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Photo Galleries


Spain, 2016
Video of our trip to the Pyrenees. (34 min., 640 x 360, 425 MB, .m4v)

Wyoming
Images from my recent visits to Branson Field Lab, near Lander, WY.



Costa Rica, 2013
Images from our 2013 field trip (Geology 4960) to Costa Rica.


Desert SW, 2012
6-min. video (1280x720, 500 MB, .mov) from our 2012 field trip (GEOL 4960) to the Basin and Range and the Colorado plateau (AZ, CA, NV, UT)



Costa Rica, 2011
Images from our 2011 field trip (Geology 4960) to Costa Rica.


Desert SW, 2010
Images from our 2010 field trip (Geology 4960) to the Basin and Range and the Colorado Plateau (AZ, CA, NV, UT).



Costa Rica, 2009
Images from our 2009 field trip (Geology 4960) to Costa Rica.


Desert SW, 2008
Images from our 2008 field trip (Geology 4960) to the Basin and Range and the Colorado Plateau (AZ, CA, NV, UT).

Costa Rica, 2007
Desert SW, 2006


UTC links

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Lupton Library

Geologic organizations

American Geological Institute

American Geophysical Union

Geological Society of America

Visit my alma maters

University of North Carolina

University of New Hampshire

Miscellaneous

Mount Washington

Mies World Headquarters

Jonathan W. Mies

Robert Lake Wilson
Professor of Geology

Structural Geology
Tectonics
Mineralogy
X-ray Diffraction
Hydrology


Contact information

Department of Biology, Geology and Environmental Science, MC 2653
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598

Phone: 423-425-4606
Fax: 423-425-4423
E-mail: Jonathan-Mies@utc.edu
Web page: http://www.utc.edu/Faculty/Jonathan-Mies


Education

Ph.D. Geology 1990 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S. Geology 1987 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S. Geology 1981 University of New Hampshire

Teaching

I routinely teach the following courses:

Geology 1110
Physical Geology
Geology 4070
The Dynamic Earth (w/links for e'quakes and volcanoes)
Geology 4420
X-Ray Diffraction Methods
Geology 4450
Hydrology
Geology 4510
Structural Geology
Geology 4520
Field Methods in Structural Geology
Geology 4800
Geology Seminar
Geology 4900
Senior Seminar
Geology 4960
Geology Field Experience (desert southwest or Costa Rica)

Selected Publications and Recent Abstracts

Mies, J. W., 2017, Hurricane Matthew's microseismic impression on Chattanooga, Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 49, n. 3.

Mies, J. W., Brock-Hon, A. L., Churnet, H. G., Holmes, A. E., and Williams, W. K., 2016, The curricular benefits of a seismometer in UTC's geology program, Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 48, n. 3.

Mies, J. W., Holmes, A. E., and Churnet, H. G., 2014, The Costa Rican field experience at UTC: 20 years in the making. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 46, n. 6, p. 47.

Howard, C. W., Mies, J. W., Bodkin, T. E., and Brackett, D. G., 2011, Bentonite-controlled deformation of Middle Ordovician limestone at Chickamauga Dam, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 43, n. 5, p. 99.

Howard, C. W. (student), and Mies, J. W., 2008, Mineralogy and structural setting of the middle Ordovician T3 bentonite at Chickamauga Dam, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 40, n. 4, p. 61.

Bodkin, T. E., and Mies, J. W., 2008, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of human cremains and concrete. American Academy of Forensic Science 60th Anniversary Scientific Meeting, February 18-23, 2008, Washington, DC.

Mies, J. W., 2006, Visualization of folds using custom-generated digital elevation models. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 38, n. 3.

Steltenpohl, M. G., Hames, W. E., Kunk, M. J. & Mies, J. W. 2001. 40Ar/39Ar data from the western Blue Ridge and their implications for timing of metamorphism. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 33, n. 2, p. 6.

Mies, J. W. 2000. Structural analysis of joints across the Valley and Ridge and the Cumberland Plateau, southeastern Tennessee. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v 32, n. 2, p. 62.

Mies, J. W. 1998. A geomechanical model for postorogenic fold-axis-parallel extension and its control on cross-fold joints. Geol. Soc. Am. Abs. with Prog. v. 30, n. 7, p. 62.

Mies, J. W. 1996. Automated digital compilation of structural symbols. Journal of Geological Education v. 44, p. 539-548.

Mies, J. W. 1995. Simple methods for rapid determination of lattice-preferred orientation in two dimensions. Journal of Geological Education v. 43, p. 6-10.

Mies, J. W. 1993. Structural analysis of sheath folds in the Sylacauga Marble Group, Talladega slate belt, southern Appalachians. Journal of Structural Geology v.15, n. 8, p. 983-993.

Mies, J. W. & Steltenpohl, M. G. 1993. Microstructures and quartz crystallographic fabric in the Hollis Quartzite, Pine Mountain window, Lee County, Alabama. Alabama Geological Survey Circular 172, Tuscaloosa, 43 p.

Mies, J. W. 1991. Planar dispersion of folds in ductile shear zones and kinematic interpretation of fold hinge girdles. Journal of Structural Geology v. 13, n. 3, p. 281-29


Videos




Spain, 2016

Video of our trip to the Pyrenees. (34 minutes, 640 x 360, 425 MB, .m4v)

Grand Canyon, 2014

Short video of a hike into the Grand Canyon, while on our 2014 trip to the Basin and Range and the Colorado Plateau. (2 minutes, 1280 x 640, 165 MB, .mov)


SP Crater, 2014

Short video of a hike up SP Crater, while on our 2014 trip to the Basin and Range and the Colorado Plateau. (2 minutes, 1280 x 640, 140 MB, .mov)

Desert SW, 2012

Clips from our 2012 trip to the Basin and Range and the Colorado Plateau. (6 minutes, 1280 x 720, 500 MB, .mov)


Desert SW, 2010
Excerpts from a student's video featuring our visits to Frenchman Mountain, Resting Springs Pass, Warm Springs (Death Valley), Turtlebacks, San Francisco Volcanic Field, Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef, Book Cliffs, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. (13 minutes, 640 x 480, 348 MB, .mov)

Exfoliation of vermiculite at 900 degrees C, featuring "Big Bertha"

This sloth, Lenny, shared our cabina in Cahuita, Costa Rica. Video by Chris Vernon.
Click on image to view video.

Personal Interests

When I'm not at work or in the field, I enjoy sailing, working on the house or in the yard, or tinkering with my vintage sports cars ('67 Alpine). I also have a lingering interest in peculiar steam locomotives.
Click on image to view video.

Sailing on Lake Chickamauga in my Lightning.

This is a short video showing details of my Series V Alpine.