University of Missouri-Columbia, Ph.D. in Geology, 1980, Carbonate petrology and stratigraphy.
University of Houston, M.S. in Geology, 1976, Sedimentology and stratigraphy.
University of Louisiana at Monroe, B.S. in Geology with honors, 1972.
1998-date Professor of Geology, Dept. of Geology and Geography,
1986-1998 Associate Professor of Geology, Dept. of Geology,
1980-1986 Assistant Professor of Geology, Dept. of Geology,
1976-1980 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia.
1975-1976 Laboratory Geologist, Getty Oil Company, Exploration and Production Laboratory, Houston.
1973-1975 NASA Graduate Fellow in Lunar Geology, Dept. of Geosciences, University of Houston.
1971-1973 Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Geosciences, University of Louisiana at Monroe.
*Geology of impact craters; impact-related stratigraphy and impact-boundary stratigraphy.
*Facies analysis and sequence stratigraphy of Phanerozoic sedimentary formations.
*Petroleum geology in southern
COURSES TAUGHT ON A
Concepts of Science; Physical Geology; Historical Geology; Engineering Geology; Planetary Geology, Impact Geology, Stratigraphy; Facies Analysis and Sequence Stratigraphy, Cycles in Earth History, Directed Research; and Thesis Research. I have supervised 19 graduate students in the
Teaching classes of 5 to 200 students; New course preparation and course maintenance; Test preparation and grading; Supervising student research; Writing and editing; Undergraduate and graduate student advising; Conducting research and publishing; Grant writing; Professional leadership and outreach; Committee work.
Outstanding teaching in the Department of Geology (1984); in the College of Arts and Sciences (1985); and in the University (1989).
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Development; American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund; Atlantic-Richfield; Chevron USA; Council on Undergraduate Research; General Crude Oil Minerals Company; Kimmerling Charitable Foundation; National Geographic Society; National Science Foundation; USDA/CSRS; USGS/Water Resources Research Institute; Vulcan Materials Company; and (donors to the) Wetumpka impact crater fund at Auburn University.
Since 1975, I have published over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers on sedimentology, stratigraphy, impact geology, lunar and planetary geology, and dinosaur biogeography. For some recent papers, see the list in my biography (linked off my main page). In addition, I have published over 150 scientific abstracts for professional papers presented at scientific meetings. In the fields of scientific education and public understanding of science, I have published over 40 papers, including a few a monographs and books.
Licensed Professional Geologist,
*Geological Society of
*American Association of Petroleum Geologists –
*Environmental Geosciences - Associate Editor.
*Alabama Geological Society - Field Trip Leader.
*Sigma Gamma Epsilon (National Honor Society) - Chapter Advisor.
*American Association of University Professors -
*Reviewer for National Science Foundation grant proposals and geology grant proposals to other agencies.
*University service on various committees, including past service on Faculty Welfare (Chair), Teaching Effectiveness, Faculty Salaries, and Academic Program Review.
*College service as department coordinator and event sponsor for Science Olympiad activities.
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