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Patrick L. Abbott
Dr. Pat Abbott has been a professor at San Diego State University since 1971. During that time, not only has he advised numerous geology theses, he also developed the popular general education course, 'Natural Disasters'. Pats research interests include sedimentology of Mesozoic and Cenozoic rocks of southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico, correlation of tectonically displaced terranes, impact of humankind upon the earth, ancient soils and climates, archaeological geology, carbonate depositional environments, and hydrology. He has had the public eye for over 35 years with thousands of appearances on television and radio as well as frequent coverage of professional activities in all local newspapers. Since Pat's retirement he has continued revisions to his text book on Natural Disasters, traveled the world giving scientific lectures on cruise lines, and has been recognized for his untiring devotion and service to the geologic community, receiving the A. Eugene Fritsche Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Section SEPM.
Ph.D., Geology, 1973, University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation: The Edwards Limestone in the Balcones fault zone, south-central Texas
M.A., Geology, 1965, University of Texas at Austin Thesis: The Glen Rose Limestone in the Canyon Reservoir area, Comal County, Texas
B.S., Geology, 1963, San Diego State College
Olsen, Kim Bak (2004) Ph.D., 1994 University of Utah
3-D simulation of wave propagation using finite differences, strong ground motion and site amplification, earthquake dynamics, non-linear effects in strong ground motion, modeling and migration of crosswell seismic data, parallel and high-performance computing, visualization and animation.
Schellenberg, Stephen A. (2002) Ph.D., 2000 University of Southern California
Paleobiology and paleoecology of invertebrates and protists, Mesozoic and Cenozoic paleoceanography, applications of isotopic and elemental chemistry to biological, ecological, and environmental research
Huntley, David. (1978-2008) Ph.D., 1976 Colorado School of Mines Professor Emeritus
Hydraulics of groundwater flow and solute transport; groundwater in fractured crystalline rock aquifers, numerical modeling of groundwater flow and solute transport, parameter estimation, movement of non-aqueous phase liquids, and application of geophysical techniques to groundwater investigations
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