Office hours for Fall 2014 are 1-2 pm on Tuesday and Thursday (ISC 235, 19, or 8C). Please check my Google Calendar for other availability.

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Laabs

Associate Professor and Chair of

Geological Sciences

ISC 235A
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
585-245-5305
laabs@geneseo.edu

Benjamin Laabs has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2007. He received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity in 2014.

Faculty Information

Education

  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004)
  • M.S., Geology, Northern Arizona University (2001)
  • B.S., Geology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1999)

Employment

  • 2013- Chair, Department of Geological Sciences, SUNY Geneseo
  • 2012- Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geology, University at Buffalo
  • 2011- Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, SUNY Geneseo
  • 2007-2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, SUNY Geneseo

Research Interests

I am the director of the Cosmogenic Nuclide Preparation Lab (est. 2009) at SUNY Geneseo. The lab is currently engaged in a variety of applications of cosmogenic Beryllium-10 to problems in geomorphology, glaciation and climate change, and involves geology students and SUNY Geneseo collaborators from several colleges and universities in the United States. Samples prepared in the Cosmogenic Nuclide Preparation Lab are analyzed for 10Be/9Be at the Purdue Rare Isotope Measurement Laboratory (PRIME Lab). Most of my research focuses on terrestrial records of Pleistocene and Holocene glaciation and climate change, geomorphology and environmental change in alpine landscapes, mountain glaciation and climate change, and applications of geographic information systems in geomorphology.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • See CV at http://www.geneseo.edu/~laabs/Laabs_CV.pdf

Affiliations

  • Geological Society of America
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Quaternary Association
  • Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists
Spring 2015 Classes

GSCI 121:
N/Our Geological EnvironmntLab

    An introduction to description and interpretation of rocks, geologic, and topographic maps. Students will learn identification techniques, data collection, and systematic analysis of data sets to bet
    ter understand earth processes. Corequisite: GSCI 120.
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GSCI 335:
Paleoclimatology-Lab

    The study of fundamental concepts of global-scale environmental and climatic changes in the context of Earth-surface processes and Earth history. The course focuses on physical, chemical and biologic
    al signatures of past environments preserved in the geologic record; causes and effects of major climate-changes over various timescales in Earth history; and geologic responses to Pleistocene, Holocene and historical climate change. Laboratory exercises involve charaterizing surface processes, data-rich studies of climate-change records and discussions of climate science literature. Prerequisites: GSCi 170. Offered spring, odd years
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GSCI 335:
Paleoclimatology-Lec

    The study of fundamental concepts of global-scale environmental and climatic changes in the context of Earth-surface processes and Earth history. The course focuses on physical, chemical and biologic
    al signatures of past environments preserved in the geologic record; causes and effects of major climate-changes over various timescales in Earth history; and geologic responses to Pleistocene, Holocene and historical climate change. Laboratory exercises involve charaterizing surface processes, data-rich studies of climate-change records and discussions of climate science literature. Prerequisites: GSCi 170. Offered spring, odd years
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GSCI 392:
Geological Sci Capstone Sem II

    This course is a continuation of GSCI 391. In this portion of the capstone seminar, students will pursue research and present their findings as a professional talk to their peers and as a conference p
    oster. This seminar also includes discussions and presentations by faculty and invited speakers. Prerequisites: GSCI 391
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