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Robert Eves - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Robert Eves Robert Eves

Dean of College of Science and Engineering | Southern Utah University


Specializing in land management, stratigraphy, and Utah national parks


Dr. Robert L. Eves is dean of the Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science and Engineering at Southern Utah University. Prior to his appointment, he served as chair of the department of physical sciences and spearheaded funding for a new science building on SUU’s campus.

Dr. Eves joined SUU in 1988 as an assistant professor of geology/chemistry. In addition to teaching, he has been involved in pre-service teacher training, outreach to federal and state land management entities, and mentoring undergraduate research projects in public land units.

An SUU alumnus, Dr. Eves earned a bachelor of physical science degree in 1984 from then Southern Utah State College. He earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Washington State University in geology and geochemistry. Previously, he taught at Washington State University.





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Industry Expertise (3)

Education/Learning Research Renewables and Environmental

Areas of Expertise (10)

Paleontology Stratigraphy Geology Land management Undergraduate Research Teacher Training Educational Outreach Chemistry Geochemistry Utah National Parks

Accomplishments (2)

Outstanding Educator

SUU Faculty Award

Outstanding Pre-Service Science Teacher

Utah Science Teachers Association

Education (3)

Southern Utah State College: B.S., Physical Science Composite

Washington State University: M.S., Geology/Geochemistry

Washington State University: Ph.D., Geology/Geochemistry

Affiliations (7)

  • Rocky Mountain NASA Space Grant Consortium
  • Escalante Heritage Center
  • Bryce Canyon Natural History Association
  • Geological Society of America
  • National Earth Science Honorary Society
  • Zion Natural History Association
  • Journal of Geoscience Education

Media Appearances (1)

Bill Would Create STEM Education Partnership in Southern Utah

Deseret News  online


Robert Eves, dean of the College of Science and Engineering at SUU, said the university has helped train teachers in presenting what can be highly technical content to middle and high school students. The university has also developed activities for students, such as science fairs and Lego robotics.

"Our efforts here are directed at having confident teachers step into a STEM classroom and be able to inspire those students to be interested enough in STEM to pursue it into higher education," Eves said. "Once we get them into higher education, I think we can do a reasonably good job at getting them out of the other end of the pipeline."

The bill unanimously passed the House Education Committee on Monday and will go to the full House for consideration.

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Research Grants (3)

Geology Grant

KECK Undergraduate Research $40,000

Funding for research, laboratory equipment and software

The Geology of Mahkuntahweap

State of Utah Resource Web $5,000

Studying the geology of Mahkuntahweap, Zion National Park

Grants in Undergraduate Research

Bryce Canyon Natural History Association $15,000

Grants that aided undergraduate research

Articles (6)

Swimming Reptile Tracks in the Lower Triassic Moenkopi Formation, Capitol Reef National Park, UT The Compass: Earth Science Journal of Sigma Gamma Epsilon

Davis L.E., and Eves, R.L.


Abundant pre-dinosaurian tetrapod tracks, ichnofossil Chirotherium, have been found in the Moenkopi Formation. Swimming reptile tracks are found in the Torrey Member of the Moenkopi Formation in Capitol Reef National Park near Torrey, Utah. The tracks are preserved in a fine-grained sandstone deposited on a flat-lying coastal plain.

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Coal Clinker Site in the Late Cretaceous Blackhawk Formation, Castle Gate, Utah, USA The Compass: Earth Science Journal of Sigma Gamma Epsilon

Eves, R.L., and Davis, L.E.


When sedimentary host rock is heated as a result of coal seam fires, the host rock is pyro-metamorphosed (high temperature/ low pressure) resulting in the formation of paralava, a low-grade metamorphic rock formed adjacent to coal seams. This paper describes an outcrop locality of clinker (paralava) in the Upper Cretaceous Blackhawk Formation within the Book Cliffs coalfields of central Utah, which formed as the result of a coal seam fire.

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Sigma Gamma Epsilon's W.A. Tarr Award: Honoring the Memory of William Arthur Tarr (1881-1939), Grand Editor of The Compass The Compass; Earth Science Journal of Sigma Gamma Epsilon

Davis, Larry E.; Eves, Robert L.; Even, Paula; and Walters, James C.

In 1947, delegates to the 14th National Convention of the Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon established the W.A. Tarr Award in honor of William Arthur Tarr (1881-1939) and the awards were made by active Society chapters in the spring of 1948. William Arthur Tarr was the first editor of The Compass. W.A. Tarr was a professor of Mineralogy and Geology at the University of Missouri from 1911 to 1939, during which he was the faculty advisor to the Epsilon chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon.

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Dinosaur Tracks and Trackways in the Escalante Member of the Entrada Formation (Middle Jurassic), Twentymile Wash, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah The Compass: Earth Science Journal of Sigma Gamma Epsilon

Eves, R. L.; Pollock, Gayle L.; and Davis, Larry E.

Research and recordings of dinosaur tracks and trackways in different areas of southern Utah.

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Point of View: Death by PowerPoint? Journal of College Science Teaching

Eves, R.L., and Davis, L.E.

This paper examines what the speaker can do to avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’. The options of an alternative communication format or an alternative presentation tool are considered.

Integration of Field Studies and Undergraduate Research into an Interdisciplinary Course: Natural History of Tropical Carbonate Ecosystems Journal of College Science Teaching

Eves, R.L., Davis, L.E , Brown, D.G., and Lamberts, W.J.

According to Carl Sagan (1987), "Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." Field studies and undergraduate research provide students with the best opportunities for "thinking" about science, while at the same time acquiring a body of knowledge. Natural History of Tropical Carbonate Ecosystems is a spring semester course cross-listed in biology, geology, and environmental studies, with a prerequisite of two semesters of introductory biology, geology, or environmental science. The purpose of the course is to provide from these three discipline areas an introduction to the unique ecology and geology of tropical-marine ecosystems with an emphasis on the Bahamas, including additional opportunities to investigate problems of human impact on tropical island marine and non-marine ecosystems and island karst hydrologic systems.

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Courses (4)

CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry

A general introduction to inorganic chemistry designed for family and consumer sciences, agriculture, nursing and other students who need only one year of basic chemistry

SCI 2300 Emergency Medical Technician

The EMT course is a basic training program for the first responder to the sick and injured. Course meets Utah state certification to work as an EMT in the state of Utah. Can be used for reciprocity in other states. Also recommended for police, fire, pre-med and nursing students.

SCI 3300 Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

This course will prepare the student to become an entry level Advanced EMT. Coursework includes lecture, practical skills, ambulance ride-along hours, and clinical rotations in the Emergency Room Department.

PSCI 4900 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools

Required of all prospective secondary physical science teachers.