Stephen Rowland

Emeritus 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., Caputo, M.V, and Jensen, Z.A., 2020, Early adaptation to eolian sand dunes by basal amniotes is documented in two Pennsylvanian Grand Canyon trackways. PLOS ONE, 15.8 (2020): e0237636.

Karlstrom, K.E., Mohr, M.T., Schmitz, M.D., Sundberg, F.A., Rowland, S.M., Blakey, R. Foster, J.R., Crossey, LJ., Dehler, C., and Hagadorn, J., 2020, Redefining the Tonto Group of Grand Canyon and recalibrating the Series 2-Miaolingian Epoch boundary of the Cambrian time scale: Geology, v. 48, no. 5, p. 425-430.

Rowland, S.M., and Rodriguez, M.G., 2014, A multicellular alga with exceptional preservation from the Ediacaran of Nevada:  Journal of Paleontology, v. 88, p. 263-268.

Rowland, S.M., and Korolev, S., 2012, Russian to English translation of On the Strata of the Earth (1763), by Mikhail Lomonosov. Geological Society of America, Special Paper 485, 41 p.

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.

Courses taught

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