Carl Hoiland

Carl in ScotlandGrowing up in the rural heart of the Pacific Northwest (Vernonia, Oregon), with only a few kids his age at school and miles between the nearest neighbors, Carl spent much of his younger years out exploring in the Coast Ranges behind his home, drinking from natural springs and sleeping under primitive shelters. So while he may be awkward in social settings, he’s right at home in wild places. At his dad’s suggestion to try and get a college education “so you won’t have to work outdoors in the cold and wet your whole life”, Carl tried his hand at a number of desk-bound majors at the university before finding geology and realizing he actually does want to work outdoors, even if that still means being cold and wet on occasion (especially if in the pursuit of science). Currently, Carl is finishing up a PhD in Structural Geology and Tectonics at Stanford University in sunny California with his wife and two kids. While his dissertation fieldwork is primarily split between the Brooks Range of arctic Alaska and the high peaks of eastern Nevada, geologic quests have taken him around the world, from the Indian Himalayas to the Italian Alps, from the Scottish Highlands to the Scandinavian Caledonides.

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TG Posts by Carl Hoiland

Life on a subduction zone and Earth’s youngest granite

TravelingGeologist is expanding our reach to the world of short films about our adventures in the field. Our first instalment of TGTV is from a recent trip that Chris Spencer and Carl Hoiland took to the Japanese Alps. Enjoy! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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Coesite-eclogites in Selje, Norway, Part II: the rocks (and peripherals), with Carl Hoiland | Norway

Carl Hoiland is a Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University studying tectonics of the Cordillera. This post (in two parts) comes from a trip he took while as an NSF GRFP GROW visiting researcher at Stockholm University. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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Coesite-eclogites in Selje, Norway, Part I: a pilgrimage, with Carl Hoiland | Norway

Carl Hoiland is a Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University studying tectonics of the Cordillera. This post (in two parts) comes from a trip he took while as an NSF GRFP GROW visiting researcher at Stockholm University. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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Peter Molnar and the Crafoord Medal

This post comes from Carl Hoiland who is a Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University working on tectonics of the Cordillera, but is currently an NSF GRFP GROW visiting researcher at Stockholm University (a mouthful, I realize) where he is collaborating on a project to better understand the geology of the Arctic. Crafoord Days at the […]


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