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Rodland Photograph

Dr. David Rodland (2008): Visting Assistant Professor
Ph. D. Virginia Tech

Courses offered
Physical geology, Earth history, and Paleontology.

Primary research / teaching specialties

Taphonomy and time-averaging
Paleoenvironmental reconstruction

Current research interests

Ecology and paleocology of brachiopod
Time-averaging of epibionts and encrusting communities
Sclerochronology in freshwater bivalves
Biotic recovery from mass extinction

Law Dr. Eric Law (1984), Associate Professor
Ph. D. Case Western Reserve University

Courses offered:
Physical geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Landscape Evolution

Primary research / teaching specialties
Petrography and Petrology
Geology simulation

Recent research interests

Origin of calcite sand crystal
Diagenesis of Bera Sandstone
Crystal habit of smithsonite
Empleacment of kimberlite diatreme
Lamprophyre dike from Vermont
Origin of stylolite in the Columbus Limestone
Slate from Taiwan

Van Horn

Dr. Stephen Van Horn
(1999): Associate Professor

Ph. D. University of Connecticut

Courses offered
Environmental geology, Structural geology, Geography, and GIS.

Primary research / teaching specialties

GIS application
Environmental Geology
Contact metamorphism
Structural control of igneous intrusion

Current research interests

GIS planning on city development
Water chemistry in the Wild (a reclaimed coal mine)
Dike emplacement mechanism
Garnet zoning and P-T-t path