Bernard Housen, PhD

He/Him/His, Professor and Chair, Geology

Educational & Professional Experience:

Ph.D. - University of Michigan, 1994

M.S. - University of Michigan, 1990

B.S. - University of Washington, 1988

Areas of Expertise

Applications of geophysics to structural and tectonic problems, paleomagnetism and plate motions, deformation fabrics and tectonics of active accretionary prisms and mélanges, magnetic mineral diagenesis and environmental magnetism of marine sediments, emplacement and deformation fabrics in granitic rocks, magnetic anisotropy, biomagnetism, paleomagnetism of deformed rocks. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and near-surface geophysics (seismic, electrical resistivity) applied to geological, hydrological, and forensic studies.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Geology
  • Honors Geology
  • Mt. Baker Geology
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Physical Geology
  • Structural Geology
  • Geological Oceanography
  • Geophysics
  • Field Camp
  • Geophysics Seminar
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Practical Paleomagnetism
  • Magnetic Fabrics

Recent M.S. Students

Chris Ward (MS 2008) Paleomagnetism and detrital zircon geochronology of the Skeena Group, British Columbia
Sean Gallen (MS 2008) An investigation of the magnetic fabrics and paleomagnetism of the Ghost Rocks Formation, Kodiak Islands, Alaska
Ben Baugh (MS 2010) Paleomagnetism and Rock Magnetism of remagnetized carbonate rocks from the Helena Salient, Southwest Montana
Chris DeBoer (MS 2012) Block rotation and magnetostratigraphy of the Fish Creek- Vallecito basin, western Salton trough, CA
Beth Novak (MS 2012) Magnetic fabric analyses of ocean floor sediments: Characterizing depositional processes in the Nankai Trough and Shikoku Basin


Applications of geophysics to structural and tectonic problems, Paleomagnetism and plate motions, Deformation fabrics and tectonics, Magnetic mineral diagenesis and environmental magnetism, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and near-surface geophysics