Tepper, Jeffrey


Jeff Tepper is an Emeritus Professor in the Geology Department at the University of Puget Sound. He received his AB from Dartmouth College and his MS and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, where he studied the origins of granites in the North Cascades. After teaching on the east coast for ten years, he joined the faculty at Puget Sound in 2001. Jeff’s research uses geochemistry to investigate geologic questions. He and his students are currently studying the Eocene magmatic and tectonic history of the Pacific Northwest, the environmental history of the Puget Sound area as recorded in lake sediments, and the behavior of heavy metals in sediment. Jeff retired from active teaching in the Spring of 2020 but continues to pursue geologic research in Western WA. (Updated Oct. 2021)

Shipman, Hugh

Hugh was a geologist with the Shorelands Program at the Washington Department of Ecology since 1989 but retired in 2019 after 30 years.  His interests include coastal erosion, geologic hazards, and the environmental impacts of shoreline modifications. Hugh grew up near the coast of Maine but moved to the Puget Sound region in 1983. (Updated Oct. 2021)

Here is his bio from Sound Waters University 2018:

Hugh has been a Coastal Geologist with the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance program of the Washington Department of Ecology since 1989.  He works all over Puget Sound and is interested in coastal erosion, geologic hazards, beach restoration, and the environmental impacts of shoreline modification. He provides technical assistance to state and local agencies, conducts trainings and educational workshops, and participates on a variety of advisory groups.

Hugh received a BA in Earth Sciences and Engineering from Dartmouth in 1981 and an MS in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington in 1986. He grew up near the coast of Maine, but moved to the Salish Sea in 1983.

In his spare time, Hugh blogs about shoreline geology at his “Gravel Beach” website:  http://gravelbeach.blogspot.com


Pringle, Pat

Pat Pringle is a highly regarded geologist who has studied throughout western Washington and is the author of roadside geology guides to Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens. He is a frequent speaker and field trip leader for the QGS.  He retired as a Emeritus from Centralia College in 2017.  Here is his bio from there:

I am Professor Emeritus of Earth Science at Centralia College, Washington and was Professor of Earth Science from 2005–2017. From 1990–2005 I was Research Geologist, WADNR Div. of Geology and Earth Sciences (now Washington Geological Survey), and from 1982–1990 was with US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory in the volcanic hazards program. My main areas of study are volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, and debris flows, which I study using radiocarbon and tree-ring analysis to establish the history of past geologic events. My publications include books on the roadside geology of Mounts St. Helens and Rainier as well as published papers and reports; the Mount Rainier book won the Geoscience Information Society’s “Best Guidebook Award” for 2009, presented at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting that year.

Professionally my goals are to be in an informed instructor of earth sciences who will hopefully inspire students. I also want to continue my research and research collaborations on the recent geologic history of volcanoes, earthquakes, and landslides in the Pacific Northwest using field investigations of and radiocarbon dating and dendrochronology of subfossil trees. Getting undergraduates involved in doing research that investigates recent geologic and environmental history is an important part of that equation! (Updated Oct. 2021)


Roadside geology of Mount Rainier National Park and Vicinity

Roadside Geology of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Vicinity