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 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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Course (1)

Physical Geology part of 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 and Webinars: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 ...

Conference Presentations (2)

What should we teach undergraduates about plate kinematics now, a half century after the revolution? part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
Much of what is presented in undergraduate textbooks about plate kinematics represents a first-generation model from the early-1970s. In some cases, obsolete ideas (expanding/contracting Earth, geosynclines, ...

Current and Future Evolution of the AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
The 11th edition of the AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology (LMPG) is now in print. Sales of the LMPG help support the work of NAGT and AGI. Superior graphics have always been a hallmark of the LMPG ...

Other Contributions (3)

Continuing the positive evolution of the AGI/NAGT Lab Manual in Physical Geology part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2022:Program:Round Table Discussions
We want to open lines of communication between current, past, and prospective users of the AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology and its content editor (Vince Cronin). We hope to create a persistent ...

GETSI (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues): Teaching with the GETSI module "GPS, Strain, and Earthquakes" part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Afternoon Workshops
The module GPS, Strain and Earthquakes by the GETSI project (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues) facilitates learning about high precision GPS data through the lens of earthquake hazards, risk, and preparedness. The ...

Finding Active Faults Using Earthquake Focal Mechanisms, Geomorphic Analysis and Field Work (SLAM) part of Structural Geology and Tectonics: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 ...