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| Biographical Sketch | CoursesTaught |
Research Interests | Publications
& Dog-eared Pages | Geoscience
Earth Systems at Altoona | Penn
State Resources | E-mail
- This web page was established on 4/11/96.
|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
|Office Room Number and Building
|Office Phone Number
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
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.
- Regional Landforms
- Landforms of the World
- Physical Geology
- Physical Geology for Engineers
- Planet Earth
- Our Earth
- Physical Geography
- Introductory Meteorology
- Satellite Meteorology
- Meteorological Field Techniques
- Remote Sensing
- Lab and Field Techniques
- Central Appalachian Field Geomorphology
- Glacial, Periglacial and Soils Geomorphology
To download sample course abstracts/syllabi and tentative
semester schedules select Geosc. 20 Our Earth,
or Meteo. 3 IntroductoryMeteorology.
- Glacial eustatic effects on river basins of the American
- Glacial and periglacial geomorphology in the Central
Appalachians and southeast Alaska
- Remote sensing, field techniques and Geoscience / Earth
- 1996. (special issue editor) Recent developments in Quaternary
geology: implications for geoscience education and research, Geomorphology,
16 (3) 195-273.
- 1995 Presidential Address, Our strength and our mission,
Jour. of Geol. Educ., 43 (1) 4-5.
- Tormey, B. B., 1994. (editor) Iceland -- Hot Spot
on the Edge of the Arctic. A field guidebook for the National Association
of Geoscience Teachers / Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division,
GSA 1994 Iceland Field Seminar. Environmental Sciences Guidebook Series,
Penn State University, Altoona, PA 199 p.
- 1990. (editor) Central Appalachian Processes: Guidebook
to Field Trips. NAGT/ES Guidebook Series, College of Earth and
Mineral Sciences, Penn State University, University Park, PA 305 p. (Includes:
Bibliography of Pennsylvania Thesis by S. Blust, PA Geological Survey).
- 1988. The Falls Stretch of the Potomac River near Washington,
DC, a classic geomorphic cross-section of the Fall Line boundary between
the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the eastern Appalachian Piedmont. NortheasternGeology,
10 (1) 80-87.
- 1987. Recommended Earth and Space Science Competencies
(in) Recommended Secondary Science Competency Continuum for Pennsylvania
Schools, pp. 20-25. Edited by J.J. McDermott et al., Pennsylvania
Department of Education, Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction, Harrisburg,
- O'Connor, J.V. (Univ. of DC) and B. B. Tormey 1984. (editors)
Field Techniques: Atlantic Barrier System. Field Guidebook.
Nat. Assoc. Geol. Teachers, Eastern Section, Lewes, DE. ERIC Document No.ED265032,
Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Columbus,
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