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Scott Giorgis

Professor
Geological Sciences
ISC 254
585-245-5293
giorgis@geneseo.edu

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

Scott Giorgis

Curriculum Vitae

Education

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

Employment

  • Professor, SUNY-Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (2015 – present)
  • Professor and Chair, SUNY-Geneseo, NY (2016-2017)
  • Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Universidad de Concepción, Chile (Fall, 2014)
  • Associate Professor, SUNY-Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (2013-2015)
  • Associate Professor and Chair, SUNY- Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (2010 – 2013)
  • Assistant Professor, SUNY-Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (2004-2010)

Publications

  • Giorgis, S., Mahlen, N., and Anne., K., 2017, Instructor-Led Approach to Integrating an Augmented Reality Sandbox into a Large-Enrollment Introductory Geoscience Course for Nonmajors Produces No Gains: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 65, n. 3, p. 286-291.
  • Giorgis, S., Michels, Z., Dair, L., Baudy, N., and Tikoff, B., 2017, Kinematic and vorticity analyses of the western Idaho shear zone, USA: Lithosphere, v. 9, n. 2, p. 223-234.
  • Giorgis, S., Weber, J., Sanguinito, S., Beno, C., and Metcalf, J., 2017, Thermochronology constraints on Miocene exhumation in the Central Range Mountains, Trinidad: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 129, n. 1/2, p. 171-178.
  • Giorgis, S., 2015, Google Earth mapping exercises for Structural Geology students – an effective intervention for improving penetrative visualization ability: Journal of Geological Education, v. 63, n. 2, p. 140-146.
  • Davis, J.R., and Giorgis, S., 2014, An inverse approach to constraining strain and vorticity using rigid clast shape preferred orientation data: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 68, p. 337-346.
  • 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.

More About Me

Research Interests

Western Idaho Shear Zone, ID

Central Range Fault Zone, Trinidad

Pluton Emplacement, Henry Mountains, UT

Gravity of the Genesee Valley, NY

Awards

Spencer J. Roemer Professor (2016-2019)

Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Interests

Structural Geology

Tectonics

Geophysics

Classes

  • GSCI 150: Geol of Climate Change &Energy

    This course is intended for non-science majors who have an interest in understanding the relationship between energy usage in the industrial era and climate change. Understanding and adapting to global-scale climate change is one of the most important issues facing scientists and world leaders in the 21st century. The interrelationship of past climate changes and energy consumption from fossil fuels is clear, and understanding the response of the Earth system to rising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere is of critical interest as the human population approaches maximum sustainable levels. This course explores the fundamental geologic records of global climate change, Earth-system processes in the context of climate change and the global carbon cycle, critical improvements to the scientific understanding of natural verses human-induced climate change, and the recent and future impact of global-scale energy use on the Earth system. Corequisite: GSCI 151. Not offered on a regular basis

  • GSCI 151: N/Geol-ClimateChange&EnergyLab

    This laboratory course is designed for non-science majors. Weekly exercises explore the global carbon cycle, Earth-system processes, geologic records of climate change, national and global-scale consumption of hydrocarbon fuels, and the potential for renewable energy resources in western New York. Corequisite: GSCI 151. Not offered on a regular basis

  • GSCI 341: Princip of Structural Geol-Lab

    The study of rock deformations, including the description, classification, and origin of structures such as folds, faults, joints, and cleavage. Attention is given to the influence of rock structures on economic problems and on geomorphic features. Aspects of geotectonics are considered. (Field trips are sometimes conducted outside class hours.) Offered every spring

  • GSCI 341: Princip of Structural Geol-Lec

    The study of rock deformations, including the description, classification, and origin of structures such as folds, faults, joints, and cleavage. Attention is given to the influence of rock structures on economic problems and on geomorphic features. Aspects of geotectonics are considered. (Field trips are sometimes conducted outside class hours.) Offered every spring

  • GSCI 391: Geological Sci Capstone Sem I

    A seminar that focuses on selected topics in the Geological Sciences. As part of this course, students will delve into the literature regarding a selected topic and present their findings in a professional talk and as an extended written abstract. Presentations by faculty and invited speakers as well as discussions will also play a part in this seminar. Prerequisite: GSCI 220