Associate Professor Earth Science / Engineering
Craig Thompson is married to Jocelyn Moore and is father to Chaney Zinn, Hanna Thompson and Cody Thompson in chronological order. He is step-father to Stuart and Dale Arrants. He is currently Professor of Earth Sciences and Engineering Sciences and is a licensed professional engineer. Prior to accepting his current teaching position, he was director of the Western Wyoming College Water Quality Laboratory, where his greatest accomplishment was keeping it afloat for 19 years on soft money.
Craig is a graduate of the college where he now teaches – Western Wyoming Community College.
He later graduated from The Colorado College with a BA in chemistry and Stanford University with an MS in Environmental Engineering.
He recently received grant support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) to do research in Switzerland on stream ecology near retreating glaciers. He will be doing similar work in Wyoming next summer. He was named an NSF fellow in Stressed Stream Analysis (SSA) at SUNY Brockport, New York. Following his attendance at the 1993 SSA workshop, Thompson developed Ways Of The River [WOTR]– an interdisciplinary course that uses western environmental problems to teach science. He has also been called upon to assist conservation districts, municipalities and private concerns on water quality issues. Governor Mike Sullivan appointed him to the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council. He has published research on a wide variety of topics from extinct insects in Wind River Range Glaciers, to western reservoir eutrophication, to nutrient mobilization in arid land streams. He is a contributing author to Red Desert – History of a Place – University of Texas Press 2008.
As a volunteer leader he is a former board member of the Wyoming Outdoor Council, a former president of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, and currently serves as the Chair of the board of Directors of the National Wildlife Federation – America’s largest Conservation organization.
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