Ph.D., University of Chicago
Office Phone: (216) 687-4820
COSHP Faculty Profile
Dr. W. B. (Pete) Clapham is Professor of Geology. He received his BA in geology from Amherst College and his PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago. He has taught in the departments of geology and systems engineering at Case Western Reserve University, served as research scientist at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, and served as a member of the Hazardous Waste Facility Board of the State of Ohio. He has been a faculty member of Cleveland State University since 1982. He was chair of the geology department from 1993 until 1998, and he served as the interim director of the Center for Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy at its inception.
Dr. Clapham is an environmental geologist whose research interests center on the geological implications of solid and hazardous waste management and the use of Geographic Information Systems in communicating those implications. He is the author of over 8 books and monographs, as well as over 33 journal articles, technical reports, and working papers. He has also developed multi-media applications to improve education in environmental science at the university level. He is the director of the Northeast Ohio Rivers Project, which brings high-school students together from around northeast Ohio to study the state of rivers in their neighborhoods and the impact of human activities on those rivers.