Shawn Willsey
Shawn Willsey
Distinguished Professor, Geology 

Office: Evergreen A-18
Phone: 208-732-6421
Shawn Willsey

Education Information

M.S. in Geology, Northern Arizona University, 2000

B.S. in Geology, Weber State University, 1997

Background/Personal Information

I began my college career without a major or much direction in life.  After three years of attending college sporadically, I enrolled in a college geology course that set me on a path that I have thoroughly enjoyed ever since.  After earning my B.S. in Geology at Weber State University, I moved to the high pine forests of Flagstaff, Arizona to pursue a Master's degree at Northern Arizona University (home of the Fighting Lumberjacks!).  

My M.S. research investigated a unique set of extensional structures related to the opening of the Gulf of California during the Miocene (~6-12 Ma).  The field research involved about 8 weeks of geologic mapping and structural data collection in the rugged Sierra de la Giganta near Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico.  After earning my M.S., I worked for two years as a hydrogeologist for a consulting firm in Salt Lake City where I was involved in well siting, groundwater source protection, and water rights disputes.  I also taught geology part-time at Salt Lake Community College for a year.  From there I taught full-time at a small community college in southeastern California before coming to CSI in the fall of 2004.  In April of 2007, I became a licensed professional geologist in the State of Idaho.  I occassionally do consulting work on weekends and in the summer. I am also a certified climbing guide with the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) and occasionally take clients out for rock climbing adventures.

I am married with an 13-year old daughter, 8-year old son, and a 5-year old son.  In my spare time, I like to explore the geology of the western U.S. and abroad. I also enjoy pursuing outdoor activities (rock climbing, hiking, camping, rafting, snowboarding, etc.) with family and friends.  

Course Information

Links of Interest

  1. Mt St Helens VolcanoCam
  2. Recent Earthquakes (USGS)
  3. Kilauea Eruption Status



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