Dr. Husch
Dr. Jonathan M. Husch

Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences

Department of Geological, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (GEMS)
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-896-5330, 895-5782 (fax)

Dr. Husch's Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Jon at Chief's 2010

My Biography:

I grew up in the Rego Park neighborhood of New York City until I left for college in 1971. I have one older brother, Matthew, who still resides in the same 4.5 room apartment I lived in (I never have figured out what half a room is). My mother, Sylvia, was a secretary for various corporate executives until 1969 and then a business skills teacher (typing, shorthand, and computers) in the New York City Public School System until her death in 2001. My father, Joseph, was a dentist in private practice and also for the Children's Aid Society of New York City until his death in 1984.

I attended Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and majored in geology. While there, I completed a senior thesis under the direction of Dr. James McLelland (aka "The Chief") on the anorthositic rocks of the southern Adirondacks near Speculator, NY. I also was on the (club) ski team for two years and I graduated in 1975 with honors in geology, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa.

From 1975 until 1980 I was in residence as a graduate student, teaching assistant, and research assistant in the Department of Geological and Geophysical Sciences at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. I received my Masters of Science degree from Princeton in 1977 and my Ph.D. in 1982. My Ph.D. dissertation, completed under the direction of Dr. Robert Hargraves, was a comprehensive study of the petrogenesis and evolution of Paleozoic anorthosites and related granitic rocks associated with subvolcanic ring complexes, Air Massif, Republic of Niger. Field work for my dissertation involved two separate expeditions to the Sahara Desert of Niger, one for five weeks and the other for three months. While there, I worked closely with Dr. Christian Moreau, then of the Universite de Niamey. In addition to Princeton, geochemical analyses were carried out at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and at the NASA Johnson Spaceflight Center, both in Houston, TX.

In 1978, I married Gerri Hutner, who I had known for nine years since high school and summer camp (Camp Cayuga in Schroon Lake, NY), and we have lived in Lawrence Township, NJ since 1980. Gerri received her BA in English from SUNY-Albany in 1975 and her Masters in English from New York University in 1977. Gerri has been the Public Information Officer/Director of Communications for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District since 1999. She also was a member and president of the Lawrence Township Board of Education, serving in 1995-2001 and 2005-2008. Prior to her present position, Gerri worked for 19 years as the Managing Editor of New Jersey Medicine, the monthly journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey. Earlier jobs included editorial positions for New York Magazine, Berkely Publishing, and the Princeton Spectrum. Gerri and I love to travel and over the last 20 years we've been to Ushuaia, Argentina; Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; Cape Horn, Punta Arenas, Tierra del Fuego, Valparaiso, and Santiago, Chile (three times to visit my relatives there); Lima, Cuzco, Iquitos (Amazon Jungle), and Machu Picchu, Peru (see photo); London and Bath, England; Paris (eight times!), Avignon, Brittany, Burgundy, Champagne, Chartres, Loire River valley, Lyon, Normandy, Provence, Rouen, and Strasbourg, France; Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, Catalonia, and the Costa Brava, Spain; Amsterdam, Holland; Rome, Florence, Siena, Tuscany, Umbria, and Venice, Italy; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Quebec and Victoria, Canada. Next up in June and July 2018 is a trip to Lisbon and Porto, Portugal and Salamanca, Spain, along with a six-day cruise of the Douro River. Gerri also is a voracious reader of books and this passion led to her 15 minutes of fame. Actually it was an hour-long appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002 as an Oprah's Book Club panel member, discussing Toni Morrison's novel, Sula, with the author and Oprah.

Jon and Gerri at Machu Picchu
At the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru
Ben and Jared, December 2012
Jared (left) and Ben (right), June 2013
Gerri and I have two sons, Benjamin (on right in photo), born in 1984, and Jared, born in 1986. Both attended various schools in the Lawrence Township School District and graduated from Lawrence High School in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Ben graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2006 where he majored in economics and minored in history and international studies. Ben received his Masters in Public Policy in 2008 from Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick, NJ where he was a Bloustein Fellow and a research and teaching assistant. During the summer of 2007, Ben interned in Washington D.C. with the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. Ben lives in DC where he is the Committee Director, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the professional organization that represents legislature members from all 50 states to Congress and the Executive Branch. Prior to that, Ben was the Federal Fiscal Policy Coordinator for the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), an affiliate of the National Governors Association. On September 12, 2015, Ben married Erin Prah, who also works in DC for Booz Allen Hamilton as a Digital Services Designer, and who we love dearly for simply putting up with him!

Jared graduated with honors and magna cum laude from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia in 2008 where he majored in economics and minored in environmental studies. He also completed a post-baccalaureate, pre-medical certificate program at the University of Miami in 2010. During the summer of 2007, Jared interned in New York City with Mercer Consulting, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan, Inc., where he worked in their prescription drug insurance division. Jared lives in Miami, Florida where he recently started a position as a Product Manager for nearpod, a rapidly growing educational software company. Prior to that, Jared was the Chief Operating Officer for LiveNinja, a small, Miami-based technology start-up that was acquired in early 2017 by Net2Phone, a subsidiary of IDT Corporation. Before working for LiveNinja, Jared was the Director of Investment Grade Products and Regional Sales Manager for Republic Metals Corporation in Miami, and then the Director of Mint Sales, Trading, and Metal Management for the Great American Mint and Refinery Company (Grammco) in Anaheim, California. We could not be prouder of both of them!

I started at Rider in 1980 and I currently hold the rank of Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences. I was appointed GEMS chair in 2006 and served in that capacity until August 2017. In addition to my primary teaching responsibilities at Rider (see below), I have been a faculty member for the Princeton-Penn-YBRA Geology Field Camp in Red Lodge, Montana. I also was a Visiting Research Scientist at Rutgers University where I continued with my ongoing research project on the geochemistry, mineralogy, and petrogenesis of Early Jurassic diabase in the Newark Basin of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. My students and I have co-authored numerous papers and presentations on this topic and also on the petrogenesis of Late Archean amphibolites from southwest Montana, and the ICP analysis of trace metals in marine, lacustrine, and other environmental samples, particularly those associated with the Centennial Lake Watershed Restoration Project and various research projects focusing on the Delaware River Watershed. Recently, I collaborated with a research group led by Dr. Suniti Karunatillake, formerly at Rider and now at the Department of Geology and Geophysics, Louisiana State University, which is investigating various aspects of the geology of Mars; I spent a fall 2012 research sabbatical working with them on this ongoing and exciting project.

Over the years, I have developed an expertise in the general area of undergraduate education in the sciences and also in the area of geologic hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, etc.), generally, and those affecting New Jersey, specifically. For the latter area, I have been utilized as a media source (including CNN, PBS, FOXNews, WWOR, AP, UPI, Voice of America, New Jersey 101.5, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newark Star-Ledger, Trenton Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian (UK), Jerusalem Post, and Singapore Strait Times) on numerous occasions. As a result of my broad geologic expertise and experience, I was appointed to a two-year term on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Science Advisory Board for 2010-2012.

From 1996 until 2011, I was the Rider University NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and, as a result, I was extremely involved in a wide variety of athletic issues and projects on campus. These included serving on two NCAA Certification Self-Study Steering Committees and associated Compliance Certification Review Subcommittees, the Athletics Council, the Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee, the Rider University Strategic Planning Facilities Task Force, the Rider University Middle States Accreditation Institutional Resources Subcommittee, the Rider University Presidential Task Force on Alcohol, Personal Responsibility, and Student Life: Enforcement Subcommittee, numerous screening committees when hiring coaches and the Director of Athletics, and participating in many, many other committees, task forces, and projects across the University. I also represented Rider University as a member of the 2001 People to People Delegation to Cuba on Women in Sports, and have travelled since 2006 to Belize, Costa Rica, Iceland (see photo below), the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador, Panama, and Peru as part of my team teaching for Rider's unique Nature's Business course; a third trip to the Galapagos Islands is next in January 2018.

I have been honored for teaching excellence by being selected for inclusion in various editions of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers”, for outstanding service to the University by being awarded the Rider University 2005 Frank N. Elliot Award for Distinguished Service, and for outstanding academic leadership by being awarded the 2015 Rider University Chairperson Leadership Award. Furthermore, in recognition of my many years of outstanding teaching and dedication to the principles and values of a Liberal Arts and Sciences education, I was selected as the 2015 Honorary Faculty Inductee into the Rider School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society. It has been, and continues to be, a very rewarding and highly satisfying career at Rider.

If you desire even more details about my professional activities, check out my complete Curriculum Vitae (in pdf format). If this relatively short biography hasn't bored you yet, my CV surely will!

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:

Dr. Husch in Iceland
On the Svinafellsjokull Glacier,      
Skaftafell, Iceland      

Selected Publication Titles and Sources:

  • Mineralogical and anthropogenic controls of stream water chemistry in salted watersheds (with H. Sun, J. Alexander, B. Gove, E. Pezzi, and N. Chakowski). Journal of Applied Geochemistry.

  • A Martian case study of segmenting images automatically for granulometry and sedimentology, Part 1: algorithm and Part 2: assessment (with S. Karunatillake, S. McLennan, K. Herkenhoff, C. Hardgrove, and J. Skok). Icarus.

  • The recognition of dropstone occurrences and their potential for insight into glaciolacustrine environments on Mars (with S. Karunatillake, S. Cole, and T. Weindl). Annual Meetings of the American Geophysical Union and Geological Society of America.

  • Na/Cl molar ratio changes during a salting cycle and its application to the estimation of sodium retention in salted watersheds (with H. Sun, M. Huffine, and L. Sinpatanasakul). Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.

  • Retention of sodium in a watershed due to the application of winter deicing salt (with H. Sun, K. Lucarino, and M. Huffine). Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Stochastic Hydraulics and Fifth International Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Research, Quebec, Canada.

  • Soil mineral structural water loss during LOI analyses: Impact on organic matter content determinations (with H. Sun, M. Nelson, and F. Chen). Canadian Journal of Soil Science.

  • Changes in the impervious surface area, flood frequency, and water chemistry within the Delaware River Basin during the past 50 years: Initial results (with H. Sun, D. Hewins, and D. Latini). Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Hydroscience and Engineering (ICHE-2006), Philadelphia, PA.

  • Centennial Lake Watershed restoration, protection, and environmental education, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ (with R. Kertes and K. Browne). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

  • The geochemistry, petrology, and structural analysis of late-stage dikes and veins in the Lambertville sill, Belle Meade, New Jersey (with S. Laney and C. Coffee). Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences.

  • Geochemistry and petrogenesis of Early Jurassic diabase from the central Newark basin of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Geological Society of America Special Paper.

  • The Palisades sill: Origin of the olivine zone by separate magmatic injection rather than gravity settling. Geology.

  • Geochemistry and petrology of a late Archean amphibolite layer, Ruby Range, southwestern Montana (with E. Bender). Bulletin of the New Jersey Academy of Science.

  • Major and trace element concentrations across a Mesozoic basaltic dike, New Hope, Pennsylvania (with R. Schwimmer). Northeastern Geology.

  • Geology and major element geochemistry of anorthositic rocks associated with Paleozoic hypabyssal ring complexes, Air Massif, Niger, West Africa (with C. Moreau). Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

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