Dave Szymanski

  • Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Department Chair, Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Ph.D. Michigan State University
  • MS Michigan State University
  • MS Michigan State University
  • BA University of St Thomas

Teaching Interests

Earth science; The recycling of matter; Forensic science; Applications of chemistry; Energy, natural resource and climate policy

Research Interests

College-level science teaching and learning for non-scientists;
Origin and evolution of magmas;
Mass balance and scales of element recycling in earth processes;
Chemical analysis of glass and other forensic trace evidence

Consulting/Practice Interests

Criminal and civil forensic science consulting

Bio

David Szymanski, Ph.D. is a geologist with research interests ranging from the chemical evolution of magmas to environmental impacts of human and natural processes on surface waters. He is also a forensic chemist, specializing the examination of glass as trace evidence, and has testified in a number of criminal cases. As a former Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate, Szymanski now involves students in research for nonpartisan policy development on issues of energy, climate and natural resources. As a science communicator and science educator, he conducts pedagogical research on how to teach non-scientists the business of applying scientific concepts to real-world problems.

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences Present
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Present
  • American Geophysical Union Present
  • Council on Undergraduate Research Present
  • Geological Society of America Present
  • Geological Society of Washington Present
  • Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Present
  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers Present
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2020, Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2017, Rainbow Award, Bentley University
  • 2017, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2017, Elected Fellow, Geological Society of America
  • 2016, Innovation in Teaching Award, Bentley University
  • 2016, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2015, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2013, Faculty Student Research Assistantship, Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, Bentley University and National Biomedical Research Foundation
  • 2013, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2013, Joseph M. Cronin Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, Bentley University
  • 2013, Research Fellowship, Valente Center for Arts and Sciences
  • 2012, Faculty Student Research Assistantship, Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, Bentley University and National Biomedical Research Foundation
  • 2012, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2011, Curricular Service-Learning Faculty Award, Bentley Service Learning Center
  • 2011, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2011, Innovation in Teaching Award, Bentley University
  • 2010, Faculty Student Research Assistantship, Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, Bentley University and National Biomedical Research Foundation
  • 2009, Rauch Faculty Enrichment Fund Grant, Bentley University
  • 2008, AAAS Congressional Science Fellow, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Geological Society of America/U.S. Geological Survey
  • 2008, Selected for the Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI) Writer Workshop, St. Louis, MO, National Science Foundation
  • 2006, New Scientist Award, Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS)
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Fortner, S., Manduca, C., Guertin, L., Szymanski, D. W., Villalobos, J. (2019). Teaching for Earth Resilience: A Strategy for Increased Diversity and Equity. GSA Today, (28) 36-37. (Link)
  • Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Davis, P. T. (2016). A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Commentary of Broadcast Meteorologists on the Visual Presentation of Climate Change. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, (7) 4 1-16.
  • Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Fletcher Brown, D., Sipe, T. W., Nesteruk, J., Turner, S. P., Mooney, C. H., Iverson, E. R. (2016). Developing transdisciplinary sustainability curricula requires an academic culture change. In The Trenches, (6) 3 12-13.
  • Bouldin, R. M., Hall, G. J., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Ledley, F. D. (2015). Connecting Business and STEM Education Through Undergraduate Research. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, (35) 4 17-24. (Link)
  • Price, J. R., Szymanski, D. W. (2013). The effects of road salt on stream water chemistry of two small forested watersheds in Catoctin Mountain, Maryland, USA. Aquatic Geochemistry.
  • Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Vogel, T. A., Alvarado, G. E. (2013). Evaluating Complex Magma Mixing via Polytopic Vector Analysis (PVA) in the Papagayo Tuff, Northern Costa Rica: Processes that Form Continental Crust. Geosciences, (3) 585-615.
  • Price, J. R., Szymanski, D. W. (2013). The effects of road salt on stream water chemistry of two small forested watersheds in Catoctin Mountain, Maryland, USA. Aquatic Geochemistry.
  • Szymanski, D. W., Hadlock, C. R., Zlotkowski, E. A. (2012). Using Public Sector Research Projects to Engage Undergraduates. Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Quarterly, (33) 2 19-26. (Link)
  • Price, J. R., Rice, K. C., Szymanski, D. W. (2012). Mass-balance modeling of mineral weathering rates and CO2 consumption in the forested Hauver Branch watershed, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland, USA. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, (early on-line ) doi: 10.1002/esp.3373 17 pp. (Link)
  • Price, J. R., Hardy, C., Tefend, K. S., Szymanski, D. W. (2012). Solute geochemical mass-balances and mineral weathering rates in small watersheds II: Biomass nutrient uptake, more equations in more unknowns, and land use/land cover effects. Applied Geochemistry, (27) 1247–1265. (Link)
  • Deering, C. D., Vogel, T. A., Patino, L. C., Szymanski, D. W., Alvarado, G. E. (2012). Magmatic processes that generate chemically distinct silicic magmas in NW Costa Rica and the evolution of juvenile continental crust in oceanic arcs. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, (163) 2 259-275. (Link)
  • LaGoo, L., Schaeffer, L., Szymanski, D. W., Waddell Smith, R. (2010). Detection of Gunshot Residue in Blowfly Larvae and Decomposing Porcine Tissue using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). Journal of Forensic Sciences, (55) 3 624-632.
  • McGaw, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Waddell Smith, R. (2009). Determination of trace elemental concentrations in document papers for forensic comparison using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Journal of Forensic Sciences, (54) 5 1163-1170.
  • McGaw, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Waddell Smith, R. (2009). Characterization of Undigested Particulate Material Following Microwave Digestion of Recycled Document Papers. Journal of Forensic Sciences, (54) 5 1171-1175.
  • Gazel, E., Carr, M. J., Hoernle, K., Feigenson, ., Szymanski, D. W., Hauff, F. (2009). Galapagos-OIB signature in southern Central America: Mantle refertilization by arc-hot spot interaction. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, (10) 2 1-32.
  • Price, J. R., Heitmann, N., Hull, J., Szymanski, D. W. (2008). Long-Term Average Mineral Weathering Rates from Watershed Geochemical Mass Balance Methods: Using Mineral Modal Abundances to Solve More Equations in More Unknowns. Chemical Geology, (254) 1-2 36-51. (Link)
  • Sibley, D. F., Anderson, C. W., Heidemann, M., Merrill, J. E., Parker, J. M., Szymanski, D. W. (2007). Box Diagrams to Assess Students' Systems Thinking about the Rock, Water and Carbon Cycles. Journal of Geoscience Education, (55) 138-146. (Link)
  • Bommarito, C. R., Sturdevant, A. B., Szymanski, D. W. (2007). Analysis of forensic soil samples via high performance liquid chromatography and ion chromatography. Journal of Forensic Sciences, (52) 1 24-30.
  • Price, J. R., Szymanski, D. W., Slemmons, K. E., Esky, M., Johnson, E., Bricker, S. (). Climatic controls on phosphorus concentrations in The Loch, Loch Vale Watershed, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA: Frost-cracking, apatite weathering, and paleoclimate from the late Pleistocene to early Holocene. Applied Geochemistry. Forthcoming.

    Book Chapters


  • Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Davis, P. T. (2017). Speaking out or staying quiet on climate change: Broadcast meteorologists influenced by the need to be pithy, popular and politically cautious In Walter Leal Filho, Jesse M. Keenan, (Eds.) Climate Change Adaptation in North America: experiences, case studies and best practice, W. Leal Fihlo and J.M. Keenan (editors). Berlin: Springer International Publishing (Link)

  • Conference Proceedings


  • Szymanski, D. W.Oches, E. A. (2013). Integrating Earth and Environmental Sciences into the Business Curriculum: Exploring Ethanol as a Complex Problem National Science Foundation, (NSF-TUES PI Meeting)
  • Davis, P. T.Oches, E. A.Szymanski, D. W.Meldrum, H.Doner, L.McGarry, M.Aviles, L.Miller, S. (2013). Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience American Geophysical Union, (AGU Chapman Conference - Communicating Climate Science)
  • Deering, C. D.Thomas, V. A.Patino, L. C.Szymanski, D. W.Alvarado, G. E. (2013). Magmatic processes that generate chemically distinct silicic magmas in NW Costa Rica , (11th Geological Congress of Central America: A Symposium in Honor to Michael J. Carr)
  • Thomas, V. A.Patino, L. C.Alvarado, G. E.Szymanski, D. W.Deering, C. D. (2013). An extensive data set for Miocene – Holocene ignimbrites from Nicaragua and Costa Rica , (11th Geological Congress of Central America: A Symposium in Honor to Michael J. Carr)
  • Szymanski, D. W. (2013). Communicating geoscience policy: Giving the first live interview Geological Society of America, (Geological Society of America Annual Meeting)
  • Doner, L.Davis, P. T.Lyons, R.Wilkinson, K.Foley, K.McGarry, M.Meldrum, H.Szymanski, D. W.Oches, E. A.Aviles, L. (2013). Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience Geological Society of America, (Geological Society of America Annual Meeting)
  • Oches, E. A.Szymanski, D. W.Snyder, B. J.Gulati, G. J.Davis, P. T. (2012). Exploring Corn-Ethanol as a Complex Problem to Teach Sustainability Concepts across the Science-Business-Liberal Arts Curriculum American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)
  • Szymanski, D. W.Oches, E. A.Snyder, B. J.Gulati, G. J.Davis, P. T. (2012). A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching Sustainability: Corn Ethanol Across the Curriculum , (Geological Society of America Annual Meeting)
  • Szymanski, D. W.Wohlers, E. R. (2011). Teaching water quality through technology-enhanced laboratory modules in undergraduate business education Geological Society of America, (Geological Society of America Annual Meeting)
  • Price, J. R.Szymanski, D. W. (2011). Mass balance modeling of mineral weathering rates in the Hauver Branch watershed, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland: the role of biomass, solving more equations in more unknowns using solid-phase data, and carbon dynamics Geological Society of America, (Geological Society of America Annual Meeting)
  • Szymanski, D. W.Bucci, G. D.Adams, V. E.Green, D. V.Markow, W. N. (2011). Engaging undergraduate students in national energy policy through service-learning Geological Society of America, (Geological Society of America Annual Meeting)
  • Oches, E. A.Szymanski, D. W.Davis, P. T. (2011). Preparing the next generation of business leaders to confront environmental challenges Geological Society of America, (Geological Society of America Annual Meeting)
  • Thomas, V. A.Deering, C. D.Patino, L. C.Alvarado, G. E.Szymanski, D. W. (2010). Magmatic processes that generate chemically distinct silicic magmas in NW Costa Rica and the evolution of juvenile continental crust in oceanic arcs American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)
  • Vogel, T. A.Valley, J. W.Patino, L. C.Alvarado, G. E.Szymanski, D. W.Deering, C. D. (2007). Oxygen Isotopes of Silicic Volcanic Deposits of NW Costa Rica: A Key to Understanding Crustal Evolution in Central America? , (American Geophyscial Union Fall Meeting)
  • Szymanski, D. W.Patino, L. C.Vogel, T. A.Alvarado, G. E. (2007). The importance of mixing in the evolution of silicic magmas in northern Costa Rica , (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)
  • Szymanski, D. W.Patino, L. C.Vogel, T. A.Alvarado, G. E. (2006). Using Multivariate Polytopic Vector Analysis (PVA) to Test a Model of Magma Mixing for the Papagayo Tuff, Northern Costa Rica , (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)
  • Price, J. R.Hull, J.Szymanski, D. W. (2006). Long-term chemical weathering rates in the periglacial piedmont physiographic province of southeastern Pennsylvania: watershed geochemical mass-balance, saprolitization rates, and evidence for a modern saprolite Geological Society of America, (Geological Society of America Annual Meeting)
  • Szymanski, D. W.Patino, L. C.Vogel, T. A.Alvarado, G. E. (2006). Juvenile Continental Crust in Costa Rica: High-Silica Miocene-Pliocene Ignimbrites of the Bagaces Formation American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union Joint Meeting)
  • Szymanski, D. W.Patino, L. C.Bommarito, C. R.Siegel, J. A. (2004). Trace element profiles of float glass fragments determined by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) AAFS, (56th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences)
  • Vogel, T. A.Patino, L. C.Alvarado, G. E.Szymanski, D. W. (2004). Silicic Ignimbrites within the Costa Rican Volcanic Front: Evidence for the formation of continental crust American Geophysical Union, (AGU Western Pacific Meeting)
  • Szymanski, D. W.Patino, L. C.Vogel, T. A.Alvarado, G. E. (2002). Generation of Continental Crust in Central America: New Field and Geochemical Observations on Silicic Magmatism in Costa Rica American Geophysical Union, (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting)

  • Other(s)


  • Szymanski, D. W. (2013). Academia should heed industry’s scientific pleaThe Financial Times. (Link)
  • Markow, W. N., Adams, V. E., Bucci, G. D., Green, D. V., Szymanski, D. W. (2011). Closing the Energy Efficiency Information Gap for Small BusinessesThe Sustainability Review, (3) 2 (Link)
  • Davis, P. T., Szymanski, D. W., , . (2011). Letter to Editor in rebuttal to John E. Sununu op ed piece promoting fracking shale gasBoston Globe.
  • Presentations

  • Klis, A. A., Szymanski, D. W., Iverson, E., Jackson, L. E., Wilson, R. (2022). “A Transdisciplinary Approach to Undergraduate Sustainability Education: Resource Economics by Way of Business and Science” Presented at the American Economic Association National Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education Chicago, IL
  • Bender-Awalt, M., Iverson, E., Szymanski, D. W., Erhemjamts, O., Lenczewski, M., Mooney, C., Oches, E. A., Ritter, J., Wilson, R. (2021). “Assessing student learning about sustainability and wicked problems through transdisciplinary curriculum modules” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Portland, OR
  • Price, J. R., Szymanski, D. W. (2020). “Climatic controls on phosphorus concentrations in The Loch, Loch Vale Watershed, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA: Apatite weathering and paleoclimate from the late Pleistocene to early Holocene” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
  • Szymanski, D. W., Dove, S., Oches, E. A., Erhemjamts, O., Wilson, R., Fortner, S., Lenczewski, M., Mooney, C., Iverson, E. (2020). “Build a BASIC Module Around the SDGs: Business- and Science-Integrated Curriculum for Sustainability” Presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Global Learning Conference on Connecting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and Global Learning Virtual
  • Szymanski, D. W. (2019). “Using the Earth Science Literacy Principles at the intersection of education, geoscience advocacy, and public decision-making” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Indianpolis, IN
  • Price, J., Szymanski, D. W. (2019). “The importance of frost cracking on lithogenic phosphorus inputs into the Loch, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Indianapolis, IN
  • Szymanski, D. W. (2017). “Connecting Students and Policymakers through Science and Service-Learning” Presented at the American Geophysical Union American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting New Orleans, LA
  • Price, J. R., Szymanski, D. W., Olesky, I., Bricker, S. B., Burden, B., Cronister, K., Nunez, J., Schippert, L., Devine, T. J. (2017). “Mechanisms for increased phosphorus inputs and consequent enhanced lacustrine productivity during the Younger Dryas Chronozone in The Loch, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Seattle, WA
  • Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Davis, P. T. (2016). “Speaking out about sustainability: broadcast meteorologists who will and those who won't” Presented at the World Communication Association Communication and Culture in a Sustainable World Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Davis, P. T. (2016). “Speaking out or staying quiet on climate change: Broadcast meteorologists influenced by the need to be pithy, popular and politically cautious” Presented at theNorth American Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Szymanski, D. W. (2016). “Why is service-learning important in Geosciences?” Presented at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Service-Learning in Undergraduate Geosciences Washington, D.C.
  • Foley, K. A., Davis, P. T., Meldrum, H., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Doner, L. (2016). “Mobility of TV Broadcast Meteorologists in the Northeastern United States” Presented at the Lyndon State College 41st Annual Northeast Storm Conference Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Pinet, A., Szymanski, D. W., Dave, D. M. (2015). “Quantifying the economic effects of energy literacy” Presented at the International Atlantic Economic Society 80th International Atlantic Economic Conference Boston, MA
  • Davis, P. T., Szymanski, D. W., Meldrum, H., Oches, E. A., Foley, K., Mercer, R., Doner, L., McGarry, M., Kelsey, E., Perello, M. (2015). “Broadcast meteorologists and climate change ” Presented at the Lyndon State University Northeast Storm Conference Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Fletcher Brown, D., Sipe, T. W., Nesteruk, J., Mooney, C., Turner, S. (2015). “Toward Reciprocal Integration: Fusing STEM, Liberal Arts and Business Curricula in Undergraduate Sustainability Education” Presented at the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Earth Educators' Rendezvous Boulder, CO
  • Price, J. R., Marshall, W., Szymanski, D. W., Campbell, R. (2015). “Phosphorus dynamics of the Loch Vale Watershed, Rocky Mountain National Park, from the last glacial maximum to present: Geochemical mass balance, potential ecological impacts, and paleoclimatic influences” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Szymanski, D. W., Boland, M. A., Gonzales, L. M., Wood, C. (2015). “Teaching non-majors to communicate the importance of geoscience for policymaking through service-learning and civic engagement” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Fletcher Brown, D., Sipe, T. W., Nesteruk, J., Sheldon, T., C, M., Ellen, I. (2015). “Fusing STEM, liberal arts and business in transdisciplinary undergraduate sustainability curricula” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Szymanski, D. W., Meldrum, H., Davis, P. T., Oches, E. A., Foley, K., Doner, L. (2014). “Views of broadcast meteorlogists on climate change communication with their audiences” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Davis, P. T., Doner, L., McGarry, M., Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Kelsey, E., Perello, M., Gaudette, E., Foley, K. (2014). “Climate Change Communication Between Broadcast Meteorologists and their Viewing Audiences” Presented at the National Science Foundation NSF-AISL PI Conference Washington, D.C.
  • Doner, L., Davis, P. T., Lyons, R., Wilkinson, K., Foley, K., McGarry, M. A., Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Aviles, L. (2014). “Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience” Presented at the Lyndon State University Northeast Storm Conference Rutland, Vermont
  • Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A. (2013). “Integrating Earth and Environmental Sciences into the Business Curriculum: Exploring Ethanol as a Complex Problem” Presented at the National Science Foundation NSF-TUES PI Meeting Washington, D.C.
  • Gulati, G. J., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Snyder, B. J. (2013). “Corn Ethanol Across the Curriculum: Teaching Policy Analysis in an Introductory Course for Non-Majors” Presented at theAnnual meeting of the American Political Science Association Chicago, IL
  • Davis, P. T., Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Meldrum, H., Doner, L., McGarry, M., Aviles, L., Miller, S. (2013). “Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience” Presented at the American Geophysical Union AGU Chapman Conference - Communicating Climate Science Granby, CO
  • Szymanski, D. W. (2013). “Communicating geoscience policy: Giving the first live interview” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Denver, CO
  • Deering, C. D., Thomas, V. A., Patino, L. C., Szymanski, D. W., Alvarado, G. E. (2013). “Magmatic processes that generate chemically distinct silicic magmas in NW Costa Rica” Presented at the11th Geological Congress of Central America: A Symposium in Honor to Michael J. Carr Panama City, Panama
  • Thomas, V. A., Patino, L. C., Alvarado, G. E., Szymanski, D. W., Deering, C. D. (2013). “An extensive data set for Miocene – Holocene ignimbrites from Nicaragua and Costa Rica” Presented at the11th Geological Congress of Central America: A Symposium in Honor to Michael J. Carr Panama City, Panama
  • Doner, L., Davis, P. T., Lyons, R., Wilkinson, K., Foley, K., McGarry, M., Meldrum, H., Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Aviles, L. (2013). “Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Denver, CO
  • Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Snyder, B. J., Gulati, G. J., Davis, P. T. (2012). “Exploring Corn-Ethanol as a Complex Problem to Teach Sustainability Concepts across the Science-Business-Liberal Arts Curriculum” Presented at the American Geophysical Union American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA
  • Szymanski, D. W., Oches, E. A., Snyder, B. J., Gulati, G. J., Davis, P. T. (2012). “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching Sustainability: Corn Ethanol Across the Curriculum” Presented at theGeological Society of America Annual Meeting Charlotte, NC
  • Szymanski, D. W., Bucci, G. D., Adams, V. E., Green, D. V., Markow, W. N. (2011). “Engaging undergraduate students in national energy policy through service-learning” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Minneapolis, MN
  • Price, J. R., Szymanski, D. W. (2011). “Mass balance modeling of mineral weathering rates in the Hauver Branch watershed, Catoctin Mountain, Maryland: the role of biomass, solving more equations in more unknowns using solid-phase data, and carbon dynamics” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Minneapolis, MN
  • Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Davis, P. T. (2011). “Preparing the next generation of business leaders to confront environmental challenges” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Minneapolis, MN
  • Szymanski, D. W., Wohlers, E. R. (2011). “Teaching water quality through technology-enhanced laboratory modules in undergraduate business education” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Minneapolis, MN
  • Oches, E. A., Szymanski, D. W., Davis, P. T., Ledley, F. D. (2010). “Integrating Earth and environmental science into a business curriculum toward enhanced workforce science literacy” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Denver, CO
  • Thomas, V. A., Deering, C. D., Patino, L. C., Alvarado, G. E., Szymanski, D. W. (2010). “Magmatic processes that generate chemically distinct silicic magmas in NW Costa Rica and the evolution of juvenile continental crust in oceanic arcs” Presented at the American Geophysical Union American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA
  • Vogel, T. A., Valley, J. W., Patino, L. C., Alvarado, G. E., Szymanski, D. W., Deering, C. D. (2007). “Oxygen Isotopes of Silicic Volcanic Deposits of NW Costa Rica: A Key to Understanding Crustal Evolution in Central America?” Presented at theAmerican Geophyscial Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA
  • Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Vogel, T. A., Alvarado, G. E. (2007). “The importance of mixing in the evolution of silicic magmas in northern Costa Rica” Presented at theAmerican Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA
  • Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Vogel, T. A., Alvarado, G. E. (2006). “Using Multivariate Polytopic Vector Analysis (PVA) to Test a Model of Magma Mixing for the Papagayo Tuff, Northern Costa Rica” Presented at theAmerican Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA
  • Price, J. R., Hull, J., Szymanski, D. W. (2006). “Long-term chemical weathering rates in the periglacial piedmont physiographic province of southeastern Pennsylvania: watershed geochemical mass-balance, saprolitization rates, and evidence for a modern saprolite” Presented at the Geological Society of America Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Philadelphia, PA
  • Szymanski, D. W. (2006). “Application of laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) in glass analysis schemes” Presented at the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Advanced Trace Evidence Symposium Ames, IA
  • Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Vogel, T. A., Alvarado, G. E. (2006). “Juvenile Continental Crust in Costa Rica: High-Silica Miocene-Pliocene Ignimbrites of the Bagaces Formation” Presented at the American Geophysical Union American Geophysical Union Joint Meeting Baltimore, MD
  • Vogel, T. A., Patino, L. C., Alvarado, G. E., Szymanski, D. W. (2004). “Silicic Ignimbrites within the Costa Rican Volcanic Front: Evidence for the formation of continental crust” Presented at the American Geophysical Union AGU Western Pacific Meeting Hawaii
  • Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Bommarito, C. R., Siegel, J. A. (2004). “Trace element profiles of float glass fragments determined by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)” Presented at the AAFS 56th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Dallas, TX
  • Szymanski, D. W., Patino, L. C., Vogel, T. A., Alvarado, G. E. (2002). “Generation of Continental Crust in Central America: New Field and Geochemical Observations on Silicic Magmatism in Costa Rica” Presented at the American Geophysical Union American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Committee Member for Assessment Committee 2017 - Present
  • Committee Member for Public Outreach and Alumni Relations Committee 2017 - Present
  • Committee Member for Personnel & Staffing Committee 2013 - Present
  • Committee Member for Facilities & Equipment Committee 2012 - Present
  • Committee Member for Curriculum Committee 2009 - Present
  • Committee Chair for Human Ecology/Sustainability Science Search Committee 2021 - 2022
  • Committee Member for NAS Renovation Planning Committee 2014 - 2014
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Provost Search Committee 2022 - Present
  • Committee Member for President's Strategic Positioning Process, Positioning and Partnerships Committee 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Level III Student Conduct Board 2021 - Present
  • Committee Chair for Sustainability Strategic Planning, Lifelong Learning and Education 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Academic Advising Advisory Board 2013 - Present
  • Committee Member for Institutional Review Board (IRB) 2011 - Present
  • Committee Member for LGBTQ Steering Committee 2011 - Present
  • Mentor (Faculty) for First Year Seminar 2010 - Present
  • Department Chair for Natural and Applied Sciences 2018 - 2021
  • Committee Member for Curriculum Implementation Committee 2017 - 2020
  • Task Force Chair for Curriculum Reform Task Force 3.0 2019 - 2019
  • Task Force Chair for Curriculum Reform Task Force 2.0 2019 - 2019
  • Director for Valente Center for Arts & Sciences 2015 - 2018
  • Mentor (Faculty) for TEDxBentleyU 2014 - 2018
  • Program Organizer for EEGS Liberal Studies Major 2014 - 2018
  • Committee Member for Bentley Brave Planning Committee 2016 - 2018
  • Committee Member for Associate Dean's First Year Seminar Working Group 2015 - 2017
  • Committee Chair for Curriculum Implementation Committee 2014 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Board of Trustees Student Affairs 2010 - 2017
  • Committee Member for CourseLeaf Catalog/Curriculum Implementation Working Group (ad hoc) 2016 - 2017
  • Task Force Member for Dean Of Arts & Sciences Signature Work Task Force 2016 - 2017
  • Committee Member for Sustainability Task Force 2011 - 2016
  • Task Force Member for EQUIS EFMD Accreditation Task Force, Working Group on Students 2015 - 2016
  • Committee Member for Bentley Service-Learning Center (BSLC) Advisory Board 2011 - 2015
  • Committee Member for Bentley/Gallup Research Advisory Board 2014 - 2015
  • Committee Member for Bentley Research Colloquium Steering Committee 2014 - 2014
  • Committee Member for Bentley Research Colloquium Steering Committee 2013 - 2013
  • Committee Member for Faculty Honors Council 2012 - 2013
  • Committee Member for Director Search, Bentley Service-Learning Center (BSLC) 2012 - 2012
  • Professional Service


  • Editor (Associate), Journal for Fusio: The Bentley Undergraduate Research Journal 2016 - Present
  • Committee Member for Geological Materials Subcommittee, Forensic Chemistry & Instrumental Analysis Scientific Area Committee, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 2014 - Present
  • Reviewer, Grant Proposal for National Science Foundation 2005 - Present
  • Committee Member for National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Advocacy Committee 2016 - 2022
  • Councilor for Council on Undergraduate Research 2018 - 2021
  • Past-Chair for Geology & Society Division, Geological Society of America 2014 - 2019
  • Committee Member for American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Critical Issues Advisory Board 2013 - 2019
  • Committee Member for Geological Society of America (GSA) Geology Town Hall Steering Committee 2013 - 2015
  • Committee Member for Geology & Public Policy Committee, Geological Society of America 2008 - 2014
  • Invited Lecture/Presentation for Medical College of Wisconsin - 2013
  • Chairperson for Congressional Science Fellow Search Subcommittee, Geology & Public Policy Committee, Geological Society of America 2011 - 2012
  • Chairperson for Geology & Public Policy Committee, Geological Society of America 2011 - 2012
  • Committee Member for Director for Geoscience Policy Search Committee, Geological Society of America 2011 - 2011
  • Invited Lecture/Presentation for Progressive Business Leaders Network CEO Summit - 2011
  • Invited Lecture/Presentation for Thermo Fisher Scientific Trace Elemental Analysis Seminar - 2010
  • Reviewer, Book for National Research Council, National Academies - 2010
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE) - 2010
  • Invited Lecture/Presentation for Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Mineral Sciences Division - 2009
  • Invited Lecture/Presentation for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis - 2008
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Revista de Ciencias Forenses, Journal of Costa Rican Association of Professional Forensic Scientists - 2007
  • Invited Lecture/Presentation for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis - 2007
  • Reviewer, Book for Central America: Geology, Resources and Hazards; Bundschuh & Alvarado (eds.) - 2007