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Structural Geology




Scott Giorgis

Associate Prof. & Chair

Geological Sciences

ISC 235A
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Scott Giorgis has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2004.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • M.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • B.S. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA


  • Associate Professor, SUNY-Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (2010-)
  • Assistant Professor, SUNY-Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (2004-2010)

Research Interests

Tectonics of Idaho and the Caribbean; Strain Analysis; Vorticity


Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Giorgis, S., Weber, J., Hojnowski, J., Pierce, W., and Rodriguez, A., in press, Using orthographic projection with geographic information system (GIS) data to constrain the kinematics the Central Range Fault zone, Trinidad: Journal of Structural Geology.
  • Giorgis, S., Tong, J., and Sirianni, R., 2009., Constraining neotectonic orogenesis using an isostatically compensated model of transpression: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 31, p. 1074-1083.
  • Giorgis, S., McClelland, W., Fayon, A., Singer, B., and Tikoff, B., 2008, Timing of deformation and exhumation in the western Idaho shear zone, McCall, Idaho: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 120, n. 9/10, p. 1119-1133.
  • Tikoff, B., Benford, B., and Giorgis, S., 2008, Lithospheric Control on the Initiation of the Yellowstone Hotspot: Chronic Reactivation of Lithospheric Scars: International Geology Review, v. 50, 2008, p. 305–324.
  • Giorgis, S., Tikoff, B., Kelso, P., and Markley, 2006, The role of material anisotropy in the neotectonic extension of the western Idaho shear zone, McCall, Idaho: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 118, n. 3/4, p. 259-273.
  • Giorgis, S., Tikoff, B., and McClelland, W., 2005, Missing Idaho arc: transpressional modification of the 87Sr/86Sr transition on the western edge of the Idaho Batholith: Geology, v. 33, n. 6, p. 469-472.
My Classes

GSCI 112:
Geological Science II

    An introduction to the origin and evolution of the Earth and all of its divisions--atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and the divisions of the solid earth. Attention is given to the many approaches used to determine the history of the Earth through study of its materials, surface features, and structures as well as through modern studies that utilize geochemistry, geophysics, and planetary astronomy. (Field trips are sometimes conducted outside class hours.) Prerequisites: GSCI 111. Offered every spring

GSCI 345:

    The study of the evolution of the crust and upper mantle of the Earth, and the large-scale deformational features and patterns of motion which occur there. The relationships between internal earth processes and energy sources, and the evolution of the crust and upper mantle, are emphasized. Prerequisites: GSCI 220 and GSCI 341. Offered spring, odd years