Stephen Marshak

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Columbia University
  • M.S. University of Arizona
  • A.B. Cornell University

Research Areas

Prof. Marshak's research involves structural geology, tectonics, and field geology. He has been involved in research projects in the Midcontinent, the Appalachians, and southeastern Brazil, and studies a variety of issues including: the development of tectonic structures and unconformities in cratons; the development of tectonic foliations in rocks; the formation of fold-thrust belts; and crustal evolution during the Precambrian.

Courses Taught

GEOL 100: Planet Earth

GEOL 411: Structural Geology and Tectonics

GEOL 415/GEOL 515: Field Geology

GEOL 512: Geotectonics

ESE 199: Future of Earth's Resources

GEOL 511: Advanced Structural Geology

Geology and Earth Science Textbooks

Prof. Marshak maintains a strong interest in geoscience education. He has authored or co-authored college textbooks in introductory geology, Earth Science, and structural geology, most of which are published by W.W. Norton & Company. He also has developed a MOOC (massive open online course) offered through Coursera.