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

February 27, 2019
Grand Canyon has been a national park for a century—but we’re still learning its many secrets. Recently, a rock fall revealed the oldest fossilized tracks ever recorded in the Canyon. They’re the footprints of a reptilian creature that walked through wet sand 310 million years ago.
KSNV-TV: News 3
February 20, 2019
Quicksand may not be as common as adventure movies might lead one to believe, but that doesn't mean that getting stuck in the stuff is entirely inconceivable.
AZ Big Media
December 14, 2018
When you’re out hiking in the Grand Canyon, you never know what you might see. You could cross paths with lizards, tarantulas or maybe even something bigger like a javelina. More likely, you’ll also come across the tracks of these critters.
KSNV-TV: News 3
December 7, 2018
Fossilized reptile prints older than any dinosaur were recently discovered in the Grand Canyon.

Articles Featuring Stephen Rowland

petri dish and beakers containing liquids
ResearchDecember 26, 2018
In 2018, faculty and students collaborated with one another and international colleagues on scientific exploration that sought to help people make sense of themselves and the world around them.
ResearchNovember 8, 2018
UNLV geologist investigating 310 million-year-old fossil trackway from ancient reptilian creature.
students excavate a tusk
ResearchNovember 13, 2015
UNLV paleontologists recover mammoth fossils northwest of Las Vegas.
Campus NewsAugust 8, 2014
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