Dr. Fred N. Scatena, III, professor and chair in the department of earth and environmental science in the School of Arts & Sciences, passed away from cancer on January 2, 2013, at age 58.
Dr. Scatena has been on the faculty in the department of earth and environmental science since 2002. He became chair of the department in 2003. Prior to that, he worked at the USDA Forest Service's International Institute of Tropical Forestry, in Puerto Rico, from 1987-2002. He had also worked as a consultant hydrologist and geomorphologist and served in the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1977-1979, Malawi in 1982 and Jamaica in 1983, working in water resource management and development.
Recently, Dr. Scatena became involved in research on urban forestry with the new US Forest Service Philadelphia Urban Field Station. He was also a member of Penn's Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, a cross-campus collaboration that includes a representative group of faculty, staff and students who advise President Amy Gutmann on environmental sustainability issues.
Dr. Scatena was the recipient of the School of Arts & Sciences' Dean's Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research in 2007 (Almanac April 24, 2007).
Born in Kentfield, California, Dr. Scatena earned his BA from San Francisco State University in 1977, his MA from Wesleyan University in 1982 and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1987.
Dr. Scatena is survived by his wife, Madelain Romero-Fresneda; daughter, Laura; son, Sebastian; and grandson, Jahn Sebastian.
A memorial service is planned for the spring.
Donations may be made to: Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, 155 Tetuan St., San
Juan, PR 00902-3554, www.fideicomiso.org or Santa Ana Environmental Education
Center (Centro Ambiental Santa Ana, CASA) PO Box 36036, San Juan, Puerto Rico