Alumni and Friends

The Geosciences faculty greatly values and appreciates our on-going relationships with department alumni and friends. In particular, we are interested in developing and strengthening professional partnerships through which we can improve the educational experiences of our students and the value of a MTSU Geosciences degree. Be sure to check us out on social media by clicking on the Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram icons on the page.

We invite all of our alumni and friends to share with us their ideas as to how we can improve our department programs. Please feel free to come by the Department to meet with the faculty and students. We also invite geoscience professionals to give guest presentations in our classes so that our students may hear about the life of 'real world' geoscientists. If you are in the Murfreesboro area and interested in speaking to one of our classes, please contact Dr. Henrique Momm.

It is very important to us that we have current contact information for our alumni and friends. If you have recently changed your email address, please send the new address to Karen Wolfe. We also would greatly appreciate an update of your most recent activities!

Alumni and friends interested in making financial contributions to the Department or the Geosciences scholarship funds are asked to do so through the Support Geosciences web site.

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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Abolins in Snail Shell Cave with student.

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Dr. Mark Abolins teaches a course about earthquakes and folded and fractured rocks (Geol 4080/5080 Structural Geology), a Field Methods in Geology course (Geol 3050), and an on-line course about caves (Geol 3040 Geoscience of Caves).  His research foci include (a) the development of caves within folded and fractured rocks, (b) the geology of continental interiors, and (c) the accuracy of geologic maps.  In the computer sphere, he uses geographic information system (GIS) software and Midland Valley MOVE structural geology software in teaching and research.  He has incorporated state-of-the-art local and global LiDAR (light detection and ranging) elevation datasets into his work.