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Peter Anderson

Head of Geology Department

Instructor of Geology
Wharton Campus - S-129
Ph: (979) 532-6506
Email:  andersonp@wcjc.edu

Mr. Anderson received his B.S. in Geology from West Virginia University in 2009.  Upon his completion of his B.S., he moved to Texas and began his M.S. in Geology at the University of Texas at San Antonio completing it in 2012.  Shortly after graduation, he started his Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Houston.  Upon receiving candidacy for his Ph.D., Mr. Anderson left the University of Houston to pursue a career in teaching.  Beginning Spring 2018, Mr. Anderson has taught full-time at Wharton County Junior College.  Currently he teaches both physical and historical geology (lectures and labs).  In addition to teaching, Mr. Anderson runs and organizes public geology/fossil talks at local K-12 schools around Texas.


Richard Aurisano

Instructor of Geology
Sugar Land Campus - SUG-240
Ph: (281) 239-1559
Email: AurisanoR@wcjc.edu

Dr. Richard W. Aurisano  has been a full-time instructor of geology at WCJC since 2005, teaching  Physical and Historical Ggeology .classes.  Dr. Aurisano has over 25 years of experience as a working geologist / paleontologist / biostratigrapher having spent 20 of those years working for Amoco Production Research in Tulsa, Ok and Amoco Exploration and Production in Houston, Tx.  He is experienced in both international and domestic exploration. And brings these experiences to his classroom.   In addition to teaching, Dr. Aurisano is provides senior palynological consultanting services to the hydrocarbon exploration industry.  Below is a list of Dr. Aurisano’s teaching experience and publications.


B.A., Geology, Queens College of the City University of New York, 1970
M.A., Geology, Queens College of the City University of New York, 1975
Ph.D., Geology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 1980


 Thomas Cool

email:  coolt@wcjc.edu


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