Jessica Kelsch

Instructor of Geology


Curriculum Vitæ

Biology, Geology & Physical Science
WSB 316   C-64
432 837 8657
jkelsch@sulross.edu

My primary field of research and teaching is Structural Geology, or the deformation (smooshing, stretching, breaking, folding...) recorded in the rocks of Earth's outer layer as a result of plate-tectonic stresses.  Currently I'm conducting a kinematic analysis of faults of the southern segment of the Rio Grande rift in Trans-Pecos Texas and northern Chihuahua, toward comparing the rock deformation in this segment of the rift with its northern counterpart in New Mexico. My results will have implications for (1) patterns in rocks that help with exploration of resources including ground water, and (2) what kind of continental rift this is, and maybe even what's happening in the mantle to make it happen.  This research is part of a PhD study through the University of Texas at El Paso, from whom I'll receive a PhD for this and other research projects in 2023. I have plenty of ideas for field-based research projects at the undergraduate and graduate levels within these and other areas of study. If you are an incoming graduate student, or a transferring undergraduate interested in doing research, contact me by email to talk about possible research projects. 

 

I also have great interest in science education in general and Geoscience Education in particular, and am an active member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.  

Additionally, I serve on the board of the local nonprofit Alpine Humane Society.  




Fall 2022

SCED 3308 001   Foundatns of Elementary Sci. I        
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SCED 3308 VMC   Foundatns of Elementary Sci. I        
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SCER 3308 H01   Foundatns of Elementary Sci. I        
 | Student Evaluation
SCER 3308 H02   Foundatns of Elementary Sci. I        
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SCER 3308 H03   Foundatns of Elementary Sci. I        
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Summer 2022

GEOL 4301 101   McNair Research:Fault Geochron        
GEOL 4301 102   McNair Research: Fault Strain        



Spring 2022

GEOL 3402 001   Structural Geology        
GEOL 3402 MC1   Structural Geology        



Fall 2021

GEOL 1103 L01   Physical Geology Lab        
GEOL 1103 L03   Physical Geology Lab        
GEOL 1303 001   Physical Geology        
GEOL 1303 002   Physical Geology        
GEOL 5306 001   Advanced Structural Methods        



Spring 2021

GEOL 1103 L01   Physical Geology Lab        
GEOL 1103 L02   Physical Geology Lab        
 | Student Evaluation
GEOL 1103 L03   Physical Geology Lab        
GEOL 1303 W01   Physical Geology        
GEOL 3402 L01   Structural Geology Lab        
GEOL 3402 LMC   Structural Geology Lab        
GEOL 3402 Z01   Structural Geology        
GEOL 4101 001   Research: Petrographic Studies        
N/A
 | Student Evaluation



Fall 2020

GEOL 1103 L01   Physical Geology Lab        
GEOL 1103 L02   Physical Geology Lab        
GEOL 1103 L03   Physical Geology Lab        
 | Student Evaluation
GEOL 1303 001   Physical Geology        
GEOL 1303 002   Physical Geology        
 | Student Evaluation
GEOL 4308 001   Tectonics        
GEOL 4308 MC1   Tectonics        
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GEOL 6040 004   Thesis Research        
N/A
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GEOL 6301 005   Thesis Proposal        
N/A
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GEOL 6302 005   Thesis Defense        
N/A
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Summer II 2020

GEOL 1103 SWL   Physical Geology Lab        
GEOL 1303 SW1   Physical Geology        
 | Student Evaluation