Charles A Cravotta, III, PhD, PG

Charles "Chuck" Cravotta is a research hydrologist whose projects focus on geochemical and hydrological processes that control water quality, particularly the sources, transport, and attenuation of metals and nutrients in undisturbed and mining-impacted watersheds and aquifers.  Results apply to scientific and regulatory programs for the prevention and remediation of aquatic contamination.



1979 B.A. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

1980-82 Continuing education, George Mason University

1986 M.S. Geochemistry and Mineralogy, Pennsylvania State University

1996 Ph.D. Geochemistry and Mineralogy, Pennsylvania State University


Professional Assignments

1987-present: Research Hydrologist, USGS, Pennsylvania Water Science Center, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania

1986-1987: Geochemist, IT Corporation, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

1982-1986:  Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Geosciences Department, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

1979-1982:  Geologist, Office of Scientific Publications, Geologic Division, USGS, Reston, Virginia

1979:  Geologic Technician, Virginia State Water Control Board, Alexandria, Virginia


Professional Affiliations and Certification

2018-present: Adjunct Instructor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

2011-2016: Associate Editor, Mine Water and the Environment Journal, International Mine Water Association

2001-2005: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

1995-present:  Registered Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania PG-002255-G


Awards and Recognition

The Society for Organic Petrology Dalaway J. Swain Award “Best Refereed Paper”, 2016

Department of Interior Partners in Conservation Award (AMDTreat Development Team), 2013

Top 50 Most-Cited Papers in "Applied Geochemistry" (2006-2011)

Department of Interior Superior Service Award, 2005

Schuylkill County Conservation Professional of the Year Award, 2003

Department of Interior Honor Award, 2000

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Award for Excellence, 1999


External Research Database