Donald Pair

Professor; Associate Dean for Integrated Learning and Curriculum; Interim Director of American Studies Program
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Office of the Dean, Geology

Profile

Don Pair joined the Geology department in 1991. He teaches courses in environmental geology/policy, surface processes, field geology through the Colorado Field Camp, and helped develop the Dynamic Earth, the earth systems science course which is part of the Integrated Natural Science Sequence for B.A. students. He is currently the Associate Dean for Integrated Learning and Curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty Perspective

My approach to undergraduate education involves integrating aspects of the research experience with the classroom. My research interests in glacial geology, geomorphology, and environmental policy have allowed me to take undergraduate researchers to locations such as the Adirondack Mountains and Finger Lakes of New York State, the glaciers of Iceland and the Canadian Rockies, and the rich glacial landscape of the mid-continent. My students have worked on projects ranging from surficial mapping, paleolandlside investigations, glacial landform process studies, to risk assessment studies.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Syracuse University

Selected Publications

Pair, D.L., and Kappel, W.M. 2002. "Geomorphic studies of landslides in the Tully Valley, New York: Implications for Public Policy and Planning," Geomorphology, v. 47, p. 125-135.

Oberhaus, M., and Pair, D.L. 2001. "The adoption of the Holes Creek watershed: Building a partnership that promotes geoscience education." Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 33, p. 241.

Schoenenberger, K.R., Pair, D.L., and Lowell, T.V. 1999. "Web-based investigations of Icelandic glacial foreplains for students in introductory Earth Science labs," Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 31, p. 70.

Pair, D.L., and Pennock, N. 1999. "The Making of an Aquifer - One of the Miami Valley's Most Important Resources," Science Educators Conference of Ohio (SECO), February, 1999, Dayton OH.

Pair, D.L. 1997. "The Film, Channelized Drainage, or Sheetfloods beneath a portion the Laurentide Ice Sheet: An examination of glacial erosion forms," Northern New York State, USA, in Piotrowski, J.A. ed., Subglacial Processes, Sediments, and Landforms. Sedimentary Geology (Special Issue), v. 111, p. 199-215.