Alan M. Jacobs, PhD, PG


 Professor, Department of Physics, Astronomy, Geology, & Environmental Science (PAGES)

Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH 44555

Telephone: (330) 941-2933; email:





Institutions                                                               Major/Degree/Year

Indiana University, Bloomington

Geology and Ecology PhD 1967

Indiana University, Bloomington

Geology MA 1965

The City College, City University of New York

Geology BS (Honors) 1963

Appointments/ Departments/ Institutions/ Years


   Geological & Environ. Sciences, Youngstown State University, 1996-present

Professor, 2003-present; Chair, 2005-2008; Associate Prof. 1996-2003. Director, Environmental Studies Programs, 1996-2005.

   Director, Environmental Assessment, Paul C. Rizzo Assoc., 1993-1995

   President Consultant, GEOPROBE, 1979-1996

   Part-time Instructor, Dept. Civil/Env. Engr., Carnegie Mellon University, 1987-2019

   Project Manager, Geoscience, International Technology. Corp., 1988-1993

   Sr. Project Geologist, D’Appolonia Consulting Engrs., 1974-1981

   Asst. Prof. Scientist, Areal Geology Section, Illinois State Geological Survey, 1967-1974



(Jacobs published over 50 publications (12 since joining YSU in 1996), presented over 10 oral/poster presentations at conferences, and is author or co-author of 4 textbooks, 2 instructional novels, and one book of science poems.)

Most recent publications (21st Century):  

Cooperative Activities:

1.   Sabbatical Leave:  Genoa, Italy, 2003-04, lecturing and research, University of Genoa and D’Appolonia S.p.A.  (Collaborators: Mr. Marco Cremonini, Engineer-Manager, D'Appolonia; Professor F. Siccardi, Univ. Genova (Savona); Professor M. DelBorghi, Univ. Genova)

2.   Summer Abroad Program to Italy.  Environmental Science. Florence, Rome, and Vico Equense.  May 22-June 20, 2007. (Collaborators: Dr. Iole Checconi (Ret.), Professor of Italian Language, Dr. M. Pallante, Professor of History, Dr. D. DeBlasio, Professor of History, YSU)

3.   Ohio EPA- Funded Project: Environmental Education for Adult Audiences Using Theatrical Presentation: May 1, 1997 - October 31, 1998. (Collaborator: Dr. Dennis Henneman, Professor (Ret.) of Theater, YSU)

4.   Masters of Public Health: Course Director, Synchronous Distance Learning, Environmental Health Sciences. (2001-present). (Collaborator: Mr. DuWayne Porter, Health Commissioner, Portage Co. Ohio)

5.   Taught Engineering Geology Module and Physical Geology: Part-time Instructor, Carnegie Mellon University, 1987-2019. (Collaborators: Drs. Enrique Bazan and James Kilburg, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, CMU).  

         Funded YSU Foundation Scholarship Awards from Textbook Royalties (2012-2020 ~$20,000)

Graduate Advisees:

          1.      Oliver Fisher, M.S. 2006. Environmental Studies, 2005-2006, “Measuring future liability of Ohio brownfields as a function of site cleanup levels.”

2.      Michael Bolan, M.S. 2009, Environmental Studies, 2008-2009, “Recycling:  Comparing practices and regulations between European Union and the US.”

3.        Dalton Campana, M.S. 2019, Environmental Studies, 2018-2019, "Spatial and temporal trends of trace elements in tree cores along the industrial Mahoning River, Northeast Ohio"

Undergraduate Mentoring

·        Geology & Environmental Science, 2009-2010 (Heavy Metals Analysis of Devonian Rocks)   

·        Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program (COFSP): 2010-2011 (Vinyl Chloride and Liver Cancer);

2011-2012 (Heavy Metals Analysis of Mahoning River Bank Sediments); 2013-2014 (Heavy Metal Particulates in the Breathing Zone of YSU Classrooms).

Has Taught Undergraduate Courses in Geology and Environmental Science: Introductory, Stratigraphy and Sedimentation, Geology for Engineers, Environmental Regulations, Environmental Safety, Sampling, Risk Assessment, Environmental Chemistry.

Has Taught Graduate and Graduate/Upper Level (Swing) Courses

ENST 5830 -  Toxicology and Risk Assessment

ENST 5800 - Environmental Impact Assessment

ENST 6990 - Industrial and Institutional Management for the Environmental Professional

MPH 6900 - Environmental Health Sciences

ENST 6900 - Advanced Environmental Studies

ENST 6901 - Sources of Contamination


Achievements Prior to Joining Faculty at YSU

1.      Consulting projects throughout the United States and in Italy, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, the Caspian Sea Coast, Pakistan, and Korea;

2.      Developed specialized techniques and hardware for underground and underwater television probes used in boreholes, monitoring wells, and mines;

3.      Developed a cooperative program with West Virginia University to offer graduate level courses in environmental sciences at the office (IT Corporation) after hours;

4.      New York State Regents Scholarship in Science and Engineering (1959-63), NASA Traineeship (1964-67); Teaching Assistantships and Associateships at Indiana University (1963-67), the Certificate of Merit from the American Institute of Professional Geologists (1984).