Goldstein's fields of study include past environmental and climatic change, such as glacial and periglacial processes, changes in soil formation and river activity, and other aspects of landscape change. His research has included examining the physical and biological records of these changes in alpine settings (Colorado Rockies, western Washington state) and arid regions (northern New Mexico, the lower Galilee in Israel), as well as in areas with much older evidence for landscape change (Triassic rocks in the Four Corners area of the Southwest). Goldstein has long-standing interests in evolution, dinosaur paleontology, and water resources, and has been active in promoting efficient water use policy in Washington state. He has given talks on the factors that determine a “carbon footprint” and “water footprint.” Goldstein was instrumental in starting the Environmental Studies Program at Puget Sound and served as its first director. He also developed and directs the Southwest Semester, an innovative, integrated learning experience, first offered in fall 2015. He teaches courses on geology, environmental science, dinosaurs, earth history, and water resources policy.
B.A., Queens College-City University of New York, 1975; M.S., Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1980, 1985