Dr. Chris Berg

Assistant Professor of Geosciences

Office: Callaway Building, Room 101

Phone: 678-839-4059

Email: cberg at westga.edu

Spring 2009 Office Hours:

     Monday: 3:30-5:00pm

     Wednesday: 3:30-5:00pm

     Other times available by appointment

Teaching

Fall 2008

   GEOL 1121: Introductory Geosciences I: Physical Geology

   GEOL 3063: Environmental Geology

Spring 2009

   GEOL 1121: Introductory Geosciences I: Physical Geology

   GEOL 3024: Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology

 

Research

My research interests center around metamorphic petrology, the study of the chemistry, mineralogy and textures of rocks that have been changed by the combined forces of temperature, pressure, chemically-active fluids, and time.  To approach problems related to petrology, I apply a variety of techniques, including thin-section petrography, field-mapping and structural measurements, thermodynamic modeling and construction of pseudosections, stable and/or radiogenic isotopic measurements, and chemical analysis of major-, minor-, and trace-element concentrations of metamorphic mineral phases.  I use these methods to solve problems related to the evolution of regional metamorphic terranes from the Alps to the Appalachians, and to help understand what small-scale features such as mineral zoning and metamorphic fluid pathways are able to tell us about large-scale tectonic processes.