Francisco (Paco) Gomez

  Associate Professor &
  Director of Graduate Studies
  Department of Geological Sciences
  University of Missouri-Columbia

  phone: (573) 882-9744
  fax:    (573) 882-5458

My research interests involve the sculpting of the landscape by tectonic and surficial processes, and using this information to understand processes of crustal deformation.  I apply geological methods such as structural, geomorphic, and paleoseismic analyses to these neotectonic problems, as well as remote sensing and geophysical tools (such as GPS, InSAR, shallow geophysics, & low-altitude imaging).  Lately, my research has focused in the Afar region of Ethiopia, as well as around the Mediterranean region along the Dead Sea Transform.  Within the US, my students and I are studying active faults in Wyoming, and rock glaciers in southern Colorado.  In collaboration with colleagues in the College of Engineering, I am also applying Ground-Based Interferometric Radar to landslide and tectonic problems. 

Teaching (2018 - 2019)

  • Geology 2400  "Surficial Earth Processes &Landforms" - Fall 2018
  • Geology 4002/ 7002 "Remote Sensing for Geoscientists" - Spring 2019
Occasionally Offering:
  • Geology 1100  "Principles of Geology"
  • Geology 1150  "Physical Geology for Scientists & Engineers" - Spring 2015
  • Geology 1400  "Themes in Geology" - last taught Spring 2015
  • Geology 4680 / 7680  "Neotectonics and Earthquake Geology" Spring 2018
  • Geology 4120 / 7120  "Engineering Geology" -  Spring 2017

Active Research 

last updated August 28, 2018