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Stephen Reynolds

Stephen Reynolds

President's Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University
PO Box 876004
Tempe, AZ 85287-6004


  • President's Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Reynolds is a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, where he has taught Physical Geology, Structural Geology, Advanced Field Geology, Orogenic Systems, Cordilleran Regional Geology, Teaching Methods in the Geosciences, and others. He helped establish the ASU Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology (CRESMET) and was President of the Arizona Geological Society. He has authored or edited over 200 geologic maps, articles, and reports, including the 866-page Geologic Evolution of Arizona. He has authored three innovative textbooks for introductory college geoscience courses: Exploring Geology, Exploring Earth Science, and Exploring Physical Geography. He also coauthored Structural Geology of Rocks and Regions, a widely used structural geology textbook, and Observing and Interpreting Geology, a Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology. His current geologic research focuses on structure, tectonics, stratigraphy, detrital-zircon provenance studies, and mineral deposits of the Southwest, including northern Mexico. For nearly 20 years, he has done science-education research on student learning in college geology courses, especially the role of visualization. He was the first geologist with his own eye-tracking laboratory, where he and his students have researched student learning, demonstrating that students learn more when using materials with integrated text and figures compared to material in traditional textbooks. Steve is known for innovative teaching methods, has received numerous teaching awards, and has an award-winning website. He was a National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) distinguished speaker, and he travels across the country presenting talks and workshops on how to infuse active learning and inquiry into large introductory geoscience classes. He is commonly an invited speaker to national workshops and symposia on active learning, visualization, and teaching methods in college geoscience courses. He has been a long-time industry consultant in mineral, energy, and water resources and environmental issues, and has received outstanding alumni awards from the University of Texas-El Paso and the University of Arizona.


  • PhD, Geosciences, University of Arizona, 1982
  • MS, Geosciences, University of Arizona, 1977
  • BS, Geology, University of Texas-El Paso, 1974

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Arrowsmith, R., G. R. Keller, L. Prashad, M. Diaz, W. L. Stefanov, C. Eisinger, M. Fouch, S. J. Reynolds, S. M. Richards and P. A. Pearthree. 2002. A geospatial data systems for the transition between the Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range Provinces: An essential tool for basic and applied research in earth science and urban ecology.


Keller, G. R., R. Arrowsmith, M. Fouch, A. Gates, N. Hicks, V. Kreinovich, K. Mickus, S. J. Reynolds, S. Richard and W. L. Stefanov. 2001. The southern Colorado Plateau and adjacent Basin and Range Province: A testbed for geoinformatics and data integration. Presented at the Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Annual Meeting, Abstract 72-65.