Kellen Gunderson

KellenKellen began his geology career in Utah where he earned a B.S. in geology from Brigham Young University. While he failed to distinguish himself academically at university, he did prove adept at cutting down trees for firewood with his rock hammer. He later earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in structural geology and tectonics from Lehigh University. Kellen has done geology in the Italian Apennines, the Spanish Pyrenees, Sicily, Costa Rica, the Scottish Highlands, Iceland, the American Appalachians, and the American Rockies, Colorado Plateau, and Basin and Range. He now works for a large international energy company in Houston, Texas. Kellen has interests in the history of field geology and in spending quality time with his bicycles. Read more about Kellen’s research here.

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和Kellen Gunderson探索大弯曲国家公园的地质奥秘

Kellen Gunderson是在雪佛龙能源技术公司工作的野外地质学家。 您可以通过Google Scholar阅读更多关于他的研究。 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Exploring the Geology of Big Bend National Park with Kellen Gunderson

Part of what is means to be a Traveling Geologist is that your curiosity and desire for discovery never stops, even when you are on holiday. For those brave souls who are coupled to us Traveling Geologists, this means that many of our family vacations are actually just well disguised geologic expeditions. This became apparent […]


TravelingGeologists from history: Max Steineke’s discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia with Kellen Gunderson

There are many ‘TravelingGeologists’ from history that have left an indelible mark on our understanding of earth sciences as well as on society. You can read more about the seminal geologists of the past here. This post comes from Kellen Gunderson. Kellen received his PhD from Lehigh University and now works for a large energy company in […]


Pennsylvania Coal Country: Bear Valley Mine and Centralia

 by Kellen Gunderson The 19th century industrial revolution was powered by coal. In the United States most of that coal came from a region in Northeastern Pennsylvania called the anthracite coal belt. Coal was first discovered there in the late 18th century and commercial coal mining began in the early 19th century with the formation […]

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External Spanish Pyrenees – Kellen Gunderson

The external Spanish Pyrenees are classic locale for geologists who want to study the interactions between sedimentation and tectonics. The Pyrenees are a fold and thrust belt resulting from the collision of Iberia and Europe. Most of the deformation of the external Pyrenees occurred during the Eocene (56-34 Million years ago). The external Pyrenees are […]

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Appalachian Ridge and Valley – Western Maryland

by Kellen GundersonThe Ridge and Valley province of the Appalachians is a fold and thrust belt that formed during the Alleghanian orogeny (260-325 Million years ago). The remnants of that ancient mountain belt consist of a series of linear ridges and valleys that can be followed for hundreds of kilometers. There are a series of […]


Black Hills and Badlands – Kellen Gunderson

from Kellen Gunderson: Western South Dakota contains two gems that are often forgotten in discussions of great landscapes of the American Rocky Mountains. Just off I-80 near the Wyoming border lies the famous South Dakota Black Hills Mountains and Badlands National Park. Before the Black Hills became the holy mountains of the Lakota Sioux Tribe, […]


Iceland – Kellen Gunderson

Iceland was recently described to me as “Disneyland for Geologists”. The meaning of that phrase is obvious. Iceland is littered with the volcanoes, glaciers, and active faults that make geologists’ blood start pumping. But there are many places in the world that have all of these different features. What separates Iceland apart is the overwhelming […]


The Emilian Apennines – Kellen Gunderson

Sometimes a geologist will compare a mountain belt to a living organism. Just like organisms, mountain belts are dynamic systems that experience life cycles. Mountains go through a fragile infancy, a youth filled with rapid growth, a commanding adulthood, and an eventual decay into old age. Sometimes though, the entrance into old age is not […]


Death Valley – Kellen Gunderson

    Kellen Gunderson on Death Valley. Kellen (website) is a PhD Candidate at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, United States. He is a tectonic geomorphologist currently working on spatial and temporal scales of fault slip rate variability in the Northern Apennines, Italy.   Death Valley (part 1)   To most people Death valley seems desolate. […]


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