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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Russell Losco

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Adjunct Instructor
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Contact Information

Pennocks Bridge
Phone: (610) 637-4118

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I am a working Geologist and Soil Scientist who loves his work. I bring real-world examples into the class room and teach subject matter that I believe each and every student will find valuable. I incorporate "virtual field trips" into my teaching as I take you on actual expeditions to interesting and sometimes exotic places where I have worked, visited and studied.


  • B.A. Anthropology/Archaeology - Indiana University of PA
  • M.A. Geoscience - West Chester university


Academic Biography

I am a soil scientist and geologist with over 25 years of experience in soil mapping, site investigation, geomorphology, soil testing, on-site wastewater disposal and recycling testing and design, environmental investigation and soil and geologic research. I am active in numerous professional organizations and have trained both regulators and peer scientists and consultants. I am active in research and publish regularly and am the lead author of the PAPSS Manual for Soil Investigation in Pennsylvania and the upcoming book The Bold Traveler's Guide to the Geology of Costa Rica.

Scholarly Interests

  • Applied Soil Science Investigation, Applied Geomorphology, Soil Mapping and Classification, Indicators of Seasonal High Water Tables, Permeability Testing, Characterization of Soils for Recycling of Treated Wastewater and Stormwater, Innovative Solutions to Wastewater Recycling on Challenging Sites, Mapping and Characterization of Alluvial, Upland and Urban Soils, Anthropogenic Influences on Soil Development, Paleo-geomorphology and Peri-glacial Features, Environmental Site Remediation, Wetlands, Karst Analysis, Hydrogeology, Urban Soils, Green Infrastructure, Astronomy.