Stephen Rowland

Professor of Geology

Paleontology, Paleoecology, Stratigraphy, History of Geology

Office: LFG
(702) 895-

Frenchman Mountain Great Unconformity Site


Ph.D. – University of California, Santa Cruz: 1978

Research interests:

Dr. Rowland and his students are actively engaged in paleoecological studies of Pleistocene mammalian faunas and the paleoecology of Cambrian and Neoproterozoic reef ecosystems. He also does research in the history of geology.

Selected Publications:

Rowland, S.M., 2009, Thomas Jefferson, extinction, and the evolving view of Earth history in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  In: Rosenberg, G.D., ed., The Revolution in Geology from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment:  Geological Society of America Memoir 203, p. 225-246.

Hicks, M., and Rowland, S.M., 2009, Early Cambrian microbial reefs, archaeocyathan inter-reef communities, and associated facies of the Yangtze Platform:  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 281, p. 137-153 [doi:10.1.16/j.palaeo.2009.07.018].

Rowland, S.M., Oliver, L.K., and Hicks. M., 2008, Ediacaran and early Cambrian reefs of Esmeralda County, Nevada: Non-congruent communities within congruent ecosystems across the Neoproterozoic-Paleozoic boundary. In Duebendorfer, E.M., and Smith E.I., eds., Field Guide to Plutons, Volcanoes, Faults, Reefs, Dinosaurs, and Possible Glaciation in Selected Areas of Arizona, California, and Nevada:  Geological Society of America Field Guide 11, p. 83-100, [doi:10.1130/2008.fld01(04)].

Rowland, S.M., Duebendorfer, E.M., and Schiefelbein, I., 2007, Structural Analysis and Synthesis – a laboratory manual in structural geology, 3/e. Oxford: Blackwell Science.

Courses taught

Fossil Record
Earth and Life Through Time
Quaternary Paleoecology
Science in American Culture
Graduate seminars in Paleontology and Paleobiology.