Terry Naumann, Ph.D.

Term Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences
Office: CPISB 301K
Phone: 786-6846


Dr. Naumann received his B.S. in Geology from the California State University Chico in 1983. In 1987 he completed a M.S. degree in Geology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas under the supervision of Dr. Eugene Smith. Dr. Naumann's M.S. thesis dealt with the structural, petrogenetic and geochemical characterization of a Mid-Miocene calc-alkaline volcanic/plutonic complex in southern Nevada. Between 1987 and 1992 he was a Research Associate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas studying the volcanic risk related to the proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

In 1998 he completed a Ph.D at the University of Idaho under the supervision of Dr. Dennis Geist. His Ph.D. dissertation was titled: Volcanology, Petrology, Geochemistry and Structural Development of Cerro Azul Volcano: Implications of Intershield Differences Among Galapagos Volcanoes. Much of his dissertation field work involved backpacking in the wilds of the Galapagos Islands. Dr. Naumann began his teaching career as a part-time instructor first at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and then at the University of Idaho. He has been a faculty member at the University of Alaska Anchorage since the spring of 1999 and was awarded an Associate Professorship of Geology in 2004.

Career History

Link to Dr. Naumann's CV

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Mineralogy and Mineralogy Lab
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and Petrology Lab
  • Physical Geology and Physical Geology Lab
  • Volcanology
  • Geology of Hawaiian Islands
  • Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range Field Stations

Research Interests

Dr. Naumann conducts research in the fields of volcanology and igneous petrology. His current research deals primarily with the origin and evolution of volcanoes in the Galapagos Islands. Dr. Naumann and his students integrate mapping, sampling, petrography, geochemistry (including isotopes)and geochemical modeling in their research.

Funded Research 

National Science Foundation: The volcanic and petrologic evolution of Isabela Island, Galápagos archipelago. Jan 2002 – Dec 2006


Selected Publications

  • Geist, D.J., Harpp, K, Naumann, T.R., Poland, M., and Chadwick, W.W., in press, The 2005 Eruption of Sierra Negra Volcano, Galapagos, Ecuador. Bulletin of Volcanology.

  • Kurz, M.D., Rowland, S., Curtice, J., Saal, A., and Naumann, T. R., in review, Eruption rates at Fernandina volcano, Galapagos archipelago, from cosmogenic helium. In revision. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

  • Geist, D.J, Naumann, T.R., Standish, J., Kurz, M., Harpp, K., White, W., and Fornari, D. 2005,Wolf volcano, Galapagos Archipelago: Melting and Magmatic Evolution at the Margins of a Mantle Plume, Journal of Petrology, v 46. p. 2197- 2224.

  • Naumann, T.R. and Geist, D.J., 2002, Petrology and Geochemistry of Cerro Azul Volcano and the Origin of the Petrologic Diversity of the Western Galápagos Shield Volcanoes: An inter-volcano comparison of Cerro Azul, Alcedo, and Sierra Negra, Journal of Petrology, V. 43, p. 859-883.

  • Small, C. and Naumann, T.R., 2001, The Global Distribution of Human Population and Recent Volcanism, Environmental Hazards, v. 3, p. 93-109.