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Faculty and Staff




Retired Faculty


  • Nick Bader, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Soils, Paleoecology, Hydrology and GIS; (509) 527-5113
  • Robert J. Carson, Ph.D.; Professor, Quaternary and Environmental Geology; (509) 527-5224
  • Stephen D. May, Visiting Lecturer, Physical Earth; (509) 527-5867
  • Patti Moss, Science Division Assistant; (509) 527-5225
  • Kirsten P. Nicolaysen, Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Igneous Petrology, Mineralogy and Volcanology; (509) 527-4934
  • Liz Philips, Geology Technician; (509) 527-5696
  • Kevin R. Pogue, Ph.D.; Professor, Department Chair, Structural Geology; (509) 527-5955
  • Patrick K. Spencer, Ph.D.; Professor, Sedimentation and Paleontology; (509) 527-5222

  • John D. Winter, Ph.D.; This link will take you to the webpage of retired Whitman geology professor John Winter. The page includes information about Winter's textbook, An Introduction to Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, and a lot more. 

Student Research


  • Sarah Evans, Cracking Up: Lithologic Controls on Non-TEctonic Rock Cracks, Mojave Desert, California
  • Karen Gastineau, Sedimentology and Age Constraints of Pleistocene Outburst Flood-Related Deposits in the Palouse Hills, Southeastern Washington
  • Isabel Hong, Paleosol Analysis of Columbia River Basalt Soils
  • Elise Otto, Fire's Influence on Juvenile Chinook Salmon Populations Through Large Woody Debris Input
  • Simon Pendleton, The Glaciofluvial Environment of Linnébreen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard
  • Chad Trexler, Topographic Lineaments and Expression of Fracture Arrays in the Edleman and North Paint Rock Creek Lineaments, Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming
  • Gabrielle Vance, Late Pleistocene Glaciation of the Vostoch Range, Northern Mongolia

Available at this Site


  • Academic Aids: Help and tutorials on using Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and other programs and how to use them to make maps, posters, and illustrated papers, etc. See the Major's Manual below for writing papers, etc.
  • Academics: Information on Geology Department academics, including major and minor requirements, class enrollment and descriptions, Summer Research Opportunities, Field Camps, and information about Regional Geology field trips. Also the Major's Manual in pdf format. The Manual includes guidelines for paper writing, presentations, field notebooks, etc.
  • Field Trips: Information on Geology Department field trips.
  • Keck Geology Consortium: What is Keck and how does it work?
  • Links: A number of useful and/or interesting geology links.
  • Local Geology: "General Geology of Southeastern Washington", by Bob Carson.
  • Geology Tour of I-90 by alumnus Philip Fenner. Driving to and from Seattle and Walla Walla? Taking I-90 part of the way? Learn more about the scenery you're seeing from Seattle to Vantage with this Geo-Tour, and take a detour or two along the way!
  • Photo Album: Photos from department field trips.
  • Department Equipment: The toys we use both in the lab and in the field


Last updated on February 10, 2011 10:29 AM

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