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Craig Caupp

Department of Geography
Frostburg State University
Frostburg, Maryland 21532
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Dr Craig Caupp has been teaching at Frostburg State since 1987. He helped develop the Environmental Analysis and Planning (EVAP) program which introduces an interdisciplinary approach analyzing and solving complex environmental problems. His personal interests include: environmental education, fishing, hiking, bicycling, backpacking, and sailboarding. Western Maryland is a good base from which to explore these activities.

Craig grew up in rural Indiana, developing an interest in far off places at early age by reading the yellowed pages of National Geographic from the 50's and taking family vacations to southern Ontario. The trips to southern Ontario were primarily for fishing, but Craig always managed to collect enough rocks to weight the car down (until his parents discovered that they could sneak the rocks out one side of the car as Craig put them in on the other). His educational experience was a positive one. As one of thirteen students in his high school graduating class, he had been given plenty of support and guidance which led to an interest in education and a desire to teach.

Craig attended Ball State University where most of his first classes had more students in them than his entire high school. He graduated from Ball State with a major in mathematics, a minor in biology, and a teaching certificate. After graduation he had the opportunity to join a 6 week class in tropical Belize studying the rainforest and coral reefs. His educational philosophy was developed early and continues to emphasize learning by doing and not by memorization. He is of the opinion that learning is best accomplished in a small class rooms where the students learn by working on relevant projects and case studies. He applied this approach to teaching middle school science in a small rural school in Indiana, and then mathematics in high schools in southern Colorado and Ohio.

His wife's interest in graduate school pulled Craig back to school to work on his masters at Indiana University. Indiana's School of Public and Environmental Affairs was a perfect location to integrate Craig's interests in mathematics, environmental science and teaching. He was a teaching assistant in the environmental mathematics course and he taught classes in environmental science and environmental impact assessment. He worked on several projects while at Indiana University, including an assessment of the impacts of 100 years of coal mining in the Ohio Basin and an assessment of recreational facilities at Lake Monroe. Craig enjoyed the variety of classes so much at I.U. that he graduated with concentrations in Field Biology, Water Resources, and Impact Assessment. His interest in the environment coupled with his earlier studies in mathematics integrated well. Applied mathematics proved to be very useful in analyzing many of the complex environmental problems.

To strengthen his problem solving skills, he entered the engineering school at Utah State University. Working closely with his major professor William Grenney, Craig had the opportunity to integrate his knowledge of mathematics and natural systems by developing several computer models including ones for stream and lake water quality/temperature models, a vadose soil model for treatment of petroleum wastes, and a cost allocation model. The cost allocation study for the Senegal River basin allowed Craig the opportunity to travel several times to West Africa. He used the data from this project as the subject of his dissertation which demonstrated the value of including environmental costs associated with a river basin development project with the traditional economic costs of the project (costs of construction, irrigation development, social changes, etc.). The cost allocation model is still being used to allocate the cost of the Senegal River basin development project among three West African nations.

Craig continues to work on a stream water quality/temperature model. The model,DSSAMt is currently used on the Red Deer River in Alberta, Canada and the Truckee River in Nevada. He has taught courses at Frostburg State University since 1987. He has taught environmental planning, soil water engineering, engineering for land development, GIS, computer mapping and graphics, environmental law, and physical geography. Students are required to use computers to analyze environmental problems, research the problems, and write a report. His projects entail geographic components: using soil surveys, topographic maps, etc.


Craig is most at home wading the local streams of Western Maryland fishing for trout and smallmouth bass. More often however, he is found in the classroom or at the computer simulating management strategies for a river rather than wading in the real river. His interest in aquatic and terrestrial systems has been applied to help protect water quality and endangered fish species. He emphasizes environmental interactions in his courses to encourage students to take an interest in the environment and sensitize them to conflicting issues inherent in development projects which they may encounter in their careers.



[IMAGE]Water Quality Modeling
[IMAGE]Land Use Modifications and Water Quality Relationships
[IMAGE]Techniques and Role of Environmental Impact Assessment
[IMAGE]Introduction of New Technology in Environmental Education
[IMAGE]Sustainable Development
[IMAGE]Geographic Information Systems



redballDevelopment of the water quality/temperature model DSSAMt . The DSSAMt model simulates benthic algae growth in small to medium sized rivers. Current work involves enhancements to the model and development of graphical output which effectively summarizes the simulation results in a meaningful manner for water quality managers.

redballContinued modification of the EAP courses to incorporate the latest computer engineering programs, GPS, and GIS technology.



redballB.S, 1970, Mathematics, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
redballM.S, 1979, Environmental Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Ph.D, 1986, Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.


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