Christopher Sinton

Christopher Sinton

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Science
Faculty, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Specialty:Geology
Phone:(607) 274-5806
E-mail:csinton@ithaca.edu
Office:257 Ctr for Natural Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850

I have been in the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department since 2011 where I teach and conduct research in the earth sciences.  My goal is to prepare my students for success in graduate school and/or the workplace upon graduation.  At the same time, I want to instill a sense of responsibility toward the environment with the hope that they will lead society to a better, more sustainable place.

The courses I teach include:

  • Earth System Science I and II
  • Interdisciplinary Physical Science
  • Research Methods
  • Environmental Seminar
  • Environmental Research
  • Advanced Topics in Earth Science

For motivated students, I provide opportunities for exciting and relevant research.  My research group uses the local area to asses water quality and the ability of the Ithaca College Natural Lands to sequester organic carbon.  I maintain a lab in CNS 272 that contains an extensive rock and mineral collection, an Olympus polarizing microscope, a Dionex IC-900 ion chromatograph, and a muffle furnace.  The lab is well equipped to analyze water for a variety of common inorganic species.  Other students have been helping me with understanding geology and oceanography of the seafloor surrounding the Galapagos Islands.