Professor of Geology
I have been actively conducting field research and teaching courses at the college level in geology since the early 1990’s. I also have 40+ years of experience camping and hiking in the out-of-doors, and 20+ years of experience leading geological field trips for students. During that time, I have gained skills and experience observing, interpreting, and describing a plethora of geological features and processes to professionals, students, and the general public. My teaching at Hanover College also requires that I be proficient in a wide range of geological subdisiplines. My personal research interests lie primarily in the areas of geomorphology, glacial geology, and GIS, and as a teaching professional, I have an active research program reconstructing alpine glacial histories (in the western U.S.) and mapping terrain features using GIS that engages my students in the learning process and constantly hones my skills as a scholar and communicator of my discipline. More recently, I began an ongoing effort to redirect and connect my geological research skills and knowledge, my mentorship of Hanover geology students, and my creative and leisure time interests. The result of that synergy is my geologically-themed website, In the Playground of Giants (www.intheplaygroundofgiants.com). As I identify like-minded students at Hanover, I have encouraged them to get involved, to aid my field research and to develop content for my website, a mutually collaborative effort that provides them with valuable field experiences, scientific research, writing, and presentation skills, and builds a better resume. I believe that this collaborative research not only improves my interpretive skills, but it provides many teachable moments that have allowed me to develop a discerning eye for detail and a conscious mind that strives to more effectively communicate relevant information to my audience, whomever they may be.
B.S., Grand Valley State University (1987) M.S., Humboldt State University (1989) Ph.D., Oregon State University (1995)
Teaching Areas / Expertise / Specializations
environmental geology, geomorphology, meteorology, physical geology, sedimentary deposits, climate change and water conservation, geology of the national parks, glacial geology, environments and cultures of the Southwest, geology of central Oregon, physical science including Earth science, chemistry and physics, water resource management, geology of the Pacific Northwest
Bevis, K.A. (non-peer-reviewed website – 2013 to present). In the Playground of Giants.com.
Bevis, K. A., Neace, S. D., Redmond, M., Slover, H. (2017). In the Playground of Giants; A Geo-educational Website for Any Audience. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Annual Meeting; Vol. 49, 77-118.
Neace, S. D., and Bevis, K.A. (2017a). The Grand Canyon as an Undergraduate Field Laboratory. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Joint Northeastern/North-Central Section Meeting; Vol. 49, 22-1.
Neace, S. D., and Bevis, K. A. (2017b). Improved Sinkhole Mapping in Jefferson County, Indiana Using LiDAR Technology. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Annual Meeting; Vol. 43, 355-147.
Rogers, K., and Bevis, K.A. (2017). Revised Mapping of the Location and Extent of Glaciation in the Central Oregon Cascades Based on LiDAR Data. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Annual Meeting; Vol. 49, 282-176.
Slover, H., and Bevis, K. A. (2017). Rock Falls and Debris Flows in Semiarid Canyons of the Southwestern United States. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Joint Northeastern/North-Central Section Meeting; Vol. 49, 26-12.
Litz, A. and Bevis, K. (2015) An Undergraduate Field Course in Physical Geology at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Presented at the Spring, 2015 Butler Undergraduate Research Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
Bevis, K. A., and Moreland, A. (2013). Late Quaternary Glacial History of the Deschutes River Basin III: The Tumalo Creek and Upper Deschutes River Watersheds; Central Cascade Range, Oregon. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, National Meeting; Vol. 43, 47-5.