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Dr. Richard L. Ford

Department Chair


Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
M.S. at University of New Mexico
B.S. at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech)


Contact Information

Phone: 801-626-6942
Office Location: 
Tracy Hall Science Center (TY)
Room 338, Mail Code 2507


Teaching Philosophy & Focus

My areas of expertise in the geosciences are surface processes and landforms (“dirt bag” geology), including geomorphology, Quaternary geology, meteorology, and oceanography.  

I also co-teach the majors’ class in geoscience field methods and an introductory Earth Science course for Elementary Education majors.

Courses Taught

GEO 1130 - Introduction to Meteorology
GEO 1350 - Principles of Earth Science
GEO 3010 - Oceanography and Earth Systems
GEO 3150 - Geomorphology
GEO 3210 - Quaternary Environmental Change  
GEO 4060 - Geoscience Field methods

Research Areas of Interest

Landscape change in eolian environments of the Colorado Plateau, especially the Holocene history of dune formation at Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Kane County, Utah

Hydrology, geomorphology and Holocene history of montane wetlands of the Uinta Mountains, northeastern Utah.

I have two ongoing research projects. I am working with colleagues at Boise State University to understand the nature and timing of dune formation at Coral Pink Sand Dunes in southern Utah. 

I am also working with colleagues from Weber State, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and the Forest Service on the modern hydrology and Holocene history of high-elevation wetlands in the Uinta Mountains of northeastern Utah.

Some Sites Pertaining to Dr. Ford

Past National President (Western Region) The Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon 
Geological Hazards of the Wasatch Front
Major Milestones in the Development of Sigma Gamma Episilon's Core Traditions