Faculty Profile

Peter Sak

Associate Professor of Earth Sciences (2004)

Contact Information

sakp@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Hall 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

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

ERSC 151 Foundations of Earth Sciences

ERSC 151 Foundations of Earth Sciences

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: 151 or permission of instructor.

Spring 2019

ERSC 302 Structural Geology
The description and analysis of intermediate-to large-scale rock structures. Topics include the analysis and graphical representation of stress and strain in rocks, deformation mechanisms and fabric development, the geometry and mechanics of folding and faulting, and structures related to intrusive bodies. Geologic map interpretation and cross-section construction are used to analyze the structural geology of selected regions. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week; field trip(s). Prerequisite: 151 or permission of instructor. Offered every other year.