• Post-Doctoral Research, 1987-89
  • University of California, Santa Cruz and Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia
    “Developing and Using Criteria for Recognizing Pre-Deformational I- and S-Type Intrusives in Metamorphic Belts”
  • Ph.D. Geology, 1987
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    Dissertation: “Strains, Metamorphism, and Structural Evolution of Tectonostratigraphic Terranes in the Western Metamorphic Belt, Sierra Nevada, California.”
  • M.S. Geology, 1981
  • University of Maine at Orono
    Thesis: “A Comparison and Application of Strain Analyses in Southeastern Maine.”
  • B.S. Geology, 1978
  • University of Washington
    Senior Thesis: “The Structure and Petrology of the Leech River Formation, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.”

Professional Academic Experience

  • Full Professor, 2002-present
  • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Associate Professor, 1993-2002
  • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Assistant Professor, 1989-1993
  • Department of Geological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Teaching Experience

University of Southern California, 1989-present

  • Undergraduate
  • Planet Earth
  • Nature of Scientific Inquiry
  • Research in the Earth Sciences
  • Undergraduate Team Research
  • Structural Geology
  • Field Techniques
  • Graduate
  • Structural Evolution of Arcs
  • Strain Analyses
  • Microstructures & Deformation Mechanisms
  • Seminars on Tectonics, Structural Geology, and Lithospheric Dynamics, and Writing & Time Management

Teaching Assistant: University of California, Santa Cruz, 1982-84

  • Introductory Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrography
  • Structural Geology

Lecturer: San Jose State University, 1981-82

  • Introduction to Geology
  • Field Techniques
  • Map and Aerial Photo Interpretation
  • Structural Geology
  • Geologic Writing
  • Instructor Adult Education Class: geology of Baja California

Teaching Assistant: University of Maine at Orono, 1978-80

  • Physical Geology
  • Optical Mineralogy
  • Petrography
  • Structural Geology

Other Experience

  1. Co-editor: Geological Society of America, Structural and Tectonics Division Newsletter: 1990-1995.
  2. Penrose Conference Convener September 9-13, 1992. Conference title: “Application of strain analyses: from microstructures to orogenic belts.”
  3. Penrose Conference Convener September 10-15, 1988. Conference Title: “riteria for establishing the relative timing of pluton emplacement and regional deformation.”
  4. Special Associate Editor, J. Structural Geology (1994): Applications of Strain: from Microsctructures to Orogenic Belts.
  5. Special Editor, Geol. Society of America, Special Publications (2000), The Geology of Baja California: A Volume in Honor of Dr. Gordan Gastil.
  6. Special Editor, Canadian Mineralogist (2007) A volume on “Contaminated Granites”.


  1. USC – Faculty Innovative Undergraduate Teaching award (2007): For development of Undergraduate Team Research Class
  2. USC – Raubenheimer Award (1993): For outstanding Junior Faculty, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
  3. Hutton Symposium “Pewter Computer” award for contributions to granite email discussion.