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Van Horn

Dr. Stephen Van Horn (1999):

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

Courses offered

Environmental Geology, Structural Geology, Introduction to Well Logging, Petroleum Geology, Subsurface Geology, World Regional Geography, and GIS.

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.


Dr. Eric Law (1984):

Associate Professor
Ph. D. Case Western Reserve University

Courses offered:

    Introduction to Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Landscape Evolution

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 (2008):

Assistant Professor
Ph. D. Virginia Tech

Courses offered

Introduction to Geology, Environmental Geology, Earth History, Oceanography, Paleontology, Sedimentology and Physical Stratigraphy, 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 mass extinction