UVM Geology graduates chose careers ranging from environmental bio-geochemist and field geologist to oceanographer and volcanologist.

Earth, a geologically dynamic planet for 4.6 billion years, continues to change. As human intervention and natural forces persist, UVM geology students take their knowledge to Earth's layered structures, to the mountains, fields, and streams, and to the research labs in many rewarding careers.


Well site Geologist

Kurt Anderson's (1980) contracts take him to the Rocky Mountains and most recently in the San Juan basin where his focus is horizontal wells directed toward the compartmentalized oil remaining. He specializes exploratory projects.

Consulting Geologist

Craig Heindel (M.S. 1980) works as a consulting geologist throughout Vermont and the northeast, first through the firm Heindel & Noyes, Inc., and since 2012 with Waite-Heindel Environmental Management in Burlington.

Professor and Chair, University of Oregon Department of Geological Sciences

Becky Dorsey (B.S. 1983) continues her research on sedimentary basins and tectonic evolution of the southern San Andreas fault system, and recently started a study of the Miocene-Pliocene Bouse Formation along the lower Colorado River.

Chief Geologist

Bruce Hill (B.S. 1980) earned his Ph.D. at Stanford in 1984. His work for the Boston-based environmental NGO group Clean Air Task Force involves geologic carbon sequestration, with a focus on the U.S. and China. 

Lake Conservationist and Writer

Lis Borre (1986) founded LakeNet, a world lakes network dedicated to sharing information and experience on the conservation and management of lakes, after her work as first as assistant coordinator in the Wetlands Office at the Agency of Natural Resources and then as coordinator of the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP). Today, Lisa continues her work on lakes, now as a member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) and contributor to National Geographic’s Water Currents blog. She also works on lake and fog research projects at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.

Professor of Geoscience, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

After graduating from UVM, Jon Lewis (B.S. 1983) earned his PhD at the university of Connecticut and completed a postdoc at UC Davis. He and his students research the ongoing tectonic collision in Taiwan. 

Assistant Professor of Geology at Utah Valley University

Toke Nathan (B.S. 2003) teaches at Utah Valley University and studies active tectonics of the western U.S. Recently he published an interdisciplinary article in Earth's Future exposing the links between hazards regulations along fault zones in California and the geographies of park space and social vulnerability.

Hydrologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Becky Hammer-Lester (B.S. 2009) completed her master's degree in water resources science at the University of Minnesota and wrapped up a year-long student position as a hydrologist at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 

PhD Candidate, UC Santa Barbara

Graham Hagen-Peter (B.S., 2010) finished his PhD at UC Santa Barbara in the summer of 2015 and then taught for a year at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges in Minnesota. He is now a post-doc at Aarhus University in Denmark where he is adding geophysics and thermal modeling to his background in petrology and geochemistry.

Ph.D. Candidate, University at Buffalo

Matthew Sweeney (B.S. Geology, BS Applied Mathematics 2012) studies physical volcanology (specifically the explosive interaction between magma and water). He has had the opportunity to do field work on four continents—his primary Ph.D. work has focused on Dotsero Volcano in Colorado.

Environmental Consulting, New York City

Jacob Menken (M.S., 2014)

Senior Staff Geologist, GeoConcepts Engineering, Inc., A Terracon Company

Karina Heffernan (B.S., 2014) manages field and office operations on large and complicated projects, refines data and samples using background geologic knowledge, completes geotechnical engineering calculations and analyses, performs tasks by applying standard geological principles and theories, and writes reports and proposals.

Geologist, Civil Engineering for Vermont Agency of Transportation

Sam Lagor (M.S., 2016) manages roadside rock fall hazards and stone aggregate sources around the state for highway construction “Material Acceptance Unit.”

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