Faculty Research


Ken Clark

Ken Clark is currently mapping a thick section of basaltic lavas and sedimentary interbeds in the southern Olympic Peninsula called "the Crescent formation". He maps rock exposures along logging roads, ridge crests, and valley floors to unravel the structural history of the Crescent formation. He is also trying to understand how the formation was formed by studying its petrology, stratigraphy, petrography, and geochemistry.

Ken's current publications include:

Polenz, M., Miller, B.A., Davies, N., Perry, B., Clark, K.P., Walsh T.J., Carson, R.J., Hughes, J.F., and Blakely, R.J., 2011, Geologic Map of the Hoodsport 7.5-minute Quadrangle, Mason County, Washington: Washington State DNR DGER Open File Report 2011-XX (in press).

Contreras, T.A., Weeks, S.A., Stanton K.M.D., Perry, B.B., Walsh, T.J., Carson, R.J., Clark, K.P., and Mahan, S.A., in press, Geologic Map of the Holly 7.5-minute Quadrangle, Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason Counties, Washington: still in draft form.

Tabor, R.W., Haugerud, R.A., Haeussler, P.J., and Clark, K.P., 2011, Lidar-revised geologic map of the Wildcat Lake 7.5’ quadrangle, Kitsap and Mason Counties, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3187, scale 1:24,000, 12 p., and GIS data.

His list of student theses advised, papers/posters presented by his students over the past few years:

  • 2003: Heather Easterly
    Thesis: A stratigraphic, petrographic, and geochemical study of a series of lavas, dikes, sills, and sedimentary rocks in the Crescent formation.
  • 2002: Elizabeth Beaulieu
    Thesis: A Turbidite series in the Crescent formation, Olympic Peninsula, WA
  • 2001: James Gaynor
    Thesis: A Stratigraphic section of a submarine fan interbedded in the Crescent formation, Olympic Peninsula, Washington
  • 2000: Laurie Gorton
    Thesis: The Stratigraphy, Petrography and Geochemistry of the Mount Tebo Area, Southern Olympic Mountains, Washington

Barry Goldstein

Barry Goldstein is a Quaternary/glacial geologist and geomorphologist. His research includes examining the physical and biological records of environmental and climatic change in alpine settings (Colorado Rockies, western Washington state), arid regions (northern New Mexico, the lower Galilee in Israel), as well as much older evidence for landscape change (Triassic rocks in the Four Corners area). He also has long-standing interests in evolution, geoarchaeology , and water resources. He was instrumental in starting the Environmental Studies Program at Puget Sound, served as it's first Director, and he continues to be deeply involved in planning and teaching within the program.

Recent student theses and independent studies:

  • Barron, C., 2003, Late Pleistocene Glaciation of the West Elk Mountains, Colorado, UPS Geology Thesis, 43 pp.
  • Jones, N., 2003, "Running Short of Expectations: The Rio Grande and Mexico's Water Debt to the United States", UPS independent study project, funded by a $3000 student summer research grant
  • Koehler, L., 2003, Glaciation of the Anthracite Range, West Elk Mountains, Colorado, UPS Geology Thesis, 54 pp.
  • Duncan, Emily, 2002, A Sedimentologic Analysis of a Core from the Bet Netofa Valley, Galilee, Israel, UPS Geology Thesis, 37 pp.
  • Tietge, M., 2002, Groundwater Modeling of the Tacoma Landfill, UPS Geology Thesis, 41 pp.
  • Gaynor, J., 2001, A Stratigraphic Section of a Submarine Fan Interbed in the Crescent Formation, Olympic Peninsula, Washington, UPS Geology Thesis, 36 pp.
  • Dee, S., 2000, Geophysical Studies at Khirbet Cana, lower Galilee, Israel, UPS Geology Thesis, 35 pp.
  • Hahn, M, in progress, Sedimentology of an Early Late-glacial Debris Flow, Southern Puget Lowland, UPS Geology Thesis.
  •  Thomas, K., in progress, "Assessment Techniques and Restoration Efforts in Wood Creek, Klamath Basin, Oregon", UPS independent study project


Jeff Tepper

Recent research:

  • Eddy, M.P., Bowring, S.A., Miller, R.B., and Tepper, J.H. (2016) Rapid assembly and crystallization of a fossil large-volume silicic magma chamber. Geology 44, no. 4, p. 331-334.
  • Tepper, L.B., and Tepper, J.H. (2013) The rise and fall of the Tacoma arsenic industry. Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology 39, nos 1 and 2, p. 65-78.
  • Chan, C.F., Tepper, J.H. and Nelson, B.K. (2012) Petrology of the Grays River volcanics, southwest Washington: plume-influenced slab window magmatism in the Cascadia forearc. Geological Society of America Bulletin 124, p. 1324-1338.
  • Tepper, J.H., and Hyatt, J.A. (2011) Holocene trophic state history of a subtropical blackwater lake, South Georgia, USA. Journal of Paleolimnology 45, p. 9-22.