Expanded Vita

Robert J. Lillie

Emeritus Professor of Geosciences
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
104 CEOAS Admin Bldg
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR 97331-5503
Phone: (541)-231-2247
E-mail: lillier@geo.oregonstate.edu
Web: www.robertjlillie.com


   PhD Geophysics, Cornell University (1984)
   MS Geophysics, Oregon State University (1977)
   BS Geology, University of Louisiana - Lafayette (1975)

Certifications: National Association for Interpretation
   Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT, 2005)
   Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG, 2005)
   Certified Interpretive Host Trainer (CIH, 2012)
   Certified Interpretive Host (CIH, 2012)


Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Emeritus Professor, 2011–present.

Oregon State University, Department of Geosciences. Professor, 2000–2011; Associate Professor, 1990–2000; Assistant Professor, 1984–1990. Research on applied geophysics and tectonics; focus on structure and evolution of collisional mountain ranges (Himalayas; Carpathians). Outreach on the presentation of geology to the public. Courses taught: Intro Geology (including Honors); Geophysics and Tectonics; Geological Report Writing; Structural Geology; National Park Geology and Preservation (including Honors and online); Oceanography; Geoscience Interpretation; Map Interpretation; Seismic Reflection Interpretation; Living with Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon, Park Ranger Naturalist, Summers, 2006–2007.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Park Ranger Naturalist, Summer, 1999.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. Park Ranger Naturalist (Volunteer), Summers,1994–1995.

University of Uppsala, Sweden. Department of Solid Earth Physics, Visiting Professor, Spring-Summer, 1991.

Czech Academy of Sciences, Geophysical Institute, Prague. Visiting Scholar, Fall, 1990 and Summer, 1992.

Slovak Academy of Sciences, Geophysical Institute, Bratislava. Visiting Scholar, Fall, 1990 and Summer, 1992.

CONOCO Incorporated. Denver, Colorado and Ponca City, Oklahoma. Petroleum Geophysicist, 1977–1980.

Degrees and Certifications

Cornell UniversityPhD Geophysics, 1984. Advisor: Dr. Jack Oliver. ThesisEarly Paleozoic continental margin of North America–Implications from seismic profiling of the Appalachian/Ouachita Orogenic Belt.

Oregon State University, College of Oceanography, MS Geophysics, 1977. Advisor: Dr. Richard Couch. ThesisSubsurface geologic structure of the Vale, Oregon, Known Geothermal Resource Area from the interpretation of seismic reflection and potential field data.

University of Louisiana–LafayetteBS Geology, 1975. Minors: Math, Physics

National Association for Interpretation, Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT, 2005); Certified Interpretative Guide (CIG, 2005); Certified Interpretive Host Trainer (CIHT, 2012); Certified Interpretive Host (CIH, 2012).

Research and Publications

Books Published:

Lillie, R.J., 2055, Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, Philomath, Oregon: Wells Creek Publishers, 92 pp.

Lillie, R. J., Parks and Plates: The Geology of Our National Parks, Monuments, and Seashores, New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 298 pp., 2005.

Lillie, R. J., Whole Earth Geophysics: An Introductory Textbook for Geologists and Geophysicists, Prentice Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 361 pp., 1999. (Korean translation 2001; Greek translation 2002).

Books Edited:

Decker, K., R. Lillie, and C. Tomek (editors), PANCARDI: The Lithospheric Structure of the Pannonian-Carpathian-Dinaride RegionTectonophysicsv. 297, 293 pp., 1998.

Malinconico, L., and R. Lillie (editors), Tectonics of the Western HimalayasGeological Society of AmericaSpecial Paper 132, 320 pp., 1989.

Selected Exhibit:

Lillie, R. J., J. Kenworthy, S. de Silva, E. Bishop, J. Roddey, N. Hunter, and S. Burns, Oregon: 150 years of Statehood; 150 million years in the making. Geology Exhibits for Oregon State Capitol Building, OSU Advancement Office and OSU College of Science, January, 2009–January, 2011.

Selected Journal Articles:

Lillie, R. J., A. Mathis, and R. Riolo, Geology: A Living Stage of Our Past, Present, and FutureLegacy, National Association for Interpretation, p. 8-11, January/February, 2011.

Sperner, B., I. Dumitru, and R. J. Lillie, Slab behavior and its surface expression: New insights from gravity modelling in the southeast Carpathians, Tectonophysics, v. 383, p. 51-84, 2004.

Lillie, R. J., Fun with food! Volcanoes in our national parks, The Oregon Science Teacher, v. 46, No. 2, p. 3-7, 2004.

Powers, P. M., R. J. Lillie, and R. S. Yeats, Structure and shortening of the Kangra and Dehra Dun reentrants, Sub-Himalaya, India, Geol. Soc. Amer. Bull., v. 110, p. 1010-1027, 1998.

Lillie, R. J., Mountains and mountain building, in Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences, edited by E. J. Dasch, Simon and Schuster Macmillan, New York, p. 693-698, 1996.

Lillie, R. J., M. Bielik, V. Babuška, and J. Plomerová, Gravity modelling of the litho sphere in the East ern Alpine - Western Carpath ian - Pannon ian Basin region, Tectonophysics, v. 23, p. 215-235, 1994.

Davis, D., and R. Lillie, Changes in mechanical response during continental collision: Active example from the fore land thrust belts of Pakistan, J. Struct. Geol., v. 16, p. 21-34, 1994.

Lillie, R. J., Evolution of gravity anomalies across collisional mountain belts: Clues to the amount of continental conver gence and underthrusting, Tectonics, v. 10, p. 672-687, 1991.

Jaumé, S. C., and R. J. Lillie, Mechanics of a fold-and-thrust belt underlain by evaporites: The Salt Range‑Potwar Pla teau, Pakis tan, Tectonics, v. 7, p. 57‑71, 1988.

Lillie, R. J., G. D. Johnson, M. Yousuf, A. S. H. Zamin, and R. S. Yeats, Structural development within the Himalayan foreland old‑and‑thrust belt of Pakistan, in Sedimentary Basins and Basin Forming Mechanisms, C. Beaumont and A. Tank ard (editors), Canadian Soc. Petrol. Geo.Mem. 12, p. 379‑392, 1987.

Lillie, R. J., K. D. Nelson, B. deVoogd, J. A. Brewer, J. E. Oliver, L. Brown, S. Kaufman, and G. Viele, Crustal struc ture of Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas: A model based on integra tion of COCORP reflection profiles and regional geophysical data, Amer. Assoc. Pet. Geol. Bul., v. 67, p. 907‑931, 1983.

Selected Symposia Organized and Chaired:

Lillie, R. J., S. Eriksson, and J. Taber, EarthScope Education and Outreach: Connecting Students, Teachers, and the Public to the Dynamic Landscape of North AmericaGeologi cal Society of America, Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, 2009.

Lillie, R. J., J. F. Reese, and C. Ormond, Innovative Approaches to Teaching “Geology of National Parks”: Tales from the Classroom, Field, Page, Web, and Beyond, Theme Session, Geologi cal Society of America, Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 2004.

Lillie, R. J., and K. R. Pogue, Approaches to Undergraduate Teaching of Geophysics, Theme Session, Geologi cal Society of America, Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1997.

Lillie, R. J., and C. Tomek, Structural Development in Collision al Orogens, Symposium, American Associa tion of Petroleum Geologists, Annual Meeting, Denver, Colo rado, 1994.

Malinconico, L. L., and R. J. Lillie, Tectonics and Geophys ics of the Western Himalaya, Symposium, Geologi cal Society of America, Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, 1986.

Selected Geology Interpretive Training Manuals Developed:

Dunham, S., and R. J. Lillie, Interpreting Geology in Yosemite National Park, California: A Monument to Strong Granite, Powerful Glaciers, and the Perseverance of Life, 58 pp., 2010.

Truitt, K., and R. J. Lillie, Interpreting a Weird and Scenic Landscape to Park Visitors:Tectonic and Volcanic Processes of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho,  38 pp., 2007.

Natoli, J. A., and R. J. Lillie, Shake, Rattle and Roll – Awaking the Public’s Curiosity of Geology via Interpretation: A Geology Training Manual for Redwood National and State Parks, California, 64 pp., 2006.


National Park Service, Geological Resources Division, 2005 Award for “outstanding contributions in engaging the National Parks staff and visitors in geoscience.”


American Geophysical Union
Geological Society of America
National Association for Interpretation
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
National Science Teachers Association


EarthScope Program, National Science Foundation. Education and Outreach Manager, 2007–2011. Coordinated EarthScope Speaker Series, EarthScope workshops for interpretive professionals in parks and museums, EarthScope booth at professional meetings, and other education and outreach activities.

EarthScope. Education and Outreach Subcommittee. 2007-present.

Southern California Earthquake CenterAdvisory Council, 2011–present.

Incorporated Research Institutions for SeismologyEducation and Public Outreach Committee. 2007-2011.

UNAVCOEducation and Outreach Standing Committee. 2007-2011.

National Academy of Sciences, Collaboration in Basic Science and Engineering Program, Earth Sciences Representative to Review Panel (Soviet Union and Eastern Europe), 1993–1996.

Organized and taught EarthScope Workshops for Park and Museum Interpreters:
     Cascadia Subduction Zone (2008)
     Basin and Range Province (2008)
     San Andreas Fault (2009)
     Colorado Plateau-Rio Grande Rift (2009)
     Yellowstone-Snake River Plain-Teton Region (2010)
     New Madrid Seismic Zone (2011).

Organized and taught Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP) Workshops for K-12 Teachers, Park/Museum Interpreters, and Emergency Management Educators:
     Newport, Oregon (2013)
     Astoria, Oregon (2013)
     Aberdeen, Washington (2015)

Organized and taught Geology Interpretive Workshops for park rangers at:
     Canyonlands National Park
     Point Reyes National Seashore
     Rocky Mountain National Park
     Mammoth Cave National Park
     Washington DC NPS sites
     Great Smoky Mountains National Park
     Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
     Keweenaw National Historical Park
     Voyageurs National Park
     Kenai Fjords National Park
     Crater Lake National Park
     Craters of the Moon National Monument
     Olympic National Park
     Mt. Rainier National Park

Developed Geology Interpretive Training Manuals for:
     Crater Lake National Park (1994)
     Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (1998)
     Blue Ridge Parkway (1999)
     Gulf Islands National Seashore (1999)
     Olympic National Park (2000)

Supervised graduate students developing Geology Interpretive Training Manuals for:
Grand Canyon National Park (2004)
     Redwood National and State Parks (2006)
     Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve (2007)
     Yosemite National Park (2009)
     NPS Cenozoic Fossil Parks (2010)
     Shenandoah National Park (2011)https://webmail.oregonstate.edu/index.php?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwebmail.oregonstate.edu%2F

lillier@geo.oregonstate.edu         © Robert J. Lillie 2015