Dale A. Bruns
Ph.D., Professor, College of Science and Engineering
Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
5/03 – 5/14, Wilkes University, Dean, College of Science and Engineering
* Leading academic units and promoting programs in Engineering, Math and Computer
Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Health Professions, and GeoEnvironmental Sciences
8/91 – 5/03 Wilkes University, Professor,; PA GIS Consortium, CEO
* Managing research staff and working with partners on DOD, USDA and EPA GIS Watershed
projects: $300K/year annual budget (15 year average) on extramural research and technical
projects in GSE Department. Served on National Academy of Sciences Subcommittee on
Global Environmental Databases. PI or Co-PI on water quality, land cover/land use,
GIS/GPS studies in PA, China (USFWS International program), and Chile (UN).
* Participated in National Academy of Sciences subcommittee for global environmental
* Received a national “Hammer Award” (from Vice-President Al Gore) for use of GIS
to address environmental problems
* Team member on UN and FWS International expeditions to China and Chile (biosphere
* Peer review consultant - 2 years, at a DOE national lab for Lockheed-Martin and
Bechtel-ID for GIS watershed research; and for other EPA/NSF, DOE, and EPA watershed
* Nine peer reviewed GIS research presentations at national conferences (1997 to
* Taught courses in ecotoxicology, hydrology, waste management, introduction to environmental
science and engineering, global environment (non-majors), environmental data analysis,
* Student advising; placing students in various internships & three in national programs
(EPA and U.S. FWS); taking students to conferences & industry trade fairs; GIS talks
to high school students
* Faculty advisor on various senior projects, especially as related to my research
* Numerous newspaper articles on my GIS research, with reference to Wilkes and our
6/84 - 7/91 EG&G Idaho, Inc., (Idaho National Engineering Laboratory) Scientific
Specialist, Senior Scientist
Member of interdisciplinary team for ecosystem and pollutant monitoring at global
baseline sites; Network facilitator for seven DOE National Environmental Research
Parks (located at DOE National Laboratories); responsible for coordinating and directing
database management, networking, and workshops (focused on cross-site synthesis-analysis
9/82 - 6/84 Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas Coordinator: Environmental
Science Program, Taught courses in water and wastewater technology, air quality and
pollution control, legal aspects of pollution control.
7/77 - 7/82 Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho Research Assistant/Visiting
Assistant Professor Taught graduate courses in aquatic ecology and water pollution.
Conducted research on river basins- member of national team.
9/75 - 7/77 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona Teaching Assistant , Taught
B.S. Natural Science 1973 Xavier University
M.S. Aquatic Ecology 1977 Arizona State University
Ph.D. Ecology 1981 Idaho State University
Technical Presentations And Invited Talks:
Bruns, D.A. 1993. Integrated environmental monitoring at two Biosphere Reserves in
China and Chile. Invited presentation at the Ann. Meeting of Nat.Res. Soc.: A New
Approach to Ecosyst. Management. Wash. DC.
Bruns, D.A. 1994. Testing and application of ecosystem monitoring parameters. Invited
presentation at the First International Symposium on Ecosystem Health and Medicine.
Session on Environ. Monitoring. Ottawa, Canada.
Bruns, D.A., B. Toothill, and X. Yang. 1996. GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing: tools
for sustainable communities. Invited presentation at the Second Annual National Town
Meeting Conference: Technological Impacts on Sustainable Communities. Tobyhanna Army
Depot (PA) and National Institute for Environmental Renewal, Mayfield, PA. Feb.
Bruns, D.A., B. Toothill, D. Skoronski, and X. Yang. 1996. GIS and GPS in land use
planning for greenways. Invited presentation at a Workshop on Greenways and Trails
for Northeastern Pennsylvania. Organized by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council,
Wilkes-Barre, PA. September 1996.
Yang, X., Bruns, D.A., and W. Toothill. 1997. Quality of softcopy photogrammetric
products. ACSM/ASPRS/RT/Auto-Carta 13 Annual Convention. Seattle, WA. April.
Toothill, B., X. Yang, and D. Bruns. 1997. Integration of softcopy photogrammetry,
CAD, and GPS technologies for GIS database and system development. PA GIS Conference,
Harrisburg, PA. May.
Bruns, D.A., B. Toothill, X. Yang, and S. Halsor. 1999. Use of GIS and Remote Sensing
to Assess Coal Mining Impacts on a Watershed Basis for an American Heritage River.
Soc. Environ. Toxicol. and Chem., 20th Annual Meeting. Sustaining Global Environmental
Integrity. Philadephia, PA, Nov.
Bruns, D.A. and T. Sweet. 2000. The Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna Watershed Community
Demonstration Project of NSDI. Invited presentation. ESRI GIS User’s Conference. San
Diego, CA. June
Bruns, D.A. 2000. Benefits of GIS, GPS, Ortho-imagery, and Remote Sensing for Regional
Mine Reclamation. Invited poster session at the Congressional GPS Workshop-Conference
sponsored by the Department of Transportation and the Interagency GPS Executive Board
(IGEB). Senate Dirksen Building, Washington, DC, June.
Bruns, D.A. and T. Sweet. 2000. GIS Environmental Master Plan, Phase I, for the Upper
Susquehanna-Lackawanna Watershed. Invited presentation. EPA Web World 2000 Conference
– Washington, DC, July.
Bruns, D.A., B. Oram, R. Krehely, and J. Tomaine. 2001. RiverNet: an EPA EMPACT project
for GIS Web integration of real-time water quality monitoring on the Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna
River. Invited presentation. EPA EMPACT National Conference. August, Philadelphia,
Bruns, D.A. 2001. Integrated ecosystem monitoring at remote sites and Biosphere Reserves:
problems and solutions. Invited presentation. EPA EMPACT National Conference. August,
Bruns, D.A. 2001. RiverNet: Community Water Quality Monitoring on an American Heritage
River. Invited Poster Session at EPA EMPACT National Conference. August, Philadelphia,
Bruns, D.A. and T. Sweet. 2001. Use of Land Cover Data in GIS Watershed Assessment
for an American Heritage River. Invited Presentation at the Mid-Atlantic States Regional
Land Use/Land Cover Workshop. EPA and U.S. Geological Survey (Federal Sponsors). The
Courses at Fort Meade, Ft. Meade, MD. March.
Bruns, D.A., T. Sweet, and B. Toothill. 2001. GIS Watershed assessment of regional
coal mining impacts. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society
of America. August, Madison, WI.
Bruns, D.A., X. Yang, S. Halsor, B. Toothill. 2002. Accuracy Assessment of Satellite
Imagery Used to Evaluate Impacts to Water Quality and Watersheds for An American Heritage
River. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Applied Geography Conferences. Binghamton,
Bruns, D.A. ,T. Sweet, and B. Toothill. 2004a. PPGIS in Rural America: Integration
of Geospatial Technologies and Resource Leveraging in Data Acquisition for an American
Heritage River community. Presentation at the Annual PPGIS Conference of the Urban
and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). University of Wisconsin, Madison,WI.
Bruns, D.A., R. Krehely, and B. Oram. 2004. GIS watershed analysis and real-time
water quality monitoring: EPA EMPACT RiverNet (Web based) for community monitoring.
USDA Rural GIS Conference at Penn State University. Fall. State College, PA.
Bruns, D.A. and T. Sweet. 2004b. Geospatial tools for reclamation and watershed management
[Water quality data from real-time monitors – linked to Web based GIS theme]. Invited
Paper and Presentation. Office of Surface Mining; National Geospatial Conference.
Atlanta, Dec http://www.tips.osmre.gov/GeoSpatial/post-conference/PP%20Presentations/Bruns_Sweet.pdf
Bruns, D.A. 2005. Macroinvertebrate response to land cover, habitat, and water chemistry
in a mining-impacted river ecosystem: A GIS watershed analysis. Invited paper at National
Stream Ecology Symposium, May 2005, Pocatello, Idaho.
Bruns, D.A. and P. Murthy. 2005. Geospatial components to Homeland Security: the
issue of nuclear power plants. USDA Rural GIS Conference at Penn State University.
Fall. State College, PA.
Bruns, D.A. 2006. CITYgreen as a GIS environmental planning tool for local government.
Middle America Geographic Information Conference (MAGIC) Annual meeting. Kansas City,
Bruns, D.A. 2006. GIS and Watershed Planning. Central Washington State University
Rural GIS – USDA GIS Workshop, Ellensburg, WA. Sept.
Bruns, D.A. 2006. RIVERNET and Geospatial Tools to Assess Human Impacts to an American
Heritage River Ecosystem, USA. Invited poster presentation at the Second International
Symposium on Ecology and Fishery Biodiversity in Large Rivers of Northeast Asia and
Western North America. September, Harbin, P.R.C.
Bruns, D.A. 2006. Geospatial Ecological Assessment of Human Disturbances to an American
Heritage River (USA) Watershed and Ecosystem. Invited technical presentation for the
Second International Symposium on Ecology and Fishery Biodiversity in Large Rivers
of Northeast Asia and Western North America. September, Harbin, P.R.C.
Bruns, D.A. 2006. Geospatial data and modeling the estimated economic value of forest
on Miller Mountain with CITYgreen. Friends of Miller Mountain. Tunkhannock, PA, Fall.
Bruns, D.A, 2007. Ecological Stream-Watershed Connections and Geospatial Tools for
Environmental Planning. Grow Healthy Watersheds Workshop. Managing Stormwater in Our
Communities - Reducing Stormwater and Flooding Problems Through the Use of New Techniques.
Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension Program. College Misericordia, Dallas, PA,
Bruns, D.A., B. Toothill, R. Krehely. 2007. Water Quality Monitoring on an American
Heritage River --- Lessons Learned --- EPA EMPACT RIVERNET: Upper Susquehanna – Lackawanna
Watershed. Invited Poster Presentation at the Watershed Management & Science Conference,
Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York. May.
Bruns, D.A. and B. Toothill. 2007. CITYgreen as a GIS Watershed Planning Tool: Toby
Creek example from the Upper Susquehanna – Lackawanna American Heritage Watershed.
Invited Poster Presentation at the Watershed Management & Science Conference, Binghamton
University, Binghamton, New York. May.
Member. 1990 to present. Editorial board of Environ. Monitoring and Assessment: an
international journal; Ecological Society of America.
Specialized Skills And Training:
GIS Short Course Rutger University (GIS/Arc Info); ASPRS Short Course on Satellite
Imagery and GIS (Pacific Meridan Resources); GPS Code Phase Training (Trimble Rep.);
PC Arc Info; PC ArcView; ArcGIS I; Introduction to ArcIMS..
Awards And Honors:
1987 - 1989. Recipient of five EG&G Idaho, Inc. Productivity Awards.1990. Recipient
of Outstanding Performance Award for 1989, Science and Technology Department, EG&G
Idaho, Inc.1993. Recipient of Outstanding Performance Award for 1992, Wilkes University.
2000 VP Gore’s Re-Inventing Government “Hammer Award.”