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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Las Vegas Review Journal
Mountains here. Mountains there. Mountains everywhere. New Las Vegas residents, especially if they’re from east of the Rockies, may not be used to seeing mountains in their front, side and rear windows. But what are the names of those prominent mountains and mountain ranges?
Las Vegas Sun
High schoolers could read about the Great Unconformity in a geology textbook, or they could stand on a trail on Frenchman Mountain, notice that the rocks look different and wonder why.
The Record-Courier
A paleontologist who excavated what he believes is a Washoe hunting camp in the flood plain of the Carson River is scheduled to speak 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville. UNLV Professor Emeritus Steve Rowland will discuss the excavation of he believes is a 200-year-old butchering site.
Science Daily
The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, visited by millions of admirers each year. So, naturally, you'd think that all of its rock layers had been studied and named. But you'd be wrong.

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