Joseph L. Allen, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor

Chair, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences

Concord University, Athens, West Virginia, USA

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In collaboration with a host of Concord's undergraduate students, I work on a variety of field-based problems in structural geology. Most of my work involves study of pseudotachylyte to unravel fine details of the large-scale structure of earthquake ruptures at depth. In other words, how rocks break underground. Current field sites include the Colorado Rockies, the sunny beaches of western Greenland, and closer to home in the southern Appalachians of Virginia and West Virginia.

I also have the opportunity to teach a large number of courses that integrate development of field and analytical skills, including Structural Geology, CU's summer geology field camp, Earth Materials and Minerals, Evolution of Earth Systems, and Sedimentary Geology.