Department of Environmental Sciences

Faculty: Donald Stierman

Donald J. Stierman
Associate Professor, Geophysics
ph.d. stanford university 1977

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Applied Environmental Geophysics
  • Geologic Hazards Mitigation
  • Earthquake Seismology
  • Geological, Geophysical and Environmental Investigations in Central America

(419) 530-2860 | donald.stierman@utoledo.edu

 
 Donald J. Stierman
 
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Stierman ResearchDr. Stierman specializes in shallow applications of geophysical methods: find the leak in the landfill, map the top of bedrock concealed by sediment, image the subsurface at archaeological sites. University of Toledo seismographic station UTO, the longest continuously operating seismograph in the state of Ohio, is under his supervision. Recent projects include mapping the Liberty Crater, a meteorite crater hidden under the tills of northwest Ohio, geophysical studies at the Talgua, Honduras and Sheridan Cave, Ohio archaeological sites, and geophysical reconnaissance of the Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica area. During the summer of 2002, he is participating in research at the Fostoria waste-water treatment plant. New instruments enabled us to begin researching the King Road Landfill and Oak Openings sand belt in 2003.


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  • EEES 1050: GEOLOGICAL HAZARDS AND THE ENVIRONMENT [3 hours]
    Introduction to hazardous geological processes and materials: volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, ground subsidence and collapse, landslides, coastal flooding and erosion and others. Causes and risk mitigation are discussed. [Fall, Spring, Summer]. General Education Natural Sciences core course. (Spring and Summer are offered in a Distance Learning format)
     
  • EEES 2100: FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOLOGY [4 hours]
    Consideration of earth materials and the dynamic external and internal processes active on earth; the physical and biological history of the earth. Required overnight field trip. [Fall, Spring] Prerequisite: CHEM 1090 or 1230.
     
  • EEES 2500: COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES [1 hour]
    Desktop computer uses by scientists: word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, e-mail and WWW, table digitizer, processing GPS and data logger files, contour and mapping software. [Fall, Spring] Prerequisite: EEES 1010 or 2100; knowledge of algebra, plane geometry and basic trigonometry.
     

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