Matt Affolter's homepage

This the personal page for Matthew Dale Affolter, born on the third of September, 1980, in Ridgecrest, CA. I now live in Salt Lake.

I currently work as a Earth Science teacher at Cottonwood High School in Utah. In 2016, I won the National Association of Geoscience Teachers educator of the year, and in 2014, I won the State of Utah's Earth Science Teacher of the Year from the Utah Geological Association. Formerly, I taught at Granite Park Jr High in South Salt Lake, Utah and Fort Herriman Middle School in Herriman, Utah. I have also been a geologist with Kennecott Exploration on Copper Porphyry exploration, a well-site geologist with the Utah Geological Survey's Snake Valley Ground-Water Monitoring-Well Project, and a geologist on a (now-defunct) iron project in Southern Utah.

I have a B.S. in Geology from UCLA. I also have an M.S. in Geology from the University of Montana. My thesis was on volcanic lithic fragments. I also have an M.A. in Teaching from the University of Utah, with a certification in Secondary Earth Science Education.

I am on the board of the Ballpark Community Council and run the electronic media for the organization. I also am a tour guide/science instructor through my company Scenic Science Tours. I also am a contributor on Facebook's most popular Earth Science page, The Earth Story. I also am an author at, the best and only geology open-source textbook website.

My motto is: those who reject science should reject technology for consistency.
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