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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

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. 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.

Dr. Kevin Stafford
Associate Professor of Geology

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

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

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.




Department of Geology

Physical Address:
Miller Science Building 
Room 301

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13011, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962