Rory McFadden


Assistant Professor in Geology and Environmental Studies

In my research, I use field-based structural geology, petrology, tectonics, and geochronology to investigate the Earth's crust and lithosphere. Mostly, I study intensely deformed, deep crustal rocks to examine the processes and timescales of mountain building and crustal deformation. I am especially interested the rates and processes of deformation in crustal-scale shear zones (e.g. mylonite zones) that help move deep crustal rocks toward the surface of the Earth. I have worked in Idaho, New Hampshire, California, Panama, Australia, and Antarctica.


Ph.D. University of Minnesota, M.S. University of Wyoming, B.S. University of Rochester

Areas of Expertise

Structural Geology, Tectonics, and Petrology


skiing, mountain biking, and hiking

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
GEO-111 Our Planet Lab 14 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, and 2017/FA
GEO-271 Earth Materials Lab 8 2021/SP, 2020/SP, 2019/SP, and 2018/SP
GEO-348 Structural Lab 3 2020/SP, 2019/SP, and 2018/SP
GEO-348 Structural Geology 3 2020/SP, 2019/SP, and 2018/SP
GEO-322 Petrology Lab 2 2019/FA and 2017/FA
GEO-322 Petrology 2 2019/FA and 2017/FA
ENV-120 Geochem of Environ Lab 2 2018/FA and 2017/FA
GEO-120 Geochem of Environ Lab 2 2018/FA and 2017/FA
GEO-254 Tectonics 1 2021/SP
GEO-393 Research in Geology II 1 2020/FA
GEO-392 Research in Geology I 1 2020/FA
GEO-117 Discovering Antarctica 1 2018/JN