Eric Cheney has been a faculty member at the University of Washington since 1964, with visiting professorships at Stanford and two South African universities. He and his wife, Ingrid, a retired accountant, live in Shoreline.
His teaching and research have been primarily on the geology of mineral resources and the geology of Washington. For the past three years he has been investigating the distribution of cobbles of red chert on the beaches of Puget Sound (including Whidbey Island).
Eric was the main geological opponent of the proposed Skagit nuclear plants (1974-1980). He is the editor and a contributing author to "The Geology of Washington and Beyond, from Laurentia to Cascadia", which was very recently published by the University of Washington Press.
Eric has led many geological field trips in Washington for the Northwest Geological Society (of which he was a founder) and other geological societies.