Science Pub Eugene: Plate Tectonics and the PNW

NOV 8, 2018 | 6:30-8:30PM

Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest

With Robert J. (Bob) Lillie, PhD, Author, Illustrator, and National Park Ranger

November 8, 2018 | 6:30-8:30PM; Doors open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation

The same geological forces that threaten our lives with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions also nourish our spirits by forming the spectacular mountains, valleys, and coastlines of the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Bob Lillie relates this "Beauty from the Beast" story by highlighting spectacular scenery in national, state and local parklands. He draws on his experience as a geology professor, park ranger and graphic illustrator to remind Northwest residents and visitors that our hometowns and iconic parklands are subject to geologic processes that affect our lives and livelihoods. By learning to live with the beast of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, we can more-fully appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.


Dr. Robert J. (Bob) Lillie is a writer, illustrator, and national park ranger specializing in communicating park landscapes and their deeper meanings to the public. He was a Professor of Geosciences at Oregon State University from 1984 to 2011 and he is a Certified Interpretive Trainer through the National Association for Interpretation.


Bob is author of several books about geological landscapes and their connections to natural and cultural history, including “Parks and Plates: The Geology of Our National Parks, Monuments, and Seashores”  (2005) and “Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest" (2015). His latest book, "Oregon's Island in the Sky: Geology Road Guide to Marys Peak" (2017), focuses on the landscape and geological evolution of Marys Peak and the Corvallis region.


Bob was born and raised in the Cajun Country of Louisiana. He has a B.S. in geology from the University of Louisiana–Lafayette, an M.S. in geophysics from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Cornell University.


Since 1994 Bob has collaborated with the National Park Service (NPS) on educating the public in geology. He served as a seasonal interpretive ranger at Crater Lake and Yellowstone national parks and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. He was presented the 2005 NPS Geological Resources Division award for “outstanding contributions in engaging the National Parks staff and visitors in geoscience.” Bob and his wife Barb Weeks live in the Oregon Coast Range near Marys Peak.

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