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PhD, University of New Mexico

MS, State University of New York

BS, University of New Mexico


Richard 'Rick' Livaccari, PhD, received his Bachelor of Science from the University of New Mexico and went on to earn his Master of Science from the State University of New York-Albany and his PhD from the University of New Mexico. A professor of geology, Livaccari teaches Physical Geology, Structural Geology, Remote Sensing, Crystallography and Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and Summer Field Camp. His research interests include structural geology of the Colorado National Monument and the surrounding Uncompahgre Plateau, tectonics of the Laramide Orogeny and igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Rick is a strong believer in teaching geology in the field to supplement and compliment classroom instruction. He developed a 100-level Field-Based Introduction to Physical Geology course that has become very popular. He also takes his upper division Structural Geology, Mineralogy and Petrology students on multiple Saturday field trips to study the local geology. During the summer, he teaches three weeks of the six-week long upper division Summer Field Camp course where he brings students on a river trip on the Colorado River and to the Moab, Utah area.