Geology and Geophysics
Research in Minerology and Petrology
Faculty and students in the department conduct research in the fields of:
Much of the research is field-oriented with current projects working in the Klamath Mountains (California & Oregon), the Ruby Mountains (Nevada), the Caledonides of central Norway, the Seiland and Tysfjord regions of north Norway, various ophiolites and oceanic spreading centers, as well as west Texas and eastern New Mexico.
Dr. Cal Barnes, petrology and geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks,
Dr. Melanie Barnes, application of LA-ICP-MS to earth materials.
Dr. Callum Hetherington, mineralogy, geochemistry, and micro-analytical study of igneous and metamorphic rocks.
Dr. Hal Karlsson, stable isotope geochemistry.
Dr. Moira Ridley, aqueous geochemistry.
Dr. Aaron Yoshinobu, microstructural evolution of the lithosphere, structural petrology of arc & ophiolite/oceanic spreading centers.
- The Laboratory for Aqueous Geochemistry
- TTU GeoAnalytical Laboratory for Major & Trace Element ICP Analysis & Laser-Ablation ICP-Mass Spectrometry
- The Laboratory for Stable Isotope Geochemistry
- Petrographic Laboratories for Microstructural Analysis and Image Analysis
- The Imaging Center
Courses in Mineralogy and Petrology
- GEOL 2403 Earth Materials
- GEOL 4320 Optical Mineralogy
- GEOL 4321 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrography
- GEOL 5300 Independent Studies in Geology (Metamorphic Petrology)
- GEOL 5303 Advanced Igneous Petrology
- GEOL 5361 Advaned Structural Geology (Rheology & Deformation Mechanisms in Earth Systems)