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This web page was established on 4/11/96.


Educational Background

Brian B. Tormey
Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences
D. Ed. Earth Sciences: Geomorphology, Penn State, 1980
B.S. Sciences Ed., Western Connecticut University, 1964
Earth and Mineral Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Office Room Number and Building
Office Phone Number
(814) 949-5272
Fax Number
E-Mail Address
(814) 949-5547

The mountains are  fountains of men

as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of  fertile soil.

The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men

whose thought and deeds have moved the world,

have come down from the mountains…

John Muir

Biographical Sketch

As an Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) at Penn State Altoona, Professor Tormey is an enthusiastic teacher with more than 28 years of combined experience, in both pre-college and university-level instructional reform and earth sciences advocacy. He also serves as the Undergraduate Programs College Representative for EMS. He established the Environmental Earth Systems Laboratory, and the satellite and ground-based digital Campus Weather Station to address student career interests in Geography, Geosciences and Meteorology. He is a Past President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and has served as an undergraduate Advisor for the Geosciences Club at the University Park Campus for nearly a decade. His present research interests are geomorphology (fluvial, periglacial, glacial); remote sensing and field techniques. In addition to consulting and service to local, state, and national agencies, he is currently associated with the Bering Glacier Research Group (BERG) in Cordova, AK.

Courses Taught

To download sample course abstracts/syllabi and tentative semester schedules select Geosc. 20 Our Earth, or Meteo. 3 IntroductoryMeteorology.

Research Interests

Selected Publications

Bookmarks & Dog-eared Pages

Geoscience 20 Empowered!

Environmental Earth Systems at Altoona

Penn State Resources

Penn State Homepage

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