John Skalbeck

  • Professor
  • Geosciences Department
  • Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 2001
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2490
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John Skalbeck


  • Water resources
  • Groundwater
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainability
Dr. Skalbeck is a Professor of Geosciences and the Academic Director for the Master of Science in Sustainable Management program. He earned his B.A. in geology from Gustavus Adolphus College, M.S. in geology/geophysics from Western Washington University, and Ph.D. in hydrogeology from University of Nevada-Reno. Dr. Skalbeck spent over 10 years as a groundwater consultant specializing in soil and groundwater contamination and remediation. His current research includes modeling of gravity and magnetic data for hydrogeologic applications, wetlands characterization, and water quality of beaches.

Selected Publications

2022: Extraterrestrial Impacts and Geomagnetic Reversals, Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics (952-959 pp.)

: Promoting Sustainable Globalization: Past, Present, and Future , Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Globalization [Abstract] (ICSG 2020) (9 p. pp.)

: Can Wind and Solar Satisfy the Energy Needs of the Future Global Society?, Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Globalization (ICSG 2019) (9 p. pp.)

: University of Wisconsin Educating Future Sustainability Leaders: Collaborative Online Degree Programs in Sustainable Management, Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Globalization (ICSG 2018) (p. 62-68 pp.)

2016: Development of a mobile phone application for the prediction of harmful algal blooms in inland lakes, Fundamental and Applied Limnology (1-17 pp.)

2014: Estimation of Precambrian basement topography in central and southeastern Wisconsin using 3D modeling of gravity and aeromagnetic data,, Journal of Applied Geophysics (187-195 pp.)

2010: Fecal indicator organism density in beach sands: Impact of sediment grain size, uniformity, and hydrologic factors on surface water loading, Journal of Great Lakes Research (8 pp.)

2009: Relating groundwater to seasonal wetlands in southeastern Wisconsin, USA, Hydrogeology Journal (14 pp.)

2007: Coupled Modeling of Gravity and Aeromagnetic Data to Estimate Subsurface Basement Topography In Southeastern Wisconsin, Geosience Wisconsin (9 pp.)

Research/Creative Awards

2019: Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

University Service

: Committee Chair - University Commitee
: Committee Member - Personnel Review Committee, Full Professor Subcommittee
: Chairperson - Faculty Athletic Representative
: Committee Member - Athletic Board
: Committee Member - University Committee
: Faculty Advisor - Geoscience Club Faculty Advisor
: Committee Member - Environmental Studies Program Steering Committee
2020: Committee Chair - Faculty Senate
2018: Student Org Advisor (Professional Org) - Parkside Water Council Faculty Advisor
GEOS 101 - Introductory Geology
GEOS 104 - Introductory Geology Lab
GEOS 106 - Great Lakes Water Resources
GEOS 345 - Geophysics
GEOS 361 - Hydrogeology
GEOS 445 - Env Sampl/Monitr/Assessmt
GEOS 465 - Applied Hydrogeology
GEOS 495 - Senior Seminar
GEOS 496 - Geoscience Applications
SMGT 720 - Applied Rsch/Triple Bottm Line
SMGT 740 - Economics of Sustainability
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