Alumni Board

The Geology Alumni Advisory Board (GAAB) provides support and advice to the department in the areas of: educational and professional identity; long-term planning and strategy; development; internships and placement; Classroom enrichment; and, external relations. Members of the board seek to strengthen ties between the community, industry and alumni and UB Geology by building upon the educational and research strengths of the department. Together, the department and board members identify opportunities, generate resources, and use their knowledge and experience to assist and promote the department.

If you are a previous graduate of the Department and are interested in volunteering with the GAAB, please let us know by contacting Marcus Bursik at

Marcus Bursik, PhD


Volcanic and Geologic Hazards, Plumes, Tephrochronology, Tectonics, Mapping

Hochstetter 413

Phone: (716) 645-4265


Alumni Board Meetings

The Alumni Board will meet on the following dates at 1:00 PM in 126 Cooke Hall:

May 2nd, 2017
August 1st, 2017
November 7th, 2017
February 6th, 2018 

GAAB Board Members

Paul Basinski
Emeritus Member
BA ’76 MS ’78, University of Nevada, Reno, Mackey School of Mines
Geologic Fellow, Unconventional Resources New Ventures, ConocoPhillips Corp.

Duane Champion
BA ’71 MA ’73, PhD ’80 California Institute of Technology
Volcano Science Center – Menlo Park
US Geological Survey – MS910

Gary P. Citron
Emeritus Member
BA ’74 MS Geology ’76, PhD Geology & Geophysics ’80, Cornell University
Partner, Rose & Associates, LLP

Patricia M. Costanzo
Emeritus Member
BS ’78, MA ’82, PhD ’85
JD ’99, University at Buffalo , School of Law
Owner/operator, Patent/Copyright/Trademark Law

James M. Ellis
Emeritus Member
MA ’78, PhD ’82
BA Geology ’70, University of Rochester
Principal, Ellis GeoSpatial

Kyle Frederick
Emeritus Member
BS ’08, BS ’00, University of Wisconsin
Faculty, California University of Pennsylvania

Donald Hooper
Emeritus Member
PhD ’94BS Geology ’84, University of Missouri
MS Geology ’88, George Washington University
Senior Research Scientist, Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses

Kyle Jones
BA '10 Geology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
MS '13 Geology, University at Buffalo
Geophysical Technician I. Applus TRD   

Rick Jowett
BA '85, MA '88 Geological Sciences,  University at Buffalo
Head Exploration Technology and Workflows - BHP Billiton, Houston, TX. 

Gary Kent
Emeritus Member
BA ’84Manufacturing Engineer, Carleton Technologies Inc.
Owner/Operator, ITH Technical Services

David Muscalo
Emeritus Member
BA ’66, MA ’69
Managing Principal, Advocate Environmental Consulting

Robert G. Naum
Emeritus Member
MA ’92
BA Physics, ’69, University at Buffalo
MBA ’77, University at Buffalo School of Management
CTO & General Manager, Energy Systems, Applied Coatings, Inc.

Mark Saunders - GAAB Chair
BA ’00, MS ’03, University at Buffalo
Subsurface Exploration Manager/Senior Geophysicist Applus RTD

Philip Stokes - GAAB Co-Chair
BS ’04 MS ’07
Executive Director
Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center
Academic Advisor, PhD Candidate
Dept. of Geosciences, University of Arizona – Tucson

Dino Zack
P.G. BA ’93, MA ’98
Environmental Project Manager – Geologist, AECOM