About the Author
John R. Huntsman is a licensed geologist employed as an Associate Professor of Geology in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Collecting fossils from blocks of limestone scattered along the banks of the Monongahela River in southwestern Pennsylvania sparked Huntsman¿s interest in geology during grade school. Gifts of mineral specimens and a testing kit along with trips to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh added to his increasing excitement about the science. Huntsman earned a B.S. in Geology from Mount Union College and graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Bryn Mawr College. He began teaching structural geology at UNCW in 1978 where he continues to teach and generate a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. During his career, he has done research in the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania through North Carolina, and in the Cordilleran regions of Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. His teaching has included field trips and instruction throughout the Appalachians and parts of the Cordillera. Huntsman has professional consulting experience in a variety of topics including mapping and evaluation of mineral and energy resources, and environmental assessment and remediation. He has published geologic maps with the United States Geological Survey and the North Carolina Geological Survey in addition to refereed publications in international journals, and presentations at international, national, and regional professional meetings.