Christopher Sinton

Christopher Sinton

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

Specialty:Geology and Materials
Phone:(607) 274-5806
Office:257 Ctr 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 I 
  • Environmental Geology
  • Interdisciplinary Physical Science
  • 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 for heavy metal contamination in the sediments of Fall Creek. Other students have been helping me with understanding geology and oceanography of the seafloor surrounding the Galapagos Islands. Energy and materials are important for a sustainable future and my students are using the production of  maple syrup as an exercise in studying energy intensity of commercial products.  This is done with funding from the Dominion Energy Foundation and in collaboration with ENVS South Hill Forest Products.

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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