University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

Ryan Portner (Class of 2000)

Current Position: Ph.D. candidate at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Dissertation topic: "Magmatism, Deformation and Sedimentation within a spreading center environment, Australian/Pacific plate boundary."

Education: B.S., Geology, Pitt-Johnstown (2000) with Cum Laude Honor: M.S., Geology, University of Montana (2005).

Notable Accomplishments: Phi Eta Sigma (National Freshman Honor Society), Pitt-Johnstown; American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Pitt-Johnstown; William McDonough Scholarship for Oil & Gas Research in Western Montana, University of Montana; U.S. Geological Survey EdMap Grant for geologic mapping in western Montana; Graduate Student Travel Awards, Geological Society of American, Rocky Mountain Division; 1st Place Poster Presentation, Intermontane GIS Conference, Billings, Montana; International Macquarie University Research Scholarship, Sydney, Australia.

Past Positions: GIS Technician, U.S. Forest Service, Missoula, MT, 2002-2005; Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant, University of Montana, 2003; GIS Specialist, University of Montana, 2004; Mapper, Floodzone Determination Services, Pittsburgh, PA, 2001-2002.

Personal Statement: "My experience at Pitt-Johnstown is unforgettable. Some of my fellow Pitt-Johnstown geology students became my closest friends that I still stay in touch with and see annually. I developed a passion for geology after looking at rocks in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and New York. Being a research assistant in southern West Virginia, in association with the Pitt-Johnstown Geology Department, was one of the best experiences of my life and showed me what I love to do...GEOLOGY! The small size of the department allowed for a lot of direct interaction between students and teachers (a great thing!)."


See other alumni career profiles.

Last Reviewed: September 17, 2006