Ned Pokras

Ph.D. Geological Sciences, Columbia, University, New York, NY
M.Phil. Geological Sciences, Columbia University
M.S. Geology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
B.S. Geology, Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Originally from Cobleskill, New York, I have until recently led a rather nomadic life. I’ve lived in seven U.S. states, plus Mexico, Venezuela and South Africa. I fell in love with fossils early on. After completing my graduate work, I spent about seven years as an academic researcher, mostly studying the climate history of the tropics. I then spent some years in the world of outdoor retail, which led me back to where I’d decided I belonged, northern New England.

I’m also an active outdoors-person, and have spent much of my life hiking, backpacking, climbing, snowshoeing, XC skiing, kayaking, birding, etc. I taught rock climbing for the New York/North Jersey Chapter of the AMC for several years. I even slogged my way to 21,000 feet in the Andes and returned with all my fingers and toes and (I think) most of my brain cells. Now, though, I’m more likely to be found with the chainsaw, cutting firewood for the house I share with fellow teacher Meg Kluge and not playing my classical guitar often enough. In addition to MSA, I teach geology, Quantitative Literacy, and The Environment of Adventure at Keene State College. I’m on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society, and recently ended a long term on the Board of the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center which included two-year terms as Vice President and then as President.