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Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer

whitmesj@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Professor, Structural Geology and Tectonics

BS, University of New Hampshire, 1999
PhD, Boston University, 2004

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Whitmeyer's Website

Courses

GEOL 110: Physical Geology
GEOL 399: Field Geology in Ireland
GEOL 467: Stratigraphy, Structure & Tectonics
GEOL 468: Advanced Stratigraphy, Structure & Tectonics

Research Interests

Current research projects:

  • Development of digital mapping techniques and 3D and 4D visualizations and their incorporation into field geology curricula (funded by NSF EAR)
  • Bedrock mapping of the Blue Ridge - Valley and Ridge transition in Page Valley (funded by USGS, EDMAP, and STATEMAP)

Grants

  • June 2013

    Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) and Dr. Shelley J. Whitmeyer (Instructor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $21,984 from Google for “Using Google Earth to Model Geologic Change Through Time” to facilitate the development of time- and space-dependent geoscience and environmental educational modules.

  • September 2013

    Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $700,067 from the National Science Foundation for Collaborative Research: Google Earth for Onsite and Distance Education to promote global curricular elements, offer widespread professional development, build tools to make it easy for colleagues to contribute, facilitate authentic undergraduate research and challenge instructor inertia.

  • January 2014

    Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $9,998 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for support of geologic mapping and stratigraphic analyses of the northeastern quarter of the Rileyville 7.5’ Quadrangle, Virginia, in support of the DGMR I-81 Project.

  • August 2015

    Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $308,376 from the National Science Foundation to use technology to allow students to experience geology field research via onsite-remote partnerships.

Honors

  • June 2013

    Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) has been named a fellow by the Geological Society of America.

  • January 2014

    Dr. David H. Bernstein (Professor, Computer Science) was one of two JMU faculty, the other being Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science), to be honored as a finalist for the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Awards presented annually by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Coming from a corporate background, Bernstein has successfully integrated his research and business experience into the classroom, advocating for students to complete “real world” assignments and have hands-on experience. Bernstein’s area of expertise has been focused on computational models and algorithms related to transportation, with a specialty in the area of navigation and information systems. He wrote the first and only textbook on digital multimedia that is appropriate for students in computer science and software engineering programs, “The Design and Implementation of Multimedia Software.” SCHEV announced the finalists in January 2014.

  • January 2014

    Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) was one of two JMU faculty, the other being Dr. David H. Bernstein (Professor, Computer Science), to be honored as a finalist for the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Awards presented annually by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Whitmeyer, a recognized leader in geoscience field education, is an advocate for student research projects and field work. He is the director of the JMU Geology Field Course in Ireland and has mentored many students in research projects and theses. Whitmeyer has integrated Google Earth-based visualizations, exercises and learning modules into all facets of his teaching, including developing a mapping game for students to remotely collaborate in a virtual field environment. SCHEV announced their finalists in January 2014.

Presentations

  • February 2015

    Dr. Stephen J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) organized a session of the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in San Jose, Calif., on Feb. 15. The session was titled “Geospatial Innovations in Imaging Information Intelligently” and featured six panelists. Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering) presented “Using Geospatial Technologies to Help K-12 Students Image and Analyze Information” at the session.

Publications

  • November 2014

    Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) published the article, “Crowdsourcing Digital Maps Using Citizen Geologists,” in Eos, a publication of the American Geophysical Union. His article concerns the use of crowdsourcing to gather geological data for geological mapmaking.

Services

  • April 2013

    Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) has been selected to serve a four-year term as science co-editor for GSA Today, the Geological Society of America’s science and news magazine published monthly for members and other earth scientists. Whitmeyer’s term begins Jan. 1, 2014.