Faculty & Staff

Tenure Track Faculty

Jean Dixon, Ph.D., Dartmouth College, 2009
Research Interests: Geomorphology; landscape evolution; Feedbacks between physical erosion and chemical weathering; Earth surface geochemistry

Todd Feeley, Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 1993
Research Interests: Behavior of magma in and on the Earth’s Crust, to understand the origin and evolution of magmas in crustal reservoirs  

Julia Haggerty, Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder, 2004
Research Interests: environmental governance, resource management, and energy policy.  

Jordy Hendrikx, Ph.D., University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2005
Research Interests: Snow and avalanche hazard, climate change, snow hydrology, and alpine and arctic systems  

David R. Lageson, Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 1980
Research Interests: Structural geology and tectonics

Jian-yi Liu, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1992
Research Interests: Urban and economic geography with a regional specialty in East Asia and China  

Jamie McEvoy, Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2013
Research Interests: Human-environment interactions in Mexico and U.S. West, political ecology of water management, climate change vulnerability and adaptation, governance at climate-water-energy nexus, science and technology studies  

David W. Mogk, Ph.D., University of Washington, 1984
Research Interests: Evolution of Precambrian crust in SW Montana, petrogenesis of continental crust, geochemical evolution of the crust  

James G. Schmitt, Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 1982
Research Interests: Relations between tectonics and sedimentation; depositional systems; sediment provenance  

Mark Skidmore, Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada, 2001 Research Interests: Biogeochemistry and geomicrobiology of glaciated systems

David J. Varricchio, Ph.D., Montana State University, 1995
Research Interests: Paleoecology of dinosaurs using taphonomic and anatomic evidence. Fieldwork currently includes sites in Montana, Idaho, Nevada and China.  

Cathy Whitlock, Ph.D., University of Washington, 1983
Research Interests: Quaternary environmental change, vegetation, fire, and climate history of the western U.S. and southern South America

William K. Wyckoff, Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1982
Research Interests: Historical and cultural geography of the Rocky Mountain West

Regents Professor

John R. Horner, Honorary Doctorate, University of Montana
Research Interests: Curator of Paleontology, Museum of the Rockies, Systematics of paleobiology, Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs

Assistant Research Professors

David W. Bowen, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Research Interests: Sedimentary basins and the stratigraphy of basin-fill deposits  

Frankie Jackson, Ph.D. Montana State University, 2007 
Research interests: Taphonomy, dinosaur reproductive biology

Dave McWethy, Ph.D., Montana State University, 2007

Research Interests: Human-set fires and their consequences, Late Holocene paleoecology, Fire-climate linkages on multiple temporal and spatial scales, Ecosystem resilience to human activities in different settings.  

Colin Shaw, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Scholars Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 2001
Research Interests: Structural geology, metamorphic petrology, field mapping, microstructural analysis, thermochronology  

Kaj Williams, Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder
Research Interests: Atmospheric science, permafrost, snow/Ice microphysics

Adjuncts & Affiliates

Karl Birkeland, Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1997
Research Interests: Snow and Avalanches, Avalanche Scientist with the U.S. Forest Service National Avalanche Center  

Stuart Challender, M.L.A., Utah State University, 1986
Research Interests: Geography, GIS.  

David Eby, Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook 1977
Research Interests:carbonate reservoir characterization, microbialite reservoirs and depositional settings, carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis, non-marine (lacustrine and terrestrial) carbonates, carbonate outcrop analogue studies, stratabound ore deposits, CO2 sequestration pilot studies, and terrestrial analogues for Martian sedimentary deposits  

Andrew C. Epple, M.S. , University of Utah, 1978
Research Interests: Physical & cultural geography 

Gregory T. Pederson, Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2010
Research Interests: Climate change, water resources, and ecosystem interactions.  Documenting and understanding the last 2,000 years of drought, streamflow, snowpack, glacier and forest fire dynamics in western North America.  Applying the historic and modern records of climate and environmental change to current natural resources management problems.

 Kenneth L. Pierce, Ph.D., Yale University, 1964
Affiliate Professor of Geology
Research Interests: Quaternary geology, geomorphology  

Russell Stands-Over-Bull, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, 1999
Research Interests: President/Chief Geologist for Arrow Creek Resources, Inc., Petroleum geology, coal geology



Stephan G. Custer, Ph.D., University of Montana, 1976
Research Interests: Focused on a variety of topics with the theme “water:” ground water, streams, snow, and water quality

Katherine J. Hansen, Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder
Research Interests: Mountain Environments, Biological Indicators (Tree Distribution, Habitat Alterations, Rangeland Disturbances)

William W. Locke, Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder, 1980
Research Interests: Volcano-Tectonism, fault scarp evolution, soil development, fluvial terrace systems, glacial geology, and climates

Support Staff

Melanie Baldwin, Administrative Associate III

Leslie Crismond, Administrative Associate