Peter Knuepfer

University Faculty Senate President

Dr. Peter L.K. Knuepfer, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies at Binghamton University and President of the Faculty Senate, joined the SUNY Board of Trustees July 1, 2013.

Professor Knuepfer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Arizona.  A member of Binghamton’s faculty since 1986, he specializes in the study of processes operating at the Earth’s surface, particularly rivers and flood hazards. He has taught undergraduate courses in environmental studies and both undergraduate and graduate courses in geology, as well as courses in the Binghamton Scholars program and freshmen seminars. He has been principal advisor to eleven Masters and four PhD students, as well as serving on numerous Masters and Doctoral committees.

Professor Knuepfer has served Binghamton, SUNY, and the public in many ways during his time at Binghamton. He served as director of the Environmental Studies Program at BU for more than a decade, has chaired several committees on campus, been a member of a number of senior administrative search committees, and a member of SUNY-wide committees on system-wide assessment as well as University Faculty Senate committees on undergraduate education, graduate education and research, and academic integrity. He has also presented several talks to groups in the Binghamton area on flood hazards and assessment, and has been a member of the advisory board to the Union-Endicott Educational Foundation. He also serves as a church musician. He received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service in 2005.

Dr. Knuepfer’s research has ranged from the study of earthquake hazards (including part of a team that assessed earthquake potential for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository), to analysis of mountain growth in Taiwan and New Zealand, to the glacial history of New York, to the assessment of past and potential future flooding in the Susquehanna River basin. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific papers and 100 professional presentations, as well as co-edited three books. His current project focuses on the magnitude and frequency of pre-historic flooding of the Susquehanna River as well as changes in the frequency of large flooding throughout the Northeast US in recent decades. He has received many Federal grants in support of his research.

He and his wife, Joyce, live in Endicott. Their son Philip lives in Rochester and is completing a degree in computer science at SUNY Brockport; their daughter, Michelle, is a student at St. Lawrence University.

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