Geology Department


Marty Giaramita, Professor of Geology


Professor Marty Giaramita at the summit of Mt. Shasta, July 2006
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology field trip, Monarch Canyon, Death Valley, CA.  Spring 2004
Marty Giaramita is the hard-rock geologist at C.S.U. Stanislaus.  For his dissertation research (U.C. Davis) he  examined minor chemical components in staurolite-zone pelitic schists and their implications for the nature of fluid-rock interactions during metamorphism.  As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Marty worked on  1) PT-conditions and fluid behavior in type type-C eclogites from the North American Cordillera and the Dominican Republic, and 2.) igneous geochemistry of pillow lavas from the California Coast Range Ophiolite and blocks in the Franciscan Complex.  Presently, Marty is examining ophiolitic rocks exposed in a coastal outlier of the western Klamath terrane in southwestern Oregon.  For his Masters Thesis Marty studied the structural evolution and metamorphic isograds of the the Monarch Canyon Area, Death Valley , Calfornia--an area he still enjoys visiting on field trips.

Marty teaches the hard-rock curriculum including courses in Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, as well as the Field Geology class.  In addition to advising Geology majors, Marty is the advisor to Liberal Studies majors having an Earth Science Concentration.  His General Education courses include Principles of Geology Lecture and Lab, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Introduction to Earth Science, and Geohazards: a course he designed specifically for Liberal Studies majors.

Monarch Canyon Migmatite
Marty very much enjoys working with students outside of the classroom.  Students who have done research with him have published abstracts and presented posters at professional meetings; others have won or placed in their division in student research competitions.  In addition to teaching and research, Marty serves on the Board of Directors of the prestigious Faculty Mentor Program at C.S.U. Stanislaus--a program in which faculty members serve as mentors to student proteges.  He also is the faculty representative to the Board of Directors of the University Student Union where he works very closely with students on a range of campus issues.
Undergraduate researcher Charles Preppernau in the Elk River area, SW Oregon, August 2004.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Marty is an outdoors enthusiast enjoying backpacking, hiking, backcountry skiing, telemarking, and whitewater boating.  Marty is also a musician who has performed on vocals, guitar, and mandolin in several local bluegrass/old time bands. At present, Marty is a 200-level certified Yoga instructor teaching at In Shape City and I AM YOGA in Turlock.
Rock Creek Canyon backcountry ski/backpacking trip, eastern Sierra, Spring 2006 

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Last Updated: 3-22-07


Department of Physics, Physical Sciences, and Geology
California State University, Stanislaus
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