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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

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

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

  • Continuing education, George Mason University, 1980-82 

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

  • 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


Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government