Dr. Loren A. Raymond
Emeritus Professor of Geology
•Department of Geology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608
About Dr. Raymond Current Research interests and recent Publications Geo Links
About Dr. Raymond:
Dr. Raymond, a native of California, first joined the faculty of Appalachian State University in 1972 and retired in June 2007. Dr. Raymond's specialty is petrotectonics, the use of rocks to decipher the history of mountain belts. His research has carried him to California, Oregon, Guatemala, Peru, and Italy, but his research has been focused primarily on aspects of the petrology and petrotectonics of the Blue Ridge Belt of the Southern Appalachian Mountain System, stratigraphy and structure of the Valley and Ridge Belt of Virginia, and the petrotectonics of the Diablo Range, one of the Coast Ranges of California. Dr. Raymond edited a Geological Society of America volume on melanges, authored the texts Petrology: The Study of Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks and Petrography Laboratory Manual, published several papers on petrotectonics and petrology, and presented more than 60 papers at professional meetings.
At Appalchian State University, Dr. Raymond taught a variety of courses including Earth Materials, Structural Geology, Petrology, Senior Seminar, Summer Field Geology, and Introduction to Physical Geology. He was a Charter member of the Appalachian College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers and was the 1989 Teacher of the Year. Dr. Raymond is one of the founders of Appalachian's Sustainable Development program and taught in that program for a few years as an additional part of his teaching duties. From 1982 to 1983 and 1995 to 2000, Dr. Raymond Chaired the Department of Geology. He also Chaired the University Council of Chairs from 1998-2000.
Dr. Raymond is a licensed geologist in North Carolina and has written andgraded N.C. State Licensing examinations. He is the President of the Geologic consulting firm Geology Services International, Inc. and the CEO of the non-profit Ecumenical Project for International Co-operation, Inc.
Structural and Tectonic History, with special focuses on:
- Petrology of ultramafic
rocks in the
Blue Ridge Belt of the Southern Appalachian Orogen;
Dr. Raymond examines a large bed of metaconglomerate within the Grandfather Mountain Formation along the Underwood Trail, Grandfather Mountain, Avery County, NC.
Publications and Abstracts:
Miller, W., III, Webb, F., Jr., and Raymond, L.A., 2009a, Clustering and morphologic variation in /Arthrophycus alleghaniensis /(Lower Silurian of Virginia, USA) as evidence of behavioral paleoecology: Neues Jarb. Fur Geologie und Palaontologie– Abhandlungen. V. 251, no. 1, p. 109-117.
•Virginia Geologic Survey
•United States Geological Survey
•Geological Society of America