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Nicholas Radko

Nickolas Radko, MS.
Senior Lecturer of Geology
Office: Herty 1100D
Phone: 912-478-5361

Academic Background

M.S., University of Georgia, 2011

Major: Geology

Thesis: Mineralogy and Mineral Chemistry of Southeastern Piedmont Soapstones: Implications for Sourcing Prehistoric Soapstone Artifacts

B.S., University of Virginia, 2008

Majors: Environmental Science and Archaeology, with distinction


My primary teaching responsibility is the Environmental Geology course, which is designed as an introductory science class that is accessible to all Georgia Southern students, and includes a laboratory component.  This course serves a diversity of students, nearly all of whom are non-majors. As a result, my teaching strategies focus on providing students with relatable real-world examples, hands-on interactive lessons, and creating a classroom environment that captures the curiosity and interest of students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds.

Study Abroad

Since 2018, I have led Georgia Southern students on a six-week study abroad experience in Italy during our summer term.  Outside of teaching Environmental Geology and a Geoarchaeology course in our home base of Lucca, I lead field trips to renown geologic sites such as the Dolomite Alps, the Carrara marble quarries, Mount Vesuvius (along with Pompeii and Herculaneum), historic Roman mining areas, and the karst features of the Apuan Alps, including the Grotta del Vento cave.  This interdisciplinary program has also offered courses in geography, writing, biology, and health and exercise science in past years.

Service and Outreach

In addition to my work in the classroom and abroad, I enjoy offering my knowledge and experience to the local community through events like STEMfest and Science Olympiad.  I also serve as the faculty advisor to our department’s student organization, the GeoClub.

Last updated: 8/6/2021