Peter Plumley

Peter Plumley

Research Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering


  • Ph.D. Earth Science, University of California, Santa Cruz, California 1984
  • M.S. Geology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington 1980
  • B.S. Geology, State University of New York at Albany 1974

Research Interests:

Primary investigations concern application of paleomagnetic techniques to regional tectonic and structural problems, plate tectonics, and strain analysis.

Current Research:

Examine the man-made world, the impact of technology on man’s drive to invent and explore the impact of technology on society and civilization, and the overall impact on the environment.

Imagineering for future engineers – what will they be asked to solve; Energy, Climate Change, Agriculture, and associated issues in Ecological Economics.

Courses Taught:

  • ECS 101 Environmental Section
  • ECS 101 Undeclared Section
  • ECS 125 Survey of Engineering Problems


  • Member of the American Geophysical Union (since 1974).
  • College Educator of the Year, Technology Alliance of Central New York, 2003
  • Science and Technology Outreach Award, Technology Alliance of Central New York, 2006
  • SU Gear Up Award – Career day at the MOST, Partners for Education and Business, 2008
  • The Post-Standard Achievement Award, Post-Standard Syracuse, 2011

Selected Publications:

Plumley, P. W. (1996), Current/future uses of the web. Teaching Tools .96, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

Plumley, P. W. (1997), Hot topics and new ways to use the world wide web. Teaching Tools .97. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

Plumley, P. W. (1999), Learning in the next millennium: What knowledge will be sought and how will we learn it?, Minnowbrook Conference on the .The Road Ahead, Syracuse Univ, Syracuse, NY.

Pair, D. L., Muller, E. H., & Plumley, P. W., (1994), Correlation of Late Pleitocene glaciolacustrine and marine deposits by means of geomagnetic secular variation, with examples from northern New York and southern Ontario, Quaternary Research, 42, 277-287.

Plumley, P. W., M. S. Vance, and G. Milazzo, 1989, Structural and paleomagnetic evidence for Tertiary bending of the eastern Brooks Range flexure, Alaska, in; Deep structure and past kinematics of accreted terranes, ed J.W. Hillhouse, A.G.U. Geophysical Monograph/I.U.G.G., v. 5. Union Monograph, p. 127-150.

Plumley, P. W., Coe, R. S., T. Byrne, M. Reid, and J. C. Moore, 1982, Paleomagnetism of volcanic rocks of the Kodiak Islands indicates northward latitudinal displacement, Nature, v. 300, p. 50-52.