Amy Sheldon (she/her)

Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
ISC 252

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

Amy Sheldon

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: Our Geological Environment Lab

    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 and the environment.

  • GSCI 160: Physical Geology

    An introduction to the study of the Earth. Emphasis is placed on examination of the materials, surface features, environments, structures and internal characteristics of the Earth, and on the geological processes that caused them.

  • GSCI 191: Intro to Geology at Geneseo

    An introductory course for first year students who are considering a career in the Geological, Environmental, and Planetary 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. Cannot be counted towards majors in the Geological, Environmental or Planetary Sciences majors.

  • GSCI 347: Groundwater Hydrology

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