Vince Cronin


Baylor University

I am a geoscience researcher and educator who currently works at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, as a tenured full professor.  My experiences and interests are broad, but current responsibilities generally include tectonics (particularly plate kinematics), neotectonics (particularly the search for seismogenic faults, structural geomorphology, and paleoseismology), structural geology (including its application to petroleum exploration and production), geodesy (particularly using GPS to measure crustal strain), geoethics and geoscience education.  I am also very interested in the use of physical models in geoscience teaching and research.  I work mostly with undergraduates and MS students.

More information about my history, credentials and publications is available via my website at

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Activities (7)

Finding the Moho under Milwaukee part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Deep Earth:Activities
A seismogram was recorded at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee by Keith Sverdrup during the explosive demolition of a section of the nearby Hoan Bridge on December 28, 2000. The explosive demolition and ...

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Where is that chunk of crust going? part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
I introduce students to GPS, frames of reference, and the permanent GPS stations in the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) in class, and obtain near-real-time data for two stations from UNAVCO. We use ...

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Assessing the error of linear and planar field data using Fisher statistics part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Instruction on use of Fisher statistics to determine the mean and 95% confidence interval of geological vectors, lines or planes, with examples, problems and an Excel spreadsheet for computation.

Incomprehensibly Small and Incomprehensibly Large part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students are asked to consider the length scales of the universe, from smallest to largest. Using a logarithmic scale in cm units, various distances are resolved ranging from the smallest meaningful length in ...

Setting the Context, Goals, Obligations and Commitments for a Course part of GeoEthics:Activities
Vincent S. Cronin, Baylor University Summary THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. This activity is a way to begin a course with reflection by students about their extraordinary good fortune in being able to take advantage ...

Ten Brief Cases With Ethical Issues part of GeoEthics:Activities
Vincent S. Cronin, Baylor University Summary Ten brief descriptions are provided of cases in which there appear to be ethical issues in the practice of geology. Most are drawn from engineering geology, but no ...

Physical model of the failure of an unreinforced structure during an earthquake part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Activities
This activity allows students to explore one of the principal reasons why so many people are injured or killed during an earthquake. Through the failure of a small model building on a simple shake table and comparison with photographs of actual buildings destroyed in earthquakes, students pursue an understanding of how to prevent these disasters through better building practices.

Course (1)

Physical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
This is a rather standard course in physical geology, except that some common topics are omitted (deserts, coastlines, marine geology), shortened (glaciers), or included/expanded (geologic time, the history of life ...

Essay (1)

A few thoughts on the integration of engineering and geoscience part of Integrate:Workshops:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Essays
Vincent S. Cronin, Geology, Baylor University I am a geologist rather than an engineer, so my comments should be read with this perspective in mind. The first place to look for opportunities to integrate ...

Other Contribution (1)

Finding Active Faults Using Earthquake Focal Mechanisms, Geomorphic Analysis and Field Work (SLAM) part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:2014 Structure and Tectonics Forum Abstracts
Vincent Cronin, Baylor University Jordan Dickinson, Baylor University The seismo-lineament analysis method (SLAM) uses an earthquake focal mechanism and a DEM or topographic map, along with geomorphic analysis, to ...