Beginning this semester, we are pleased to host “Scientist in Residence” Dr. Rick Bennett who has begun holding office hours at DRC on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to noon. Dr. Bennett is available to meet with students who are interested in discussing the possibility of pursuing a degree in one of the science, technology, engineer, or mathematics (STEM) fields. Please feel free to bring any questions you may have about the opportunities afforded by a STEM degree.
Dr. Bennett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona. He obtained his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995, and worked as a staff scientist at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics between 1996 and 2004. He joined the UA faculty in the fall of 2004. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in Geosciences, including courses on Geophysics and Space Geodesy. He conducts research in the area of “Tectonic Geodesy” which is concerned with monitoring and understanding Earth’s every-changing shape. His past and present research spans a wide range of topics, including the origin of mountainous terrain, the causes and consequences of earthquakes, and related phenomena. Dr. Bennett supervises graduate and undergraduate research spanning a variety of topics, including studies of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona, the greater San Andreas fault system in southern California, volcanic and climatic processes in central Iceland, mountain building in Argentina and Italy, and earthquake hazards in Panama and Colombia.
Dr. Bennett is available during office hours at the DRC, Monday and Wednesday 10-12, or by appointment.