Environmental Studies Department

Sarah M. Principato

Thompson Endowed Chair in Environmental Studies and Professor

Environmental Studies



Campus Box 2455


Science Center
Room 154F
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BA Mount Holyoke College
MS University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD University of Colorado-Boulder

Academic Focus

glacial geology, geomorphology, records of climate change

I am a geologist, and my research focuses on glacial geology, Quaternary history, and climate change. Students have worked with me as research assistants in Iceland and Maine, and also in my laboratory here in the Environmental Studies Department in Gettysburg. I teach classes such as Earth System Science, Natural Catastrophes and Geologic Hazards, Glacial Geology and Records of Climate Change, Geomorphology, and a first year seminar about the Geology of National Parks.

Courses Taught