Joseph Hill

Joseph C. Hill Joseph C. Hill
Department of Geography and Geology
P.O. Box 2148
Huntsville, TX 77341
 (936) 294-1560
 geojoe@shsu.edu
Courses:
GEOL 1403 Physical Geology
GEOL 1404 Historical Geology
GEOL 3301 Geologic Field Methods
GEOG 3363 Computer Cartography
GEOL 4331 Geology of North America
GEOL 4337 Plate Tectonics
GEOL 4402 Structural Geology
Research:
Precambrian Geology of the Black Hills, S.D.
Structural Geology of the Appalachian Peidmont
Meteorite Impacts

Associate Professor
Structural Geology, Metamorphic Petrology, and Tectonics

I have been told that as a very young child, my favorite thing to do was to ask "why?" For every answer I was given, I responded with "why?" As an earth scientist, I count myself among the luckiest of people because I still want to know "why" and I have added "how" and "when"to my interrogative lexicon. Most every child has an innate fascination with the world around them. I happen to be lucky because, in that regard, I never grew up! I am still fascinated by the physical world around me and I still actively ask the questions: "why?", "how?", and "when?"

I am a classically trained structural geologist with related interests in tectonics, petrology, isotope geochemistry, and sedimentology. My research has primarily involved the investigation of the crystalline cores of mountain belts. I have worked in the Acadian crystalline core of the northern and southern Appalachians and the Paleoproterozoic core of the Black Hills,South Dakota.

Current research projects include mapping and tectonic/structural analysis of the metamorphic rocks of the Piedmont region of Pennsylvania, specifically in Chester and Lancaster counties, investigations of some extremely enigmatic rocks of the poorly understood Devonian-Mississippian boundary in NE Pennsylvania, and detailed mapping of some of the northern Appalachian plateau.