Dorothy Vesper

Dorothy J. Vesper is a member of the KWI Board of Directors. She has a BS degree (Geology) from Juniata College, and MS (Environmental Pollution Control) and PhD (Geosciences) degrees from Penn State. For the 10 years between the two graduate degrees, Dorothy enjoyed her life as an environmental consultant working out of the Boston area. The travel and adventure were fun but a karst project in Kentucky-Tennessee convinced her to come back to school for the third and final round. Her previous involvement with KWI includes coordinating the Focus Group on Karst Resources and Other Applied Issues at the Frontiers of Karst Research workshop. Her current karst research is focused on water quality and sustainability issues, especially in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley province. Her other research interest encompass an eclectic mix with trace elements as the underlying theme; e.g., diel cycling of rare earth elements, selenium speciation in coal fly ash, and mycorrhizal fungi in contaminated soil. Dorothy has never met a spring she didn’t like. Since 2002, Dorothy has been a faculty member at West Virginia University.