Stephen Rowland

Professor Emeritus 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. 

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Stephen Rowland In The News

K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
A mammoth discovered several years ago 30 miles northwest of Pahrump provides the first-known proof of Ice Age animals in the Amargosa Valley area.
K.V.V.U. T.V. Fox 5
One local lawmaker wants to take federally protected land on the eastside of the Las Vegas Valley near Henderson and step up conservation and recreation there to create something akin to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Hikers stumbled upon the oldest vertebrate footprints ever discovered in the Grand Canyon.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
A rock tumble at the Grand Canyon revealed fossil footprints that researchers say are among the oldest in the park.

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