Christopher Sinton

IC Affiliate, Environmental Studies and Science
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Phone: 607-274-5806
Office: Center for Natural Sciences 257, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Geology, Energy, and Materials Science


  • Ph.D., Oregon State University, Oceanography (Marine Geology)

  • M.S., Oregon State University, Oceanography (Marine Geology)

  • B.A., Middlebury College, Geology

Since 2011, I have been teaching and conducting research in the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department at Ithaca College.  My goal is to prepare my students for success in their chosen careers and to instill a sense of responsibility toward the earth and environment.

The courses I teach include:

  • Earth System Science

  • Fundamentals of Earth and Climate Science

  • Oceanography

  • Water Resources

  • Environmental Seminar

  • Environmental Research

  • Principles of Geology

  • Sustainability of Global Materials

For motivated students, I provide opportunities for exciting and relevant research. Current projects include:

  • An ongoing study of the hydrology and quality of roadside springs of central New York State.
  • A long-term study of carbon sequestration in the trees and soils of the Ithaca College Natural Lands.
  • A multidisciplinary study of the watershed of Six Mile Creek, the source of water for the City of Ithaca.
  • A study the seamounts and drowned islands close to the Galapagos Islands in the eastern equatorial Pacific .

I maintain a lab in CNS 272 that contains an extensive rock and mineral collection, an Olympus polarizing microscope, a Dionex IC-900 ion chromatograph, and a muffle furnace.  The lab is well equipped to analyze water for a variety of common inorganic species.  

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I am an active community member of the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College.  Click here for my SERC profile.