Welcome to the DU Geoblog

Welcome everyone to the first venture into the geoblogosphere by the Department of Geosciences here at Denison University. We’re hoping to show people a slice of what it is like to be a geosciences major in the department, some of the research that faculty are doing, show off pictures of the many field trips we do in the department and in general, get people excited about the geosciences.

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DU Geosciences students examine an outcrop during the 2010 Fall Field Trip to the Smokies. Click on image to see a larger version.

A few brief introductions – the DU Geosciences faculty:

  • Tod Frolking (Professor; at Denison since 1984): Tod is a broadly-trained physical geographer who teaches surface processes courses – Weather & Climate, Geomorphology, Hydrogeology in addition to a World Regional Geography that explores many issues of sustainability.  His research interests include landform and river system evolution along the glaciated margins of the Appalachian Plateau, geoarchaeology, and recently modeling carbon and nitrogen budgets in mid continent and tropical (sugar cane) agroecosystems.
  • David Goodwin (Assoc. Professor; at Denison since 2003): Dave Goodwin joined the Denison faculty in 2003.  Dave’s is an invertebrate paleontologist.  His research focuses on documenting and interpreting records of environmental variation archived in the hard parts of modern and fossil organisms.  In recent years, Dave research has taken him to South Africa, Germany, and Mexico.  In the US, Dave has active research projects in California and Ohio.
  • David Greene (Assoc. Professor; at Denison since 1996): David Greene is a structural geologist, especially interested in deformed rocks and the geologic history recorded in these rocks, at scales ranging from outcrops to continents. David is currently working on research projects in the Sevier fold-and-thrust belt in western Utah, and in metamorphic pendants in the Sierra Nevada of California. David teaches Structural Geology, Global Tectonics, and occasionally Environmental Geology. David is on sabbatical leave this fall, and will be spending part of that time in Guatemala, teaching about geologic hazard mitigation for local villagers.
  • Erik Klemetti (Asst. Professor; at Denison since 2009): Erik is the resident petrologist in the department and teaches all the hard rock classes (like “Introduction to Rocks and Minerals” and “Petrology and Volcanology”). He studies active volcanoes in New Zealand, Chile, Oregon and California, along with ancient volcanic products in the Sierras, by examining the ages and compositions of minerals in the lavas. You might have heard of his blog on volcanism – Eruptions.
  • Kate Tierney (Asst. Professor; at Denison since 2010): Kate is a stratigrapher and geochemist that researches climate by studying sedimentary rocks, in particular, limestone. She teaches Sedimentology and Stratigraphy and classes on environment and paleoenvironmental interpretation (Environmental Geology, and Geochemistry). Her research has recently taken her to Nevada, Bolivia, and China.

Starting, well, now, you’ll be seeing posts written by the faculty, senior and summer research students, majors who have visited all sorts of places around the world and students in Geosciences courses. Feel free to leave a comment to say hello – especially if you are a Denison alumnus – we’re excited to hear from you! So watch out for more from DU Geosciences.

Erik Klemetti

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