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Melissa A Lamb

Professor
Degree
Ph.D., Stanford University
Office
OWS 118
Phone
(651) 962-5242
Mail
OWS 153

Professional Interests:

 

Research Interests:

  • Tectonics and sedimentation in the Lake Mead region, Southern Nevada
  • Tectonics of southern Mongolia
  • Geoscience education

 

Courses:

  • GEOL 110: Geology of the National Parks
  • GEOL 111: Introductory Physical Geology
  • GEOL 130: Earth History
  • GEOL 211: Mineralogy
  • GEOL 260: Regional Geology and Geological Field Methods
  • GEOL 340 and 360: Fundamentals of the Lithosphere I and II (Petrology and Structure)
  • GEOL 460: Advanced Field Methods

 

Recent Publications (last 5 years): 

Authors in bold are undergraduate students:

Lamb, M., Martin, L., Hickson, T., Umhoefer, P. & Eaton, L., (in press) Deposition and age of the lower Horse Spring Formation in the Longwell Ridges Area, southern Nevada, In Umhoefer, P., Lamb, M., and Beard, L.S. (eds), Miocene Tectonics of the Lake Mead Region Geology Society of America Special Volume. 

 Hickson, T., Ness, A., & Lamb, M., (in press) Deposition and age of the Bitter Ridge Limestone member of the Horse Spring Formation, Bitter Ridge to Gale Hills, Lake Mead, Nevada, In Umhoefer, P., Lamb, M., and Beard, L.S. (eds), Miocene Tectonics of the Lake Mead Region Geology Society of America Special Volume.

Lamb, M., Badarch, G., Navratil, T., & Poier, R., 2008, Structural and geochronologic data from the Shin Jinst area, eastern Gobi Altai, Mongolia: implications for Phanerozoic intracontinental deformation in Asia, in Sorkhabi, R. and Heydari, E, eds., Tectonopysics special  issue: Asia out of the Tethys: Geochronological, tectonic and sedimentary records, v. 451, p. 312-330, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2007.11.061. 

Johnson, C.L., Amory, J.A., Zinniker, D., Lamb, M.A., Graham, S.A., Affolter, M., and Badarch, G., 2008, Accretionary tectonics and sedimentation during late Paleozoic arc collision, China-Mongolia border region, In A. Draut, P. Clift, and D. Scholl, (Eds.), Formation and applications of the sedimentary record in arc collision zones, GSA Special Paper 436, p. 363-390.

Piotraschke, R.E., Ross, C.F., Lamb, M.A., and Hickson, T.A., 2008, Structural analysis in the Bitter Spring Quadrangle, Lake Mead, Nevada: unraveling a complex record of extension, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 40, p. 84. (Joint Meeting of the Rocky Mountain and Cordillera Sections, March, Las Vegas, NV)

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GEOL 340 - 01 Fund of Lithosphere I M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OSS 123
CRN: 42464 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa A. Lamb This is the first course in a year-long sequence that covers the fundamentals of petrology and structural geology in a global tectonic framework. The course begins with a discussion of plate tectonics and then examines each of the major plate settings and their boundaries. This will include the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Labs will include hand specimen identification and the use of the petrographic microscope. The course will also examine the conditions of rock deformation and the typical structural features of each tectonic setting. Labs will cover structural geology techniques including recognition and analysis of features in the field and in hand samples. In the fall semester the focus will be on the petrology of the mantle and lithosphere as well as divergent margins. In the spring semester, the focus will be on convergent margins. There will be several field trips as part of this course, ranging from 1-4 days, in the early fall and late spring. Prerequisites: one of GEOL 110, 111, 113, 114, 115 or 161; GEOL 211 and 320 or permission of the instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GEOL 340 - 51 Fund of Lithosphere I LAB - - W - - - - 1330 - 1630 OSS 123
CRN: 42465 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa A. Lamb This is the first course in a year-long sequence that covers the fundamentals of petrology and structural geology in a global tectonic framework. The course begins with a discussion of plate tectonics and then examines each of the major plate settings and their boundaries. This will include the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Labs will include hand specimen identification and the use of the petrographic microscope. The course will also examine the conditions of rock deformation and the typical structural features of each tectonic setting. Labs will cover structural geology techniques including recognition and analysis of features in the field and in hand samples. In the fall semester the focus will be on the petrology of the mantle and lithosphere as well as divergent margins. In the spring semester, the focus will be on convergent margins. There will be several field trips as part of this course, ranging from 1-4 days, in the early fall and late spring. Prerequisites: one of GEOL 110, 111, 113, 114, 115 or 161; GEOL 211 and 320 or permission of the instructor

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GEOL 340 - 52 Fund of Lithosphere I LAB - - - R - - - 0830 - 1130 OSS 123
CRN: 42466 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa A. Lamb This is the first course in a year-long sequence that covers the fundamentals of petrology and structural geology in a global tectonic framework. The course begins with a discussion of plate tectonics and then examines each of the major plate settings and their boundaries. This will include the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Labs will include hand specimen identification and the use of the petrographic microscope. The course will also examine the conditions of rock deformation and the typical structural features of each tectonic setting. Labs will cover structural geology techniques including recognition and analysis of features in the field and in hand samples. In the fall semester the focus will be on the petrology of the mantle and lithosphere as well as divergent margins. In the spring semester, the focus will be on convergent margins. There will be several field trips as part of this course, ranging from 1-4 days, in the early fall and late spring. Prerequisites: one of GEOL 110, 111, 113, 114, 115 or 161; GEOL 211 and 320 or permission of the instructor

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GEOL 360 - 01 Fund of Lithosphere II M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OSS 123
CRN: 22228 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa A. Lamb Continuation of GEOL 340. Prerequisite: GEOL 260 and 340

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GEOL 360 - 51 Fund of Lithosphere II Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1630 OSS 120
CRN: 22229 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa A. Lamb Continuation of GEOL 340. Prerequisite: GEOL 260 and 340

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