Scott Giorgis (he/him)

Chair and Professor of Geological Sciences
ISC 254

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

Scott Giorgis

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

  • M.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

  • B.S. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA


  • 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)


  • 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


Spencer J. Roemer Professor (2016-2019)

Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching


Structural Geology