Hello! I am Dr. Ken Bevis, a Professor of Geology at Hanover College in Hanover, IN. I have been actively conducting field research and teaching courses at the college level in geology since the early 1990’s. I have 40+ years of experience camping and hiking in the out-of-doors, and 20+ years of experience leading geological field trips for students. During that time, I have gained skills and experience observing, interpreting, and describing a plethora of geological features and processes to professionals, students, and the general public. I currently teach at Hanover College, an undergraduate, liberal arts institution in Indiana, where I am required to teach in a broad range of subject areas. My personal research interests lie primarily in the area of glacial geology, and as a teaching professional, I have an active research program reconstructing alpine glacial histories that engages my students in the learning process and constantly hones my skills as a scholar and communicator of my discipline. I believe these skills and experiences have provided me with a discerning eye for determining what features are geologically significant enough for inclusion in a geological guide of the format I am producing here, what roads and hiking trails would be best suited for inclusion in my guide, and how best to effectively communicate relevant information to my potential readers. I hope you enjoy.
Personal Background: Birth date – 11/4/63; Marital status – Married; Children – two, 12-year-old twin boys.
Education: Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR; Ph.D. in Geology; June, 1995; Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA; M.S. in Geology; August, 1989; Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI; B.S. in Geology; May, 1987.
Teaching Experience: Full Professor (2012 – current); Department of Geology, Hanover College, Hanover, IN; Associate Professor (2007 – 2012); Department of Geology, Hanover College, Hanover, IN; Assistant Professor (2000 – 2006); Department of Geology, Hanover College, Hanover, IN;. Adjunct Professor (1993 – 2000); Natural Sciences Division, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR.
Courses Taught: Physical Geology; Environmental Geology; Global Environmental Change; Geomorphology; Sedimentary Deposits; Field courses in Geology of National Parks and Monuments, Glacial Geology, Environments and Cultures of the Southwest, and The Geology of Central Oregon; Physical Science (Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics); Water Resource Management; and Geology of the Pacific Northwest
Research Interests: Alpine glacial geology, volcanology, sedimentology, climate change, soils, sustainable agriculture, the Oregon Cascade Range and Grand Canyon; developing avenues for communicating my knowledge and interests to general audiences
Hobbies: Camping, hiking, backpacking throughout the western United States; reading; gardening