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Amy Sheldon (she/her)

Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
ISC 252
Amy Sheldon

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

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.)

More About Me

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-authors Farthing, D.J., Giorgis, S., Hatheway, R.B., Laabs, B., Over, D.J., and R.A. Young.


  • Environmental Geology
  • Hydrogeology


  • 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 better understand earth processes.

  • GSCI 191: Intro to Geology at Geneseo

    An introductory course for first year students who are considering a career in the Geological Sciences. Weekly meetings will focus on career opportunities, pertinent academic information, campus and department resources, and study skills and time utilization. This course also intends to promote a close working relationship between students and faculty.

  • GSCI 347: Groundwater Hydrology

    The study of the origin and occurrence of groundwater and of those principles of fluid flow in porous media which govern the flow of groundwater. The hydraulic properties of groundwater systems and water wells, the relationships between groundwater and other geological processes, the development of groundwater resources, water quality, recharge of groundwater, and solute transport are emphasized.

  • STEM 101: STEM Exploratory Seminar I

    An introductory course for first-year STEM students who are interested in exploring the STEM fields. Student work will focus on four areas: exploring graduate school and career opportunities in the STEM fields; cultivating academic success by embracing good study habits and time management skills, forming strategies for engagement, learning to navigate a diverse and inclusive campus, and practicing healthy responses to stressors; gaining familiarity with Geneseo's curricular and co-curricular resources and high-impact learning opportunities; and gaining experience in practicing STEM research, including the ethics of science. Students will work in an interdisciplinary learning environment to explore how science is relevant to solving significant real-world problems.