Tim Flood

Professor of Geology

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 
M.S., University of Minnesota 
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Programs: Geology

I am the resident “hard-rock” geologist. I regularly teach mineralogy, petrology and structural geology. On occasion I teach geologic field methods and economic geology. I also teach an extended natural history field course that alternates yearly between distant and regional sites. The winter break field course is based in Costa Rica, some other international destination, or Hawaii. The alternate spring break trip is based in contiguous locals such Death Valley, the Florida Keys or Big Bend, Texas.

My research interests are mostly related to igneous petrology. Specifically, I am interested in the geochemical processes that lead to the formation of continental crust. My recent work in this area has focused on the origin of sicilic rocks in the Philippines, including a number of site visits. I am also involved in the mathematical analysis of the origin of some high-silica rhyolites from the SW Nevada Volcanic field, a re-evaluation of earlier modeling.

I have worked on the origin of volcanic rocks in the Lake Superior region, and have a deep commitment to student/faculty collaborative research. Consequently, I have delved into various projects not specifically related to my background. For example, I recently worked with a student on the recognition of gastroliths, stomach stones in dinosaurs. Geologic pedagogy, the teaching of geology, is a research interest that keeps me current to the best practices related to geologic education.

In 2011, I helped with research in Antarctica. You can read about my experience here.

Courses
GEOL 105 Geology 
GEOL 300 Mineralogy       
GEOL 320 Petrology
GEOL 325 Structural Geology