Eric Peterson

Professor of Geology Eric Peterson has been named a University Professor by the Office of the Provost. He will be honored at Illinois State University’s annual Founders Day Convocation on February 15.

Peterson joined Illinois State in 2002 as an assistant professor. Named professor in 2012, he has a distinguished record in both teaching and research, and has been of extraordinary service to his profession and the University community. He has received the University’s Research Initiative and Service Initiative awards, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Teacher award.

Peterson has played a pivotal role in the Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment’s graduate program in hydrogeology and has served the department in various capacities including program coordinator and acting chair.

A specialist in physical hydrology, Peterson has carried out a range of research projects related to groundwater systems and the mechanisms by which contamination finds its way into groundwater. He has authored more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and secured nearly $2 million in grants. He has taught numerous field experiences, has mentored 12 undergraduate students in research, and supervised more than 35 theses. Many of his publications have featured students as lead authors and many of his mentees have completed, or are in the process of completing, doctoral degrees.

Peterson has been active in numerous professional organizations and has served as a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Geographic Society. In 2013, Peterson was inducted as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.