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 with regional experience in the Rocky Mountains and Nepal Himalaya; Precambrian geo-biosphere.

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.

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.

Madison Myers, Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2017 
Research Interests: Reconstructing the storage conditions, magma evolution, and decompression history of volcanic products in order to infer the mechanisms that triggered the eruptive behavior. 

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.

Eric A. Sproles, PhD. Oregon State University, 2012
Research Interests: Geospatial analysis, snow hydrology, water resources, and hydroclimatology with regional expertise in western North America and the Andes.

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.

 Research Faculty

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.

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.

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.  

Adjuncts & Affiliates

Conrad Anker, Honorary Doctorate, University of Utah, 2017
Research Interests: Climate change and its effect on glaciers in the Greater Himalayas and around the world, geology of the Himalayas, culture and adaptations of mountain people in relation to their environment.

Karl Birkeland, Ph.D., Arizona State University,1977 
Research Interests: Snow and Avalanches, Avalanche Scientist with the U.S. Forest Service National Avalanche Center. 

Chuck Calavan,M.S. Baylor University, 1985
Research interests: Hierarchy of stratigraphic cyclicity, carbonate stratigraphy and depositional environments, lacustrine stratigraphy and depositional environments, deep water stratigraphy and depositional environments, basin and hydrocarbon systems analysis.

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.

Steve Hostetler, Ph.D University of Oregon, 1987

Jeff Hungerford, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2014

Anita Moore-Nall, Ph.D.Montana State University, 2017
Research Interests: Structural geology, hydrothermal brecciation processes, economic and industrial mineral exploration, medical and environmental geology and geography, cultural earth science, and climate change. 

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.  

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.

Sandra Underwood, Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley), 1987; Pd.D. Montana State University, 2009
Research Interests: Igneous petrology, volcanology, Proterozoic geothermal systems, burial metamorphism



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.

Recently Retired Faculty  

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

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

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

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.


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