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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.

Professional Experience

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

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

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


Education and Certifications

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

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

  • 1980-82 Continuing education, George Mason University

  • 1979 B.A. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

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


Affiliations and Memberships

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


Honors and Awards

  • 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


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