Jeff's early introduction to the science of geology came from exposure to his grandfather’s extensive mineral collection and his vivid stories of work in the mines of Aspen Colorado. From this informal beginning, Jeff earned degrees in geology from the University of Southern California (B.S.) and the University of Arizona (M.S.) where he focused on tectonics and structural geology. Upon graduation, he worked as a petroleum geologist, and as an engineering geologist engaged in landslide and earthquake hazard mitigation. He is licensed as a registered geologist in California.
For the past twenty-nine years, Jeff has taught geology and physical science at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California. His principle course load includes The Geology of California, Physical Geology, Historical Geology, and Physical Science. Jeff was awarded the “Peter and M’May Diffley Award for Faculty Excellence” in 2016. He has worked as a volunteer ranger in the Grand Canyon and he teaches field seminars in Yosemite, the eastern Sierra Nevada, and Death Valley. He is a member of the Geological Society of America and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. An avid surfer, Jeff has explored the South Pacific, Asia, Europe, Mexico, Central America, and Alaska. He enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and social dance especially Argentine Tango. He is married and has three children; a daughter, Ashlyn, and stepsons Michael, and Joey.
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