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Virtual Advisor

Emily G. Ward

Contact Information

Associate Professor of Geology
B.A. Whitman College
M.S. Washington State University
Ph.D. University of Montana
Phone: 406.238.7264
Office: Tyler Hall 211

Emily Ward


Dr. Ward grew up in Columbus, Montana, before heading west to Whitman College to earn her bachelor’s degree in Geology.  She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Geology at Washington State University and her Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Montana.  Ward accepted a two-year postdoctoral research position at Michigan State University where she worked on projects related to geocognition and geoscience education research before she started her faculty position at RMC.

Dr. Ward is interested in how places and cultures influence the way people learn about and interpret the physical landscape. Her work looks at the design and assessment of place-based geoscience interventions and course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs). Student research projects include investigating rockfall hazards, analyzing fracture networks in folded terrain, and mapping local bedrock geology.

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Geology of the National Parks and Monuments
  • Oil and Gas Geology
  • Geomechanics
  • Geology Capstone Course