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Cassandra Fenton

Instructor of Geology

Contact Information

Wubben Hall and Science Center 232C

970.248.1077

cfenton@coloradomesa.edu

Education

PhD, Geology: University of Utah

MS, Geographic Information Systems and Sciences: University of Salzburg

MS, Geology: University of Utah

BA, Geological Sciences: University of Rochester

 

Biography 

An instructor of Geology, Fenton teaches Applied Geochemistry, Introduction to Physical Geology, Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory, and Weather and Climate. Fenton tackles earth-surface field problems with her ‘toolbox’ of geochemical, geochronological and geospatial-analysis techniques, and through collaborations with students and colleagues. Whenever possible, she teaches students through hands-on field studies, which complement her classroom lectures.

Fenton has experience teaching and mentoring at both smaller liberal arts schools and larger research institutions. She has mentored students in field-based projects based in the western United States, Norway and Argentina.

Fenton is currently the principal investigator on the SPICE project, a field- and laboratory-based research project on a 70,000 year-old lava flow in northern Arizona. The SPICE project is helping to refine the production rates of terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides. Cosmogenic nuclides are used extensively to study the timing and rates of landscape evolution related both to climate change and tectonics.