Jeff Tepper

Geology Department

University of Puget Sound


Welcome to my homepage!  I am the petrologist / mineralogist / geochemist at Puget Sound and have been on the faculty here since 2001.  I received my B.A. from Dartmouth and my M.S. and PhD from the University of Washington and subsequently taught at Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA) for six years before returning to the Northwest.  Courses I teach at Puget Sound include Physical Geology (GEOL 101), Introductory Mineralogy & Petrology (GEOL 200), Igneous Petrology & Volcanology (GEOL 304), Field Methods & GIS (GEOL 307), Environmental Geochemistry (GEOL 320), and a freshman seminar Geomythology of Ancient Catastrophes (SCI1 125).  My research projects generally involve geochemistry, particularly as applied to the study of igneous rocks in the Pacific Northwest and to the study of lake sediments as recorders of environmental history.  I am also interested in the connections between geology and mythology.  Away from school I enjoy working out at Taiso Fitness, woodworking, the Rolling Stones, Italian food, and any recipe that calls for green chilies. 

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How to contact me

Mineralogy / Petrology

Cascade Arc Granites

Geology Field Trip Suggestions


Sediment Chemistry

Petrology Class Oregon Trip 2008

Miscellaneous Links

Student Research

Hawaii Field Trip 2008

Thompson Hall Seminar Series


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