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Rich Whittecar

Rich Whittecar



Ocean & Earth Sciences

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  • Expertise

    Geology
    geomorphology, hydrogeology (wetlands, streams, soils, landscape formation, Quaternary climate change, environmental geology)
  • Research Interests

    Landscape development during the Cenozoic - Central Appalachians and Mid Atlantic Coastal PlainHydrologic and geomorphic changes during Quaternary climate change eventsWetland hydrology and geomorphic developmentInstructional techniques in geosciences, K-16
  • 2019: Nominee – Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • 2015: Outstanding Reviewer , Editors of Geomorphology and Elsevier
  • 2014: Excellence in Reviewing, Elsevier Journals
  • 2014: Distinguished Teacher- Tenured Faculty, College of Sciences
  • 2013: Shining Star, College of Sciences
  • 2010: Most Inspiring Teacher, College of Sciences
  • 2008: Outstanding Faculty Award, Old Dominion University Nominee/ State Council for Higher Education in Virginia
  • 2007: Selected as “Most Inspiring Teacher” by Outstanding Graduating Senior (Lisa van Kylen), Department of Ocean Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,Old Dominion University
  • 2006: Selected as “Most Inspiring Teacher” by Outstanding Graduating Senior (Keli Smith), Department of Ocean Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University
  • 2003: U.S. Professor of the Year Award, Old Dominion University Nominee , Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • 2002: University Professor, Old Dominion University
  • 2001: Outstanding Faculty Award, Old Dominion University Nominee, State Council for Higher Education in Virginia
  • 1998: TELETECHNET Teacher of the Year, Old Dominion University
  • 1998: University Professor, Old Dominion University
  • 1996: Invited Speaker at “Great Tips from Great Professors”, Symposium at Southeastern Section meeting, Geological Society of America
  • 1996: Old Dominion University Nominee, Outstanding Faculty Award, State Council for Higher Education in Virginia
  • 1995: Outstanding Faculty Award, Old Dominion University Nominee, State Council for Higher Education in Virginia
  • 1995: U.S. Professor of the Year Award, Old Dominion University Nominee, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • 1994: Outstanding Faculty Award, Old Dominion University Nominee, State Council for Higher Education in Virginia
  • 1979: Sigma Xi, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1978: Phi Kappa Phi, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1977: Stanley Tyler Teaching Award, Department of Geology-Geophysics, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1974: Order of the Old Well, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • 1974: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • 1971: Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • 1970: Morehead Scholar, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Whittecar, R. G. "The VT/WSSI Project" $50,000. Higher Education. August 4, 2016 - September 30, 2019
    Whittecar, R. G. "Water Budget Modeling for Mitigation Wetland Design" . Private. 2008 - 2018
    Loney, M. A.; Garner, J. K.; Whittecar, R. G. "Knowledge through Experience for Youth in Science - KEYS" $504,361. State. August, 2015 - August, 2018
    Garner, J. K.; Whittecar, R. G.; Dickerson, D. L.; , "Building Bridges" $406,121. State. March 1, 2015 - August 30, 2018
    Whittecar, R. G. "Weanac Quarterly Sampling" $10,080. Commercial. January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
    Whittecar, R. G. "Weanack Quartery Sampling - Hydrogeologic Site Assessment and Monitoring of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Earle Basin Sediment Reclamation Site. " $10,200. January, 2016 - December, 2016
    Whittecar, R. G. "Weanack Quarterly Sampling" $6,720. Commercial. January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2016
    Enderson, M.; Whittecar, R. G. "Teacher Recruitment Preparation Pilot Initiative - MonarchTeach" $1,500,000. State. 2012 - 2016
    Whittecar, R. G. "Weanack Quartery Sampling - Hydrogeologic Site Assessment and Monitoring of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Earle Basin Sediment Reclamation Site. " $10,080. Private. January, 2015 - December, 2015
    , "Geology of the Patrick, S.C. (1:24,000) Quadrangle – Quaternary Dunes over Cretaceous Deltas" $28,000. Federal. 2013 - 2015
    Garner, J. K.; Whittecar, R. G. "Project D 'n' A: Building Blocks for Middle School Science Literacy" $224,200. State. March, 2014 - September, 2015
    Whittecar, R. G. "Weanack Quartery Sampling - Hydrogeologic Site Assessment and Monitoring of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Earle Basin Sediment Reclamation Site" $10. Private. January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
    Garner, J. K.; Whittecar, R. G. " Learning Enhanced through the Nature of Science (LENS): An Inter-Disciplinary Sustainable Professional Development Model for High School Sciences" . State. May, 2013 - September, 2014
    Whittecar, R. G.; Johannesson, K. "Hydrologic Assessment, Monitoring, and Numerical Analysis of the Weanack Mineland Reclamation Research Site, Charles City County, Virginia" $149,999. Private. September 1, 2000 - December 31, 2013