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

Laabs

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
Fall 2014 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 331:
Geomorphology-Lab

    The description and interpretation of land forms. Consideration is given to the effects of rock structure, natural processes, and temporal changes in the evolution of the surface features of the Earth
    . (Field trips are sometimes conducted outside class hours.) Prerequisites: GSCI 112. Corequisite: GSCI 220. Offered every fall
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GSCI 331:
Geomorphology-Lec

    The description and interpretation of land forms. Consideration is given to the effects of rock structure, natural processes, and temporal changes in the evolution of the surface features of the Earth
    . (Field trips are sometimes conducted outside class hours.) Prerequisites: GSCI 112. Corequisite: GSCI 220. Offered every fall
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