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Stephen Rowland

Professor of Geology

Expertise: Geology of Southern Nevada, History of Geology, Paleoecology, Paleontology, Stratigraphy


Steve Rowland studies the history of life on Earth as recorded in the fossil record, particularly the paleontology of Southern Nevada and adjacent regions. His research ranges from the earliest (late pre-Cambrian) animal fossils, to Jurassic dinosaur tracks (and those of co-existing animals) in Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park, to Ice-Age fossils of the Tule Springs area. His history of geology research focuses on 18th century Russia as well as the history of the relationship between geology and religion in American history—especially as recorded in the writings of Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain. 

Stephen Rowland In The News

Jul 16, 2018

In a lab at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, researchers from UNLV are combing over fossils from a Columbian mammoth that was a real stand-up guy.

Jan 3, 2018

More than 80 percent of land in Nevada is publicly owned. This wealth of open space is a treasure trove for paleontologists. Their digs into the dirt can teach us about what our world was and hint at issues we might have to confront tomorrow.

Dec 5, 2017

If the Trump Administration plans to shrink national monuments in Nevada—as it does in Utah, according to documents obtained today by The Washington Post—groups supporting Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments have readied a litigious rebuttal.

Aug 14, 2017

In his recent trip to Nevada, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent a few hours in one of our newest national monuments — Gold Butte, where he viewed Native American rock art threatened by vandals, hiking trails that offer countless opportunities for exploration and fragile desert plants and wildlife native to only this region.

Articles Featuring Stephen Rowland

students excavate a tusk
Nov 13, 2015

UNLV paleontologists recover mammoth fossils northwest of Las Vegas.

Aug 8, 2014
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