Rhawn F. Denniston
For his dissertation, Rhawn studied stalagmites from the Midwest and Nepal with Luis Gonzalez and collaborated with Mark Reagan, Richard Baker, Art Bettis, and Holmes Semken. Rhawn was a research assistant for Luis and a teaching assistant for Earth History and Resources, Mineralogy, Petrology, and Field Camp.
Rhawn has been at Cornell College for 20 years and is now the W.H. Norton Professor of Geology. He has served as occasional chair of the geology department and full time chair of the environmental studies program. Rhawn teaches courses in paleoclimatology and hydrogeology, as well as a field class in New Zealand. He and his students are involved in stalagmite-based research projects in the Ozarks, Great Basin, Australia, Portugal, Nepal, and coral-related projects in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. Rhawn serves as an associate editor for three journals: Geology, Geosphere, and Scientific Reports.
Rhawn is a new member of the current EESDB Alumni Advisory Board. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Geology (1991) from Hamilton College, Master’s in Earth and Environmental Sciences (1995) from the University of New Mexico, and PhD in Geosciences (2000) from the University of Iowa. He belongs to the Geological Society of America and American Geophysical Union.