Travel and Touring Adventures With Professional Geologists Since 2007.

Lecturer at Glance

When Not Cruising


I work with my wife, Olivia Jacobs, as a forensic hydrogeologist and resource scientist in our environmental consulting and engineering contracting company, Clearwater Group. Olivia is the president of the company and is a certified environmental manager.   Our projects range from cleanup of soil and groundwater related to underground storage tank releases or industrial chemical spills to expert witness projects and cost allocation work on legal cases and oil and gas valuation studies.  We have been in business since 1990 and are located in Point Richmond, California.

Books and Articles


I have co-authored five environmental books related to the unintended consequences of industrial processes and chemicals.  Topics include environmental considerations of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), oil spills and gas leaks, acid mine drainage, chromium [Cr(VI)], and MTBE.  The books are available on Amazon.  I have also co-authored over 200 articles on environmental science and geology topics and given dozens of presentations at technical meetings.



I enjoy teaching environmental science and geology and I have received four Fulbright Senior Specialists Grants (2003, 2004, 2008, and 2012) to teach in Jamaica, Israel and India.  I have also taught a workshop with others in Germany in 2011.  I taught two graduate courses on sustainable soil and water remediation for the University of California, Berkeley Extension in the spring semester 2011 and fall semester 2011.  Meeting students and professors in an international setting is a terrific experience.

My Background


   I have a bachelor's degree in Geology and English from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and a master's degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin.  I have almost four decades of experience in the resource and environmental geology fields.  

In My Time Off


Mentoring young geologists, starts early.  I have given talks to elementary school students about earth science and chemistry.  I am active with the American Institute of Professional Geologists where I work with the California Section's student chapters to encourage students studying geology.  I also play guitar and enjoy hiking in the parkland surrounding the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County where I live.

Dreams of Smooth Sailing


In between trips, we are planning the next adventure, looking forward to the next cruise, the great ports of call to visit, and the new on-board friends we will meet.