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Laton, William R.

Associate Professor of Geological Sciences

Geological Sciences Department

Office: 657-278-7514

Department: 657-278-3882



Dr. Laton is an expert in the field of geology/hydrology/hydrogeology. He is currently an associate professor of geological sciences atCalifornia State University, Fullerton and the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Ross Oliver Award. This is a continuation of a career that includes years of teaching, consulting, litigation support and management experience. Dr. Laton possesses extensive knowledge in the areas of hydrogeology, soil and water contamination, hydrology and surface water, wetlands, coastal monitoring/geomorphology, field sampling techniques and well hydraulics-well design, as well as environmental remote sensing/GIS. His classes at the university encompass water quality, environmental sampling, groundwater modeling, well hydraulics, oceanography and basic geology. He enjoys introducing students to applied research and acts as the faculty adviser to a large number of upper-level students. He also has acted as a consultant for a numerous companies and agencies that need input on the above subjects, as well as natural hazard assessment and mapping. CERTIFICATIONS California Professional Geologist (PG-7098) California Professional Hydrogeologist (CHg-958) Alaska Professional Geologist (PG-673) Arizona Professional Geologist (PG-42253) Florida Professional Geologist (PG-2618) Illinois Professional Geologist (196.001370) Indiana Professional Geologist (LPG-2191) Minnesota Professional Geologist (PG-44868) North Carolina Professional Geologist Oregon Professional Geologist (G2153) Pennsylvania Professional Geologist (PG-5095) Texas Professional Geologist (PG-10018) Washington Professional Geologist (PG-2517) Washington Professional Hydrogeologist (CHg-2517) AIPG-Certified Professional Geologist (CPG-10544) European Geologist (N-1128)

Areas of Knowledge:
  • Applied hydrogeology/hydrology
  • environmental hydrogeology/geology
  • natural hazard risk assessment
  • GIS/remote sensing of geological and hydrogeological problems and assessments
  • water
  • geology
  • environment

  • California
  • Earthquakes
  • Engineering -- Environmental
  • Environment
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange County
  • Water

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Oceanic/Australia
  • South America
  • Global