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Faculty Member Discusses Human Impact on Local Watershed


A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member recently offered a presentation showing how land-management practices can reduce flood damage in the Loyalsock Creek watershed.

D. Robert Cooley, assistant professor of anthropology and environmental science, was invited to present at the April 23 meeting of the Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association.

D. Robert Cooley
D. Robert Cooley

He presented a program on the hydrology of the creek’s watershed and the human impacts that offset stream dynamics during flood events. To illustrate how best land-management practices can reduce flood damage, Cooley compared 2011 flooding in the main stem of Loyalsock Creek with that in Little Bear Creek.

Cooley is department head for social sciences and humanities at Penn College. He holds a doctorate in ecological anthropology from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bucknell University. He has been employed by Penn College since 2003.

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