Structural geology is the study of the processes and products of the deformation of rocks and minerals. The interests of structural geologists range in length scale from atom-scale dislocations in crystal structures upward to the interaction of tectonic plates. In terms of time, we work with the very rapid propagation of fractures to processes that extend over the ~4.6 billion year history of Earth. The techniques of structural geology help us unravel Earth's history, find economic accumulations of petroleum and industrial minerals, analyze possible ground-water flow directions due to fracture permeability, understand and characterize earthquake hazards, and determine the stability of gravity-driven structures such as landslides.
Most Baylor graduates with a Master of Science degree with a specialization in structural geology are employed in petroleum geoscience.
Professor (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)