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James Coogan

James Coogan

Adjunct Professor of Geology


Ph.D., University of Wyoming
B.S., College of William and Mary


Curriculum Vita

Teaching and Research Interests

Petroleum Geology, Structural Geology and Tectonics, and Field Geology

Western Colorado University combines an outstanding mountain environment for field instruction with a state-of-the-art computing and science facility in the newly renovated Hurst Hall. My teaching, research and industry work have the common trait of combining traditional field methods with leading-edge technology. Allen Stork, Rob Fillmore, Dave Marchetti and I are committed to mentoring fundamentally grounded, literate and technologically proficient undergraduates toward successful graduate and professional careers.

Fun Field Experiences

2006 Structural Geology class getting in touch with Moab fault, Courthouse Rock area, Utah.

2005 Field Camp crew paddles the mighty Gunnison Gorge.

2005 Central Utah “Becoming One” with a decollement fold: Reed Wash area, western San Rafael Swell (left). Angular unconformity (above my head) in Salina Canyon.

Basin Field Trip 2002 – the proper way to drop-kick gilsonite. 2005 DinoRidingat DinoSaur.

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