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Ryan Anderson

I obtained a M.S. in Geology from UNR in 2013, advised by Dr. Jim Faulds, and I am currently a PhD candidate at Washington State University, advised by Dr. Sean Long. I have been involved with the University of Nevada Reno field camp since 2013. I have two main areas of research interest.  1) The structural evolution of continental crust, both extensional and contractional, and the orogenic models that predict their behavior. 2) The structural controls of hydrothermal fluids, mainly in amagmatic settings within the Basin and Range of the Western U.S.   My main approach is detailed geologic mapping coupled with construction of balanced and restored cross-sections, apatite and zircon thermochronology, geochronology, and peak temperature data using RSCM (Raman spectroscopy on carbonaceous material). My current work is focused on the kinematics, geometry, minimum shortening estimates, and timing of the Andean fold-thrust belt in southeastern Bolivia.  The focus of my master thesis was characterizing the structural controls of a "blind" (or hidden) geothermal system on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation in northwest Nevada.

Dr. Rich D. Koehler

Dr. Koehler is an Assistant Professor at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada Reno.  His research is focused on earthquake geology, Quaternary geology, paleoseismology, geomorphology, and engineering geology.  Dr. Koehler is specialized in using advanced techniques including air photo, lidar, and satellite imagery interpretation, Quaternary geologic and geomorphic mapping, and surveying to assess geohazards in a wide variety of terrains.   Dr. Koehler is particularly well versed on topics in Quaternary Geology in Nevada and has mapped in numerous valleys throughout the state.  

His paleoseismic research has been funded by the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Science Foundation throughout the western U.S. including faults in California, New Mexico, Washington, Alaska, and Nevada.  His international project experience includes studies in Turkey, Taiwan, Jamaica, and Haiti.  

Dr. John Muntean

John Muntean is an economic geologist with many years of mapping experience with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, the mining and mineral exploration industry, and the U.S. Geological Survey. His main research interests are in the origin of and exploration for hydrothermal ore deposits, especially gold, silver, and copper. Although he has worked a all scales, most of his experience has been with detailed mapping at scales larger than 1:10,000, aimed at understanding geologic controls on the distribution of ore.

Dr. Chris Henry

Christopher Henry

Chris Henry uses geologic mapping, geochemistry, geochronology, and structural analysis to work on a wide range of applied geology problems.  Much of his work focuses on the interrelationship between magmatism, tectonics, and hydrothermal mineralization throughout western North America and especially in the Great Basin.  Additionally, his geologic mapping contributes to understanding earthquake hazards in western Nevada and eastern California.

Dr. Tom Anderson


Tom Anderson is a sedimentary petrologist/stratigrapher with research interests in Cambrian microbial reefs.  His research goals are to document the nature of early reefs, determine the environments in which they thrived, and apply these studies to the early Paleozoic evolution of western North America.  He has taught field geology in the Great Basin for forty years including three years at the University of Nevada, Reno field camp. He has also studied Paleogene turbidites on the Gualala Block in northern California.

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