Geosciences Faculty

Dr. Melissa Clutter
Assistant Professor of Geosciences

Expertise:

  • Groundwater and subsurface modeling
  • Field measurement design
  • Science communication
  • Data worth analysis

Education

  • PhD University of Arizona, Hydrology 2019
  • Graduate Certificate, University of Arizona, College Teaching 2019
  • Graduate Certificate, University of Arizona, Connecting Environmental Science and Decision-Making 2019
  • MS University of Arizona, Soil Water and Environmental Science 2016
  • BS Fort Lewis College, Environmental Geology 2011

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Dr. Gary Gianniny
Professor of Geosciences

Expertise:

  • Climatic vs. intrinsic controls on sedimentation in icehouse conditions
  • Sequence stratigraphy for aquifer and reservoir characterization and prediction
  • Tectonics and sedimentation in the southwestern U.S.

Education:

  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Wisconsin, 1995
  • Master of Science, Geology, University of Wisconsin, 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts, Geology, Colorado College, 1983

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J. Andy Gleason
Lecturer of Geosciences

Expertise

  • Geologic hazard evaluation and mitigation 
  • Landslides, rockfalls, debris flows, and avalanches 
  • Snow hydrology 

Education

  • B.A., Geology with Honors with a minor in Environmental Science and Forestry, University of Vermont, 1987
  • M.S., Earth Science, Montana State University, 1996
  • Doctoral Studies, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming, 2001- 2006

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Dr. David Gonzales
Professor of Geosciences

Expertise:

  • Geochronology 

  • Geochemistry 

  • Geologic systems of the earth 

  • Hydrothermal ore systems 

  • Igneous and metamorphic rocks 

  • Petrology 

  • Structural geology problems to tectonics, metallogeny and environmental studies 

  • Tectonics 

Education:

  • Ph.D., Geology and Isotope Geochemistry, University of Kansas, 1997 
  • Master of Science, Geology, Northern Arizona University, 1988 
  • Bachelor of Science, Geology, Fort Lewis College, 1982

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Dr. Jonathan Harvey
Chair & Associate Professor of Geosciences

Expertise 

  • Geomorphology 
  • Neotectonics 
  • Landscape evolution 
  • Meteorology and hydrology of the western US 
  • Remote sensing and GIS applied to geomorphic and environmental change 

 Education 

  • Ph.D., Earth Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015 
  • M.S., Geology, Utah State University, 2009 
  • B.S., Geography/Meteorology, Ohio University, 2007 

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Dr. Alan Kasprak
Assistant Professor of Geosciences

Education

  • Ph.D., Watershed Sciences, Utah State University, 2015
  • M.S., Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, 2010
  • B.S., Geology and Geophysics, Boston College, 2008

Expertise

  • GIS and remote sensing
  • River geomorphology and sediment transport
  • Watershed restoration
  • Impacts of dams on rivers
  • Eco-hydraulics and eco-geomorphology
  • Hydraulic modeling

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Dr. Bob Krantz
Affiliated Faculty of Geosciences

Expertise

  • Structural geology and geo-mechanics
  • Tectonics, especially western North America
  • Petroleum geology
  • Fault and fracture systems
  • Spatial cognitive skills in geology
  • Geoscience enrichment for K-12 education

Education

  • PhD, Geology, University of Arizona, 1986
  • MS, Geology, University of Arizona, 1983
  • BS, Geology, University of Utah, 1980
  • BS, Biology, University of Utah, 1980

 

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Dr. Gigi Richard
Director, Four Corners Water Center & Instructor of Geosciences

Expertise

  • Surface water hydrology
  • Hydrology and water resources of the western US
  • Human impacts on river systems
  • GIS and GPS

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 2001
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 1997
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989

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Expertise

  • Structural geology
  • Rock deformation
  • Microstructures
  • Tectonics
  • Geophysics

Education

  • Dr. sc. ETH Zurich, Structural Geology and Tectonics, ETH Zurich, 2021
  • M.S., Geology, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 2013
  • B.A., Geology and Physics, Smith College, 2007

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Nicole Wagner
Visiting Instructor of Geosciences

Expertise

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Lidar applications
  • Predictability modeling
  • Quantitative geography
  • Urban and rural geography

Education

  • M.A. Geography, Planning, and Geographic Information Systems, West Chester University, 2016
  • B.S. Secondary Education, Social Studies, and History, Temple University, 2010

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Adjunct & affiliate faculty

Dr. Jeff Geslin
Adjunct Instructor of Geosciences
jkgeslin@fortlewis.edu

Dr. John Powell
Adjunct Instructor of Geosciences
powell_j@fortlewis.edu

Dr. Emile Elias
Affiliate Faculty of Geosciences
ehelias@fortlewis.edu

Dr. Bob Krantz
Affiliate Faculty of Geosciences
rwkrantz@fortlewis.edu

Emeritus & retired faculty

  • Donald L. Baars (1968-1981) - deceased
  • Robert W. Blair, Jr. (1973-2000) - Emeritus Professor, deceased
  • Frank O. Bowman, Jr. (1959-1985) - Emeritus Professor, deceased
  • Douglas C. Brew (1980-1999) - Emeritus Professor
  • John A. "Jack" Campbell (1980-1998) - Emeritus Professor
  • James D. "Jim" Collier (1982-2015) - Emeritus Professor
  • Jack A. Ellingson (1970-1997) - Emeritus Professor
  • Kimberly A. Hannula (2000-2020) - Emeritus Professor
  • Ray Kenny (2001-2017) - Emeritus Professor
  • Thomas N. Westervelt (1975-1999) - Emeritus Associate Professor
  • W. Scott White (1999-2021) – Emeritus Professor

Staff

Barb Rosten
Office Manager
970-247-6339
rosten_b@fortlewis.edu 

Danielle Sulthaus
Lab Coordinator
970-247-7278
dssulthaus@fortlewis.edu