Meet our “rock stars”
When you study geology at SFA, you’ll work side-by-side with experienced faculty and staff members who truly love teaching, research and sharing their passion for geology. Collaborate with our knowledgeable and caring faculty members on research projects and participate in studies and field work that help you develop a better understanding of the Earth’s past, present and future.
Dr. Wesley Brown
Professor and Chairman
Dr. Brown was born and raised on the island of Jamaica. He earned his B.S. degree in geology from the University of the West Indies and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Dr. Brown’s research interests include earthquake seismology and environmental geophysics. He teaches undergraduate courses in geophysics, physical geology, historical geology, engineering geology and graduate courses in seismic and non-seismic methods. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Geophysical Union, the Society of Exploration Geologists and the Seismological Society of America.
Dr. Chris Barker
Dr. Barker teaches undergraduate courses in structural geology, oceanography, engineering geology, physical and historical geology and graduate courses in advanced structural geology and regional tectonics. In addition, he teaches the department’s Hill Country and Galveston weekend field trips and is the director of the Summer Field Camp. Dr. Barker has a Bachelor of Science in geology from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science in geology from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Melinda Faulkner
Dr. Faulkner earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in geology from SFA, and she is currently working on her Ph.D. in environmental studies through SFA’s College of Forestry. She teaches introductory and historical geology, geochemistry and structural geology, as well as the department’s popular Hill Country and Arkansas field trips and Summer Field Camp.
Dr. R. LaRell Nielson
Dr. Neilson is the faculty advisor for SFA’s Geologic Student Association and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Student Chapter. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. His research interests include stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleontology, and geomorphology.
Patricia Sharp received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in geology from SFA. She joined SFA’s geology department after a 25-year career in education, where she developed and led earth science workshops and activities for classroom teachers. In addition to teaching general geology courses, she teaches Earth Science Activities for Teachers and is responsible for the development and instruction of three online geology courses.
Dr. Kevin Stafford
Dr. Stafford’s research interests include cave and karst studies, particularly void formation, geohazards, mineral resources and remote sensing. He teaches historical geology, hydrology, and mineralogy, as well as graduate courses in hydrogeology and sedimentology. Dr. Stafford holds a B.S. in geology from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in geoscience from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in geology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Dr. Liane Stevens
Dr. Stevens is a metamorphic geologist using fieldwork, petrology, thermodynamics and geochronology to unravel the history of Earth’s deep crust. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in geology from Wellesley College, a Master of Science in geology from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Montana. Dr. Stevens teaches introductory geology, petrology, optical mineralogy, the Arkansas and Hill Country field trips and graduate courses in metamorphism and geochronology.
Wesley Turner earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in geology from SFA. His research interests include sequence stratigraphy and petroleum geology. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society for Sedimentary Geology and the Geological Society of America.
Shana Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from SFA, and she keeps the geology department running smoothly. She is also a licensed massage therapist and outdoors enthusiast who enjoys spending time in the piney woods of East Texas.