Alumni and Friends

The Geosciences faculty greatly values and appreciates our on-going relationships with department alumni and friends. In particular, we are interested in developing and strengthening professional partnerships through which we can improve the educational experiences of our students and the value of a MTSU Geosciences degree. Be sure to check us out on social media by clicking on the Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram icons on the page.

We invite all of our alumni and friends to share with us their ideas as to how we can improve our department programs. Please feel free to come by the Department to meet with the faculty and students. We also invite geoscience professionals to give guest presentations in our classes so that our students may hear about the life of 'real world' geoscientists. If you are in the Murfreesboro area and interested in speaking to one of our classes, please contact Dr. Henrique Momm.

It is very important to us that we have current contact information for our alumni and friends. If you have recently changed your email address, please send the new address to Karen Wolfe. We also would greatly appreciate an update of your most recent activities!

Alumni and friends interested in making financial contributions to the Department or the Geosciences scholarship funds are asked to do so through the Support Geosciences web site.

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Faculty Spotlight

 Mt. Hood

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Dr. Warner Cribb’s research focuses on the geologic history of the solid Earth, with particular emphasis on the growth of continental crust in volcanic mountain belts. Most of Dr. Cribb’s students research the formation and chemical evolution of magmas that form volcanoes in the Cascade Range of Oregon and Washington. Their research goal is to improve the understanding of how molten rock beneath volcanoes forms, and how the chemical and physical properties of the molten rock change as it travels through Earth’s crust towards the surface.

Student research involves conducting fieldwork in the spectacular Cascade Range to collect rock samples at volcanoes, and then conducting geochemical and mineralogical analyses of the samples in labs at MTSU. Dr. Cribb’s students learn useful skills through their research, such as how to conduct geologic sample collection, how to geochemically analyze rock and mineral samples, and how to interpret and model geochemical data.

Most of Dr. Cribb’s students present their research results at national scientific conferences. Many of his students have been awarded full graduate assistantships and fellowships to attend some of the best geology graduate research programs in the country, such as at Notre Dame University, Vanderbilt University, Baylor University, The University of Oklahoma, and the University of Utah. After earning their M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, these students find employment in a range of geoscience employment sectors, such as mining, oil and gas exploration, advanced materials research, environmental consulting, and education.