DR. MARK JOSEPH ABOLINS
Associate Professor

CONTACT AND CONNECT:
E-mail: Mark.Abolins@mtsu.edu

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Phone: (615) 594-4210
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Address:
Department of Geosciences

Middle Tennessee State University

Kirksey Old Main, Room 322D
MTSU Box 9
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Web Address: www.mtsu.edu/~mabolins/abolins.htm


EDUCATION:
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

 

HONORS AND AWARDS:

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)

 

APPOINTMENT:

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


RESEARCH INTERESTS:

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Summer 2014 Application Process Begins November 25, 2013

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         Structural geology of the North American craton

 

* The Arno and McDaniel faults, central Tennessee

 

* Undergraduates discovering folds in "flat" strata: an unusual undergraduate geology field methods course

 

         3-D visualization of geologic structures

Deng et al., 2006

         Land cover/land use change

Abolins et al., 2010 (manuscript, proceedings)

         Educational applications of remote sensing and GIS

* Native Americans in an urban place: a geospatial perspective on the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake

(***PowerPoint***)

* 1994 Northridge, CA earthquake curriculum

         Tectonics, structure, and stratigraphy of the Southwestern U.S.

Abolins et al., 2000

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

LINKS TO SOME PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS

2012 Southeastern Section Meeting, Geological Society of America

2010 American Geophysical Union Meeting (ED31B-0676)

2008 American Geophysical Union Meeting (ED13A-0589)

2008 Geological Society of American Annual Meeting

2006 American Geophysical Union Meeting (ED53A-0856)

2006 Geological Society of American Annual Meeting

 

PUBLICATIONS

(* undergraduate co-author, ** graduate student co-author)

Abolins, M., accepted, Undergraduates discovering folds in "flat" strata: an unusual undergraduate geology field methods course, Journal of Geoscience Education, http://www.mtsu.edu/~mabolins/jge2012.pdf

Abolins, M., submitted, Native Americans in an urban place: a geospatial perspective on the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake, Journal of Geoscience Education, http://www.mtsu.edu/~mabolins/northridge.pdf

Abolins, M., 2010, Previously-Undescribed Half-Kilometer-Wide Structural Basin Along Lytle Creek, Murfreesboro, Central Tennessee, in Proceedings, Twentieth Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, p. 2C-28-2C-35, http://tnawra.er.usgs.gov/2010/Proceedings10.pdf

Abolins, M, J. Graw, C. Nicholas, E. Cathey, and T. Bailey, 2010, Urban Growth 2001-2009 Near Puckett and Overall Creeks, Stones River Watershed, Rutherford County, Tennessee, in Proceedings, Twentieth Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, p. 2C-39-2C-43.

Abolins, M., 2008, Improved surface geologic mapping of two carbonate aquifers and an aquitard within the Stones River Group, Murfreesboro, in Proceedings, Eighteenth Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, p. 2C-3 - 2C-10, http://tnawra.er.usgs.gov/2008/Proceedings2008.pdf

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://gsdidocs.org/gsdiconf/GSDI-9/papers/TS57.3paper.pdf

Abolins, M., *L. Cole and **S. Cofer, 2006, Development of GeoBrain Curricula at Middle Tennessee State University in Design Guide for Undergraduate Earth System Science Education.

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

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.

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.