George Davis


The University of Arizona

 George Davis joined the faculty of The University of Arizona right out of his PhD program at The University of Michigan.  That was more than 40 years ago.  He did his undergraduate work at The College of Wooster, followed by masters work at The University of Texas at Austin.  Structural geology has been George's academic passion from the beginning, and he especially enjoys working at the interface of structural geology with regional tectonics and/or active tectonics.  As a field geologist George has invested most of his energies on structural/tectonic opportunities and issues in the southern Basin and Range, the Colorado Plateau, and (more recently) the Peloponnesos.  Throughout his career George has been heavily engaged in teaching and in advising masters, doctoral, and undergraduate research.  He has extended his reach as a teacher through his textbook, "Structural Geology of Rocks and Regions." In addition to teaching and research, George has served in high-level administrative positions, including Executive Vice President and Provost of The University of Arizona.  His post-Provost national service has included chairing NSF's GEO Advisory Committee (atmospheric, earth, and ocean science) and soon (July, 2012) becomes President of the Geological Society of America. 

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Activities (2)

Crust-Busting Faults part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Students independently research a major ancient or active regional fault, and cogently describe map and cross sectional characteristics, kinematics, mechanics, and plate tectonic significance. They present results to classmates, teaching assistants, and instructors. FAULTING, REGIONAL TECTONICS, PLATE TECTONICS

The News Hour part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
An activity that I successfully used twice in teaching Active Tectonics is one I call "The News Hour," patterned after the PBS New Hour. I generated the idea out of concern that active tectonics sets of class readings are so broad, diverse, and and voluminous that it can be intimidating both for students and faculty to think about how best to prepare for a given class. I concluded that one way to achieve context is to set up a brief dialogue that removes 'geospeak' and centers a focus on societal implications of active tectonic phenomena. ACTIVE TECTONICS, SOCIETY, EARTHQUAKES, MEDIA


Active Tectonics and Urban Geology Field Trip part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Courses
Teaching of Active Tectonics provides context for examining contemporary deformation of the earth's crust as seen in regional examples and in the context of data and information drawn from regional tectonics, plate tectonics, earthquake seismology, paleoseismology, and geodesy. Applications abound in efforts to mitigate loss of life and property. One of main objectives is to use active tectonics as a way to understand how individual structures and systems of structures form, and thus this represents a complement to traditional experimental and numerical analysis and study of no-longer-active geologic structures in the field.

Events and Communities

Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012