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Eric Leonard

Retired Professor

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Fields: Glacial geology and paleoclimate in the Western Cordillera of the U.S. and Canada, periglacial geomorphology, late Tertiary and Quaternary tectonics of Colorado and Chile.

Research Interests

Glacial lake sedimentation and Holocene glacial history, Canadian Rocky Mountains
Quaternary glaciation, ice dynamics, and paleoclimate, U.S. Rocky Mountains
Rock glacier mechanics
Neotectonics of coastal Chile
Tertiary tectonics, climate, and erosion, southern Rocky Mountains
Other Projects
Student Projects

Regular Classes

  • Introductory Geology
  • Physical Geology
  • Global Climate Change
  • Introductory Earth System Science
  • Fundamental Geological Methods & Rocky Mountain Evolution
  • The Rocky Mountains as a Physical System
  • Paleoclimatology: Hothouse & Greenhouse Worlds
  • Surface Processes and Geomorphology
  • Glacial Geology
  • Senior Seminar: Tectonics, Climate, and Topography
  • Senior Seminar: Rocky Mountain Tectonics
  • Regional Studies in Geology
  • Field and Computer Methods in Geomorphology


  • GY140 – Physical Geology


    PhD - 1981 - University of Colorado, Boulder (Geological Sciences )
    M.A. - 1975 - Simon Fraser University (Geography)
    B.A. - 1971 - University of California, Berkeley (History)