Stephen G Smith

I am a currently a visiting assistant professor in the Center for Integrative Geosciences at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  In May of 2016, I finished my PhD in Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at NC State, where I worked on various projects with other members of the Surface Processes and Active Tectonics Research Group.  My research has taken me as far as the Hangay Mountains in central Mongolia and as close as state parks that were just a few minutes down the road from campus.  After finishing up at NC State, during the 2016/17 academic year, I worked as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Geology at Washington and Lee University.  I met some great people and had a great time taking students out to the amazing field sites of western Virginia.  

Although now it's difficult to imagine working in any other field, I didn't always know I wanted to be a geologist. In fact, when I enrolled as an undergraduate at Bucknell University in August 2004, I had my sights set on an engineering degree. However, I quickly realized that engineering wasn't for me, and just so happened to take an introductory geology course during my next semester. The professor for this class had a very contagious enthusiasm for Earth science, and this served to ignite my own passion for the field. Long story short, I never looked back! Today, I am thrilled to call myself a geologist and to have the opportunity to share with others my enthusiasm and passion for understanding the Earth.  After all, my story is proof that one good teacher is all it takes to spark a lifelong curiosity in our planet! 

The information contained in these pages should serve to give you a better idea of who I am as a geologist and an educator, and maybe even who I am outside of those roles :)