Dr. Harris researches the processes and hazards of mountain building. Studying collision processes, both ancient and active, can help authorities with natural disaster mitigation. Dr. Harris looks at collision of mountain ranges, movement of faults and earthquakes, and patterns of tsunamis.
Bart J. Kowallis
Dr. Kowallis's research has recently focused on better understanding the geology of Utah. Areas of particular interest are the geology of the southern flank of the Uinta Mountains, Utah's Jurassic rocks, altered volcanic ash beds found in Utah's sedimentary record, and the geochronology and geochemistry of these ash beds.
John H. McBride
Dr. McBride's research experience includes acquiring, processing, and interpreting geophysical data, particularly waveform data. He specializes in applying seismic reflection methods to the study of the structure, composition, and deformation history of the earth's crust and upper mantle. A major research focus is the constraining of carbon sequestration planning using industrial seismic reflection data. His geological hazards work is centered around landslides, active faults, and contaminated aquifers.