Native of Richmond, Va.
B.S. Cum Laude James Madison University, 1979: Distinquished Alumni, 2013
M.S. University of Maryland, 1993: Distinquished Alumni, 2012
Research Geologist, US Geological Survey, 1980-2019
Emeritus, US Geological Survey, 2019-2020
Fellow Geological Society of America
Geologic mapping and regional studies
Rocks studied include 1.2 Ga gneisses,
1.05 Ma paragneisses, 760 and 570 Ma volcanic rocks, 720 Ma glaciogenic rocks, 540 Ma clastic rocks, 300 Ma metamorphic rocks, and 45 Ma volcanic rocks
President of The King Rankin Institute, an LLC for geology education
The King Rankin Institute is an LLC for Earth Science education that I established.
P.B. King (1908-1987) was the author of the Geologic Map of the U.S. He did outstanding field mapping in the Blue Ridge and authored numerous papers, maps, and books. D.W. Rankin (1932-2015) was an extraordinary field geologist in the Blue Ridge and authored numerous maps, reports, and books.
Both men were talented regional geologists that had the ability to synthesize complex geology. The Institute honors their unique talents as we strive to carry the torch for future generations.
Power point presentation, rock specimens, ask any questions, and bring your favorite rock for identification
Explore amazing rocks, surficial deposits, landscape evolution, and collect your favorite rocks