Geosciences Department

In Memoriam

  • Robert M. Finks – (Deceased) Research Professor
    Robert M. Finks (Deceased) Research Professor

    The Department mourns the loss of Professor Robert Finks who passed away on May 25, 2014

    Research Professor of Geology


    B.S. 1947, Queens College; M.A. 1954, Ph.D. 1959, Geology, Columbia University

    Research Interests:

    Research was in the area of Paleontology and Paleoecology.

    Recent Publications:

    Finks, Robert M., Hollocher, Kurt, and Thies, Kenneth J.; A major Eocene sponge fauna (Castle Hayne Formation, North Carolina) (2011), Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science, vol. 127, no.2, pp 39-175, text-figs. 1-7, plates 1-63.
    Finks, Robert M.; Hypercalcified Demosponges and the end-Permian Extinction (2010) , Global and Planetary Change, vol. 73, pp. 141-148, figures 1-15.
    Finks, Robert M.; The Sponge Family Guadalupiidae in the Texas Permian (2010), Journal of Paleontology, vol. 84 (5), pp. 827-847.

  • Robert L. Fleischer – (Deceased) Research Professor
    Robert L Fleischer (Deceased) Research Professor

    The Department mourns the loss of Professor Robert Fleischer who passed away on March 3, 2011

    More information can be found at : R Fleischer

    Research Professor of Geology

    Website: R Fleischer


    A.B. 1952, A.M. 1953, Ph.D. 1957, Geology, Harvard University

    Area of Specialization:

    Nuclear tracks

    Field Areas:

    Hiroshima, Japan; Mohawk Valley

    Research Interests:

    Robert’s research was in the area of radioactivity in the environment. Past projects included measuring radon exposures of individuals and neutron exposures at ground zero at the time of the Hiroshima bombing. These studies made use of damage tracks that are made by charged particles and revealed by holes that can be etched along the damaged regions created by particles.