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Geology/Environmental Science/Oceanography Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Physical Geology w/Lab (GEY 111, 4 credits)
Historical Geology w/Lab (GEY 112, 4 credits)
Rock and Mineral Identification (GEY 118, 1 credit)
Environmental Geology w/Lab (GEY 135, 4 credits)
Introduction to Global Position Systems (GEY 140, 1 credit)
General Oceanography w/Lab (NRE 251, 4 credits)
Field Courses to Hawaii and elsewhere (course # and time varies)

Eleanor Camann
Office 2572

Associate Professor of Geology
Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
B.S. Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, 1999
B.S. Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1990

After getting an international affairs degree from Georgetown and working as a park ranger at Cape Cod National Seashore as well as in fields as diverse as radio and the travel industry, I decided that my lifelong love of geology was really what I wanted to pursue.  I returned to school and then earned my doctorate in order to become a professor.  I am a coastal geologist, and my dissertation research was a study of barrier island dynamics in the southern Outer Banks.  I loved the field work, and developed skills in RTK-GPS, GIS, and boating as well as science.  I also taught part-time at Carteret Community College and at Duke University’s Marine Lab while in graduate school. 

For three years after earning my PhD I was a member of the Department of Geology and Geography at Georgia Southern University, where I conducted research on the Georgia coast and taught upper-level classes in Sedimentary Geology and Coastal Geology as well as some of the same courses I teach here.  Then I decided to move to a position with a greater emphasis on teaching and to a location where I have family.  Red Rocks was the obvious choice.  I’ve been here since 2008.  I like the small class sizes and wonderful students, and have great colleagues in the Science Department.  Although I miss the coast, the geology of Colorado is pretty spectacular and it has been great learning and teaching about it. 

I grew up near Rochester, New York, but have enjoyed living in different parts of the country.  When not at work, my favorite activities are traveling, hiking, photography, and watching way too many movies.


Part-Time Instructors

Physical Geology w/Lab (GEY 111, 4 credits)

Jack Stanesco

Professor Emeritus, Geology
M.A. Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, 1974
B.A. English Literature, Regis College, 1968 

Although I have an undergraduate degree in the liberal arts, I pursued geology after a stint in the Peace Corps to build on my interest in the mountains and deserts of the American west. This love of the outdoors has carried over into my teaching. As much as possible I utilize local examples of geological phenomena and conduct field trips to outstanding geologic locations. I was the college’s first recipient of the Leprino Endowed Chair for excellence in teaching.

In addition to my work at Red Rocks, I have been a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey specializing in the analysis and interpretation of Permian and Triassic age sedimentary rocks in the Colorado Plateau.

My main avocation is playing guitar and banjo with the folk-music group "Grubstake".

Environmental Science w/Lab (ENV 101, 4 credits)
Physical Geology w/Lab (GEY 111, 4 credits)
Gems, Crystals and Minerals (GEY 116, 1 credit)
Rock and Mineral Identification (GEY 118, 1 credit)
The Great Ice Age (GEY 119, 1 credit)
The Geology of Colorado (GEY 205, 3 credits)
Colorado Mines and Ores (GEY 206, 2 credits)

Chuck Patterson

BS. MS. and PhD in Geological Science, University of Colorado, Boulder

A Colorado resident for over 60 years, Chuck has Bachelor’s, Master's, and PhD degrees in Geological Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  His teaching career has spanned over 40 years at many Colorado colleges and universities.  Chuck started at Red Rocks Community College in 1972, and was one of the early founders of the Geology Department.  Other teaching posts include Naropa University, Colorado Mountain College, University of Colorado campuses at Boulder and Denver, and Regis University.  Courses taught included Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology, Hydrology, Mining Geology, Field Geology, Colorado Geology, Soils and high-altitude revegetation, Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry, Ecology and Natural History, Outdoor Photography, Cross-Country Skiing, and Bicycle Touring and Repair.

Chuck has had a parallel career as a geological consultant, working with mining and the environmental problems associated with mines, mills, and smelters.  During 8 years with the USGS, Chuck mapped geology and did mineral resource studies in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, and New Mexico.  Later consulting focused mainly on environmental pollution with the USEPA Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program. Chuck further honed his communication skills as the technical liaison between the EPA, the principal parties, and small, mainly minority communities being affected by a Super Fund cleanup.

Chuck conducted yearly geology seminars to Colorado Outward Bound instructors for nearly 15 years in the various field areas of their courses, mainly Canyonlands N.P.  Additional outdoor experience includes being a back-country ski instructor, running a cross-country skiing program, being an avid mountain climber, sea kayaker, and photographer.  In earlier days, desiring to be a glaciologist, he spent a field season on Baffin Island, NWT.  Now retired, Chuck still teaches a few classes at Red Rocks, just because he enjoys it.

Plate Tectonics (GEY 125, 1 credit)
Dinosaurs of Colorado (GEY 130, 2 credits)

Nicole Peavey

My name is Nicole Peavey, and I'm a part time instructor at Red Rocks Community College, currently teaching the Weekend College classes on Dinosaurs of Colorado and Plate Tectonics. I have a B.A. in Geology from Whitman College and an M.S. in Geosciences/Vertebrate Paleontology from Fort Hays State University, and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Geosciences from Texas Tech University. I moved to Denver with my husband in mid-2010, and I love living in such a geology-rich area!  I'm a paleontologist currently studying Silurian conodonts and working full-time at an environmental consulting firm.  Teaching Weekend College classes at Red Rocks is a great opportunity to share the subjects I love with both geoscience majors and students who are just dabbling in the sciences.

Physical Geology (GEY 111, 4 credits, Spring and Summer)

Kristen Marra

I am originally from Oklahoma and hold both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from the University of Oklahoma. I am currently completing my Ph.D. in Geology (University of Oklahoma), focusing on chemical weathering in extreme environments. After completing my M.S. degree in 2008, I worked for QEP Energy in Tulsa, OK as a petroleum geologist before beginning a Ph.D. program. I am currently a full-time geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Denver, CO, where I conduct oil and gas energy assessments of U.S. basins. My side projects include work on reconstructing past climate conditions from the rock record. My love of travel and the outdoors has continued to spur my interest in geology. I have been fortunate to have conducted fieldwork in and/or participated in fieldtrips to the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, Tanzania, New Zealand, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and the Florida Keys.  I am enjoying being part of the Red Rocks Community College system as an adjunct professor of Physical Geology.

Geology of US National Parks (GEY 108, 3 credits)
The Geology of Colorado (GEY 205, 3 credits)

Tim Connors

Tim Connors is a geologist for the National Park Service Geologic Resources Division (Colorado) since 1997 after completing both BS (1991) and MS (1996) Geology Degrees (University of Toledo, Ohio). Tim also teaches geology courses (University of Colorado-Denver), and has been an active volunteer and on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge (Morrison, Colorado) since 1999. Tim’s work has allowed familiarity with numerous geologic terranes, processes and features that comprise Americas Geologic Heritage and are showcased in National Park areas. Tim enjoys using this information to find the best ways to manage and interpret geologic resources.

Environmental Science w/Lab (ENV 101, 4 credits)
Geology and Evolution of Caves (GEY 143, 2 credits)
Colorado Mines and Ores (GEY 206, 2 credits)

Rebecca Port

I am a geologist for the National Park Service in Denver, CO with a passion for teaching and learning in the great outdoors. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University where I specialized in paleoclimatology and marine paleontology. My studies took me to the depths of the oceans as a research SCUBA diver and to the north slope of Alaska collecting fossils. Following graduate school I taught college geology courses and worked as an educator in both Rocky Mountain National Park, right here in Colorado, and Mammoth Cave National Park, in Kentucky. Today I work for the National Park Service from a central office in Denver where I help parks across the country understand and interpret their geologic stories.

Oil and Gas Geology (GEY 127, 1 credit)




Jason Eleson

M.S. Geology, University of North Carolina, 2002
B.S. Geology, University of Nebraska, 1999

I grew up in northwestern Nebraska, and became fascinated with the fossils that outcropped in the hills surrounding my home.  I enrolled in geology classes in college and was hooked immediately. After my undergraduate advisor introduced me to the study of microfossils, I struck off on a new path to become a micropaleontologist in grad school. After grad school, I moved to Houston, TX to work for ExxonMobil for 12 years.  Instead of pursuing the rather specialized art of micropaleontology in oil and gas exploration, I enrolled in a carbonate internship program and became an expert in sedimentology and stratigraphy of carbonate systems.  To learn more about these kinds of deposits, I was lucky enough to spend several weeks in Turks and Caicos (near the Bahamas) snorkeling and studying modern carbonate depositional systems, and then spent the next 8 years studying the ancient reef systems in countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Kazakhstan, Canada and the U.S.  In January of 2014 I elected to take another career shift when I moved to Denver to begin work for Koch Exploration Company.  Now I am in charge of development drilling and completion plans for fields in the Uinta and Piceance basins, as well as exploration of many other basins within the continental U.S.  I am learning more about petrophysics (interpreting log data taken by special tools in these drilled wells), source rock geochemistry, and unconventional completions technologies, such as fracture stimulation.  I have taught classes through all phases of my career, and am happy to be able to continue to share what I have learned at Red Rocks Community College!