Eric Riggs

College of Natural Resources and Sciences

Humboldt State University

Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Sciences, Humboldt State University 

Professor, Department of Geology

I am a multidisciplinary education professional and geoscientist. My objectives in academic leadership are to expand pathways to scientific careers to the broadest possible range of people through innovative and responsive undergraduate and graduate education. As a scholar I am committed to understanding how people learn and think in the geosciences. 

My primary education research is on how to maximize the effectiveness of earth science education in critical areas for undergraduates, graduates and professionals, and for underrepresented groups and communities with specific geoscientific needs. I have designed and taught undergraduate and graduate geology courses, general earth science courses, teacher professional development and teacher education, and conducted research within earth science curriculum development. Recent activities involve professional programs and online education in the geosciences, and research into earth science expertise at the graduate and professional levels.  From 2011 to 2018 I served as Associate Dean for the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University overseeing Diversity and Climate from 2011-18 and also Graduate Affairs from 2014-16. From 2018-2020 I returned to the faculty full time until moving to assume the role as Dean of CNRS at Humboldt State University.

I am a Past President of NAGT and served as the President of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) for 2014-2015 

For my complete overview of my research, group and publication as well as most current CV, see the Riggs Group lab page at, or the more professionally-focused version at  Follow me on Twitter at @EricMRiggs2

For my departmental profile and information about the Texas A&M University Department of Geology and Geophysics, visit , and for information about the TAMU College of Geosciences, see

For information about the AGI, see

Workshop Leader, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Essay (1)

Texas A&M Geosciences and the increasing role of transfer students part of SAGE 2YC:Workshops:Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Careers:Essays
Texas A&M University at College Station is the flagship university for the Texas A&M System, and as such is a major destination for transfer students, both from inside and outside the A&M system. The College of Geosciences consists of four academic departments and many organized research centers spanning the core geoscience disciplines of Geology & Geophysics, Geography, Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences...

Conference Presentations (7)

Gender in the Geosciences: Factors Supporting the Recruitment and Retention of Women in the Undergraduate Major part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The proportion of women earning undergraduate geoscience degrees has remained about 40% for over 10 years. Little research has investigated why women select and persist in a geoscience major. In a three-year ...

Other Contributions (9)

Research on Access and Success of Under-Represented Groups in the Geosciences part of NAGT:Our Work:Geoscience Education Research:Community Framework for GER:Access and Success
Download a pdf of this chapterEric M. Riggs, Texas A & M University; Caitlin Callahan, Grand Valley State University; and Jim Brey, American Meteorological Society Introduction The geosciences as an allied ...