E-mail: Mark.Abolins@mtsu.edu

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-abolins/3a/a94/a22
Phone: (615) 594-4210
Fax: (615) 898-5592
Department of Geosciences

Middle Tennessee State University

Davis Science Bldg, Room 217
MTSU Box 9
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Web Address: www.mtsu.edu/~mabolins/abolins.htm

A.B. (Geology and Integrative Biology) with Distinction, 1992, University of California, Berkeley

M.S. in Geology, 1996, California Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in Geology, 1999, California Institute of Technology



1992 Phi Beta Kappa.

1992 Earle C. Anthony Graduate Fellowship (Caltech).

1993 NSF Graduate Fellowship.

1997 Richard H. Jahns Graduate Assistant Teaching Award (Caltech).

1998 NSF Post-doctoral Fellowship in STEM Education. (I declined this award because MTSU offered me a tenure-track position.)



Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, 1998-present, Department of Geosciences, Middle Tennessee State University



Secretary/Treasurer of the Teacher Education Division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers








(* undergraduate co-author)

Abolins, M., Young, S.*, Camacho, J.*, Trexler, M.*, Ward, A.*, Cooley, M.*, and Ogden, A., 2015, A road guide to the Harpeth River and Stones River fault zones on the northwest flank of the Nashville dome, central Tennessee, in Holmes, A.E., ed., Diverse Excursions in the Southeast: Paleozoic to Present: Geological Society of America Field Guide 39, p. 1–20, doi:10.1130/2015.0039(01).

Abolins, M., 2014, Undergraduates discovering folds in “flat” strata: An unusual undergraduate geology field methods course: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 62, p. 264–277, doi:10.5408/12-371.1.

Abolins, M., 2004, A Student-centered Regional Planning Group Activity for Non-science Majors, Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 52, p. 472-480.

Wernicke, B. P., J. L. Davis, R. A. Bennett, P. Elosegui, M. J. Abolins, R. J. Brady, M. A. House, N. A. Niemi and J. K. Snow, 1998, Anomalous strain accumulation in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada, Science, v. 279, no. 5359, p. 2096-2100.

Bennett, R.A., B.P. Wernicke, J.L. Davis, P. Elosegui, J.K. Snow, M.J. Abolins, M.A. House, G.L. Stirewalt, and D.A. Ferrill, 1997, Global Positioning System constraints on fault slip rates in the Death Valley region, California and Nevada, Geophysical Research Letters, v. 24, p. 3073-3076.

Abolins, M., 1997, Introducing volcanic hazards with free digital data, Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 45, p. 211-215.



Deng, M., L. Di, M. Abolins, H. Gong and G. Zhou, 2006, Making Differences: Uses of GeoBrain in Classroom Teaching of Earth System and Geospatial Information Sciences at Higher Education Institutes Worldwide, in Proceedings, Ninth Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Conference, http://geobrain.laits.gmu.edu/geobrainhome/docs/dengGSDI9.pdf  

Abolins, M., R. L. Oskin, A.R. Prave, C.L. Summa, and F.A. Corsetti, 2000, Neoproterozoic glacial record in the Death Valley region, California and Nevada, Geological Society of America Field Guide, v. 2, p. 319-335.



(* undergraduate co-author)

Abolins, M., 2016, Using the spatial analysis of a structure contour map to compare fold hinge and fault orientations within the Harpeth River fault zone, a cratonic fault and fold zone in central Tennessee: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-287942, https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/webprogram/Paper287942.html (accessed 3/22/17).

Abolins, M., 2016, On-line educator professional development for the alumni of a summer undergraduate pre-service STEM teacher science research experience: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-287606, https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/webprogram/Paper287606.html (accessed 3/22/17).

Birkofer, J., and Abolins, M., 2016, Educators collaborate on-line to develop an education module aligned with a high school science next generation science standard: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-287144, https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/webprogram/Paper287144.html (accessed 3/22/17).

Deal, D.*, and Abolins, M., 2016, Collaborative development of a karst curriculum aligned with the next generation science standards: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-287536, https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/webprogram/Paper287536.html (accessed 3/22/17).

Abolins, M., and Ogden, A., 2016, Groundwater Flow within the Western Limb of the Stones River Syncline, Rutherford County, Central, Tennessee: Proceedings of the 2016 Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, p. 1C-13-1C-21, https://tnawra.er.usgs.gov/Library/Proceedings2016.pdf (accessed 3/22/17).

Abolins, M., Young, S.*, Camacho, C.*, Trexler, M.*, Ward, A.*, Han, A.*, Flores, J.*, and Cooley, M.*, 2015, Inferred Paleozoic reactivation of Precambrian basement faults within a cratonic flexural bulge, Nashville dome, central Tennessee, Geological Society of America Abstracts, https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015AM/webprogram/Paper270507.html (accessed 9/4/15).

Abolins, M., 2015, Relationship between an intensive nine-week undergraduate pre-service teacher science research experience and lesson plans and career plans, Geological Society of America Abstracts, https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015AM/webprogram/Paper270390.html (accessed 9/4/15).

Bomar, B.*, Evans, I.*, and Abolins, M., Impact of a 2014 nine-week intensive undergraduate research experience on a pre-service teacher’s active learning practices at the Salvation Army’s Summer 2015 Day Camp in Nashville, TN, Geological Society of America Abstracts, https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015AM/webprogram/Paper270056.html (accessed 9/4/15).

Abolins, J., 2014, The first year of the National Science Foundation Geosciences Directorate’s first pre-service teacher Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Geological Society of America Abstracts, https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2014AM/finalprogram/abstract_250295.htm (accessed 8/26/15).

Camacho, J.*, Young, S.*, and Abolins, M., Pre-service teachers involvement in nine-week structural geology research experience, Geological Society of America Abstracts, https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2014AM/webprogram/Paper249664.html (accessed 9/4/15).