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Geology Department The content below is information specific to this academic department's fields of interest.

Faculty

Van Horn

Dr. Stephen Van Horn (joined 1999):

Associate Professor, Department Chair
Ph. D. University of Connecticut

Courses offered

  • GEOL 110 Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 230 Introduction to Well Logging
  • GEOL 313 Structural Geology
  • GEOL 350 Petroleum Geology
  • GEOL 410 Subsurface Geology
  • GEOG 111 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 310 Introduction to GIS
  • GEOG 321 Weather & Climate

Primary research / teaching specialties

  • GIS applications
  • Environmental Geology
  • Contact metamorphism
  • Structural control of igneous intrusions

Current research interests

  • GIS planning on city development
  • Water chemistry at the Wilds (a reclaimed coal mine)
  • Dike emplacement mechanisms
  • Garnet zoning and P-T-t pathways.



Law

Dr. Eric Law (joined 1984):

Associate Professor
Ph. D. Case Western Reserve University

Courses offered:

  • GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology
  • GEOL 220 Landform Evolution
  • GEOL 301 Mineralogy
  • GEOL 302 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology

Primary research / teaching specialties

  • Petrography and Petrology
  • Geomorphology
  • Geochronology
  • Geology simulation

Recent research interests

  • Origin of calcite sand crystals
  • Diagenesis of Berea Sandstone
  • Crystal habit of smithsonite
  • Emplacement of kimberlite diatremes
  • Lamprophyre dikes from Vermont
  • Origin of stylolites in the Columbus Limestone
  • Slates from Taiwan

Rodland Photograph

Dr. David Rodland (joined 2008):

Associate Professor
Ph. D. Virginia Tech

Courses offered

  • GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology
  • GEOL 104 Earth History
  • GEOL 105 Geohazards
  • GEOL 110 Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 200 Oceanography
  • GEOL 311 Paleontology
  • GEOL 322 Sedimentology and Physical Stratigraphy
  • GEOL 340 Sedimentary Petrology

Primary research / teaching specialties

  • Paleoecology
  • Taphonomy and time-averaging
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstruction

Current research interests

  • Marine ecology and paleocology
  • Time-averaging of shells & encrusting communities
  • Sclerochronology & paleotemperature proxies
  • Biotic recovery from the end-Permian mass extinction