Thomas Hickson portrait

Thomas Hickson

Professor and Chair of Geology
Degree
Ph.D.: Stanford University, 1999
Office
OSS 117
Hours
TW, 3-4 pm
Phone
(651) 962-5241
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5241
Fax
651-962-5209

Research interests:

  • Lacustrine microbialite textures and chemistry
  • Tectonics and sedimentation in the Lake Mead region, Southern Nevada
  • Depositional mechanics of sediment gravity flows
  • Experimental sedimentology
  • Geoscience education

Courses:

  • GEOL 115: Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 260: Regional Geology and Geological Field Methods
  • GEOL 320: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • GEOL 430: Advanced Earth History
  • GEOL 460: Advanced Field Geology
  • ESCI 390: Senior Research Seminar
  • THEO 459: Theology and the Environment

Recent publications (undergraduate co-authors in bold):

Hickson, T.A., Theissen, K.M., Lamb, M.A., and Frahm, J., 2016, Lower Pahranagat Lake: modern analogue for extensive carbonate deposition in paleolakes of the Late Oligocene to Miocene Rainbow Gardens and Horse Spring Formations: Journal of Paleolimnology, , doi: 10.1007/s10933-016-9923-1.

Lamb, M., Beard, L. S., Hickson, T., Umhoefer, P., Dunbar, N., Schleicher, J. and McIntosh, W., 2015, Late Oligocene–early Miocene landscape evolution of the Lake Mead region during the transition from Sevier contraction to Basin and Range extension, Geological Society of America Bulletin, July 2015, v. 127, no. 7-8, p. 899-925, doi:10.1130/B31144.1

Cantero, M.I., Cantelli, A., Pirmez, C., Balachandar, S., Mohrig, D., Hickson, T., Yeh, Tzu-hao, Naruse, H., and Parker, G., 2011, Emplacement of massive turbidites linked to extinction of turbulence in turbidity currents. Nature Geoscience, Vol. 5, pp. 42–45, doi:10.1038/ngeo1320.

Hickson, T., Umhoefer, P., and Anderson, Z., 2012, Terrestrial Microbial Limestones in the Miocene Horse Spring Formation of the Lake Mead area, southern Nevada Basin and Range, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) and Pacific Section SEPM Field Trip Guide #14, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Society for Sedimentary Geology National Meeting, May 22-26, 34.pp.

Lamb, M., Martin, L., Hickson, T., Umhoefer, P. & Eaton, L. 2010. Deposition and age of the lower Horse Spring Formation in the Longwell Ridges Area, southern Nevada. Miocene Tectonics of the Lake Mead Region Geology Society of America Special Volume

Hickson, T., Ness, A., & Lamb, M. 2010. Deposition and age of the Bitter Ridge Limestone member of the Horse Spring Formation, Bitter Ridge to Gale Hills, Lake Mead, Nevada. Miocene Tectonics of the Lake Mead Region Geology Society of America Special Volume.

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GEOL 115 - 02 Environmental Geology M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OWS 251

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

OWS 251

Course Registration Number:

41544 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Thomas A. Hickson

This course emphasizes the interactions between humans and their environment, focusing on those processes and issues that are fundamentally geological in nature. Early in the course, students will be introduced to basic geoscience concepts and principals, the scientific method, plate tectonics, and earth materials (rocks and minerals). The remainder of the course will focus on specific topics at the interface between humans and their environment, including volcanic and earthquake hazards, human impacts on the hydrological cycle, surface and groundwater contamination, climate and the carbon cycle, nuclear waste storage, soil erosion, non-renewable resources, and slope stability. Students registering for GEOL 115-02 must also register for ONE lab section: GEOL 115-53, 115-54 OR 115-55. NOTE: Students who receive credit for GEOL 115 may not receive credit for GEOL 102, 110, 111, or 114.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GEOL 115 - 53 Environmental Geology LAB - - - R - - - 1000 - 1200 OSS 123

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1000 - 1200

Location:

OSS 123

Course Registration Number:

41545 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Thomas A. Hickson

This course emphasizes the interactions between humans and their environment, focusing on those processes and issues that are fundamentally geological in nature. Early in the course, students will be introduced to basic geoscience concepts and principals, the scientific method, plate tectonics, and earth materials (rocks and minerals). The remainder of the course will focus on specific topics at the interface between humans and their environment, including volcanic and earthquake hazards, human impacts on the hydrological cycle, surface and groundwater contamination, climate and the carbon cycle, nuclear waste storage, soil erosion, non-renewable resources, and slope stability. Students registering for this lab section must also register for GEOL 115-02 lecture. NOTE: Students who receive credit for GEOL 115 may not receive credit for GEOL 102, 110, 111, or 114.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GEOL 115 - 54 Environmental Geology LAB - - - R - - - 1330 - 1530 OSS 123

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1530

Location:

OSS 123

Course Registration Number:

42578 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Thomas A. Hickson

This course emphasizes the interactions between humans and their environment, focusing on those processes and issues that are fundamentally geological in nature. Early in the course, students will be introduced to basic geoscience concepts and principals, the scientific method, plate tectonics, and earth materials (rocks and minerals). The remainder of the course will focus on specific topics at the interface between humans and their environment, including volcanic and earthquake hazards, human impacts on the hydrological cycle, surface and groundwater contamination, climate and the carbon cycle, nuclear waste storage, soil erosion, non-renewable resources, and slope stability. Students registering for this lab section must also register for GEOL 115-02 lecture. NOTE: Students who receive credit for GEOL 115 may not receive credit for GEOL 102, 110, 111, or 114.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GEOL 320 - D01 Sedimentology/Stratigraphy - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OSS 120

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OSS 120

Course Registration Number:

21991 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Thomas A. Hickson

Sedimentology is the study of sediment, particularly focusing on how it is transported, and deposited. Stratigraphy emphasizes the analysis of sedimentary strata, the layers of sedimentary (and some volcanic) rocks that cover about three-quarters of the earth's surface. Sedimentary rocks illuminate many of the details of the earth's history: effects of sea level change, global climate, tectonic processes, and geochemical cycles are all recorded in the sedimentary strata of the earth. This course will cover basics of fluid flow and sediment transport, sedimentary structures and textures, and - forming the bridge between modern landforms and ancient rocks - depositional sedimentary environments. Lecture plus 3 hour lab 1 day/week. Students registering for GEOL 320-01 must also register for GEOL 320-51. Prerequisite: one of GEOL 110, 111, 113, 114, 115, 161; GEOL 211 recommended

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GEOL 320 - D51 Sedimentology/Stratigraphy LAB - T - - - - - 1330 - 1630 OSS 120

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1630

Location:

OSS 120

Course Registration Number:

21992 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Thomas A. Hickson

Sedimentology is the study of sediment, particularly focusing on how it is transported, and deposited. Stratigraphy emphasizes the analysis of sedimentary strata, the layers of sedimentary (and some volcanic) rocks that cover about three-quarters of the earth's surface. Sedimentary rocks illuminate many of the details of the earth's history: effects of sea level change, global climate, tectonic processes, and geochemical cycles are all recorded in the sedimentary strata of the earth. This course will cover basics of fluid flow and sediment transport, sedimentary structures and textures, and - forming the bridge between modern landforms and ancient rocks - depositional sedimentary environments. Lecture plus 3 hour lab 1 day/week. Students registering for GEOL 320-51 must also register for GEOL 320-01. Prerequisite: one of GEOL 110, 111, 113, 114, 115, 161; GEOL 211 recommended

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)