Paul Butler - member of the faculty in Environmental Studies.
Aftermath of the February 28, 2001 Nisqually earthquake (although colleagues and students alike indicated that they saw no significant difference from before this magnitude 6.8 event). Paul in office

I have been teaching geology, hydrology and quantitative methods at The Evergreen State College since 1986.  After completing my dissertation at the University of California, Davis, where I studied fluvial response to tectonism in southern Death Valley, I moved to Olympia (via a one-year detour to upstate New York). We can get more rain in one hour than I saw in six years of fieldwork along the Amargosa River.  I teach in both the undergraduate and Master's (MES) programs in Environmental Studies. Now my primary interests revolve around land-use issues associated with rivers that have water in them all year round, and sustainable forestry.

I have two geologist colleagues here at Evergreen, Jim Stroh and Ken Tabbutt.  We do not attempt to create the equivalent of an undergraduate major in geology, but we are committed to providing students with consistent offerings in introductory physical and historical geology, groundwater and surface-water hydrology, applied geology (resources and hazards), and geographic information systems (GIS).  These offerings are often structured so that students in MES can earn elective credit in their degree program. Due to recent college staffing considerations, our offerings in earth science will be somewhat limited over the next several years.

The campus is located on over 1000 acres (approximately 600 are undeveloped) that are available for various types of field studies.  There are also many nearby areas of geologic/hydrologic interest available for one-day or multi-day field trips, e.g. Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, the Olympic Peninsula, and Pacific coast and Puget Sound beaches.  In addition, the structure of our curriculum allows us to travel to more distant locations.  Recent destinations include: Grand Canyon National Park for a 16-day dory trip, and three weeks in Costa Rica.

    Fall: MES-Quantitative Analysis
        and Research Design
    Winter: Sabbatical
    Spring: Hydrology

Dr. Paul Butler
The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Lab 2
Olympia, WA 98505
Ph (360) 867-6722
FAX (360) 866-6794
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Last modified by Paul Butler, August 29, 2005

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