Dr. Christiansen studies the origin and evolution of igneous rocks and related ore deposits as determined from their mineralogic, isotopic, and trace element composition. Other areas of study include the calibration of the geologic time scale and the evolution of volcanic landforms on the planets through study of photographs of planetary surfaces obtained by orbiting spacecraft.
Dr. Dorais's research focuses on continental tectonics, describing the behavior of broad deforming areas of continental crust. He studies the petrogenesis and compositional variation of peraluminous plutons and then determines the nature of the basement beneath the allochthonous cover rocks. Additionally, Dr. Dorais works on identifying primary basalt compositions.
Dr. Keith researches economic geology, geochemistry, and mineralogy and petrology. His research pursuits have taken him to diverse areas across the world, including Inner Mongolia, Siberia, Japan, Oman, northern Canada, and Utah. Hes investigating a theory that Traverse Mountain is a possible terrestrial landslide block.