Calvin K. Prothro, PG

Assistant Professor, Geology and Planetary Science

Calvin Prothro

Areas of expertise:

  • Hydrogeology and Groundwater 
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Environmental investigation and contaminated site cleanup 
  • Cleanup of Manufactured Gas Plants (MGP sites)
  • General and Environmental Geologic issues
  • Earthquakes and other Natural Disasters
  • Forensic geology and hazardous site investigations 


Mr. Prothro has over twenty years of experience in the environmental and geotechnical field, working on a variety of multidisciplinary projects along the Eastern United States. He successfully completed the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) exam and has held a Professional Geologists license in Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Indiana. Mr. Prothro has also been a licensed Subsurface evaluator in the state of New Jersey, and a Certified Professional Geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). As project geologist/project manager, he has conducted environmental and hydrogeological site investigations involving numerous commercial and private properties. The investigative work he has performed includes aquifer testing, Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE) pilot testing, groundwater flow and solute transport modeling, rock cores and soil logging, contour and isopleth mapping, and remedial design. In the last decade, Mr. Prothro has applied his professional and academic experience to lecturing and teaching geology and other earth sciences to students at the college level. He was a reviewer for the 2nd Edition of “Environmental Crime” by Clifford, M. and Edwards, T.D (2012). He has also written and reviewed many remedial soil and groundwater investigation reports, remedial action workplans, UST closure reports, site-specific health and safety plans, and personal air sampling plans during his environmental consulting career.

Courses Mr. Prothro currently teach include:

  • GEO-103 Introduction to Physical Geology
  • GEO-105 Oceanography
  • GEO-106 Environmental Geology
  • GEO-203 Forensic Geology
  • SCI-104 Introduction to Planetary Science