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 ID (GEY 118, 1 credit)
Environmental Geology w/Lab (GEY 135, 4 credits)
Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GEY 140, 1 credit)
General Oceanography w/Lab (NRE 251, 4 credits)
Field Geology in Hawaii and elsewhere (GEY 228, 4 credits)

Eleanor Camann
Office 2572


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 earning 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 Faculty

Plate Tectonics (GEY 125, 1 credit)
Dinosaurs of Colorado (GEY 130, 2 credits)
Rock and Mineral ID (GEY 118, 1 credit)

Nicole Peavey


In addition to teaching weekend classes at Red Rocks, I serve as the Colorado Department of Transportation staff paleontologist, working with state and federal agencies and museums to identify and protect the fossils found near Colorado's roadways. I have a B.A. in Geology from Whitman College and an M.S. in Geosciences/Vertebrate Paleontology from Fort Hays State University, and recently completed my PhD in Geosciences at Texas Tech University, studying Silurian spathognathodontid conodonts. I moved to Denver with my husband in mid-2010, and I love living in such a geology-rich area! 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.

Jason Eleson

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!

instructor Libby Prueher


General Oceanography w/ Lab, (NRE 251, 4 credits)

Environmental Science w/Lab (ENV 101, 4 credits)

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

Geology of U.S. National Parks (GEY 108, 3 credits)

Rock and Mineral ID (GEY 118, 1 credit)


Libby Prueher


Ph.D. Marine Geology and Geochemistry, University of Michigan, 1999

M.S. Geology, University of Oregon, 1985

B.S. Geology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1980


I currently teach classes in Physical Science, Physical Geography, Sustainability, and a Capstone Writing class in Renewable Energy at the Ecotech Institute in Aurora Colorado. I also teach Physical Oceanography at Metro State University. In my spare time, I am a Research Associate at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.   


My research interests include the impact of volcanism on climate and the source at volcanic ash at Florissant National Monument. I have studied volcanoes in the Cascades, Iceland, Peru, and Easter Island, and studied ash eruptions from volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands, Kamchatka, and Colorado. I enjoy leading field trips to areas of geological interest in the Denver area. My current interest is explaining climate change to people of all ages.