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Ed Romanowicz


Director, Center for Earth & Environmental Science

Associate Professor of Geology

The breadth of disciplines housed within the Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) at SUNY Plattsburgh is vast. Disciplines span between social sciences and the natural sciences. I was attracted to CEES by this breadth. As a geologist, my research interests have always been at the intersection of different disciplines. For much of my professional career I researched geologic and hydrologic influences on wetlands. I have studied hydrologic controls on methane fluxes in large boreal peatlands in northern Minnesota and the Hudson Bay Lowlands in northern Ontario, Canada. In southern Florida, I studied the effects of water management on the hydrology in the Everglades and Big Cypress. While at SUNY Plattsburgh, I have worked with many undergraduate students studying hydrology in a bedrock pine barren, effects of forest management on Adirondack watersheds, and hydrologic controls on fish passage in streams. My current research focuses on the intersection of structural geology and hydrology. I study the effects of fractures and other structural features on groundwater flow. I am working with the Vermont Geological Survey using advanced borehole geophysical techniques and radar imaging of wells to study the effects of fractures on the transport and distribution of PFAS in groundwater.

  • Education
    • B.S. in Earth Science (Geophysics), University of California at Santa Cruz
    • B.A. in Mathematics, University of California at Santa Cruz
    • M.S. in Geology, Syracuse University
    • Ph.D. in Geology, Syracuse University
    • Research Faculty at the Duke University Wetland Center, Duke University
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