Career Mentoring

Geoscientists are some of the most highly sought after science professionals in the world. The global demand for geoscientists in areas such as environmental science, geographic information systems, and mineral resource extraction far exceeds the currently available workforce. Furthermore, the demand for geoscientists is expected to increase as global demand for natural resources increases and the environmental and climate impact of human activity expands into new geographic and biological ecosystems. Many of our graduates are employed with environmental consulting firms, government agencies, and energy and mining companies. Because meaningful and rapid availability of data is vital to all geoscientists, many graduates find employment as specialists in the rapidly expanding field of geographic information systems and remote sensing.

Some of our graduates go on to earn masters and doctoral degrees at some of the nation's most prestigious research universities. Importantly, the extensive interdisciplinary course of studies provided by the degrees in our department also prepares graduates for careers in many geoscience-related professions, such park service, science journalism, and science education.

Finding a career after graduation can be confusing and difficult at times. Below you'll find a list of career areas and the faculty in the department that can provide mentoring help for each. We may be teachers now, but many of us have industry and government experience as well. Keep in mind that some of these careers will require a graduate degree to enter and be successful, an undergraduate degree may not be enough.

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have! Is there a career you're interested in, but it's not listed below? Let one of us know and we can help point you in the right direction!

Career Type

Faculty Member(s) to Speak with

Atmospheric Scientist

Dr. Alisa Hass


Dr. Jeremy Aber

Caves and sinkholes (karst)

Dr. Mark Abolins

Climate Change Scientist

Dr. Alisa Hass, Dr. Racha El KadiriDr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Brittany Price

Conservation Scientist

Dr. Racha El Kadiri, Dr. Henrique Momm

Earth Science & Environmental Educator

Dr. Alisa Hass

Environmental Geologist

Dr. Racha El KadiriAlan Brown

Environmental Scientist

Dr. Racha El Kadiri


Dr. Warner Cribb, Dr. Brittany Price


Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Alisa Hass

Geographic Information Systems Scientist/Analyst

Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Henrique Momm, Dr. Racha El KadiriDr. Alisa Hass

Geointelligence Analyst

Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Henrique Momm


Dr. Henrique Momm, Dr. Brittany Price


Dr. Brittany Price

Hazards Scientist/Response and Preparedness

Dr. Racha El Kadiri, Dr. Alisa Hass, Dr. Warner Cribb, Dr. Jeremy Aber


Dr. Racha El Kadiri, Dr. Henrique Momm

Marine Geologist

Dr. Warner Cribb


Dr. Alisa Hass


Dr. Warner Cribb

Mining and Mineral Resources

Dr. Warner Cribb


Dr. Alisa Hass, Dr. Brittany Price


Dr. Melissa Lobegeier, Alan Brown

Park Service

Dr. Warner Cribb, Dr. Jeremy Aber

Petroleum Geologist

Dr. Warner Cribb, Dr. Brittany Price


Dr. Henrique Momm, Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Alisa Hass

Planning and Sustainability

Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Racha El Kadiri

Remote Sensing Scientist

Dr. Henrique Momm, Dr. Jeremy Aber, Dr. Racha El Kadiri

Science Outreach

Dr. Alisa Hass, Dr. Racha El Kadiri


Dr. Warner Cribb, Dr. Brittany Price


Dr. Mark Abolins


Dr. Alisa Hass, Dr. Racha El Kadiri


Dr. Warner Cribb

Water Resources Specialist

Dr. Racha El Kadiri, Dr. Henrique Momm


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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Abolins in Snail Shell Cave with student.

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Dr. Mark Abolins teaches a course about earthquakes and folded and fractured rocks (Geol 4080/5080 Structural Geology), a Field Methods in Geology course (Geol 3050), and an on-line course about caves (Geol 3040 Geoscience of Caves).  His research foci include (a) the development of caves within folded and fractured rocks, (b) the geology of continental interiors, and (c) the accuracy of geologic maps.  In the computer sphere, he uses geographic information system (GIS) software and Midland Valley MOVE structural geology software in teaching and research.  He has incorporated state-of-the-art local and global LiDAR (light detection and ranging) elevation datasets into his work.