Richard W. Hazlett, Professor
B.A. in Geology, Occidental College
M.A. in Geology, Dartmouth College
Ph.D. in Geology, University of Southern California
Specialty interest: volcanology, igneous petrology, mineralogy, land use issues pertaining particularly to oil depletion, forestry, agriculture, and the role of selected natural resources in human conflict and history.
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Dr. Hazlett, winner of 1996 and 2001 Wig Awards for teaching excellence at Pomona College, is an affiliated member of the Geology Department whose primary duties involve coordinating the Pomona Program in Environmental Analysis. (He is the first Stephen M.Pauley Chair in Environmental Analysis at the college, receiving this appointment in 2001). His regular teaching assignments are outlined below. His recent research (post 1996) has included work in the eastern Aleutian Islands on volcanic stratigraphy in conjunction with Dr. Jessica Larsen (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), mapping and interpreting the geologic evolution of Secret Spring Volcano and the Klamath River Gorge on the California-Oregon border with Dr. Stanley Mertzman (Franklin and Marshall College), studying a plutonic terrane and related volcanic cover in the Eldorado Mountains of southern Nevada (with Dr. Calvin Miller, Vanderbilt University), mapping volcanic stratigraphy in northwestern Iceland (Dr. Brennan Jordan, College of Wooster supervising) and more recentlyâ€“commensurate with his new academic appointmentâ€“an exploration of land use issues focusing on the American West. His hobbies include landscape sketching and spelunking, with small research projects undertaken at Tramway Cave in the Grand Canyon, Spider Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and at Jackson Bay Great Cave near the southern tip of Jamaica. In general, Dr. Hazlett styles himself as transitioning from hard-core geology to environmental studies with a land use/natural resource emphasis. One colleague describes him as â€œchanging from a pure geologist to a physical geographer with strong geologic trainingâ€. The motivation for this change came gradually from years of teaching introductory geology with an environmental/natural hazards focus. To make these courses more interesting for non-majors and general elective students, Dr. Hazlett acted upon the questions: â€œHow do I make what Iâ€™ve learned about the earth meaningful and important for my students? What is the future of geology in the service of society? What can I do personally, in what remains of my career, to improve our unfavorable environmental prognosis?â€
EA50: Introduction to Environmental Analysisâ€“an exploration of the motivations of the modern environmental movement rooted in the findings of Aldo Leopold and modern ecology, with an emphasis on food and energy production and a review of important environmental policies and laws (including the National Environmental Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water/Clean Air acts).
EA 60: Land Use and Land Abuseâ€“a critical examination of Leopoldâ€™s â€œLand Ethic,â€ and a study of how land abuse may be recognized, both through the perspective of physical processes and in its secondary human impacts. Agriculture, grazing, timbering, energy development, recreation, military training, road construction, urbanization, mining, are subtopics dealt with throughout the semester. Students engage in an ersatz groundwater contaimination study as independent â€œconsulting firmsâ€ in a real-world simulation.
EA 90: Strategic Natural Resourcesâ€“What constitutes strategic resources? Why are they found where we find them, and what explains their distribution? Why are these important to humanity at present, why do we fight over them, and what role do they play in our present and forthcoming affairs? Fossil fuels, phosphates, iron, nickel, timber, topsoil, and groundwater are all topics for discussion.
- Howard, K.A., Nielson, J.A., Simpson, R.S., Hazlett, R.W., Alminas, H.V., Nakata, J.K., and McDonnell, J.R. Jr., 1988, Mineral resources of the Turtle Mountains [BLM] Wilderness Area, U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1713-B.
- Hazlett, R.W., Kalapana and Kalalua quadrangles, in E.Wolfe, ed., Big Island Mapping Project, U.S. Geological Survey [revised USGS map of the Island of Hawaii. Most of the geology mapped by Hazlett in these quadrangles has subsequently been covered by lava flows from the on-going Pu'u O'o eruptions].
- Clague, D.A., and Hazlett, R.W., 1989, Geological field guide to the Hawaiian Islands (Field Trip Guidebook T188/304), 18th International Geological Congress of the American Geophysical Union, Washington D.C., 33 p.
- Hazlett, R.W., 1990, Miocene extension-related volcanism in the Mopah Range volcanic field, southeastern California, in J.L. Anderson ed., Nature and Origin of Cordilleran Magmatism, Geological Society of America Memoir 174, pp. 133-145.
- Hazlett, R.W., Buesch, D., Anderson, J.A., Scandone, R., and Elan, R., 1991, Geology, failure conditions, and implications of seismogenic avalanches of the 1944 eruption at Vesuvius, Italy, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.
- Hazlett, R.W., 1992, Mountain Building and the Growth of Continents, Earth Revealed (Annenberg-C.P.B.) 28 minute TV program for P.B.S.
- Hazlett, R.W., 1993, Stratigraphic section of the central Mopah Range,California, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper on in Tertiary stratigraphy of the Mojave Desert region, D. Sherrod and J. Nielson, eds., U.S. Geol. Surv. Bull., 2053, 131-132.
- Hazlett, R.W., 1995, Field guide to the geology of the eastern San Gabriel mountains and San Andreas fault in the Cajon Pass area, southern California, 8th Keck Research Symposium field trip guidebook, Claremont, CA, 61 p.
- Hazlett, R.W. and D. Hyndman, 1996, Roadside Geology of Hawaii, Mountain Press, Missoula, MT, 477 p.
- Hazlett, R.W., Bilstrom, E., Cross, B., Kormeier, G., Sykes, M.L., Williams, R.S., 1997, Widespread Late Pleistocene lansliding event in the area of Secret Spring Volcano, southern Oregon, abs., Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Salt lake City.
- Hazlett, R.W. and D.D. Trent, 1998, Geological setting of the Poleta folds and Deep Springs valley country east-central California, N.A.G.T. field trip guidebook â€” Far Western section spring meeting, pp.1-20.
- Burgisser, A., Larsen, J.F., Hazlett, R.W., Coombs, M., Campbell M., Eichelberger, J., 1999, Preliminary investigation of the eruptive cycles of Okmok Volcano, Alaska (abs.), Program with Abstractsâ€“American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, p. 1188.
- Hazlett, R.W., 2003, Geological Field Guide, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Natural History Association, 162 p.
- Trent, D.D., and Hazlett, R.W., 2003, Geology of Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree Natural History Association, 64 p.
- Lazzaareschi, D., Miller, C., Ericksen, S.M., Koteas, C., Hazlett, R.W., 2004, Fine grained felsic enclaves in a bi-model magma chamber, Aztec Wash pluton, Eldorado Mountains, Nevada: Origins and implications (abs. in press), Rocky Mountain Sectional Meeting, Geological Society of America.
- Pipkin, B., Trent, D.D., and Hazlett, R.W., Environmental Geology, Brooks Cole Publishing (introductory geology textbook in press).
- Lockwood, J.P., Hazlett, R.W., and Macdonald, G.A., Volcanoes (introductory to advanced-level textbook in pressâ€“publisher in negotiation).
- Wilshire, H., Nielson, J.A., and Hazlett, R.W., Tender Land: Land Use Issues in the American West, Oxford University Press (general reference in press).
- Dr. Hazlett also coordinates the five-times-a-year publication of the Environmental Analysis Newsletter, an in-house compilation of Pomona student/faculty environmental research and news with a current distribution of about two hundred persons.
National Council for Science and the Environmentâ€“Pomona College representative.
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