Department chair: Rhawn Denniston | Contact info


Rhawn Denniston, Professor of Geology, teaches courses that include Climate Change, Environmental Geology, and The Geology of New Zealand. With Cornell students, he studies stalagmites and ancient coral to understand prehistoric climate conditions in various regions of the world, including Portugal, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic, Great Basin of the Western United States, and the Ozarks.  Rhawn and his students have co-authored a number of articles in leading journals including Geology  and Quaternary Research. He currently chairs the environmental studies program. Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.S., University of New Mexico; B.A., Hamilton College

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Rhawn Denniston

Benjamin Greenstein, Professor of Geology, teaches courses that include Marine Science, Invertebrate Paleontology, and Modern and Ancient Carbonate Systems of the Bahamas. He is currently engaged in a three-year comparative study of modern and Pleistocene reef coral community composition in coastal Western Australia, which has resulted in an article in the international journal Global Change Biology.  He also collaborates with students and biology faculty on joint studies of fire coral in the Bahamas. Ph.D. and M.S., University of Cincinnati; B.A., University of Rochester

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Ben Greenstein

Emily Walsh, Associate Professor of Geology, teaches courses that include Mineralogy, The Origin of Mountains, and the off-campus course Geology of the National Parks. She has also co-led Greek Archaeology in Greece. Her research focuses on the formation of mountain ranges and the mechanisms involved in subduction zones. In particular, she and her students study the metamorphic reactions, geochronology and deformation of ultrahigh-pressure rocks from Western Norway to better understand the tectonic history of the Scandinavian Caledonides. Ph.D, University of California at Santa Barbara; B.A., Middlebury College

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Emily Walsh

John Orcutt, Post-Doctoral Teacher-Scholar Fellow in geology, was most recently an instructor for the University of Oregon. Ph.D., University of Oregon; M.Sc., University of Bristol, UK; B.A., University of Chicago. 

John Orcutt