Dr. Nick Van Buer

Department of Geological Sciences, Cal Poly Pomona

I am an associate professor specializing in hard-rock geology. I teach a wide range of classes including mineralogy, petrology, GIS, and field classes. My research applies petrologic and geochronologic techniques to field-based study of tectonic problems, with an emphasis on geologic mapping. Many of my active projects focus on the Cretaceous magmatic history of the Mojave Desert. I also engage in public outreach via my YouTube channel, TectoNick.

If you are an undergraduate or prospective masters student interested in joining our adventure, check out the research and field video pages for an idea of what we do. Don't hesitate to stop by my office (Bldg. 4, Rm A-404) or shoot me an email: njvanbuer@cpp.edu

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Stanford University, Stanford, California, 2005-2012. Ph.D., Geology; advisor: Elizabeth Miller.

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, 2001-2005. Bachelor of Science with Honor, Geology

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Cal Poly Pomona 2020-present

Assistant Professor, Cal Poly Pomona 2014-2020

Operations manager, Floodmatters, Inc. 2013-2014

Postdoctoral associate, MIT; advisor: Oliver Jagoutz 2012-2013

Teaching assistant, Harvard, part time Spring 2012

Research or teaching assistant, Stanford, part time 2007-2011

Teaching assistant, Caltech, part time Spring 2005