Scott Giorgis

Department of Geological Sciences, SUNY-Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454

(585) 245-5293, giorgis@geneseo.edu

I.  Education

  • PhD, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (December,  2003)
  • MS, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN  (December, 1999)
  • BS, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA  (May, 1997)

II.  Professional Appointments

  • Associate Professor and Chair, SUNY- Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (2010 – present)
  • Assistant Professor, SUNY-Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (2004-2010)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (Spring, 2004)

III.  Teaching

Courses

  • GSCI 100 – Our Geologic Environment
  • GSCI 141 – Environmental Geology (lab only)
  • GSCI 112 – Historical Geology
  • GSCI 151 – Geology of Climate Change and Energy (lab only)
  • GSCI 191 – Introduction to Geology at Geneseo
  • GSCI 210 – Mineralogy (first five weeks, Fall 2009 & Fall 2011)
  • GSCI 341 – Principles of Structural Geology
  • GSCI 343 – Applied Geophysics
  • GSCI 345 – Tectonics
  • HONR 205 – Energy and Climate (Honors seminar in the sciences)

Awards

  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Fall 2010)
  • SUNY Geneseo Teaching and Learning Center award for excellence in the integration of teaching and research (Fall 2008)

Honors Theses

  • Carl Beno - Thermochronologic Constraints on Miocene Transpressional Exhumation Along Central Range Fault Zone, Trinidad
  • Dana Smith – Using microscopic rigid crystal analysis to constrain the extent of shorteing and angle of oblique convergence for the western Idaho shear zone, McCall, ID (an Edgar Fellows honors thesis)
  • Kate Osroot – Quantitative analysis of home energy use and the geography of national weatherization subsides (an Edgar Fellows honors thesis co-advised with David Aagesen in Geography)
  • AnneMarie Glose – Crustal block rotation in the Central Range fault zone, Trinidad
  • Sean Sanguinito – Constraining the timing of orogenisis in the Central Range fault zone, Trinidad, using Apatite fission track modeling
  • Matthew Travis – Rigid-Grain-Net vorticity analysis of the western Idaho shear zone
  • Jenna Hojnowski – Analysis of fold patterns adjacent to the Central Range fault, Trinidad
  • Clayton Mansfield – Neotectonic block rotation along the western Idaho shear zone
  • Laura Dair– Vorticity analysis of the western Idaho shear zone

Directed Studies

  • Ramus, John – ArcGIS analysis of the tectonic geomorphology of the Central Range, Trinidad
  • McEvoy, Molly – Using three dimensional rigid clast rotation to constrain vorticity
  • Glose, Thomas – Paleomagnetic analysis of intrusive rocks from the south side of Mount Hillers, Henry Mountains, UT
  • Cramer, Jennifer – Paleomagnetic analysis of intrusive rocks from the east side of Mount Hillers, Henry Mountains, UT
  • Dahn, Marah – Paleomagnetic analysis of the Maiden Creek Sill, Henry Mountains, UT
  • Payne, Daniel – Development of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to assist in the analysis of paleomagnetic data
  • Glose, Thomas – Paleomagnetism of sedimentary country rock, Henry Mountains, UT
  • Payne, Daniel – Development of Python scripts to aid in analysis of paleomagnetic data
  • Dominguez, Katherine – Using rigid clasts to constrain vorticity in transpression, western Idaho shear zone, ID
  • Kim, Albert – Magnetic Mineralogy of the Buckhorn Ridge Sill, Henry Mountains, UT
  • Malenick, Bethany – Rochester Museum and Science Center internship
  • Swede-Grakowsky, Ashley – Paleomagnetism of the Buckhorn Ridge Sill, Henry Mountains, UT
  • Cruzzi, Dominick– Paleomagnetism of the Henry Mountains, UT
  • Farrell, Matthew – Paleomagnetism of the Henry Mountains, UT
  • Sean Sanguanito – Using topographic relief to constrain the timing of tectonic contraction, Northern and Central Ranges, Trinidad
  • Mitchell Ward – Paleomagnetism of the Central Range fault zone, Trinidad
  • Nicholas Crider – Gravity analysis of glacial Lake Geneseo
  • William Pierce – Constraining deformation in the Central Range fault zone using GIS based orthographic analysis of geologic maps
  • Michael Oliver – Construction of a Gravity Map of Trinidad
  • Kathleen Sharman – Paleomagnetic Analysis of the Tamana and Point-a-Pierre Formations, Central Range fault zone, Trinidad
  • Henry Adams – Strain analysis of materials with contrasting rheologies
  • Baird King – Vorticity analysis using anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility fabrics, western Idaho shear zone,  Idaho
  • Robert Sirianni - Incorporating denudation rates into uplift along the Central Range fault system, Trinidad
  • Laura Sasso – Thermal anisotropy in foliated, synthetic rocks
  • Kimberly Johnson – Shear sense analysis of mesoscale map and anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility in the western Idaho shear zone
  • Jeff Tong – Landscape evolution along the Central Range fault system, Trinidad
  • Daniel Dwyer – Applied Geophysics

IV.  Research

Publications – names in bold are SUNY-Geneseo students

  • Davis, J.R., and Giorgis, S., in review, An inverse approach to constraining strain and vorticity using rigid clast shape preferred orientation data:  Journal of Structural Geology (submitted May, 2013).
  • Zhang, Q., Giorgis, S., and Teyssier, C., 2013, Finite strain analysis of the Zhangbaling metamorphic belt, SE China:  Crustal thinning in transpression:  Journal of Structural Geology, v. 49, p. 13-22.
  • Giorgis, S., Weber, J., Hojnowski, J., Pierce, W., and Rodriguez, A., 2011, Using orthographic projection with geographic information system (GIS) data to constrain the kinematics the Central Range Fault zone, Trinidad:  Journal of Structural Geology, v. 33, p. 1254-1264.
  • 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.
  • Blake, D.E., Gray, K.D., Giorgis, S., and Tikoff, B., 2009, A tectonic transect through the Salmon River suture zone along the Salmon River Canyon in the Riggins region of west-central Idaho, in O’Connor, J.E., Dorsey, R.J., and Madin, I.P., eds., Volcanoes to Vineyards: Geologic Field Trips through the Dynamic Landscape of the Pacific Northwest: Geological Society of America Field Guide 15, p. 357–385.
  • 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., and McClelland, W., 2007, Field Forum Report:  Tectonic Significance of Vertical Boundaries in the Cordillera:  GSA Today, v. 17,  n. 1, p. 27.
  • Giorgis, S., Tikoff, B., Kelso, P., and Markley, 2006a, 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.
  • Giorgis, S., Markley, M., and Tikoff, B., 2004, Vertical axis rotation of rigid crustal blocks driven by mantle flow, in Grocott, J., McCaffrey, K., Taylor, G., and Tikoff, B., eds.,  Vertical Coupling and Decoupling in the Lithosphere:  Geological Society of London Special Publication 227, p. 83-100.
  • Giorgis, S., and Tikoff, B., 2004, Constraints on kinematics and strain from feldspar porphyroclast populations, in Alsop, I., Holdsworth, R., and McCaffery, K., eds.,  Transport and flow processes in shear zones:  Geological Society of London Special Publication 224, p. 265-285.
  • Bailey, C, Giorgis, S., and Coiner, L., 2002, Tectonic inversion and basement buttressing:  an example from the central Appalachian Blue Ridge province:  Journal of Structural Geology, v. 24, p. 925-936.

Field Guides

  • Weber, J., Farfan, P., and Giorgis, S., 2012, Central Range, Trinidad:  Examining the mix of recent and old tectonics:  5th Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago Conference, 29 p.
  • Giorgis, S., Tikoff, B., and McClelland, W.M., 2006b, Tectonic significance of vertical boundaries in the Cordillera:  Geological Society of America Field Forum, 40 p.
  • Giorgis, S.D., Mapes, R.W., and Bream, B.R., 2002, The Walker Top Granite: Acadian granitoid or eastern Inner Piedmont basement?, in Hatcher, R.D., Jr., and Bream, B.R., eds., Inner Piedmont geology in the South Mountains-Blue Ridge foothills and the southwestern Brushy Mountains, central-western North Carolina: North Carolina Geological Survey, Carolina Geological Society Guidebook, p. 33-43.
  • Bier, S.E., Brendan, B.R., Giorgis, S.D., and Hatcher, R.D., 2002, Inner Piedmont stratigraphy, metamorphism, and deformation in the Marion-South Mountains area of North Carolina, in Hatcher, R.D., Jr., and Bream, B.R., eds., Inner Piedmont geology in the South Mountains-Blue Ridge foothills and the southwestern Brushy Mountains, central-western North Carolina: North Carolina Geological Survey, Carolina Geological Society Guidebook, p. 65-99
  • Bream, B.R., Hill, J.C., Giorgis, S.D., and Williams, S.T., 1998, EDMAP Site Visit and Field Review: Structure and Tectonics Division, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 18 p.

Conference presentations (2004 to present) – names in bold are SUNY-Geneseo students

  • Beno, C., Metcalf, J., Flowers, R., Giorgis, S., and Weber, J., 2012, Thermochronological constraints on Miocene transpressional exhumation along the Central Range Fault Zone, Trinidad:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, n. 7., pg. 597.
  • Dominguez, K., and Giorgis, S., 2012, Critical aspect ratio gage in transpression:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, n. 7, pg. 126.
  • Giorgis, S., and Davis, J., 2012, An inverse approach to calculating strain, vorticity, and initial fabric orientations in a high strain zone: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, n. 7., pg. 222.
  • Ciruzzi, D., Farrell, M., Horsman, E., and Giorgis, S, 2012, Relative age dating of sills and satellite intrusions from paleomagnetic data, Mt. Hillers, Henry Mountains, UT:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, n. 2.
  • Giorgis, S., and Davis, J., 2012, An inverse approach to extracting strain and vorticity data from porphyroclast:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, n. 2.
  • Swede-Grakowsky, A., Horsman, E., and Giorgis, S., 2011, Paleomagnetic insight into the construction of the Buckhorn Ridge sill, Henry Mountains, UT:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, n. 5, p. 97.
  • Giorgis, S., Weber, J., Glose, A., Ward, M., Hocking, B., and Sharman, K., 2011, Paleomagnetic constraints on shortening across the Central Range fault zone, Trinidad:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, n. 5, p. 325.
  • Ringerwole, N.A., Weber, J., Hippolyte, J-C, Giorgis, S., and Johnson, M., 2011, Fault slip and paleomagnetic analysis of the tectonics of Tobago, West Indies:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, n. 5, p. 622.
  • Giorgis, S., Smith, D., and Travis, M., 2011, Partitioning of strain and vorticity across the western Idaho shear zone, USA:  Deformation Localization in Rocks:  New Advances Penrose Conference, pg. 61-62.
  • Sanguinito, S., Giorgis, S., and Weber, J., 2010, Constraints on the timing of deformation in the Central Range fault zone, Trinidad, from topography and apatite fission track data: , Central Range, Trinidad: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, n. 5, p. 595.
  • Giorgis, S., Travis, M., and Weber, J., 2010, Advantages and limitations of long-term plate motion calculation based on integrated strain and vorticity analysis:  examples from both active (Central Trinidad) and ancient (western Idaho) plate boundaries: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, n. 5, p. 371.
  • Tikoff, B., Giorgis, S., Gaschnig, R.M., and Vervoort, J.D., 2010, Transpressional zones and lithospheric-scale strain localization:  an example from the western Idaho shear zone: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, n. 5, p. 183.
  • Travis, M., and Giorgis, S., 2010, Rigid-grain-net vortiticty analysis of the western Idaho shear zone near McCall, Idaho: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, n. 2.
  • Sanguinito, S., Giorgis, S., and Weber, J., 2010*, Constraining the timing of tectonic activity along the Caribbean-South American plate boundary based on topographic relief, Northern and Central Ranges, Trinidad:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, n. 2.
  • Giorgis, S., Hojnowski, J., Pierce, W., Weber, J., and Zdan, S., 2010*, Using orthographic projection to constrain the kinematics and strain of a transpressional fault zone, Central Range, Trinidad: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, n. 2.
  • Pierce, W., and Giorgis, S., 2008, Using Orthographic Projection and ArcGIS to Constrain the Kinematics of Folding in the Central Range Fault Zone, Trinidad: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.
  • Oliver, M., and Giorgis, S., 2008, A Terrain Corrected, Bouguer Anomaly Map of Central Trinidad: Looking for a Crustal Root beneath the Neotectonic Central Range Fault Zone: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.
  • Giorgis, S., Hojnowski, J., and Sharman, S., 2008, Geologic Constrains on the Timing and Magnitude of Neotectonic Transpressional Deformation in the Central Range Fault Zone, Trinidad: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.
  • Adams, H., and Giorgis, S., 2008, Rheology of Play-doh:  simple experiments to demonstrate the effect of viscosity contrast on strain analysis results:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 40, n. 2, p. 24.
  • Sharman, K., and Giorgis, S., 2008, Paleomagnetism of the Tamana,  Chaudiere, and Point-a-Pierre Formations, Central Range fault zone, Trinidad:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 40, n. 2, p. 68.
  • Hojnowski, J., Sharman, K., Giorgis, S., and Weber, J., 2007,  Neotectonic kinematics (GPS) vs. geologic kinematics of the Central Range Fault System, South American-Caribbean Plate Boundary,  Trinidad: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, n. 6. p.. 468.
  • Sharman, K., Hojnowski, J., Giorgis, S., and Weber, J., 2007, Block rotation in the Central Range Fault System, Caribbean-South American Plate Boundary, Trinidad: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, n. 6., p. 469.
  • Giorgis, S., Sirianni, R., and Tong, J., 2007,  Topographic relief as a strain marker in neotectonic settings:  the effects of isostatic compensation and erosion on transpressional models of obliquely convergent plate boundaries: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, n. 6., p. 183.
  • Mansfield, C., and Giorgis, S., 2007, Neotectonic block rotation adjacent to the western Idaho shear zone, ID:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, n. 2.
  • Sirianni, R., and Giorgis, S., 2007, Incorporating denudation rates into uplift along the Central Range fault system, Trinidad: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, n. 2.
  • Giorgis, S., and Tong, J., 2006,  Integrating isostasy into transpression:  a preliminary application to the Central Range fault system, Trinidad: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, n. 6.
  • Dair, L., and Giorgis. S., 2006, Vorticity analysis of the western Idaho shear zone, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, n. 2, p. 67.
  • Johnson, K., and Giorgis, S., 2006, Mesoscale mapping of shear sense, western Idaho shear zone, McCall, Idaho, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, n. 2, p. 77.
  • Tong, J., and Giorgis, S., 2006, Crustal root development in transpression, Central Range fault system, Trinidad, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, n. 2, p. 77.
  • Giorgis, S., Tikoff, B., and McClelland, W., 2005,  Baja-BC at last:  Terrane collision in western Idaho and the role of wet mantle lithosphere: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, n. 6.
  • Dair, L., and Giorgis. S., 2005, Vorticity analysis of the western Idaho shear zone: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, n. 6.
  • Giorgis, S., Tikoff, B., and McClelland, W., 2004, Transpressional modification of a Cordilleran batholith:  modification of the 87Sr/86Sr isotopic transition in western Idaho: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, n. 6.
  • Markley, M., Giorgis, S., Tikoff, B., and Kelso, P., 2004, What’s happening under there?  Kinematics and vertical axis rotation of crustal blocks in oblique divergence and convergence: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, n. 6.