Professor, Department of Geology, University of Georgia
Area of specialization:
Sedimentary Petrology - Geochemistry - Speleothems - Paleoclimate
BackgroundB.A, History, University of Iowa, 1980.
B.S., Geology, University of Iowa, 1981.
M.S., Geology, University of Iowa, 1983.
Exploration Geologist, Shell Oil, New Orleans, 1983-1985
Ph.D., Geology, University of Illinois, 1989.
Faculty Member, University of Georgia, 1989-present.
Assistant Professor 1989-1994.
Associate Professor 1994-2002.
Full Professor 2002-present.
Member of the Graduate Faculty, University of Georgia, 1990-present
Temporary Member of the Graduate Faculty, University of Alabama, 2006-2009
Correlatore (secondary doctoral advisor), Universita degli Studi di Cagliari
(University of Cagliari), Italy, 2009 to 2010.
Doctoral reviewer, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 2013.
Visiting Faculty Member, University of New Orleans-Innsbruck, 1997-2008:
Visiting Associate Professor, 1997, 1998, and 2002.
Visiting Professor, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008.
UGA Geology Professor of the Year, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2011.
UGA Geology Teacher of the Year, 1993.
Research Interests and Publications Research interests
Information for possible collaborators
List of published papers, with links to PDFs of some
Additional Pages for Prospective Graduate Students Former Graduate Students
The Sedimentary Petrology/Geochemistry Lab
A note for prospective students who are not native speakers of English
Courses TaughtEarth Processes and Environments - Physical Geology* (Physical Geology for undergraduate non-majors and perhaps majors too).
Earth's History of Global Change* (Historical Geology for undergraduate non-majors).
Sedimentary Petrology (formerly part of our Mineralogy-Petrology sequence for undergraduate Geology majors).
Alpine and Glacial Geology (taught in Innsbruck, Austria, in the UNO program in some summers).
Elementary Oceanography (a no-prequisite general survey of all marine sciences for undergraduates).
Petroleum Geology (a course undergraduates who have taken at least one geology class and for graduate students).
Earth Surface Geochemistry (a graduate course examining natural waters, soils, sediments, and sedimentary rocks).
(a graduate course on the petrology of limestones and dolostones).
Sandstone Petrology (a graduate course on sand, sandstones, porosity, permeability, and even a little petroleum geology).
A self-report on Railsback's teaching.
Pages for Educators: Virtual field trips.
Diagrams and documents used in teaching basic classes and available to educators.
Field images used in teaching and available to educators.
Earth-surface images used in teaching and available to educators.
Some Fundamentals of Mineralogy and Geochemistry.
Diagrams used in teaching upper-level classes and available to educators.
Pages for Students UGA's On-line lab safety training
Advice to students about graduate school and about academic careers
A page of Comments on ethical issues about research
Advice on Writing scientific papers and theses
Writing grant proposals
Editing scientific writing, mostly for grad students
Making plots to accompany papers
Giving a scientific talk
Pages on What Science is (and isn't) for students in core courses
Other Geo-Academic Stuff An on-line Atlas of Speleothem Microfabrics.
An Earth Scientist's Periodic Table.
An on-line Atlas of Pressure-Dissolution Features.
Beach and Shoreline Sands From Around the World.
A modern reprise of T.C. Chamberlin's Multiple Working
Other strange stuffBuildings and Building Stones - a Gallery
Pages on The History of the UGA Geology Department.
The Transilience Project
Even stranger stuff on a personal web page.
Stuff just for fun.
Phone: 1-706-542-3453 Fax: 1-706-542-2425
Bruce Railsback, Department of Geology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 30602-2501 U.S.A.
Railsback's office is in Room 133 in the northwest corner of the first floor of the Geology-Geography Building.
Railsback's departmental mail box is in Room 306B in the south hallway of the third floor of the Geology-Geography Building.
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