Kathleen Davis

Administrative Support Coordinator.

Jeffrey Knott jknott@fullerton.edu

Quaternary geomorphology and paleoclimate of the Mojave Desert; Normal fault evolution; Quaternary stratigraphy and tephrochronology; Biodegradation of organic and inorganic compounds; Inorganic and isotopic groundwater tracers. Department Chair.

Diane Clemens-Knott  dclemensknott@fullerton.edu

Petrogenesis of the Early Cretaceous Sierra Nevada batholith: field-based petrographic and geochemical investigations of the isotopically primitive, ultramafic to intermediate plutonic rocks exposed in the western Sierra Nevada foothills.  Applications of environmental isotopes to groundwater studies: use of oxygen, hydrogen and tritium-helium isotopes, in conjunction with general minerals, to investigate recharge sources, subsurface flow paths and flow rates, and extent of water-rock interactions. Department Chair.

Phil Armstrong  parmstrong@fullerton.edu

Colleagues often ask me what kind of geologist I am. Guess you’d have to say I’m a structural geologist that focuses on the processes and products of the vertical motion of crustal rocks and Earth’s surface at time scales of thousands to millions of years. This research involves both the uplift of rocks, the exhumation of once deeply buried rocks, and basin development. These rocks are generally, but not always, in mountain belt settings such as the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, the mountains of southern California, or the huge mountains of Alaska.

We’re lucky here in southern California because we have what I like to call “Geologic Disneyland” in our backyard – the opportunities for field work in our courses are incredible. My co-workers and I seem bent on wearing out our field vehicles getting to field sites. Department Chair.

Brady Rhodes   brhodes@fullerton.edu

Structural Geology, Tectonics, Cenozoic and Quaternary Structure and Stratigraphy of the Northern Thailand Basin and Range Province, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geologic Hazards

Candice Jones

Candice Jones announces retirement after 25+ years.
You have left your indelible mark,
We will miss your professional expertise and your friendship
And wish you only success and happiness in your future endeavors - may they be all that you hoped for!
Thank you, Candice. Congratulations!

John Foster   jfoster@fullerton.edu

Engineering Geology, Neotectonics, Quaternary Geology. Department Chair.

Galen Carlson   gcarlson@fullerton.edu

Education in the physical sciences/earth sciences for non-science majors; learning theory as it relates to science instruction; research into misconceptions in science; specialized courses in Earth Sciences for prospective and practicing science teachers; coordinator of the MAT-S (Master of Arts in Teaching -Science).

Prem Saint   premsaint@yahoo.com


Gerald Brem

Jerry was a dedicated teacher, a devoted researcher and a leader in the Department for many years.  He passed peacefully due to complications from a brain tumor on Monday, July 11.

Jerry was a member of the Department from 1976 until his retirement in 2004, including seven years as Department Chair.  His expertise was volcanology, particularly the mapping and interpretation of complicated volcanic structures and eruptive sequences.  He was an accomplished mineralogist and ore petrologist who taught courses in field geology, mineralogy, and petrology.  He and his wife, Shira, were dedicated antiques restorers; Jerry particularly loved finding and collecting plein air paintings of California.
Jerry is survived by his wife Shira and 2 children, Matt and Lindy. Jerry had many friends at the University and in the community. He will be missed by all. Department Chair.

John D. Cooper

John was a legendary figure among geology students at Cal State Fullerton and a giant in the field of Sedimentary Geology.  He touched many lives and will be sorely missed.

Dr. Cooper’s research concerned stratigraphic analysis of Neoproterozoic and lower Paleozoic rocks in the southern Great Basin and Eastern Mojave Desert provinces.  He was an expert in the use of sequence stratigraphy to investigate paleo sea-level, regional stratigraphic correlations, and continental margin evolution, and had supervised the theses of almost 60 students at Cal State Fullerton.  John had served for several decades as a driving force in SEPM, the Society of Sedimentary Geology, serving as Treasurer and Managing Editor for the Pacific Section at the time of his death.  In recent years, Dr. Cooper had led efforts to create a curatorial facility for the Orange County Archeology and Paleontology collection.

John's wife has asked that interested friends, colleagues, and alumni be directed to make a donation in his memory to the John D. Cooper Field Camp Award in lieu of a public memorial service.  Donations can be made online by following this linkOpens in new window .

Tom Handzus

Gone fishing.

Neil Maloney

Founding Department Chair

Margaret S. Woyski

Department Chair and Associate Dean

John A. Ryan

Department Chair