Dr. Deocampo Succeeds Dr. Elliott as Department Chair
Now that his two terms as Department Chair are completed, Dr. Elliott is returning to the faculty to continue his work in research and teaching. Dr. Elliott is currently pursuing several areas of research, including dealing with how clay minerals can adsorb radioactive contaminants, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dr. Deocampo becomes Chair after serving on the Geosciences faculty at GSU for five years. Prior to that he was on the Geology faculty at California State University, Sacramento for four years. Before his faculty positions, he held post-doctoral research appointments at the National Museum of Natural History in the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Geological Survey, and the Natural History Museum in London, U.K. He received his B.S. in Geological Sciences from Tufts University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Rutgers University.
Dr. Deocampo is a geologist who studies the geochemistry and mineralogy of earth materials. His interests are broad, and include environmental geochemistry and public health, geoarchaeology, and reconstruction of ancient environments to understand climate change. He and his students have worked on projects in California, Georgia, Italy, Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, and Tasmania. He founded the GSU Environmental Research Lab (erl.gsu.edu), which is currently working with the CDC to study a deadly outbreak of lead poisoning among children in Nigeria.