Geoffrey Cook is a Teaching Professor in the Geosciences Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.
Cook’s research focuses on volcanology, and the science of volcanic eruptions. As a doctoral student, he studied Valles Caldera, a super-volcano in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, to determine the dynamics of the eruption and the amount of material released when the volcano erupted more than 1.6 million years ago. By using an innovative new method that examines rocks formed by lava from the eruption, he determined that the volcano actually emitted almost two times the material originally thought to have come from the explosion.
Cook has had a life-long obsession with minerals, rocks, volcanoes that began when he was a young boy growing up in New Hampshire. He brings that same childhood passion for geosciences to the classroom today. He began teaching while completing his doctoral studies. He was named University of Rhode Island’s Teacher of the Year.
Cook received his B.A. in geosciences from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., an M.S. in geology from Boise State University, and a Ph.D. in geology from Washington State University.
He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Last updated July 2011