Professor Emeritus of Geology & Environmental Studies

Office: SC 065
Phone: (541) 552-6496
Email: dittmer@sou.edu 

Greetings! Welcome to my faculty home page. I've been fortunate enough to have been teaching at Southern Oregon University since 1993. My academic interests have been in geologic hazards, especially earthquake hazard reduction and water resource management. In directing the Environmental Studies program, I typically teach introductory earth science classes, natural resources classes and senior level "capstone" classes.

I tend to stress the "so what" aspects of scientific concepts. How does what you learn in the classroom apply to real life settings? The best part of my work here is working with students, both in academic support and in advising. I try to help in finding relevant practicum experiences for students while they are at SOU and entry level jobs upon graduation.

It is gratifying when students send me a "thank you" for helping:
"Greetings Eric, 
I just wanted to write to say THANK YOU! Thanks in part to a recommendation letter that you wrote for me I was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the American Water Resources Association (AWRA). I really appreciate everything that you do for your students to help them make anything possible. I hope your having a wonderful summer and don't work too hard : )

Miss Ann Marie Larquier

My recreational passions include mountain and road bicycling, restoring old cars and motorcycles, and tennis.

Thank you for visiting this site. If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me at dittmer@sou.edu

In addition to teaching in the Environmental Studies Program and in Geology, Eric Dittmer has been active in water resource and land use/urban growth issues in the region since 1979. He is currently acting in a professional resource capacity to the "Water For Irrigation, Streams, and Economy" (WISE) Project, the goals of which are to enhance water management and irrigation efficiency in Jackson County. This and his other resource agency connections also provide practicum and internship opportunities for students at SOU. His other activities include promoting public awareness of environmental and geologic hazards such as earthquake awareness. He also is on the Board of Oregon Stewardship, a private-non-profit organization fostering environmental stewardship through educational outreach in SW Oregon.


(1992-present) Southern Oregon University, Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies and Coordinator of Environmental Studies, Interest areas: Seismology, Volcanology, Environmental Geology

(1979-1992) Rogue Valley Council of Governments Medford, Oregon Water Resource Coordinator Responsibilities: - Coordinated two county water resource planning

(1973-1979) City of Salinas - Community Development Dept. Salinas, California Associate Urban Planner & Environmental Analyst Responsibilities: - Natural Resource Planning; Environmental Review, Seismic Planning

(1975-1979) Hartnell College * Salinas, California. Geology Instructor -Geology 100 (evenings)

* Lifetime Teaching Credential Calif. Community Colleges

(1979) Monterey Peninsula College Monterey, California. Geology Instructor

(1970-1972) Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Moss Landing, California. Graduate Assistant & Research Coordinator

(1968-1978) United States Geological Survey Water Resources Division Sacramento, California. Hydrologist (GS-9)


(1991-1992) Southern Oregon State College Teaching Certificate: Special Education Outstanding Graduate Honors

(1970-1972) Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (through San Jose State College) Moss Landing, California. MS Degree - Geology

(1966-1968) Fresno State College Fresno, California. B.A. Geology Outstanding Graduate

(1962-1965) Monterey Peninsula College Monterey, California. A.A. Degree - General Education


Volunteer Reading Teacher - Living Opportunities Youthworks, Inc. Foster Parent - 5 years (Oregon Spirit Award, Family Foster Parenting) Medford School Board member - one term Medford School Board Budget Committee - one term Medford School Board Boundary Committee Church Council Member - Ascension Lutheran Church 4-H leader - five years, Campus Life 3 years Volunteer teacher - Griffin Creek Elementary School 18 years Jackson County Health Advisory Board Chairman State of Oregon - Ground Water Advisory Committee Bear Creek Basin "2050" Water Resource Committee "Our Region" Regional Planning Committee


1. Sediment Budget Analysis of the Monterey Bay Area, California. 1972. A Master's Thesis Publication California State University San Jose.

2. Seismic Safety Technical Report. 1972. An portion of the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Salinas, California.

3. Open Space Element. 1973. An element of the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Salinas, California.

4. Natural Resources of the Salinas Area. A Technical Report. 1976. City of Salinas, California.

5. EARTHQUAKE. 1978. City of Salinas, California. A public awareness handout.

6. Salinas Today and Tomorrow. 1979. City of Salinas, California. A public awareness handout.

7. How You Can Help Save Bear Creek. 1982. Rogue Valley Council of Governments Public information paper.

8. Halting Creek Pollution. 1982. Public Works Magazine.

9. Water Quality Data Report. 1984. Rogue Valley Council of Governments Issue Paper # 10. Summary of Water Quality Data 1979 - 1984.

10. Jackson County Ground Water Reconnaissance Study. 1987. A technical report to Jackson County Commissioners.

11. Agricultural Water Use Inventory for the Bear Creek Basin, Oregon. 1992. An Assessment of agricultural water needs for the Bear Creek "2050" Committee.

12. Ground Water Needs Inventory. 1993. An assessment of the Ground water needs of Jackson County for the Bear Creek "2050" Committee.

13. Ground Water for the Homeowner. 1993. A series of public awareness handouts prepared for Jackson County. 14. Instream Water Needs Inventory for the Bear Creek Basin, Oregon. 1994. An assessment of instream water needs for "2050" Committee.

15. Agriculture and Growth in the Bear Creek Basin. 1995. A Report Presented by the "Napa" Group: (Dittmer, Hodnett, Naumes, Olson, Peterson, Prairie-Kuntz, and Raymond).

16. Determining Instream Water Needs. 1995. A paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Oregon Academy of Sciences.