An overview of current conventions and practices used in scientific and technical writing in the geosciences. The focus of the course will be on reading, writing, and critiquing various forms of scientific and technical writing for the purpose of assisting students in preparation for professional papers. In addition to appropriate aspects of language use and style, principles of preparing figures and tables will be discussed. The course is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills to: 1)write in an accurate, precise, clear, concise, and effective style appropriate for their intended audience; and 2)recognize and rectify writing problems in their own work and in that of others. Prerequisites: GSCI 220.