Faculty Profile

Peter Sak

Associate Professor of Earth Sciences (2004), Department Chair

Contact Information

sakp@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Building Room 138
717.245.1423

Bio

He specializes in describing and quantifying temporal and spatial variations in near surface deformation and landscape evolution. To document variability in regional scale deformation he integrates structural, geomorphic, and petrographic data sets. His current research projects involve field work along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in central Colorado, and Valley and Ridge of central PA.

Education

  • B.A., Whitman College, 1995
  • M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • Ph.D., 2002

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

ERSC 141 Planet Earth
A study of plate tectonics with emphasis on ancient and modern geological processes associated with mountain building. The course builds knowledge through field and classroom studies of Appalachian geology, and by comparison of the Appalachians with active mountain belts in South America, Indonesia, and Asia. The course also develops a geologic understanding of the seismic and volcanic hazards associated with mountain building. The overall aim of the course is to illustrate the historical, predictive, and practical aspects of geologic principles and reasoning in scientific and societal contexts. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

ERSC 141 Planet Earth
A study of plate tectonics with emphasis on ancient and modern geological processes associated with mountain building. The course builds knowledge through field and classroom studies of Appalachian geology, and by comparison of the Appalachians with active mountain belts in South America, Indonesia, and Asia. The course also develops a geologic understanding of the seismic and volcanic hazards associated with mountain building. The overall aim of the course is to illustrate the historical, predictive, and practical aspects of geologic principles and reasoning in scientific and societal contexts. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

ERSC 301 Field Geology
A course in some of the basic geological field techniques, with the preparation of topographic and geologic maps and reports from data obtained by the student in the field. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 141 and 142, or permission of instructor. This course fulfills the DIV III lab science distribution requirement.