Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Richard Erickson

Richard Erickson


B.A., University of Minnesota
M.S., University of Chicago & Yerkes Observatory
Ph.D., University of Chicago & Yerkes Observatory

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4284
Campus Post Office Box 3

Astronomy: Associate Professor

Physics: Associate Professor

Environmental Science: Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 24, 1945. Married Carolyn Lee Spinks on September 26, 1969 and has 3 children.

Schools Attended:
Churchill College, Cambridge University, UK; one year of graduate research in radio astronomy, 1966-67 academic year.
University of Chicago and Yerkes Observatory; MS 1970, PhD 1974 in astronomy and astrophysics.

Professional Employment:
Vertebrate Paleontology Lab Assistant, St. Paul Science Museum (now renamed Science Museum of Minnesota), 1959 - 1966.
Lab Teaching Assistant, Astronomy Department, University of Minnesota, 1963 - 1966.
Instructor of Astronomy and Geology, Dominican College, Racine, Wisconsin, 1971.
Instructor of Astronomy, Physics Department, University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee, 1971 - 1973.
Instructor, then Assistant Professor, now Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Lycoming College, 1973 - present.

Research Interests:
Galactic Structure
Celestial Mechanics
The Nearby Stars
Impacts and Extinctions
Climate History of Earth over Geologic Time-scale