My Story

As a professional geologist involved in natural resource utilization and protection, I believe that a whole systems perspective is crucial in planning and undertaking any activity which involves natural systems. My professional and teaching focal areas are human interactions with geologic and hydrologic systems. Specifically the impacts of water, energy and mineral utilization. Before coming to Warren Wilson, I was employed in environmental engineering, water resource development, energy exploration and development, and soil and water contamination remediation. I have had the opportunity to work in many parts of the world and in different cultural settings. I came to WWC as a guest lecturer and have remained. I enjoy teaching primarily because it allows me to interact with the upcoming generations which will utilize the natural systems on which we rely.

Robert W. Hastings
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  • B.S. in Geology, Bemidji State University, Minnesota
  • M.S. in Geology, California State University-Los Angeles

Research Interests

  • Water resource development
  • Energy resource utilization and environmental implications

Courses Taught

  • ENS 3030: Hydrology
  • ENS 3300: Soil Science
  • ENS 2290/2300: Environmental and Physical Geology

Crews and Other Activities

  • Registered Professional Geologist

Contact Robert Hastings

Morse 103
WWC CPO 6244

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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