Oregon Outside

This FIG evaluates the landforms and mountains of Oregon, their tectonic processes of formation and their modification by the surface processes of weather and erosion.

College Connections Faculty: Dave Blackwell

Photo of College Connections for Oregon Outside, Dave Blackwell.

Dave Blackwell is a Senior Instructor at the UO in the Department of Geological Sciences. He is the adviser for the Geology Club and Willamette Valley Student Chapter of American Association of Petroleum Geology. He has taught at UO for over twenty years. Dave has also taught at Western Washington University, Whitman College, Oregon State University, University of Pittsburgh, Lane Community College, and Northwest Christian College.  Academically, he is interested in West Coast tectonics and structure with an emphasis on the Pacific Northwest. 

He enjoys the geology and history of the National Parks and Monuments and visits them whenever possible. He is passionate about teaching geology and natural history at all levels of instruction from Elementary Public School through University. Outside of academics, Davis is interested in hiking, biking, gardening, listening to music, and attending music venues. He is married with three grown children (older son and set of boy/girl twins). Dave grew up in the Midwest. He was born in Springfield, Illinois and lived in the Illinois/Indiana region until the late 1970’s. He moved to the Pacific Northwest in the late 1970’s and attended graduate school at Western Washington University and University of Oregon. 

If you have any questions about the FIG or just want to introduce yourself, please send Dave an email at blackwel@uoregon.edu.

FIG Assistant: Maria Huether

Also note that our FIG camping trip will be during the 2nd week of school (October 7-8). Please send an email to myself and Dave introducing yourself! My email is mhuether@uoregon.edu.

Summer Assignment

For your summer assignment, please read the 2015 New Yorker article "The Really Big One"  and answer the following questions: Oregon Outside Summer Assignment

Please bring your answers to the first day of class!

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 11:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.