Term Instructor of Geological Sciences
Mark Rivera received his B.S. in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1996. He then accepted a teaching assistantship at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces New Mexico. Under the guidance of Dr. Katherine Giles, Mark successfully completed an M.S. in geology specializing in carbonate sequence stratigraphy and sedimentary petrology in 1999. While writing his Master's Thesis, he worked at the NASA-White Sands Test Facility in southern New Mexico doing environmentally-related field geology. In the winter of 2000, Mark moved to Fort Collins, Colorado and worked as a geologist for Lidstone and Associates. In the summer of 2001, Mark and his wife Marny moved to Ashland, Oregon. During this time, Mark went back to school to become a high school science teacher. In 2004 he completed a second Master's degree in teaching from Southern Oregon University. He taught for three years at Rogue River High School in southern Oregon and in the summer of 2006 he and his wife Marny, accepted teaching positions at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.