Christopher Sinton

Christopher Sinton

Associate Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies and Science
Faculty, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Specialty:Geology and Materials Science
Phone:(607) 274-5806
Office:257 Center for Natural Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850


  • Ph.D., Oregon State University, Oceanography (Marine Geology)

  • M.S., Oregon State University, Oceanography (Marine Geology)

  • B.A., Middlebury College, Geology

Since 2011, I have been teaching and conducting research in the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department at Ithaca College.  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

  • Environmental Geology

  • Fundamentals of Earth and Climate

  • Oceanography

  • 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 assess water quality and test soils and sediments. For example, we have an ongoing study of the roadside springs of central New York State and a long-term study of carbon sequestration in the trees and soils of the Ithaca College Natural Lands. I am interested in engineered glass and ceramics with a particular emphasis on materials and energy sustainability.  I continue to study the seamounts and drowned islands close to the Galapagos Islands in the eastern equatorial Pacific as well as the mafic dikes that intrude the eastern Adirondack Mountains.

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.  

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I am an active community member of the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College.  Click here for my SERC profile.