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.
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.
Mary S. Hubbard, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988
Research Interests: I am a structural geologist interested in unraveling the tectonic history of mountain belts.
David R. Lageson, Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 1980
Research Interests: Structural geology and tectonics.
Andrew K. Laskowski, Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2016
Research Interests: Structural geology and tectonics with regional expertise in southern Tibet and the western United States.
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.
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.
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.
Devon A. Orme, Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2015
Research Interests: Tectonics, sedimentology & stratigraphy, basin analysis, low-temperature thermochronology, forearc basins, convergent margins.
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.
John R. Horner, Honorary Doctorate, University of Montana
Research Interests: Curator of Paleontology, Museum of the Rockies, Systematics of paleobiology, Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs.
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.
Colin Shaw, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Scholars Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,
Research Interests: Structural geology, metamorphic petrology, field mapping, microstructural analysis, thermochronology.
James Benes, M.S. Montana State University, 2016
Research Interests: Biogeography, paleoecology and paleoclimatology, physical and human geography, education.
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.
Jeff Fox, Ph.D., Columbia University, 1972
Research Interests: Investigation of the processes that create oceanic lithosphere along the world-encircling Mid-Oceanic Ridge System; the architecture and nature of oceanic crust; tectonic reconstructions of the ocean basins of the North Atlantic; and the consequences of geostrophic circulation on the distribution of sediments in the western North Atlantic.
Nicholas Fox, MSc., Montana State University, 2017
Research Interests: Provenance, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Tectonics.
Christopher Organ, Ph.D, Montana State University, 2004
Research Interests: Macroevolution, Phylogenetic Comparative Methods, Evolutionary Genomics, and Paleobiology.
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.
David Reidmiller, Ph.D., University of Washington, 2010
Research Interests: Domestic and international climate and clean energy policy; long-range transport of air pollution; short-lived climate pollutants; cloud-aerosol interactions; tropospheric ozone production and loss.
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.
James G. Schmitt, Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 1982
Research Interests: Relations between tectonics and sedimentation; depositional systems; sediment provenance.
Recently Retired Faculty
Laura Brin, Business Operations Manager
Austyn Maier, Academic Services Coordinator