Name: Mary Elizabeth Savina
Address: Department of Geology, Carleton College
One N. College St., Northfield, MN 55057
Phone: (507) 646-4404 (Office), (507) 646-4400 (Fax)
(507) 645-9598 (Home)


B.A., Carleton College, Northfield, MN 1972
Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum laude, Distinction in history major, Honors in Independent Study (majors in history and geology)
M.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA 1975 (geology)
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, CA l982 (geology)
(Thesis Title: Studies in Bedrock Lithology and the
Nature of Downslope Movement)

Professional and Research Experience:

l993- present Professor of Geology, Carleton College, Chair of Department from 9/91-6/96

March 1987 - May 1990 Lecturer in Geology, Research School of Earth
Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

l978- Geology faculty member, Carleton College
(tenured since Feb. l984) (Leave of Absence March 1987 - August 1990)
l976-l977 Geologist (GS-9), U.S. Forest Service, Pleasant Hill, CA
l974-l977 Teaching assistant and associate and Ph.D. research, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of California, Berkeley, CA., including employment in 1975 as a geologist (GS-5) with U.S. Geological Survey.
l974 Summer geologic consultant, Rogue River National Forest, Medford, Oregon.

Graduate students advised: Richard Doyle, Pamela Chester, both at Victoria University of New Zealand, Wellington, NZ

Courses taught at Carleton College and Victoria University:

Introductory geology, introductory mineralogy, geomorphology, environmental geology, soils (pedology and soil mechanics), remote sensing, GIS, sedimentary geology, glacial geology, tectonics, tectonic geomorphology, Summer Teaching Institute - Environmental Science, advanced geomorphology (special topics including planetary geomorphology, Quaternary landscape change, archaeological geology), environmental studies, archaeology capstone seminar, geologic exploration of the American West (American Studies), 10-week field seminar in Death Valley, California, 1 week field course in Northwest Nelson, New Zealand.

Research Interests:

Quaternary history, geomorphology and archaeological geology of Greece; Quaternary history and environmental geomorphology of Minnesota; tectonic geomorphology of arid Southwest United States; hillslope processes

Other Recent Professional Activities and Honors:

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Electorate Nominating Committee, Section on Geology and Geography, 1999-2001; chair 2000-2001
Association for Women Geoscientists Outstanding Educator Award, 1995
Sigma Xi National Lecturer 1994-1996
Organized Keck Geology Consortium workshop on teaching geomorphology, Fall 1993; watersheds, Summer 2000; soils and geology, Fall 2001
Organized Keck Geology Consortium student-faculty research project on archaeological geology in northwest Greece, summer 1993; student-faculty research project on geomorphology and watershed studies in Minnesota, summer 2000, 2001
Faculty member on Keck Geology Consortium student-faculty research projects in 1998 (GIS) and 1999 (archaeological geophysics)
President, Carleton Chapter Sigma Xi, 1992-93
Consultant, Environmental Studies Program, Grinnell College, September 1994
External Reviewer of Beloit College Geology Department, December 1996
External Reviewer of College of William and Mary Geology Department, April 1997
External Reviewer of Hamilton College Geology and Geoarchaeology Programs, April 1999
External Reviewer of Pomona College Geology Department, April 2000
External Reviewer of Dickinson College Geology Department, fall 2000
Grant review panel, CCLI (NSF-DUE), August 1999 in D.C.
Numerous invited lectures, reviews

Recent Carleton Committee service:

Member (continuing) and Chair (1985-1987) Carleton Environmental Studies Committee, Faculty Affairs Committee, Faculty Grants Committee, Faculty Personnel Committee (Fall 1999 - ), Career Center Advisory Committee, ad-hoc committees on Arboretum and Lyman Lakes. Churchill Fellowship Advisor (1992-).

Presenter at several workshops organized by the Learning and Teaching Center since 1993

Recent grants:

2001, Co-principal investigator, NSF grant, Improving Quantitative Skills of Geology Majors through Mathematical Modeling
2000, Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) grant to support dyad course: Agriculture and the American Midwest: Literature and Environment
1986, 1996-97 Large Faculty Development Grants from Carleton College for archaeological geology research in Grevena, Greece
1987 Co-Principal Investigator on successful NSF Grant for purchase of an X-Ray Diffractometer for the Geology Department, Carleton College
1991 Curriculum and Development Grant from Carleton College for archaeology
1992-93 grants from Keck Geology Consortium for Keck faculty/student research project in Greece and for pedagogy workshop in teaching geomorphology.
1993, 1994 Faculty Development Grants from Carleton College for radiocarbon dates from sites in Grevena, Greece
1994 Computing Curriculum Grant from Carleton College for developing a course in Remote Sensing
1998-2000, Curriculum Computing Grants from Carleton College for GIS
Collaborated on successful grant proposals: to NSF in 1991 for funding the archaeology lab, to Institute for Aegean Prehistory in 1991 for research in Grevena, Greece, NSF grant 1993 for the renovation of Mudd Hall; NASA Earth Systems Science grant in 1995


Wilkie, Nancy C. and Savina, Mary E., 1997, The earliest farmers in Macedonia: Antiquity, v. 71, p. 201-207.
Savina, M. E., 1993, Some Aspects of the Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology of Grevena Nomos, Western Macedonia, Greece, in Helmut Reidl, ed., Beiträge Zur Landeskunde Von Griechenland IV, Salzburger Geographische Arbeiten Band 22, p. 57-75.
Savina, Mary, l983, Engineering soil mechanics in hillslope geomorphology: paper presented at l983 Symposium Revolution in the Earth Sciences, published in Boardman, S.J., ed. l983, Revolution in the Earth Sciences: Advances in the Past Half-Century: Dubuque, Iowa, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., p. l88-l96.
Savina, Mary, Jacobson, Robert and Rodgers, David, l979, Outwash deposits of central Dakota County, Minnesota: Report to the Minnesota Geological Survey, 8l p.
Farrington, Richard L. and Savina, Mary, l977, Off-site effects of roads and clearcut units on slope stability and stream channels, Fox Planning Unit: Report to Six Rivers National Forest, 76 p.
Savina, Mary E., 1995, Colluvium Studies: Progress and Prospects: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 27, no. 5, p. 77.
Savina, Mary E., Williams, Julianne, Wilson, Robert, Russell, Elizabeth, Sternberg, Rob, Daly, Julia, and Greene, Mary, 1994, Integrated geomorphologic and geophysical studies of landscape evolution at archaeological sites: An Example from Grevena, Northwest Greece: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 26, p. A-93.
Savina, Mary, Aschenbrenner, Stanley E., and Wilkie, Nancy, 1991, Terra Incognita no longer: Archaeological survey in Grevena: American Journal of Archaeology, v. 95, p. 328-329.
Savina, Mary E. and Doyle, Richard B., 1991, Reconstructing Holocene soil patterns at archaeological sites in the Grevena region, northwest Greece: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 23, p. A312.
Savina, Mary E., editor, l985, Redwood Country: American Geomorphological Field Group Guidebook for l985 conference in Northwestern California, 2l2 p.
(not listed - 11 published abstracts, 6 reviews, 2 guidebook articles)

Honorary and Professional Society Memberships:

Sigma Xi, Geological Society of America, Geological Society of New Zealand, Soil Science Society of America, Association of Women Geoscientists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for Archaeological Sciences, Geological Society of America Committee on Environment and Public Policy (student member l97l-l973).

Outside interests:

City Council observer for the Northfield League of Women Voters
Member of the technical advisory committee for the Cannon River Watershed Partnership
Active in music, Sunday school and youth group leadership at First United Church of Christ, Northfield