Professional Associates

Robert W. Blair, Ph.D.

Professional Title:  Educator, Professional Geologist

B.S. Geology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Ph.D. Geology, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO.  Thesis: Weathering and Geomorphology of the Pikes Peak Granite in the Southern Rampart Range,
El Paso County, Colorado


Career Profile: Rob taught geology at Fort Lewis College from 1973 to 2001 and served as Chairman for eight years. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 2001. Specialty: geomorphology. Taught geomorphology, engineering geology, field camp, field methods, natural regions of North America, technical writing in geosciences, geochemistry, remote sensing, introduction to GIS, aerial photo interpretation, physical geology, and earth science. In addition he has organized and taught numerous "Innovative Month Programs" in New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, China, and Nepal.

He is an active member of the Association of Independent Professional Geologists (AIPG # 10779) and has been consulting since 1973. Projects include: groundwater contamination, landfill selection, uranium tailing disposal sites, acid-rock drainage, geologic hazard mapping, landscape classification maps, mapping surficial deposits, landslide stability analysis. Contract employers include the US Geological Survey, Four Corners Environmental Institute, US Forest Service, homeowner associations, and individuals.

Accomplishments and interests: He has over 40 publications including several edited books and two CD’s. The most notable books are "Geomorphology from Space", a NASA publication (out of print and highly sought after) by Nickolas Short and Robert Blair; and "The Western San Juan Mountains: Their geology, ecology and human history", a guide to the local region. He was the 2000 Spring commencement speaker at Fort Lewis College. He initiated the formation of the Mountain Studies Institute and still serves on its Board of Directors. He is an active member of Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Four Corners Geological Society, as well as the Professional Associates. Rob is an active mountaineer and skier.