Department of Earth and Environmental Science
Frederick N Scatena
Dr. Fred N. Scatena, III, Professor and Chair in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science in the School of Arts & Sciences, passed away from cancer on January 2 at age 58.
Dr. Scatena has been on the faculty in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science since 2002. He became chair of the Department in 2003. Prior to that, he worked at the USDA Forest Service's International Institute of Tropical Forestry, in Puerto Rico, from 1987-2002. He had also worked as a consultant hydrologist and geomorphologist and served in the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1977-1979, Malawi in 1982 and Jamaica in 1983, working in water resource management and development.
Recently, Dr. Scatena became involved in research on urban forestry with the new US Forest Service Philadelphia Urban Field Station. He was also a member of Penn's Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, a cross-campus collaboration that includes a representative group of faculty, staff and students who advise President Amy Gutmann on environmental sustainability issues.
Dr. Scatena was the recipient of the School of Arts & Sciences' Dean's Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research in 2007 (Almanac April 24, 2007).
Born in Kentfield, California, Dr. Scatena earned his BA from San Francisco State University in 1977, his MA from Wesleyan University in 1982 and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1987.
Doctor of Philosophy, 1987. Dept. of Geography and Environmental
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland. Dissertation: "Sediment
Budgets and Delivery in Suburban Watersheds".
Master of Arts, 1982. Dept. of Earth & Environmental Science,
Middletown Connecticut. Thesis: "Patterns of Bedload Transport
in the Connecticut River Estuary".
Bachelors of Arts, 1977. Dept. of Geology, San Francisco State University,
Thesis: "A Fortran Computer Program for Calculating the CIPW
Normative Mineral Suite".
Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, Pa. Appointed Professor July 2002.
International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service,
Puerto Rico. 1987-2002 Research Hydrologist and Ecosystem Group
Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Project, Principal Co-Investigator
1988-1999. Investigator 1999-present.
Consulting Hydrologist and Geomorphologist 1980 to 1987.
U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, 1977-1979. Hydrologist, Dominican Republic,